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

scenes from the past week


  I’m back! Wow! what a fun weekend we had with the girls. Now I’m cleaning the house after the flurry of activity. On Saturday morning my brother Phillip dropped my darling daughter Andie off at our place for the weekend. He was spending the weekend with my other brother, Terry, who only lives a…

guest artist ~ jennifer cook


I am pleased to introduce our guest artist to today! Jennifer Cook, the lovely and talented artist behind the “What My Coffee & Tea Says To Me” series! Whimsical, uplifting and inspirational! Welcome, Jennifer!   As a 20 year strategic designer and illustrator I decided that it was time for a creative challenge and…

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