This past weekend, our little family ventured out to the Kielbasa Festival, held by and in the parking lot of Kramarczuk’s Deli. Both my husband and I have Polish in our blood and grew up eating cabbage rolls, borscht, sauerkraut, and various sausages. Kramarczuk’s was not a foreign place to our families. So, of course when we heard about the festival, we just had to go.
We enjoyed our food and drink and the entertainment — traditional dancing and music. Chatted with some folks sitting at our table, and enjoyed the company of my sister and her husband. And on our way out, we stopped in the Deli to pick up some meats to enjoy at home. This might have to become a family tradition.
I’m a sucker for antiques, vintage stuff and sales.
It was only a few years ago that I found out about the Elko Trader’s Market. If you live in Minnesota and love antiques and vintage items, have a home that needs furnishings, or simply like to “window shop”, I highly recommend checking it out. A few weekends in the summer, hundreds of vendors set up their goods outdoors in Elko, right off I-35. You’ll find anything from old tin buckets to beautiful antique furniture. There are also food vendors with hot dogs, tacos, mini donuts and kettle korn.
My sister and I wandered out for a morning at the Market with little June. We indulged in some mini donuts and brats and made our way to each vendor’s “store.” There were so many things I would love to make mine, but, knew I didn’t absolutely need.
My husband and I have been trying to simplify and de-clutter our home from decades of collecting. For the past 6 years of marriage, we’ve mostly been making due with our random belongings and making them work in our space. But, now that we own a home, it would be nice to furnish it accordingly. So, I knew I had to resist the temptation to buy until we are ready to purchase those perfect pieces. I did end up buying a vintage puzzle (pictured above) for when June gets a bit older.
Know of any other must-go-to flea markets or sales in the Twin Cities? I’d love to hear about them.
Sorry for the lack of posting these days. Here are some photos from a few weeks ago when my family spent a weekend up North together. It was different with a baby around, but of course still every bit as enjoyable.
1. Chocolate Banana Shake
2. Neighborhood stroll to a garage sale and back
3. Lost CD
4. Water Tower
5. Sleepy Girl
6. Treat for a sweet tooth
7. Happy Girl
This is the small town Iowa house where I grew up. The governor of Iowa once lived in it. I remember when we moved into the house in 1990, we would find bits and pieces of history beneath the wall paper and in the attic. My parents have put a lot of work into it over the years and I love spending time there. While it seems my Mom and Dad are always building, changing and redecorating, it always feels like home.
1. Noosa Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt – delicious! – and all natural.
2. Vegetables (and fruit). I especially love adding avocado to everything.
3. Dark Chocolate. ‘Nuf said.
4. Sleeping baby.
5. Sunlight and fresh air flowing through the open windows.
6. Kitty basking in the sun.
It’s hard to believe my baby is 8 weeks old! She has started smiling and making “happy” noises. There may have even been a giggle when she was in daddy’s arms.
This week my photographer friend was visiting and took some photos of June in the backyard. I can’t wait to see them and share them with all of you!
Also, I’ve decided to start Cloth Diapering. I went to a very informational and FREE class at Peapods last night. It’s a store that carries natural baby toys and baby care items. There are a variety of cloth diapers — from your traditional pre-folds to an easy all-in-one style diaper. Stay tuned for updates on this adventure!
In the last month, I welcomed a few milestones. I became a mother when my baby girl, June, entered the World on April 18th. I also turned 30 a few days later. And then celebrated my Golden Anniversary — 6 years on May 6th. I have a lot to be thankful for. Although I have done nothing to deserve them, the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband, and a precious, little girl. I think my 30′s are going to be my best years yet!
June Sunshine graced us with her presence on Wednesday, April 18th. Darin and I are in love with her. She truly does bring sunshine to our lives and we thank God daily for giving us this precious, little person.