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scenes from the past week


river city days, red wing mn ~ 2014 food truck spinach pizza grilling under the 118 year old oaks in our back yard jeff takes a pic of the steaks sun tea a thrifting/antiquing excursion farmer’s market produce another awesome book enjoyed with iced tea on the front porch wine and willows… a birthday happy…

japanese restaurant-style salad


The flavors of this salad will transport you to your favorite Japanese restaurant. It’s loosely adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s awesome cookbook It’s All Good. I made a few major tweaks to the recipe and I just love it. If you choose to use the Nori-Sesame Sprinkle over the top of this salad, it tastes a…

feather bed breakfast souffle


This is a heavenly, savory pudding with lots of gooey cheese. The cornbread and eggs puff up while it bakes and create a fluffy “feather bed” of deliciousness. Serve with freshly squeezed fruit juice (we like passion fruit-pineapple,) candied bacon, and tea. This recipe was loosely adapted from one of my favorite books, Soup &…

grapes of wrath pepperoni pizza


Oh my gosh! Guess what I did today. No, really, guess.  I made… JAM! For the first time ever! Can I just tell you that it really was easier than I thought it would be. I had built up the process in my head until I was kind of scared of it, and now I…

ten grain yogurt quick bread


  I thought about my friend Sonali’s awesome Greek yogurt cookbook today as I played with whole grain bread flour and yogurt in my kitchen. It’s called “The Greek Yogurt Diet,” and it will be available for purchase on April 29th! She kindly asked me to contribute several of my recipes containing greek yogurt and…

tasha tudor’s corgi cottage soup


“I love to make soup and can say with pride that I am famous for it. This is a real winter standby if you live in a cold climate. I make a large iron potful at least once a week, either on the wood stove or over the fire, which burns all winter.” ~Tasha Tudor…

scenes from the last couple weeks


I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

breakfast bread


Another snow day and another fun day spent with my girls. Andie brought the Princesses over again today, and we all munched on malted milk waffles (recipe coming soon!) for breakfast… and THIS salad for lunch (with a few renditions…even the little ones liked it!) We vegged out, had tea, and binge-watched programs on the…

a six senses post


seeing ~ beautiful, fresh flowers growing all over Red Wing, spilling from the many gardens and hanging baskets that adorn our pretty town…lovely stalls of baked goods, flowers, jams, jellies, pickles, and other delights at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market…best friends…THIS BOOK…antiques and thrift store finds…ferns, herbs, lilies and hostas flourishing after all of the…

gooseberry patch tearoom chicken salad


The sun is finally shining in the Mississippi river valley. We spent the morning at Dunn Brother’s coffee shop while Jeff was doing a photo shoot. Now we’re hanging out on the deck, doing a little summer reading, lounging at the umbrella table and napping on the hammock. We’re looking forward to another blufftop picnic…