Date Night With Jeff

scenes from the last week


Jeff made awesome crispy chicken salads for dinner a day to myself : candles THIS MOVIE, needlework, iced tea, and garlic bread pizza lilacs blooming all over Red Wing…. we’re planting 8 lilac bushes this year! Gracie sporting her new “Moustache Shades.” while sipping tea… the “incredibly disappearing” strawberry rhubarb crisp… thanks for the rhubarb,…

spring weekending


nature walks… pink bluffs at sunset… hand embroidered pillowcases… a walk downtown to dinner on the patio of a favorite pub… mushroom ravs… wedge salads… painted murals… a stroll on the cannon valley trail… vintage flour sacks turned table squares… vino… newly crocheted cabin blankets… and napping kitties. I hope you all had a wonderful…

scenes from the last couple weeks


sipping THIS TEA roasting THESE POTATOES pouring THIS NA MULLED CIDER for Gracie & Olivia nibbling THIS CHEESE and THIS CHEESE with baguette, vino, olives, pickles & crudite continuing to write my book… toasting country-style bread and frying up mushrooms for THIS CROSTINI wearing THIS PERFUME smelling THIS AWESOME CANDLE SCENT enjoying B&N chai tea…

scenes from the past week


  I’m back! Wow! what a fun weekend we had with the girls. Now I’m cleaning the house after the flurry of activity. On Saturday morning my brother Phillip dropped my darling daughter Andie off at our place for the weekend. He was spending the weekend with my other brother, Terry, who only lives a…

scenes from the last couple weeks


valentine roses & champagne godiva chocolates butterfly line drawings by my dad silly kitten cherry berry treats (I had red velvet! of course!) walnut honey cream cheese bagel with orange marmalade for teatime! dried valentine roses I hope you’ve all been having a beautiful winter…. Much love, Melissa

chocolate fondue


Hello Friends! Happy Sunday. We made yet another fun-filled trip to Menards to get some stuff for working on the house and painting. I do not love this part of the process. I will be happy to have everything done. It really has been a wonderful weekend so far though. My daughter Andrea came into…

red wing brewery


This past weekend we visited a new Red Wing establishment, the Red Wing Brewery. I love the feel of the place, very cozy, yet open and airy with lots of natural light. They offer a great lunch menu that’s always evolving. When we visited, Jeff and I shared a turkey sandwich with provolone served on…

love notes jar


A week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day THREE! ~ A LOVE NOTES JAR! Today I made a jar of love notes for the hubby. I included coupons for hugs, kisses, back rubs, batches of cupcakes, movie dates, tea dates, lunch dates, candlelight dinners, morning walks, theater tickets, sunset viewings on the porch (with vino) and…