super moist maple pumpkin bread


I had such a nice, relaxing time in my kitchen today. It was chilly and pouring rain, so I decided to get some autumn baking done. I played with pumpkins and apples while rewatching the first few episodes of Vampire Diaries on the little DVD player that Jeff installed under our cupboards for me a…

scenes from the past couple weeks


~ The Creamery & Cheese Factory, Nelson Wisconsin ~ sampling new, delicious wines… ~ The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, 2014 ~ The King & Queen of the realm… gourmet cheese pizza… lots of live entertainment… lots and lots of people… beer and (of course) wine… poetry readings… knights… fajita salad… big iced teas for tea time……

apple cider floats


One of our absolute favorite Fall treats! ~ Apple Cider Floats ~ cinnamon ice cream OR vanilla ice cream mixed with cinnamon  fresh apple orchard apple cider real, sweetened whipped cream (optional) caramel sauce (optional) Place 2 generous scoops of ice cream in each glass. (If using vanilla ice cream mixed with a little cinnamon,…

cherry bomb steak sauce


Here’s an easy way to spice up grilled steak! ~Cherry Bomb Steak Sauce ~ 1/2 cup whole cherry jam or preserves (I used Bonnie Maman) 2-3 Tablespoons dry red wine 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon lite soy sauce, regular soy sauce or ponzu sauce 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon…

greek gyros {crock pot recipe}


Whenever we go to county fairs, state fairs, food festivals and carnivals, we always seem to seek out the nearest gyro truck. Just this past weekend we indulged in some awesome gyros at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We can’t seem to get enough! It got me thinking about creating a gyro recipe that we could…