Movie Review

beneath the blossoms ~ a scenes post

lilacs2016

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…

a scenes post

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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

dbhappyhour

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…

a scenes post

jeffpourvino

Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…

a scenes post ~ holiday time

gracejeffstroll

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…

scenes from the past couple weeks

pinkchampagne

A Valentine’s Day celebration ~ a date day with the hubby: this movie and a favorite wine bar.. later: pajamas, pink champagne, roses, chocolate, and the Breakfast Club on DVD while we munched our favorite pizza…This winter I’ve been reading an eclectic mix of books. I’m thoroughly enjoying a reread of the Little House Books,…

snowberries

snowberries

Remember the scene in the movie “Elf” where Buddy’s friend, Arctic Puffin, asks him if he wants to eat snowberries? Well, if you haven’t seen Elf yet, you really have to. It’s SO funny! Look for the scene (It’s pretty close to the beginning) and make up a batch of these easy, delicious, vanilla covered…

albondigas {spicy mexican meatball soup}

albondigas

The first time I heard of this gorgeous, spicy soup I was watching one of my favorite romantic comedies, Fools Rush In. There’s this scene where Isabelle (Salma Hayek) and Alex (Matthew Perry) are discussing some of their favorite foods from where they live. Alex: “Perfect would be New York and a Gray’s Papaya hot…

strawberry bruschetta

strawberrybruschetta

It’s the morning of my 23rd Mother’s Day and I’m up early. We watched one of my new favorite movies last night after enjoying an incredibly yummy dinner of seared sesame ahi tuna. Jeff was busy in the kitchen preparing that while I made pressed Italian sandwiches and Special-K bars for today’s picnic gathering with…

scenes from the past few weeks

creamery

We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…