Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
- they produce a lot of flour. (I think the most flour in the country?)
- There are a lot of immigrants in Minneapolis. There's this one block where there are more amounts of different languages spoken in one place than anywhere else.
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis is the largest (or one of the largest) college campuses. Boasting a killer engineering program.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Chicago was a whirlwind inDEED. We got there at midnight after our Mankato adventure, and hit the ground running!
- Sights, sounds and smells are so much more accessible. I felt so connected to Chicago
- No fuel cost
- Good exercise
- Grumpy, horn-honking drivers
- Out-of-shape legs
- Pretty inexpensive ($2.50 per ride)
- Always a good place to people watch
- If you come in December, you might get to ride on the Christmas train !
- Can cover long distances
- If you get train-sick
- If you're a germaphobe
- Really easy to stop and take pictures
- Great exercise
- You can whistle the Chumba Wumba classic...
- Blisters and sore ankles
- Can only go so far
Thursday, September 17, 2009
During the cross-country push, we found ourselves in dire need of a place to lay our heads, preferably in central Minnesota.
THE COLLAGE. An old urban outfitters catalog becomes Mount Rushmore. (You really have to use your imagination when looking at this one...)
Once more, a collage (by Amy B.). (Thanks Dean for the great sketch books!!! You really are the bestest Estes!)
"Great Faces, Great Places". We somehow managed to get all four in-between our heads. Amy is getting really good at these self-portrait shots.
(By the way, the "Mount Rushmore" collection of original pieces is currently for sale. We would be willing to break up the set of 6, however it really does come as a package deal. Hurry - the lines are forming, the crowds are clamoring, the critics raving!) (smile)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
- Washington (Note: I HIGHLY recommend driving Hwy 20 to anyone who is interested in the scenic route through northern Washington. I chose to drive this way on a whim and am so glad we did! Just make sure you have a full tank of gas because they charge out the wazoo...)
- Idaho (been there, done that)
- Montana (Beautiful! As one friend put it, "Like Colorado without the people")
- Wyoming (only saw the corner of it... in the dark)
- South Dakota (more on this later. But SD we like!!)
- Minnesota (we will be returning to this great state in a week, so stay tuned)
- Illinois (Finally reached our destination!)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
- The stance... man it feels tough
- The smell after the fact - like the 4th of July
- Actually hitting what I'm aiming for (I got the flying clay pigeon!)
- The sweet sore spot on my shoulder the next day
- Bragging rights
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Here is One Cup of Butter's first photo shoot. [from the left] Amy "the bomb" Blakeslee (keys and rhythm) Mike "I have no left arm" Rinehart (vocals, concepts, songwriting) Myself (electric guitar), Chris-Cross Lanning (keys), Matthew "parallel parking" Westfall (better at electric guitar)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- 1 cup butter or margarine, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour*
- 1/3 cup milk, room temperature
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- In a 10-in. round or oval baking dish, melt 1/2 cup butter; set aside. In a saucepan, heat sugar and water until sugar melts; set aside. Place flour in a mixing bowl; cut in remaining butter until fine crumbs form. Add milk, stirring with a fork until dough leaves sides of bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead three or four times. Roll out to an 11-in. x 9-in. rectangle 1/4 in. thick. Spread berries over dough; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up, jelly-roll style. Cut into 1/4-in. thick slices. Carefully lay slices in baking dish over butter. Pour sugar syrup around slices (syrup will be absorbed). Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over top and bake 15 minutes more. Serve warm or cold. (*If self-rising flour is not available, use 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder.)