six senses saturday

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smelling :: the sweet scent of flowering trees and shrubs on McSorley Street as we walked downtown for dessert and cocktails for our date night last evening.

seeing :: the warm glow of the Red Wing street lights, the historic St. James Hotel, and a quick peek at the new Red Wing River Bend Coop, complete with a grocery section, and a coffee, tea, soup and smoothie cafe! I’m in heaven!

tasting :: a slice of homemade pear torte for two that we shared while sitting on the outdoor patio of this little restaurant…and tonight homemade “grillin’ beans” (see recipe below) with grilled bratwurst and English Breakfast iced tea

hearing :: this gorgeous music by Francis Leftwich…heard it first over at the always lovely Today’s Letters. Emily has the best taste in music :)…also hearing the trill of church bells, cars rushing by on Plum Street, and birds chirping little love songs to eachother.

feeling :: renewed by the beauty of this season, and invigorated after a wonderful afternoon bike ride with the hubs and Gracie

knowing :: that this is very good advice… “Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.” ~Richard Dumb

Recipe for Homemade Grillin’ Beans: 2 cans great northern beans (drained and rinsed,) 1/4 pound bacon browned along with 1/4 cup bell pepper and 1/2 onion chopped fine, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup bbq sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 Tablepsoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon celery seed, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste. Combine all in a saucepan, simmer on low for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

What are you up to today?

~Melissa


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  6 comments for “six senses saturday

  1. March 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    loved this, Melissa…spent the day at the “cabin” mushroom hunting, kayaking on the Merrimac between sites, and generally just loving a Spring day! Got a nice haul of morels and chanterelles, and a few wood-ears…spent the day surrounded by flowering everything, then cooking for friends, and am about to hit the rack…hope tomorrow is as good for you as today was

    • Melissa
      March 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Wow, that sounds fantastic. Did I ever send the Carl Pendle video to you about mushroom hunting? I think you’d love it. There is nothing better than a thick slice of toast well buttered and browned on a griddle and piled with sauteed morels that have been splashed with a nice white wine, salt and pepper 🙂 Would you ever consider doing a guest post for me? I love your Saturday. I bet a lot of people would. 🙂 sweet dreams.

  2. March 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I love the “knowing.” That is good.

    I’m going to have to keep reminding myself just that.

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2012 at 12:02 am

      xoxo Carrie 🙂

  3. Jennifer | Mother Thyme
    March 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

    That pear torte looks amazing! The hyacinth just bloomed here and it always reminds me of Spring. I picked a few petals and was letting my twins smell them. Seeing them smell new scents and smells that are so dear to me is lovely. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2012 at 7:00 am

      The pear torte was really good…not too sweet, which I like. More like a pear kuchen than a torte 🙂 Hyacinths are so lovely! Yes, I love watching little people discover new things too! So sweet! I had some in my front garden but the bunnies got to them. You have a wonderful weekend too. xo

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