Music Review

winemusic

After lunch we took a Sunday drive to Cannon Falls for a “wine flight” tasting and live music by one of our favorite performers Andrew Walesch. We met some fabulous people, sipped some great wine and had a lovely afternoon. Wine tasting notes coming soon. What did you do this weekend? ~Melissa

in the night kitchen

Last night, for date night, we decided to bake. Standing in the kitchen, playing with eggs and sugar and flour reminded me of one of my favorite Maurice Sendak books. We love cooking together, and it’s even more fun at night, sipping wine in our jammies while the snow falls fast and thick outside….a fire…

six senses saturday

tasting :: this yummy breakfast skillet… Jeff brought Von Hansen’s ribeyes home for dinner last night. He grilled them to perfection and they were so huge I only ate half of mine. This morning there were some extra baked potatoes too, so I chopped up a potato and a quarter of an onion and sauteed…

winter : king of intimate delights

“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb’d Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.” ~William Cowper Today my daughter Andrea and my grandgirl, Maddie May, came over for tea.…

baked oatmeal

butter a 10 inch pie plate in a small bowl, combine: 3 large eggs 1 and 3/4 cups milk 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup applesauce in a big bowl, combine: 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt 4 and 3/4 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg…

what i’m listening to ~ and the giraffe

There are some musical artists I have an instant connection to. As soon as I hear the first few bars, I know I’m smitten. This happened recently after I was contacted by the talented, Nick Roberts, from the band And the Giraffe. He referred me to his (and his friend, Josh’s) website so I could…

claudia schmidt ~ hobgoblin’s stoney end loft

Last night I met friends for cocktails at the St. James Hotel and for a concert at Stoney End. It was a beautiful night! Claudia Schmidt was brilliant. I so enjoyed her music, but my favorite part of the evening was when she recited poetry. She has this cool, emotional energy that is expressed with…

summer’s sultry elegance ~ six senses saturday

“To begin to understand the gorgeous fever that is consciousness, we must try to understand the senses and what they can tell us about the ravishing world we have the privilege to inhabit.” ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses ~seeing~ the mist rising over Sorin’s Bluff while I was out for my morning…

six senses saturday

~tasting~ saltwater taffy! ~seeing~ antique cars driving by on Plum Street ~feeling~ like taking a picnic HERE ~smelling~ the herbs and flowers growing happily in my yard ~listening to~ Koop summer sun jellyfishes ~knowing~ “Reason is founded on the evidence of our senses.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley XO, ~Melissa