scenes from the past couple weeks


~ Garden roses continue to bloom in my gardens and all over Red Wing… ~ A birthday celebration getaway weekend at my mom’s in Forest Lake, complete with amazing massages, lunch and tea at my favorite Good Earth Restaurant (we had the original iced tea and the thai chicken pizza! YUM!), a carrot cake cupcake…

scenes from the past few weeks


We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

scenes from the last couple weeks


sugary snow-frosted boots, yards and rooftops ~ mildly flavored and chilled eldreflower water for a late afternoon tea party with friends ~ pine needles and the last remnants of the Christmas season ~ a lovely new pinto grigio, dinner at Chipotle, hard pear cider, hummus & munchables, limoncello cake, carrot cake and Earl Grey while…

a six senses post ~ all through the house


seeing ~ red poinsettias and curly ribbons, fragrant steam rising from a freshly baked loaf of bread, kitties all tucked in, fairy lights glowing, jolly santas and smiling snowmen, firelight dancing, newly polished silver sparkling hearing ~ children laughing, christmas music, jingle bells whenever someone opens our front door, snow plows, the timer on the…

holiday stroll + tree festival on the summit


reindeer sleigh rides on a crisp winter day, live music and carolers echoing down the streets and alleyways of downtown Red Wing, fresh bakery treats, s’mores & hot cocoa, a tree festival at the historic st. james hotel, horse-drawn carriages, live penguins, street vendors, a Santa Claus parade & lighting ceremony ushering in the beautiful…

the captain’s table recipe challenge


Hello friends! I was recently invited by the wonderful people at Captain Morgan Spiced Rum to participate in a very exciting event called The Captain’s Table Recipe Challenge. I will be competing against 15 other reputable food bloggers, so I have my work cut out for me! Luckily I love what I do, so this…

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…

scenes from the last week


Sprecher root beer floats on the deck while watching the sun set, a walk downtown with Gracie to get some Izzy’s salted caramel ice cream in chocolate dipped cones at the Red Wing Confectionery’s ice cream parlor, fresh farmer’s market fare, iced tea in pretty teacups I found while antiquing in Lake City with my…

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…