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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……

up north adventure ~ 2015

Every year, at the end of summer, we set aside a week to hang out at our favorite “up north” resort and restaurants. It’s such a great, relaxing way to soak in what’s left of the warm season and gear up for the school year and autumn. We take lots of walks, go swimming in…

scenes from the past few weeks

the creamery in nelson wisconsin for lunch with jeff and grace (one of our favorite restaurants) … we bought some yummy cheeses to take home and enjoy later that evening too… snow… lunch at a local pub with my dear friend bonnie. it was so nice to catch up and hear all of her news.…

scenes from the past couple weeks

A day trip into Minneapolis… the Walker Art Center… Gather (for a glass of Vino)… Libertine (for more vino)… A stroll around Uptown and a little shopping at Urban Outfitters (our FAVE)… A pancake breakfast with bacon, eggs and orange juice to start Andie’s 24th birthday off right… Learning to speak Italian! (eeeeee! SO darn…