Friday, May 27, 2011

New Pear Tree Blog

Lately I have been really busy with my photography business, Pear Tree Photography, hence the lack of blogging. I started a new blog for my photos at There are pictures from the wedding a couple weeks ago there. It was a blast and I hope to photograph many weddings in my future. I have also been busy with family and kid photos. I hope to blog about them soon, but my Facebook Fan Page has some previews on it.

And because I don't like picture less posts, here is one of my favorites from the wedding.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekend Recap

On Friday, Elysia hosted Seis de Mayo at her place. She had Chipotle style burritos, margaritas, chips, salsa and guacamole. It was awesome. We then watched a cheerleader movie and ate Dairy Queen cake. Quite the random turn of events, but it turned out to be a great night.



Saturday was a gorgeous day, 70 degrees and sunny. We spent our day cleaning out the garage, the cars, the house and the dandelions. After our long day of work we went on our first bike ride of the season. We didn't get too far, but we did find some new trails and Chipotle for dinner.


Dandelions & Bike Ride

Bike Seat

Getting Air for the Bike Tires

On Sunday, we went to church and then to my parents' house for Mother's Day. It was a pretty small crowd, but Ben did a good job of providing the entertainment. Sadly I have no photos of the little guy. His birthday is coming up in a couple weeks, so I am sure I will go overboard with photos then.

Mother's Day

Today I picked up our new grill already assembled from Lowe's. When we moved in the ladies left us a Coleman Travel Grill and it lasted us a couple summers. The broken handle, peeling paint and major rust were just a few signs it was time for a new one.

Old Grill - New Grill

New Grill

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shanna's Birthday Brunch and Coffee Tour

Today we went down to LeCenter to go to Shanna's Birthday Brunch and a tour of the European Roasterie where Shanna's Dad works.

On our way down there we ran into the bikers riding the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. The route was 100 miles from Lakeville heading west to Jordan, then turns south to LeSueur, Montgomery, Lonsdale and back to Lakeville. I read on the website the fastest person did this ride in 3 hours and 49 minutes, that's 27 miles per hour.

Minnesota Ironman Bike Riders

Minnesota Ironman Bike Riders

At brunch we had two kinds of waffles, pancakes, sausage and fruit. It was delicious.

Shanna's Birthday Brunch

After brunch Shanna's dad took us on a tour of the European Roasterie. It was pretty interesting to learn about the coffee making process.

The process starts with the coffee beans arriving in the warehouse.

Coffee Bags

The beans are then roasted in this huge coffee bean roaster. After the roasting, they are either kept whole or ground. The grinder is on the left and the roaster is on the right.

Coffee Grinder & Roaster

Roasting the coffee beans is the at the discretion of the person roasting the beans. To have the beans roasted consistently they use a sample tray to compare the roasted beans to.

Coffee Roasting Samples

The ground coffee beans are stored in these plastic containers.

Ground Coffee

Flavored Coffee Beans

Some of the beans are then flavored after roasting. Here are some of the crazy flavors they have.

Coffee Flavors

More Coffee Flavors

We then saw the area where they package the coffee.

Coffee Packaging

Coffee Packaging

Coffee Tour

Elysia then found the hair and beard nets, so she tried them on.

Hair and Beard Nets

Elysia putting on hair and beard nets

Coffee Bag

To close out the tour we all sampled some of the varieties of the coffee.

Sampling the Coffee