Melissa

Creating Valentine Traditions

“Now in a cottage built of lilacs and laughter, I know the meaning of the words ‘ever after…’” ~Frank Sinatra (Polka Dots and Moonbeams) A week of Valentine’s Treats-Day 5 We have so much fun decorating our house and doing special Valentine’s Day crafts every year, and this year I’ve had a great time sharing…

Two Romantic Dessert Wines

A week of Valentine’s Day treats-Day 3 “Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss within the cup And I’ll not ask for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove’s nectar sup, I would…

Valentine’s Mail Boxes

A week of Valentine’s Treats! “I’m a-gonna wrap myself in paper, I’m gonna daub myself with glue, Stick some stamps on top of my head; I’m gonna mail myself to you. I’m a gonna tie me up in a red string, I’m gonna tie blue ribbons too, I’m a-gonna climb up in my mail box;…

A Week of Valentine Treats

Day 1- Valentine Spa Rituals Cocoa Java Body Polish “If I were a woman, I’d wear coffee as a perfume.” ~John Van Druten This is one of my favorite body treatments, and I invented it 🙂 The rich scents of creamy cocoa and chocolate are pure decadence and are a perfect way to treat yourself…

Inspiration in a Coffee Cup

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. About twenty years ago I had a can of the stuff that I kept in my freezer so I could offer it to guests, but other than that my…

Giant Cupcake

Q: Why did the cupcake major in hotel and restaurant management? A: It wanted to be a Hostess. I love cupcakes. They’re so cute! I love little tiny ones, regular sized ones that you can display on a cupcake stand with their adorable little papers showing, I love crocheted and knitted cupcakes that aren’t even…

Movie Review-(500) Days of Summer

Mark Webb’s first full feature length film was nothing short of spectacular! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I re-watched it with Jeff over the weekend and he liked it too. Does destiny play a role in who we end up falling in love with? Tom and Summer have different answers to this question.…

Saturday Morning Breakfast-Bagels & Lox

“The divine took his seat at the breakfast table, and began to compose his spirits by the gentle sedative of a large cup of tea, the demulcent of a well buttered muffin, and the tonic of a small lobster.”  ~Thomas Love Peacock I thought I’d share one of our favorite weekend breakfast recipes with you.…

Ingrid Michaelson at Gluek’s Minneapolis

I was browsing through some “old” pictures on my computer and came across these! Two years ago we heard that one of our favorite musicians was going to be performing a free concert at Gluek’s in Minneapolis. We let Gracie and Andie take the day off from school and drove into Minneapolis EARLY so we…

melted lemon chicken

“Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. “ ~Thomas Gold Appleton Here’s the recipe for the Melted Lemon Chicken that Jeff and I made for my Paris themed birthday party. So delicious paired with fresh, steamed asparagus spears and baby red potatoes. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (four to five pieces)…