orzo picnic salad


My birthday week. I can’t remember a birthday week that was ever so rainy, but I’ve been making the best of it. My friends have been bringing me food gifts (which I love), morels and rhubarb and fresh-caught-right-out-of-the-Cannon-river trout! We piled those yummy, buttery morels on toast, baked the rhubarb into crisps and cakes, and…

scenes from the last week


Jeff made awesome crispy chicken salads for dinner a day to myself : candles THIS MOVIE, needlework, iced tea, and garlic bread pizza lilacs blooming all over Red Wing…. we’re planting 8 lilac bushes this year! Gracie sporting her new “Moustache Shades.” while sipping tea… the “incredibly disappearing” strawberry rhubarb crisp… thanks for the rhubarb,…

72 picnic foods ~ a “movable feast” recipe collection


Salad in a Jar Four Refreshing Summer Picnic Beverages “To Go” Macaroni Picnic Salad Layered Salad in a Cake Pan Cowboy Caviar orzo picnic salad German Coleslaw Papa’s Potato Salad Candied Broccoli Salad Tequilaberry’s Salad Provence Potato Salad Classic Greek Salad Vineyard Crunch Salad German Potato Salad {served warm or cold} Black Bean & Mango…

spring weekending


nature walks… pink bluffs at sunset… hand embroidered pillowcases… a walk downtown to dinner on the patio of a favorite pub… mushroom ravs… wedge salads… painted murals… a stroll on the cannon valley trail… vintage flour sacks turned table squares… vino… newly crocheted cabin blankets… and napping kitties. I hope you all had a wonderful…

a six senses post


seeing : blue skies “smilin’ at me,” bright frosting colors, the glow of birthday cake candles, sweet smiles, paint samples and thrift store finds tasting : buttercream, my favorite summer strawberry salad while dining on the patio at the Brickhouse Pub here in Red Wing, iced tea and cucumber spa water, Jimmy John’s Italian subs…

scenes from the last couple weeks


sipping THIS TEA roasting THESE POTATOES pouring THIS NA MULLED CIDER for Gracie & Olivia nibbling THIS CHEESE and THIS CHEESE with baguette, vino, olives, pickles & crudite continuing to write my book… toasting country-style bread and frying up mushrooms for THIS CROSTINI wearing THIS PERFUME smelling THIS AWESOME CANDLE SCENT enjoying B&N chai tea…

scenes from my week + restaurant review


the onion grille, hastings minnesota the onion grille’s “Onion Burger” with sweet potato fries the onion grille’s lamb gyro the onion grille’s BLT I tried the Canaletto Pinot Grigio and the Alexis Bailly Seyval Blanc… both were lovely! the old hastings bridge in front of the new one… chai latte On Saturday we drove to…

easter 2013


coloring easter eggs the easter table ~ easter dinner + breakfast babka grandgirls after-dinner stroll Happy Easter, Lovelies! Hope yours was beautiful. XO, M