Date Night With Jeff

poppies & roses in the garden ~ a scenes post

I took some pictures of our poppies on Memorial Day. The light was particularly beautiful at just that moment. It was streaming through the willow tree and dappling everything just so. Love when that happens, and when I’m lucky enough to show up. I was invited to attend Madeline’s end of first grade school picnic.…

beneath the blossoms ~ a scenes post

Mother’s Day started with mimosas and brunch at The St. Jame’s Hotel with my sweet Andie and Grace. We sat on the quaint patio at the Veranda and enjoyed sticky caramel rolls, eggs Benedict, and hash browns. With the sun shining brightly overhead, a view of the river, good conversation, and birds singing in the…

greeted by the sun ~ a scenes post

A beautiful day spent at the dazzling Como Park & Conservatory. They’re currently hosting their Spring Flower Show, and after a long, lingering winter, the wild flourishes of flowers and blooms were a welcome sight. Pretty, pretty, pretty. All of the animals seemed to be lazy when we were visiting. And camera shy. It seems…

spring gallery ~ a scenes post

Jeff, the girlies and I took a stroll downtown to have dinner at a local pub on Friday night ~ PB&J chicken wings, chicken & Swiss sandwiches on Asiago bread, sweet potato fries, cheeseburgers, deep fried pickles, and Cape Cods. I spent the day with a dear friend last week, we opted to get out…

a scenes post

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at home and I was busy in the kitchen all day the day before, cooking up new recipes and old favorites. My daughter, Andie, took the day off so we could just hang out, eat, have a few pints of Guinness, and enjoy each others’ company. I’ve been thinking about…

a scenes post

David Bowie happy hour at a local pub here in Red Wing Minnesota. More snow in the Mississippi River Valley, quickly followed by a dramatic rise in temperature. It’s sunny, and fresh outside and it seems spring is in the air. The foreboding forecast says differently. Although it’s 46 outside right now, it’s not supposed…

a scenes post

Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…

happy new year

We enjoyed a lovely 2 week winter staycation ~ Christmas… polar fleece crafts with the grand girls… lots of cooking and even more baking… My daughter, Andrea’s, New Year’s Eve birthday… lunch out at Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant one day (The Chipotle Burrito and Shrimp Fajitas are AMAZING!), and Red’s Savoy Pizza another (always awesome!)…We…

jeff’s spaghetti

My hubby’s recipe for spaghetti sauce is seriously awesome. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. This goes together fairly quickly and simmers away in the slow cooker until you’re ready to eat. 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed Roma tomatoes 1 (18 oz.) can tomato paste 1/2 lb. bacon, fried until crispy and…

a scenes post ~ holiday time

The day after Thanksgiving is always the lovely Holiday Stroll here in Red Wing Minnesota. They have it all: live reindeer and penguins, strolling carolers, fun and refreshments in all the downtown shops, a live nativity, a showing of A Christmas Story at the Sheldon Theatre, a fire dancer (our dear friend, Cassandra), food trucks…