Not your typical “Netflix and Chill” kind of night.. 

We’re back!! Yes, we took a short break from our blog but have had quite the summer. Not only did we spend the Summer and Fall continuing to explore, finding wonderful dates along the way but Jordan asked me to marry him and I happily accepted. 

We’ve spent time in the Boundary Waters to as far as Craig, Colorado but we will share those adventures with you later 😉 

Now don’t get us wrong, the whole “Netflix and chill” is great and all but sometimes you just need to get gussied up and head 27 floors up! Jordan took me to the Foshay’s prohibition bar to enjoy cocktails and appetizers on a Thursday night and it was better than expected. Although it was quite busy, we found a cozy place to cuddle up and take in the room -literally, think prohibition era. 


Plan to pay for parking and this bar is a little spendy but definitely worth the trouble. Not to mention, ladies beware it is quite a walk but once you get there, a cozy chair or sofa be waiting. 

With these delicious drinks, you won’t find many teetotalers at this blind pig 🥂
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Last One In Is A Rotten Egg

Whew! So we’ve got chickens. What started off as two has quickly become four egg-laying hens and quite the adventure.

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Two chickens, Basil and Rocket, came with our lovely house complete with chicken coop. We decided to speed up egg production by purchasing two more from some lovely Facebook friends. Now, introducing new chickens to an, already established coop, is quite problematic and messy considering there is a pecking order that must be maintained. However, Rocket quickly decided she is the Alpha and the others obliged with no choice (fights did happen but were pretty mild).


So far, we’ve gotten about a bakers dozen of eggs or so and the two new chickens escaped once. Now THAT was chaos. Imagine us running up and down the alley chasing chickens in a CITY. Not to mention, we had to climb a very, very tall tree. The birds were caught and we clipped their flying wings very carefully. We confined them to the coop for a few days to learn their surroundings and they have been great since.

Now, here’s to smooth sailing and some happy, healthy chickens! Eggs anyone?

 

Feeding Frenzy

Jordan and I are finally moving to the city! Giving up two acres in the ‘burbs was tough but this move was a great choice for us and the pups couldn’t be happier having a fenced in yard to run wild in. This house comes with its quirks and 1920’s charm, complete with large garden and a coop full of CHICKENS!

Never having owned chickens, this is going to be quite the adventure, but we’ll get to that later 🙂 What we’re excited and focused on now, being that it’s Spring, is to build a big, beautiful, organic garden. To start that, we have been growing some vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, jalepenos, green beens, pumpkins and watermelon in a seed starter at our home.

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We have about a month to go until we move in to our new home and in the meantime, I have been reading “Planet Heal Thyself” by Jordan Rubin. This book has inspired us to start composting with Red Wiggler Worms among many other self-sustaining  things.

I thought the process would be more complicated and was a little hesitant on taking on worms inside the house – especially with already having to take care of two pups. However, it is SO EASY.

I went to Wal-Mart and picked up two bins – unfortunately we couldn’t find dark ones (worms like dark, damp spaces) but it’s easy enough to store these bins in a dark place.


Once I got all of my supplies, Jordan drilled air holes for the little fellas in the top bin and TINY holes in the bottom of the top bin (for drainage).


I ordered the worms off of eBay (who knew?) and once they arrived, we used our old newspaper scraps for some bedding, added a small amount of dirt (the worms come with some dirt of their own) and added some water — a small amount just to dampen the newspaper and, boom! you’re ready to start the adventure of composting!


** It’s important not to overfeed the worms, otherwise things can start to smell. The same goes if you have too wet of an environment for the worms. If you feel that food is starting to add up in your composting bin, take a few days off for the worms to catch up **

We can’t wait to use our compost material in our garden as well as the “liquid gold” attained from worms as well. We’ve even been reading that chickens make some great compost as well as provide us with eggs. I think we’re going to make great friends with our neighbors 😉 Happy Composting!

It’s Never Too Cold…

For ice cream!! 

Ice cream is the key to my heart. Which is why Jordan always enjoys taking me for a cone.. He knows what he’s doing 😉 

We visited Sebastian Joe’s in Uptown on Saturday night and it was delicious! It was a little busy but the lines went fast and were well worth it! The ice cream here is amazing and definitely worth the trip!

  

Climbing to the Top

Never stop reaching for the stars, literally or figuratively! Vertical endeavors in Minneapolis helps you attempt this goal. We went in the afternoon on Tuesday, which turned out to be a good idea; it’s gets quite busy around 5pm. We were able to climb a few walls before heading out for some pho. Now eat-street (Nicollett Ave) has some awesome pho spots but we ended up at Pho79. Following, we ended at our favorite spot, Glamdoll, for some donuts. Although rock climbing made it hard to lift the donuts to our mouths, we managed and are happy campers this evening 🙂  

  
    

  
 

Let’s Get Wild!

Sporting events are thee best dates! Nothing like insane cheering and consuming/drinking thousands of calories in one sitting. It screams romance, huh? Maybe not, but it does get you out of your comfort zone to enjoy one another. One of our favorite dates is watching the Minnesota Wild play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Don’t get me wrong, we love having a romantic dinners out and would have loved to grab a bite at one of the amazing St. Paul restaurants before hand but there wasn’t any empty seat at any nearby. However, the X has so many delicious options as well! We parked a little farther from the X to avoid the traffic post game in the ramps- big tip! Have fun enjoying your favorite team 😉 

   

Thank you, Thank you. 

Newer to Blaine but a wonderful addition, Kintaro Sushi and Hibachi doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re ordering sushi or something fried, you can’t go wrong. Jord and I were lucky enough to receive a gift card to this restaurant and amidst all the shopping, we decided to stop in. It was a slower afternoon but we were sat and greeted right away. Their General Tso’s chicken was wonderful as well as their sushi appetizer! Stop in and give this gem a try!

  

Home Away From Home

And that’s exactly what the Moondance Inn is. You’re welcomed with wine and cheese as you check in to this marvelous home. With each room complete with a whirl pool tub, the goal is to relax your entire stay. Jord and I headed to Red Wing with our best friends for a weekend of bliss. The Moondance Inn also has many deals and perks of spending an entire weekend so we enjoyed a free meal at a local restaurant on them! Finishing up our evening we played board games in the  attic with a glow from the fireplace. I know you’re thinking it cant get any better then that.. But yes it can. Sunday morning coffee and tea served at 8:30 followed by a delicious breakfast; the cook even takes all dietary needs into consideration.  The care-takers at the Moondance really go above and beyond! We will all be back for many years to come.  

 

A Winter Wonderland

Who says you have to spend money to have a fun date? Not us! Last night, while doing a somewhat dreaded chore, shoveling, we turned lemons into lemonade or more so, snow into a very large, man. Jordan and I worked together to make a nine-foot tall snowman, complete with coal eyes and mouth and a carrot nose! Our puppies also enjoyed the snowy night 🙂 it was a great way to be together and make something fun!