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Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, September 12, 2013

14 days and counting

That’s right.  I’ve only got two more weeks at Tamarac NWR before I hit the road for more southern climes.  This is about the time I start making lists of things I need to accomplish before heading out.  After mowing the weeds all around headquarters and the volunteer rig sites today (the grass is just beginning to green up after such a dry August), I headed to town to take care of some items on my list. 

Town means Detroit Lakes (DL to those in the know Winking smile).  After being here four months, I consider myself one of “those” in the know…  It seems I’m needing some new tires for the toad, so I asked Larry, one of the maintenance guys on the refuge, where he would go for tires.  He sent me to Schultz Garage and Bus Company in DL for an honest evaluation of my needs.  I now have an appointment for getting four new Firestone Tires installed next Thursday.

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While in town, I stopped at the Central Market grocery store for another must have item for my travels.  I’ve recently become enamored by these tasty ginger thins.

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They’re a very thin, crispy ginger cookie that just melts in your mouth as you eat them.  One serving is supposed to be six cookies for only a total of 133 calories.  I’ve always like gingersnaps, but I like these even better.

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There’s also some fun involved in eating them.  “Anna’s Pepperkakor are also known as Swedish wish cookies.  To make a wish, place a cookie on the palm of your hand and tap it gently with your index finger.  If it breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true.  Lycka till!”  Hmm… seems like my journey to Louisiana will be an easy one.  That’s a relief!

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I also decided to live on the wild side, and try some of their chocolate mint thins.  I’ll have to let you know if they’re as tasty as the ginger thins later.

As I’m finishing up this post, the sandhill cranes are giving their wonderful calls outside my rig window.  I don’t see them often here, but I love to listen to them.  I bet they’re roosting in the shallow waters of Flat Lake this evening.

Tomorrow, I’m off for a final trip to Fargo for this year.  On my list, of course, is to get about three loaves of wonderful bread for the freezer from the Breadsmith, a last pound of sponge candy, and maybe, if I time it just right, one last chocolate malt on my way back to the rig.  Culinary delights for sure!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

26 comments:

  1. Ah, a lady who definitely has her priorities all lined up. And where are we off to?

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  2. Chocolate Malt is a must have! Hope to be slurping one right beside you one day.

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  3. Occasionally Tuesday Morning have these cookies in stock. At about half the price of Central Market from what I understand.

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  4. Good news, I just checked and Anna's cookies are available from Amazon.Com

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  5. I like your check list!! Those cookies look great. I wonder if they have them in this neck of the woods...I think I'll go on a search!!

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  6. Hope you get your wish... nothing like arriving at the next destination safe and sound. I think Carolyn and Wally will be in Louisiana this winter but I can't remember which refuge.

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  7. Great idea getting 'the best' in N. Minn to take with you. I think I have a recipe for sponge or we call it angelfood candy!! I'll have to check my cookbooks.

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  8. Those Anna's cookies are the greatest. Still haven't run into anyone who knows what sponge candy is.

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  9. Sounds like your departure prep is all about food:))

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  10. I'll take the chocolate mint cookies over those ginger thingies!

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  11. I have always LOVED Anna's cookies. Haven't hadthem for a long time. Can't seem to stop at the serving size!

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  12. The Portland, OR IKEA store sells Anna's cookies, or at least they used to. Yummy!

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  13. jeeeez Sherry and her whoopie pies and blueberry ice cream and you and Anna's cookies ... I'm having water because I"m fat... and you know what pisses me off? people say ... you're fat... why don't you watch what you eat? and you won't be fat... pbffft ... just reading your two blogs back to back, I gained 12 pounds.

    I did fix gluten free sugarless with no syrup on top banana and walnut pancakes for supper.. ha

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  14. If you're ever near/at an Ikea, they also sell Anna's ginger thins - yum! Be sure to keep us posted on the newbies: Chocolate mint thins - double yum!

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  15. Thought you might like to know Breadsmith is becoming a national thing: http://www.breadsmith.com/locations.html

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    1. They are now in 32 towns in 14 states. I guess you could call that 'a national thing' but rather limited. I think they still have some way to go before they might be considered a national company.

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  16. Enjoy your last two weeks of this season at Tamarac. You are smart to get the tires - nothing worse than worrying about having a blowout, or being surprised by having one. I'm still thinking about driving the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez, so maybe I'll see ya in a few weeks although I might be a little ahead of you.

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  17. After all, a girl needs those sweet treats to have enough energy to finish painting all those posts. Will you get them all done in time? Better tap a cookie in your hand to find out. :cD

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  18. ohhhh. . .I just want a box of those ginger cookies so bad. . .really, really good ones are hard to come by.

    countdown time. . .and getting ready to roll. . .yes!

    do you have an extra freezer, that you are able to store three loaves of bread. . .I don't think I'd have room for anything else. . .

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  19. Seems like your time there has flown by. Seems like the troubles and weather delays you had getting there were just last week! Enjoy your last few days...

    Sounds like you are stocking up on all the right things! My kind of shopping!

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  20. I remember reading about your next stop for the winter, but I can't remember were it is. I believe it was somewhere in Louisiana. So refresh my memory.

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  21. We like finding food that we have never had and also stock up on the way out of town.

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  22. Thanks for posting! I was searching trying to find out who made these delish thin ginger cookies. I tossed my box and when I went back to the grocery store, I did not see any on the shelf. I do remember it was a red box. Thanks again!

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  23. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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