Yet another boys’ high school hockey season has come and gone in Minnesota. It seems like just yesterday we were heady with anticipation of the season and the potential for another great Duluth East run at a state title. They were returning their top ten scorers and it seemed the only question mark was who would replace Kirk Meierhoff in goal; Lukan Hanson or Parker Kleive? But the returning scoring, in itself, had many talking about East, Edina and Moorhead in the same breath as being the Elite Three in Gopher State puck. Eventually Moorhead would fall out of the conversation, to be replaced by the Minnetonka Skippers, Minnetonka, as it eventually turned out, was Last Man Standing when it was all over last night by virtue of their 5-2 championship game win over Duluth East.
1 lb ground beef
1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1 oz) package ranch dressing mix
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes & green chiles, undrained
1 (15.5 oz) can corn, undrained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, undrained
1 (15 oz) can sliced black olives
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 cup tomato juice
We’ve adapted this from the original recipe which made 14 servings!
This recipe has been adapted for preparing in a 6-qt slow cooker
Much of what is written here has been pulled directly off my Hearts In Hawai`i blog. For those who have been following my blog, this is a rehash.
Want the numbers? Here they are!
1. Leilani’s (93.00 pts)
In the atmosphere area, not quite up to Kimo’s standards. In the food area, better. My filet mignon was as good as any I’ve ever had, on a par with the one I had at Ruth’s Chris in 2012. It was placed on a bed of mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and was cooked to perfection. Patty was equally enthusiastic about her baby back ribs. Service was impeccable and extremely friendly. And since we each had an entree, we were able to utilize our coupon for a free Hula Pie. Excellent!
This is a project I started back in 1999; using PageStat to determine who the favorites are in each of the 16 sections in Minnesota, who has a decent chance and who has any chance in the section playoffs. A “favorite” is described as being within one point from the top of that section. “Decent Chance” is a team within two points, and “You Never Know” shows teams within three points.
This is how PageStat sees the sections at this point in the 2016-17 season:
1AA: Favorite: Lakeville North, Lakeville South Decent Chance: none You Never Know: none
2AA: Favorite: Eden Prairie, Holy Family Decent Chance: Minnetonka You Never Know: none
3AA: Favorite: St. Thomas Academy Decent Chance: none You Never Know: Burnsville
It’s our final day on Maui, and it starts early for Patty at 5:15. I sleep in for an extra house–getting out of bed, I then sit on the lanai, drinking my mornng coffee and marveling at how the shadows come up over Lanai nearly every day.
We walk over to the Pioneer Inn for a final breakfast at 7 a.m. Alex is there, of course, and yapping a little bit so we sit somewhat further away from him than we did on our first visit. Patty gets her usual oatmeal–she loves how they make that stuff here–and I get the two egg breakfast with an added order of whole wheat toast and Portuguese Sausage. It’s a great meal to start off our final morning on Maui.
Our final full day on Maui!
Patty and I are both up by 6 a.m., with the usual breakfast and coffee on the lanai, followed by dropping her off for her workout. This pretty much sums up how most early mornings have gone for us on this trip. After dropping her off, I hit the road for more pictures, stopping at the Jodo Mission and Baby Beach, then working my way south of Lahaina to 14-mile Beach, Ukumehame, McGregor Point and Ma`alaea. I find out Porto (a very good pizza joint) is permanently closed. There is a four-car accident on Highway 380 reported on KPOA radio, and I decide to stay away from that area. It’s sunny when I return to Lahaina so I get one final sun session in of 2 1/2 hours.
Early mornings before 7 a.m. are the best time here, being out on the lanai with coffee, Patty at the fitness center. Trade winds are back and will be on the strong side today, blowing some showers over to the leeward side of Maui.
When Patty returns, we take off in the car with the goal of getting to Kanaha Beach to see some windsurfing, and then proceed to Baldwin and Ho`okipa Beaches. This doesn’t pan out–it starts sprinkling, then raining, then pouring by the time we get near Kahului. We head back south on highway 380, then proceed to Kihei. We eventually find our way to our wedding spot on a hill alongside the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. From there we head to Po`olenalena Beach and finally down to Makena Beach. This is our first time at Makena. What a beach! It’s long and wide with great sand and surf. Fabulous place.