Category Archives: Beyond The Books

Literary Weekend Trip and a Tasty Recipe

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I thought this morning I would do a combo post between Saturday Snapshot and Weekend cooking… both memes that I love to participate in as I enjoy taking pictures and trying new things in the kitchen… but dont always have the time to write the posts. 🙂

 

Last weekend I ventured to the North Shore to our cabin… just me and my dog with the plan to do a little spring cleaning, a little reading and movie watching and just wind down… before spring really hits and life winds up and I go go go!

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Large left: the tunnel by Two Harbors Top two right: Just fun things between Duluth and the North Shore Bottom two right: Road as you drive into the rocky terrain, this road was actually blasted through the rock to be made, and the far bottom right is the outside wall of the famous Glensheen mansion, I have toured it many times.

 

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Sammy made the trip with me. We made a pit stop in Two Harbors for frozen custard.

 

While at the cabin in Finland Minnesota I read two books and watched three movies.  It felt great 🙂  I never have time to do things like that.

 

To post your own pics, or to see others and what they are posting this weekend… check out Saturday Snapshot.

 

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Switching gears, a friend of mine hooked me up with a tasty little recipe I would like to share for weekend cooking.  Like reubens?  This you will LOVE.

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Reuben Roll

1 tube Pillsbury Pizza Dough
1/4 cup thousand island dressing, + 2 tbsp for top
1/4 pound sliced corned beef or pastromi deli meat, chopped up (I used deli turkey as I am not a fan of corned been or pastrami)
3/4 cup Sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
2 cups grated Swiss cheese, + 1/2 cup for top

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Unroll the Pillsbury pizza dough on a greased baking sheet. Press to about 14 inches x 9 inches. Bake for 8 minutes then remove from oven. Spread the 1/4 cup of thousand island dressing over the crust, all the way to the edges. Top with the chopped corned beef, drained sauerkraut, and 2 cups of Swiss cheese. Carefully roll up the pizza into a tube. Place the pizza roll into a 9×5 inch loaf pan, seam side down.
Drizzle the top with the remaining thousand island dressing and shredded cheese. Continue baking for 10-12 minutes longer or until cheese is bubbly in the center. Carefully remove from pan and slice to serve. Enjoy!

 

It was delicious – I made it this past week for hubby and I and we both really enjoyed it.

See other fun recipes to try (and I have found more than a few!) by checking out Weekend Cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Meanderings… Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates the day of the turkey!  😀  This morning I have one turkey in the oven, another will go in later after the pies.  I am on my way in mere minutes to the Baxter Turkey Run, with my friends Amy and Laura and my son Justin.  Its crazy I know… long johns and running pants… a hat and two pairs of gloves but it will be great 😀

Later this morning both boys will be over and we will bake and play board games, snack on meats and cheeses and dips and watch movies.  We will eat turkey and stuffing and salad and bread and no doubt way too much of everything. Its low key, low maintenance and I love it.

To you and yours this holiday weekend.  May we all remember all we have to be thankful for.  Be safe and know you are loved. 🙂

Home. Pictures. Updates.

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Well its not quite morning anymore – but for some reason when I made this button I put “morning meanderings” on it so I am just going with it.

As of this post I have been off the blog for 9 days.  Let me start with, if you follow me, you know  I was out on the Boundary Waters on the North Shore which is about as crazy uncivilized as it gets as there is no electricity, no cell phone coverage – no communications to the outside world at all.

And I loved it.

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I heard a little grumbling about the “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading” post not being up and I can not explain that as I prepped it and scheduled it and it did not go live.  That should not happen again as I have a new plan in place, more on that later.

Anyhoo – back to the wilderness, which was what I really wanted to talk about this morning… errr…. afternoon.  We arrived in Ely Minnesota at a friend of a friends cabin last Saturday for a nice stay over before we hit the lakes. On Sunday morning we packed up our gear and we were off.

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5 girls… this isnt even all of it. We each had a large pack, a day pack and then two large “Kitchen” nags.

We rowed and portaged that first day for around 7 hours.  My friend Belinda has this super cool Garmin watch (I want one I want one!) that tracked our progress and then she was able to put it on line so we could all see it.  I am so impressed!  Did I mention I want one?  😛

In case you are wondering what portaging is or what it looks like, let this newbie share with you.  Portaging is taking the canoes (on our head and shoulders) across a sometimes hilly, rocky, bushy trail from one lake to reach another.  This could not be done in one trip so we would take the canoes and a few packs over, sharing in the canoe carrying duties as it is a one person job, and then go back for the rest of the packs.  The one portage was 1.5 miles long… so we would head over with the canoes and bags, then walk back and get the rest – all in all for us it was a 4.5 mile portage.

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“This is Sheila sporting the new for 2013 “wilderness portage look”, notice the large pack to carry all the necessities for camping on the boundary waters life, a trendy and practical life jacket, bandana so you can not see the flattened down camping hair, and oars as that is how we row.” 😉

We arrived deep into the boundary waters on a lake called Cummings where we set up camp.

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I am the gray blue tent to the right.

By the time we arrived that first day we were losing daylight fast so we quickly set up camp, gathered fire wood, and prepped our dinner of yummy small potatoes in olive oil and salt and pepper, green beans and brats.

The next couple of days we stayed in this spot – reading and relaxing, sunning and playing games.

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Selfie pick on day two.. I was trying to capture my mood which I am happy to say stayed the same pretty much the whole time.

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What I read… Egads Cassandra Claire – you and the Mortal Instruments have caught me with your movie and now I am in the “City Of __________” web. This is book two that was a wonderful read in the warm sun and I have since completed it and moved on to book three.

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My camping peeps (from the left) Belinda, Sheila (yes, another Sheila!), Jacquie, and Melissa. We were playing National Part Yahtzee which was a lot of fun!

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Our shoreline view from our camp site.

After a couple of days we decided to switch it up and try another camp site.  I was sorry to see my favorite rock go, where I would sit and read and journal in the mornings… to Crab Lake we went.

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Off we went in search of land… errr…. a campsite.

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And find a new spot we did! Check out my new lake shore property! And .. there was another rock for me to read and journal…. perhaps even a better rock 😉

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Everyone busy setting up our new camp.

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My new reading rock.

And then all to quickly, it was time to head back in to civilization. I found it hard to believe that I had been away from home for almost a week.  It all went so quickly.  We really had a blast.  I learned that it is really ok to get away from all the noise, the “to do’s” and just BE.  To hang out and read a book was beyond awesome.  I napped in the sun… I read, I played games, and I enjoyed canoeing very much.

So, now life is quiet for a couple weeks.  I have reviews to write and things to catch up on – as for this blog, you should be seeing me more frequently.  For more pictures of the trip, check out my Facebook page at Sheila DeChantal.