Monthly Archives: September 2014

City of Mankato Calendar

I am excited to share my news! I received an email today congratulating me on five of my photos were selected for Honorable Mention in the City of Mankato 2015 Calendar Contest. Here is how the email read:

Dear Terri DeGezelle,

Thank you for participating in the 2015 city of Mankato calendar photo contest. Pat Christman, a photographer for The Free Press, judged the photographs. With so many photo entries to choose from, selecting the winners was difficult.

Congratulations on your photographs, “Prepare,” “Justice,” “Lincoln,” “Peace,” and “Morning sky” winning honorable mention. As honorable mentions, your photos may be used in city communication projects.
No photo selected for the calendar itself, but close!! I still enjoy the photos I did submit.


Morning Sky




Today a rather rainy, dreary, cloudy gray day… a Pooh kind of day.

Today, was one of rainy, dreary, cloudy gray days when you would love to curl up in a big overstuffed chair with a good book and after a few chapters get up and bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies and in the afternoon start of pot of soup simmering. I know, it sounds like all I think about is food, well reading and writing too and some days that is all I think about. However, in honor of today being a Pooh kind of day,I want to share some photos with you to hopefully make you smile and think about what you would like to do on the next rainy, dreary, cloudy gray day!

Traffic Box; A Good Day in All

The morning started off with spritzes of rain and cloudy skies. SignPro wondered if they would be able to get the traffic boxes done today. Then I got an email about 11:00 and said they were planning to start right after lunch 1`:00/1:30. God is merciful and my lunch started at 1:00 and we were running late so I didn’t start my lunch until 1:15 and I pulled up the same time the SignPro truck pulled ad parked. The shinning noon time sun made it a bit tough to take photos but we got the job done. This father & son team are the best,SignPro Amazing

Trimming up so the door will open if need to get in.

Trimming up so the door will open if need to get in.


Chuck and & Ben

corners of Cherry & Second Sts.


IMG_0712-001 they did my traffic box last year too. Thank you, Chuck and Ben, Nice Job. Marbles Galore on the corner of Cherry and Second Sts. My day ended with a full moon, it has been a good day!

Buttermilk Pie

My grandma used to make the best pies. Fruit pies, pudding pies, you name it, what ever was in season, she could make a pie of it. One time, she even made a gooseberry pie, man, was that tart. She said it would make you pucker for days. Then, I remember the time she made green tomato pie. She loved it and ate almost whole pie by herself.

I was at a restaurant recently and tried a piece of pie I thought I had never tried before, “Buttermilk Pie.” It was delicious. Refreshing, light on the palette with a soft, mild, spring flavor. I could have eaten the whole by myself.

I researched recipe books and read online and found many different versions. I was telling my mom about the wonderful pie and she said, “Well, you know that is how Grandma made her sour cream raisin pie. She used buttermilk, never sour cream.” It was like I was struck with a lightening bolt. I was taken right back to Grandma’s kitchen savoring every bite of her Sour Cream Raisin pie. I remember eating small bites to make it last longer. So good. I went to the shelf and found Grandma’s recipe book and there it was, her Sour Cream Raisin Pie; main ingredient: Buttermilk. I want to share the recipe with each of you. The original recipe does not call for raisins; it was just something Grandma did because Grandpa liked raisins.

1 large (9 inch) pie crust
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. of flour
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract1
1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
Nutmeg – to dash on top
1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pie pan with pie crust.
2. Cream together butter and sugar.
3. Once fully combined and slightly fluffy, add flour and eggs.
4. Mix well. You can use a hand mixer for this, or beat with a fork until fully combined and smooth.
5. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until fully incorporated. Let stand 5 mins. so the sugar can dissolve.
6. Pour into prepared pie crust.
7. Dash nutmeg on top.
8. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 – or until done. A fork or toothpick inserted into the middle should come out cleanly. The pie will still be slightly jiggly after baking.
9. Allow time to cool and set before serving, usually an hour at the very least.

Oh so good.

Oh so good.

Even better when a heart appears on the top of your pie.

Even better when a heart appears on the top of your pie.