Celebrating our Heritage

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.

Dream Flea Market

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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.

A Bonnet, a Babe and a Backyard

I have to admit, other than running to the grocery store or Target, I don’t get out much with June. However, it is my intention to start getting outside more and enjoying the beautiful, warm weather. I took June outside the other day and we played on a blanket in the backyard. She was looking extra cute in her bonnet, so I decided to snap a few shots.

Daddy decided to pop outside, so I got a few snapshots of him with June.

And, of course, I couldn’t resist a shot with her myself.

Maybe next time you see us, our skin will be a little darker.