Melissa

Restaurant Review-Smoky Row Cafe

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” Robert Browning It was just too beautiful to stay inside yesterday. I had planned on getting so much done! All of these lofty ideas of finishing the chapter I’m working on and going through my kitchen cupboards…maybe even cleaning…

What Inspires?-Old Books

“Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.”  ~William Hazlitt I got up before the birds today and decided to do some writing before I have to get Gracie her breakfast and walk her down to the bus stop. Sometimes it’s hard to get up before everyone…

Our Long Weekend

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson John Mayer is singing in the background and I’m sipping a glass of iced sun tea. Aahhh, I love a lazy Sunday Morning. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this morning, and then decided to tell you about our fun…

Current Crush-Apples For Jam

I  fell head over heels in love with Apples for Jam when I saw the cover with little red shoes on it. The shoes reminded me of shoes I wore when I was little. Red has always been my favorite color, and so it seemed the book was speaking to me before I even opened…

Spa Cuisine- Baked Ratatouille

Remy: [laying still, Remy reaches up and tastes food, sits up suddenly] “You gotta taste this! This is… oh, it’s got this kind of… mmm, it’s burny, it’s melty… it’s not really a smoky taste. It’s kind of like a certain… Pshah! It’s got like this ” Ba-boom! Zap!” kind of taste. Dont you think?…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“A bit o’ blarney and lakes of Killarney will stir each Irish heart. For they bring back memories, bring back sweet memories, That no earthly power can part.” Hello friends! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya…hee hee. Do you usually do something special to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Even if you’re…

Layer Cake Wine

My friends at Layer Cake Wine just posted my blog entry on  “Out and About-Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin Wisconsin.” Their wines are SO delicious. Check out their blog at: LayerCakeWine XO, Melissa

Wine Review-Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

“When wine enlivens the heart, may friendship surround the table.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes We’ve had a few lovely days off and have spent them in our quaint little town of Red Wing. We’ve been out enjoying the gorgeous weather…How about you? What have you been up to? Tonight, on our last night of ‘staycation,’ Jeff…