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scenes from the past few weeks


  Last weekend we traveled to Winthrop Minnesota to enjoy a belated Christmas dinner with my grandma and aunts. My aunt Bobbie made roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and crusty baguette. My aunt Paula made a simple, delicious salad, and I brought THIS cake for dessert. We had such…

scenes from the past couple weeks


A day trip into Minneapolis… the Walker Art Center… Gather (for a glass of Vino)… Libertine (for more vino)… A stroll around Uptown and a little shopping at Urban Outfitters (our FAVE)… A pancake breakfast with bacon, eggs and orange juice to start Andie’s 24th birthday off right… Learning to speak Italian! (eeeeee! SO darn…

scenes from the past couple weeks


an autumn art festival, a riverside farmer’s market, “hoof & snout” (beef and pork) sandwiches and wild rice meatball sliders from the meathead’s food stand for lunch, a brass band playing in a courtyard, trains stopping and going at the train station in levee park, red wing all decked out for fall…corn stalks and pumpkins…

the best sloppy joes


These days I’m thinking about my book. Lots of planning and dreaming and networking and proposal writing in store. I’m excited and nervous and going through the whole range of emotions that go along with this process. It’s been a long road, but an exciting journey. Now that I have a completely clear vision of…

a six senses post


seeing ~ beautiful, fresh flowers growing all over Red Wing, spilling from the many gardens and hanging baskets that adorn our pretty town…lovely stalls of baked goods, flowers, jams, jellies, pickles, and other delights at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market…best friends…THIS BOOK…antiques and thrift store finds…ferns, herbs, lilies and hostas flourishing after all of the…

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…

a “newsy” blog post


It really has been such a lovely week so far. I got to talk to my sweet friend Tracy on the phone which is always a treat. We made plans for a girlfriends’ weekend in June so we can shop and craft and cook and hang out and drink lots of tea. I can’t wait!…

six senses saturday ~ scenes from the last week


seeing ~ fall and halloween decorations, cute costumes, piles of new books and yarn, house details while deciding on new themes and color schemes for our rooms tasting ~ skyline chili, reeses peanut butter cups and spiced cider feeling ~ the chilly autumn air while trick-or-treating with Gracie hearing ~ kids screaming and laughing at…

a spell of perfect weather


Hello Friends! I had all these plans to write a long blog post about my favorite autumn rituals today, but it was too nice to stay inside. When my friend Nancy called me and invited me out to her home for the day, I just had to say “YES!” We went for a lovely walk,…

a six senses post ~ scenes from the past couple weeks


tasting: more tomato jam on a blufftop picnic with my friend Clare… watermelon rind pickles minnesota montrachet with the aforementioned tomato jam… wine… and at the Cheesecake Factory with Jeff and Gracie… ahi carpaccio baja fish tacos pepperoni pizza fish ‘n chips mai tai… Reese’s Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake! more wine and Dove raspberry & dark…