Holiday: Valentine’s Day

scenes from the last week

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

darling clementine strawberry smoothies

Such lovely weather we’ve been having in the Mississippi River Valley these past few days. Close to 40 degrees (which I realize is cold to some of you who live in more tropical/desert climates) but it’s like Spring to a Midwesterner.  I walked up to a few of my favorite antiquing/thrifting haunts yesterday and didn’t…

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…

aphrodisiac foods ~ a sexy recipe collection

The Awakening of Adonis ~ John William Waterhouse A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day SEVEN Are you ready for some romance in the form of food? Below you will find a romantic recipe collection that I’ve compiled from my blog. These are just suggestions for serving each of the aphrodisiac foods. You will be…

valentine hutch or tablescape

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day SIX… Decorating your home for Valentine’s Day! I’m one of those people who realllllly likes Valentine’s Day. Actually, I should say, I puffy heart LOVE it. I look forward to decorating my home with hearts, vintage candy boxes, antique valentines and everything romance as soon as I turn…

jeff’s creamy chicken marsala + our love story

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FIVE ~ Jeff’s Creamy Chicken Marsala This is the first dish that Jeff ever made for me. One night, we decided to cook together, and while he made this I prepared a simple recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo. We were 22 years old when we started dating, after having…

spa sundaes

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FOUR Today I put together some Valentine’s gifts for my daughters Andrea and Grace. Little “girly” baskets with cute heart socks, candies, cookies, and THESE adorable “Spa Sundaes,” among other things. These little “sundaes” would be great party favors for a girlfriends’ spa day or tea lunch. Just…

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…