Date Night With Jeff

scenes from the last couple weeks

enjoying a vineyard picnic with my dear friend Nancy ~ delicious food and wonderful conversation over a glass of wine while gazing out at a gorgeous vineyard… perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes in all colors, bursting with flavor… a weekly menu… an afternoon spent at Barnes & Noble with Gracie ~ sipping iced tea and sharing…

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2013

iridescent fairy wings… whimsical renaissance-themed surroundings, cool crisp fall-like air, sunshine, woodsmoke, the scent of food cooking, toasting the hubby with a beer and a turkey drumstick, comedians around every corner, vegetable justice, puddle monsters, old fashioned carnival rides, bustiers, ridiculously pretty hair-dos and flower crowns, gorgeous costumes, chocolate, gelato, fairy forests and mermaid coves,…

up north adventure 2013 ~ part 3

a leisurely lunch “At Sara’s Table ~ Chester Creek Cafe”…. An absolutely AMAZING restaurant… fabulous, organic, beautiful food. Stellar service, a lovely wine and cocktail list, and a warm welcoming atmosphere. I can honestly say it was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Please check this place out the next time you’re passing…

up north adventure 2013 ~ part 2

Coho Cafe “Call of the Wild” Pizza ~ with wild rice sausage and a variety of mushrooms Coho Cafe Turkey Club Sandwich flowers on Coho Cafe patio Artist’s Point ~ Grand Marais, MN Salad at “The Angry Trout Cafe” Grand Marais, MN Fish & Chips at The Angry Trout Cafe scenes from lunch at The…

up north adventure 2013 ~ part 1

view from our room view from Kamloops Restaurant hummingbird creamy wild rice seafood chowder yarrow our burlington bay lake home kitchen/dining area living room fireplace living room area looking out onto our balcony jacuzzi in our bedroom bedroom fireplace bed burlington resort pool indoor/outdoor hot tub pool waterfall rocky beach at resort lake homes feet…

scenes from the last couple weeks

boat parties… riverside carnivals… chinese buffet lunch with my daughters (sesame chicken!) after a dip at the swimming hole… baby heirloom tomatoes… jamaican jerk chicken on the grill… frosty sweet strawberry margaritas on a sunny day…  food stand gyros… a blufftop view of our neighborhood…magazine photo shoots… kitty cats lazing on the porch…. I hope…

scenes from the last couple weeks

Things I never get tired of: Date nights on our deck under the canopy of ancient oak trees, the smell of grilled food for our dinner, picking fresh flowers for bouquets from our cutting garden, farmer’s market fare, lazy summer beach days with friends– the sun overhead and the sand in our toes, road side…

scenes from the last couple weeks

Summer is… teatime on a park bench by a sparkling fountain… surrounded by hanging flower baskets, visiting Barnes & Noble and spotting TeaTime Magazine on the shelf (the one that contains the feature article I wrote and photographed last summer…), rainbows right outside our front door after an abrupt downpour, the sweet scent of petunias,…

rose petal salad

Today Gracie and I strolled downtown to do some antiquing and we found a few awesome treasures. I promise I’ll share photos soon. We popped into the little Mexican grocery store on the corner of Plum and Main to order the ingredients for fresh tamales. (I can’t wait to share my recipe with you…) and…

scenes from summer staycation 2013 ~ part 1

The last couple days have been so relaxing and wonderful. This year for our summer “vacation” we’ve decided to hang out in our own town, Red Wing Minnesota, and surrounding areas. I sometimes forget how much beauty we have just outside our door. We live in a very unique part of the state. Unlike the…