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scenes from the last couple weeks

a picturesque marina, lake gazing and a chat with my friend, fresh bakery bread for a special weekend breakfast, iced thai coffee with extra condensed milk, bacon leek zucchini swiss quiche for “tearoom” lunch, cute delivery guys who pose for photos, old toys, lucky teacup finds, talented coffee-blender/roaster friends who send me coffee in the…

scenes from the last couple weeks

boat parties… riverside carnivals… chinese buffet lunch with my daughters (sesame chicken!) after a dip at the swimming hole… baby heirloom tomatoes… jamaican jerk chicken on the grill… frosty sweet strawberry margaritas on a sunny day…  food stand gyros… a blufftop view of our neighborhood…magazine photo shoots… kitty cats lazing on the porch…. I hope…

lavender sugar

I love meeting new facebook friends! I met a lovely lady named Jean this week and I adore her blog. It’s called “For Dragonflies and Me,” and it’s filled with all sorts of yummy recipes and beautiful gardening tips that make my heart sing. I was browsing her posts today and came across one all…

maiden rock swimming hole

A couple summers ago my daughter, Andrea, told me about a few new swimming holes that she discovered (she’s cool like that) and we kept talking about visiting them, but somehow, with how busy things can get (especially last summer) we never got around to it… until a few days ago. We took a little…

scenes from the last couple weeks

Things I never get tired of: Date nights on our deck under the canopy of ancient oak trees, the smell of grilled food for our dinner, picking fresh flowers for bouquets from our cutting garden, farmer’s market fare, lazy summer beach days with friends– the sun overhead and the sand in our toes, road side…

scenes from the last couple weeks

Summer is… teatime on a park bench by a sparkling fountain… surrounded by hanging flower baskets, visiting Barnes & Noble and spotting TeaTime Magazine on the shelf (the one that contains the feature article I wrote and photographed last summer…), rainbows right outside our front door after an abrupt downpour, the sweet scent of petunias,…

a garden wedding

Hello, Lovelies… Here are some snapshots from our dear friends’ garden party wedding today here in Red Wing Minnesota…. Jeff took the formal photos, I got some candid shots…. and I made the wedding cake. Thank you Karen, from The Crystallized Flower Company, for the gorgeous crystallized flowers. So, so pretty. XO, ~Melissa

scenes from summer staycation 2013 ~ part 1

The last couple days have been so relaxing and wonderful. This year for our summer “vacation” we’ve decided to hang out in our own town, Red Wing Minnesota, and surrounding areas. I sometimes forget how much beauty we have just outside our door. We live in a very unique part of the state. Unlike the…

rose soiree

I love weekends like this past one. Dinner out on Friday night at a wonderful riverside restaurant to celebrate our second feature article in TeaTime Magazine! (I promise I’ll tell you more about this soon!)… Cherry Berry and shopping on Saturday… Pizza and drinks on a garden-side patio with our dear friend Brad Saturday evening….…