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Gotta getaway…

A few weeks back, I invited “Up North” for a 50th birthday celebration and spa weekend; who would turn that down? Though cold, the weekend was filled with food, drinks, laughs, massages and fun! Here’s a recap.

We kicked off the trip with a few pits stops along the way to grab apps, beers and just take our time on the 2 and half hour trip; no rush at all. But our first “official” stop was at Rafferty’s in Nisswa, Minnesota. The building was rather unassuming and I am pretty sure the only reason we were able to eat was because the hostess was not sure what time they closed. We quickly ordered so they couldn’t send us on our way. A couple pitchers of beer and a few large pizzas were just right to fill the tum after a long day of work and a few hours in the car.





With the whole weekend focused on relaxation, we headed to the Grandview Lodge for the rest of the night!



The next morning we were so blessed to wake up to a huge breakfast at the main lodge followed by an amazing hour long massage! The Glacier spa at Grandview Lodge was to-die-for! Just amazing! The staff was spot on, ameneties just perfect and the massage was incredible!

We continued the relaxation theme with an afternoon full of naps and lounging. After freshening up we headed to Prairie Bay for dinner. None of us had been there previous to this visit so we were excited to see what all the buzz was about. This restaurant chose to play a mean trick on its hungry patrons, in that you are able to see the restaurant from the road but it was a maze to get to the building itself. Once again we were met with an unassuming building that could have previously housed a Baker’s Square. At that point… wasn’t sure what to expect.


This portion of the menu was rather entertaining.


Purusing the food menu was an adventure, the possibilities seemed endless and most certainly did not fit the building or the decor– but my curiousity was on the rise. After much deliberation I ordered the Sugar Seared Angus Beef Medallions with Toasted Almond Cauliflower Au gratin. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Boy was I surprised with this was set down in front of me…


The meat was cooked to perfection and had a lightly sweet but extremely savory flavor and au gratin was absolute perfection. This steak might be in my top 7… best steaks ever. #mindblown

After dinner it was back to the resort for live music and after-dinner drinks; Up North Style!


We munched on popcorn, people watched the “locals” and hit the hay! The weekend was just perfect and I would do it all over again (minus the snow)!!


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“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea…”

On Tuesday, I went to town in the kitchen making pan seared steak, garlicky shrimp and fresh asparagus. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to document the process–just this one photo exists– kind of a sad one because I had already started feasting.

Anyway, I thought I would share the how to and recipes here so you could take a stab at making this awesome meal (seriously, the reviews were literarlly that it was awesome… and yes I asked opinions beyond myself!) I have a lot of friends that are adhering to a low-carb diet, if you are as well, this is right up your alley.

Garlic Shrimp

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 plain dry breadcrumbs

Preheat your broiler. Heat oil in large nonstick pan, with an oven proof handle, on medium-high heat. Add shrimp, garlic, salt and pepper. Add shrimp to the pan, stirring frequently, just as the shrimp begin to turn pink, about 3 minutes.

Add wine, broth, scallions, parsley, lemon juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered untl liquid begins to thicken slightly and the shrimp are just opaque in the center, about 3 minutes.

Top the shrimp mixture with the breadcrumbs. Place the skillet in the oven under the broiler and heat until the topping is golden, about 2 minutes.

 Pan Seared Steak

  • steaks about 1 inch thick
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Marinate the steaks in olive oil overnight. Drain off any excess oil and salt the steaks on both sides. Heat a cast-iron skillet over a high setting. When hot add the steaks and sear on one side. Turn the heat down to medium and continue cooking for about 3 minutes for medium rare. Turn the steaks with tongs and turn up the heat to high.  Sear the second side of the steaks, then turn the heat to medium and cook for another 3 minutes to medium rare. Remove immediatley.

Now head to the grocery and then off to your kitchen and get cookin’!

*note- recipes modified from Weight Watchers

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