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…

easter 2016 ~ a scenes post


A sweet, quiet Easter at home with Jeff, Andrea, Grace, Madeline, Chloe and Alice cat. We enjoyed a lovely dinner together and a relaxing day. I hope your Easter was beautiful and blessed. Happy Spring, Lovelies XO, ~M

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…

victoria’s cream cheese wedding mints


These little mints evoke so many memories for me. My grandma’s friend, Victoria, was a caterer for much of her life, and she actually catered my and Jeff’s wedding. (Read more about Vic in THIS post.) Throughout my childhood and teen years I attended other weddings that she catered, and she always made these pretty,…

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…

a scenes post


The weather has been unbelievable here in the Midwest. It snowed one day for about a minute and there was no trace of it an hour later. Mostly it’s just been warm, and breezy and completely lovely out there. Sunshowers, no coats, tee shirts in November. Love, love, love. We’ve been “tucking in” the back…

indian summer


Our annual jaunt to the Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery… apples, apples and more apples!… Eve’s Pudding, slow cooker apple cobbler, Swedish sour cream apple pie, apple bread, scalloped apple chicken, country apple brownies , homemade applesauce and apple butter for our morning tea and toast, and all sorts of spice-laden, apple-y recipes……