Melissa

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)…

My Favorite Valentine’s Things

“Across the gateway to my heart I wrote ‘No thoroughfare’ but love came laughing by and cried: ‘I enter everywhere!’ ” ~Herbert Shipman I was thinking I’d save this post for February 14th and quickly decided it must be sooner! I know that when I’m looking for inspiration for the next holiday I’m looking early.…

Ninja Haiku #5

This is a new, groundbreaking addition to traditional Haiku art. Todd the Ninja invented this multifaceted haiku experience. You saw it here first.  🙂 ( a visual/acoustic haiku ) Hi YAAAW! Pow ( punches dummy) Thud ( jump spinning kick to dummy ) CRACK ( break 2X4 with forehead) (loud deep breath [inhale and exhale…

Bento Boxes

“Let the dishes be fewer in number, but exquisitely chosen.” ~Brillat Savarin A bento box is a Japanese lunch box, in Japan called ‘o-bento.’ The first time I was served lunch bento style was about six years ago at a restaurant in the Mall of America called “The California Cafe,” which, sadly, is no longer…

The Mysteries of Tea

photograph by Jeffrey Placzek “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”  ~Catherine Douzel Back in 1995, soon after Jeff and I got married and were still living in our apartment in White Bear Lake, something magical happened that changed me forever. Jeff had a job at a little coffee shop on Washington Square in…

Paris Party Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my Paris themed birthday party with my best friends! We had such a great time. I have the best friends EVER! 🙂 Mantle with mini Eiffel Tower We all went outside after dinner and had wine while I opened my presents on the front porch. My girls …

Buttermints Baby Blanket

“Heirloom” is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much I promised I’d start sharing my knitting and crocheting projects with you and I’m starting with a baby blanket I crocheted for my grandbaby Madeline May.…

Extra! Extra! Get ’em while they’re hot!

Well, I’m in the Rochester Post Bulletin newspaper today. Page F6 🙂 Sandy Erdman, columnist extraordinaire, gave me and my little books a great review! The article heading reads, “Red Wing author, artist is ‘chin deep’ in ideas.”  I will post a link to the Rochester Post Bulletin website on Monday when the online version…