Saturday, December 31, 2016

Can't seem to sit still around here this week. Lots of action to record and report.

Great looking young people brave snow in Missoula, MT while posing for a family Christmas card. I recognize nieces and nephews in this foto, and marvel at how beautiful and handsome they've grown up to be ๐Ÿ‘ซ Happy holidays to their parents Cash and Molly ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’‹

You saw this one up-top.  Briefcase is making its inaugural appearance at Harvest Moon Co-op this week.  The journal? From the Poppy Memorial Library, and contains all manner of wisdom, reflection, speculation and other gibberish.  How 'bout the fountain pens?  My eclectic faves:  a yellow Pelikan with a red ink cartridge installed;  green Lamy with turquoise ink;  and a red Schaeffer calligraphy-nibbed pen with black ink.  Coffee cup likely contains a remaining sip or two of Peace brand small batch.

No one ever accused me of being a good cook.  But I have ventured lately into "egg in a basket" creations, something my Mom used to fry up when we kids were screaming for breakfast.  I added half a ripe avocado to the dish, plus a couple of dollops of homemade pesto (a neighborly gift from our friend Liz).  I literally inhaled the goodness of this dish. 

Bone Broth is all the rage they tell me.  Can't imagine what it must taste like -- chicken, turkey and beef.  Bone broth. Ugh. The Epic brand on sale in my co-op is joined in the refrigerated case by sister products like Beef Tallow, Pork Lard and Duck Fat.  These things surely can't be good for you ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š But they are for sale in the co-op and we all know that health food store food is, well, healthy.  What do YOU think? 

My dear family-ites  surprised me this afternoon with a new cold weather ski cap.  Temps in the Twin Cities are headed south to single digits next week, so this baby should come in handy.

The Patagonia ¼ zip pullover? I'm in my 4th straight day of staying warm with my Patagucci, so I'm grateful for this thoughtful, practical Christmas present.  
Last but far from least:  senior management at Common Roots Cafe on Lyndale and 26th in Minnie, work up my iced latte.  You might think that I'm awaiting change for my twenty, but my loyalty card was punched full, and the drink was on the house.  And it tasted even better 'cause it was free ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vignettes from the day: weather-worn window and sill, and new socks for the whole family from Santa.

On the way out of Dunn Bros. downtown you can't help noticing weather-worn wooden windows and sills. Come Spring you'll likely see paint scrapers, sandpaper, caulking, glazing points, primer, brushes and overcoat, and the painting contractors who'll bring this classic window back to life.   

Santa Claus likely stopped his sleigh at Target this holiday season to do some sock shopping for these lucky feet. Wonder if any new shoes came down the chimney along with the socks? 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Open just three weeks, (Whole)sum Juice and Coffee Bar serves "Smoothie Bowls," brand new taste sensation for the Poppy Blog.

(Whole)Sum Kitchen owner Evan Tepper greets customer and well-wisher this afternoon at just-opened shop on 50th and Bryant in Minneapolis.  Speciality of the house:  Smoothie Bowls, whiich surprized and delighted the Hoyt tastebuds.

Menu hangs on wall to left as customers enter the shop.

Fellow Customer enjoying his iced latte.

Tepper and staff have done a smart, industrial-strength (and -style) job with design and accents of (Whole) Sum. The place looks clean and bright, and even feels healthy!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Our Friend Anna - another great reason to shop Wilson + Willy's in Mpls.

Such a lovely lady, this Anna. She makes shopping at Wilson + Willy's a breeze.  And while Anna didn't talk us into buying that surfboard, we did purchase a number of Christmas gifts for loved ones for the second year in a row. Special store, special person. Get to know these folks if you don't already.