Pottery on the Rustic Road

Every fall, a picturesque farm on the outskirts of the river town of Hudson, Wisconsin, hosts a pottery show and sale which is a feast for the senses.

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Once inside, the talent of this event is evident.

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The pottery is displayed inside a rustic and lovingly restored barn.

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The diversity of styles and creativity is inspiring.  You can’t help but leave with something carefully wrapped and packaged for the drive home.  The fact that a portion of the sales is donated to Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization, only provides more incentive to loosen the pursestrings.

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Wandering again outside, homegrown fiddles and country strings fill the air, while artisans work their magic.

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The farm features outdoor raku firing demonstrations, smoke and fire joining forces with the artist.

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And children are mesmerized as one of the artists magically brings to life a pot or vase from a lump of clay.

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The original farm cottage is open for wandering, and only adds to the charm of the setting.  You may end up visiting and never want to leave.

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You have until 5:00 p.m. today to visit this once-a-year event …. otherwise, be sure to mark your calendars next year and enjoy a classic fall day on the Rustic Road.

Ciao! ~ Kat

For more information on the Rustic Road 13 Pottery Event & Sale:  http://www.rusticroad13pottery.com.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

Everything is a new adventure in the eyes of a puppy ….  a simple walk on the trails turns into an excited gallop, exploring new smells, new sights, new sounds …

This bundle of endless energy is only one of many reasons the blog and my blog reading has been neglected the past few months.  The daily adventure called life sometimes gets in the way.

Puppy Adventure on the Trails

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Adventure” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

With a hint of fall in the air already, this winter silhouette of a kayaker on Lake Superior is a sight not far off again!

Kayaker on Lake Superior

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Silhouette” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Why Visit Duluth?!

Why Visit Duluth?  Winter or summer, the city has something for everyone….

Duluth’s visitor’s and convention bureau, Visit Duluth, is seeking photos for its 2015 Visitor Guide.  These were a few of my favorites from the past year or two which are just a small sampling of why the Lake Superior City of Duluth should be on everyone’s vacation destination list.

The summer arts and crafts fair at Glensheen (taking a year off in 2014 as construction wraps up on the grounds) creates a stunning shopping venue.

Art Fair at Glensheen Mansion ~ Duluth, MN

If you  need a break from shopping, you can grab a seat on one of the benches and rest a bit while enjoying Glensheen’s beautiful gardens.

Glensheen Mansion gardens ~ Duluth, MN

For a different seating option, the contrasting whites and blues at Brighton Beach in the winter invite you to sit and ponder the Lake awhile.

Winter scene on Brighton Beach ~ Duluth, MN

And for wintertime shopping, Canal Park is full of unique shops.

Canal Park ~ Duluth, MN

On the far eastern end of the city, the mouth of the Lester River provides a peaceful spot to watch the moon rise over Lake Superior.

Monnrise on Lake Superior ~ Duluth, MN

Once the sun is down and moon is up, Lester Park’s lit ski trails are just across Highway 61, with an extensive trail system day or night for cross-country skiing.

Lester Park Ski Trails ~ Duluth, MN

But, come Spring, the ice breaker is a welcome sight as the Lake’s waters open and shipping (and duck and goose) traffic begins!

U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter on Lake Superior in Duluth, MN

If you travel to the western end of the City, you can find the Lake Superior Zoo, where the peacocks provide a colorful show as they strut around the grounds.

Peacock at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo

And if you happened to visit the Zoo last year, you may have been fortunate enough to catch a glance of not one, but two, baby Angolan colobus monkeys.

Lake Superior Zoo's Angolan colobus monkey

Spring gives way to Summer, and that means it is time for a Portland Malt Shoppe treat, while you enjoy the Lakewalk.

A malt from the Portland Malt Shoppe in Duluth, MN

Duluth is bursting with opportunities for residents and visitors alike.  If you have not had the opportunity to explore the City, be sure to add it to your travel list.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Need more information about visiting and exploring Duluth?  Check out Visit Duluth.

Cooking With Fiori di Zucca

The seasonal fiori di zucca dishes offered when we traveled to Italy a few summers ago were some of my favorite food memories!  Each restaurant prepared them slightly differently, and my husband found a little grocery in Rome which had the delicate flowers delivered in the mornings, providing an opportunity for him to attempt making the savory stuffed appetizer himself.

Our shaded yard (not to mention the often short summers in northern Minnesota) does not provide an optimal space for growing squash, pumpkin or zucchini, but when we visited my parents in South Dakota recently, the zucchini blossoms in their garden were plentiful.  My husband carefully packed a half-dozen blossoms in our cooler for the 8-hour road trip home, and treated us to memories of Rome that evening.  Fiori di zucca fritti is a perfect mid-summer small plate to share!

Fiori di Zucca Fritti

Do you have a favorite zucchini/squash blossom recipe to share? I would love to see it!

Recipe my husband used for the Fried Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms pictured above, from Giada De Laurentiis and the Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fried-cheese-stuffed-zucchini-blossoms-recipe.html.

Ciao! ~ Kat