Simple Pleasures

January 24, 2011 | My Jottings

Life gets too complicated sometimes, don’t you think?

I find that the simplest things are often what bring the most pleasure and the most reasons to be extra-grateful.

Like a simple log cabin with a simple fire in the hearth to warm the feet and the soul on a frigid December afternoon…

And a simple, unobstructed view of the largest fresh-water lake in the world…

And the steady rhythmic whoosh of the tiny waves that can be heard right outside the windows…

And a simple kitchenette where simple snacks and meals can be assembled…

And a carving of a black bear on the spiral stairs to bring a bit of whimsy to the simple North Shore decor…

And a simple bowl of French onion soup with sherried beef stock and Gruyere to warm up with…

And Michael’s simple “elk en croute, with duxelle and pistachios in a puff pastry, with candied baby turnips, beets, carrots and currants in a demi-glace.”

And friend Danny’s simple appetizer of “curried blue mussels with an apple cider creamed curry, served over ciabatta.”

And friend Su’s simple “seared sea scallops ginger apple gastrique with butternut squash and a white bean and bacon brunoise with a bit of wild rice.”

And my tiny but delectable dessert of a “maple pot de crème, and carrot cake with walnuts and crème anglaise.”

And the cherished, comfortable company of friends Su and Danny…

And a simple quilted bed with simple lights to read by…

And the everyday, simple thrill of a smiling husband…

And the simple pleasures brought by a weekend in a cabin on the shores of Lake Superior…the quiet, the grandeur, the restfulness…

The myriad reasons I have to be grateful…

Simple pleasures are often the most exquisite.

Thank you Lord.


  1. Carey says:

    Looks wonderful and I agree heartily! Beautiful views, warmth, delicious food and friends to share it all with. Doesn’t get much better than that!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Maybe another trip (longer this time?) to Croftville Carey? 🙂

  3. Lloyd says:

    Exquisite, Julie. Almost made me want to come home. Almost.
    It did send me to the kitchen. See you in April.

  4. Just Julie says:

    🙂 – see you in a couple of months, Lloyd!

  5. Ember says:

    What a beautiful place! x

  6. Carey says:

    Yes…Croftville would be delightful. I had such a blessed respite the last time we were there!

  7. Just Julie says:

    Let’s set a date!

  8. Kay says:

    MMMM…I’ll have what Michael’s having!
    Thanks for sharing these amazing photos,Julie.

  9. Just Julie says:

    It was pretty yummy, Kay. Have you and Joel eaten at the Scenic?

  10. Ganeida says:

    How lovely! I do like timber interiors but we have one & I do find the spiders like to nest in the crevices. *sigh* So exciting when you hope out of the shower & dozens of newly hatched babies[what does one call baby spiders?] drop on one’s head! That food looks like a 5 star restraunt!

  11. Just Julie says:

    You have given me a visual that I wish I didn’t have, Ganeida! Baby spiders dropping on your head in the shower!? This would be one of my worse nightmares. It’s one of the good things about a Minnesota winter – we are pretty bug-free for six months. 🙂

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