restaurant review

serendipity’s country meatloaf + gravy


You can never have too many awesome meatloaf recipes. There are so many different varieties, flavors, meats and gravies to choose from. The possibilities are endless! Here’s one that hails from a famous New York institution called Serendipity 3. Serendipity 3 is located on the Upper East Side close to Bloomingdale’s. Their ice cream parlor…

scenes from the past few weeks


The lazy days of summer time… sultry, relaxing beach days and fabulous vineyard pizza dinners at Falconer.… and so far, This book, this book and this book…. How’s your summer going? XO, ~M

bergdorf goodman’s gotham salad


This recipe is inspired by the original Bergdorf Goodman’s Gotham Salad that’s served at BG’s restaurant, a fantastic lunch spot in New York with views of Central Park. This salad is a long time favorite of all who’ve enjoyed it. I love making it in my own home for dinner guests. I mix mine all…

scenes from the past few weeks


A farewell party for my dear friend, Josh at the gorgeous Jean Acres Farm in Ellsworth Wisconsin. It was such a pretty venue, and the night was perfect for a party in the country. The farewell was bittersweet. Miss him already. We celebrated my birthday at The Smack Shack Restaurant where I had the giant…

scenes from the last few weeks


A hike on the Cannon Valley Trail with my girls… hopscotch and grapevine forts in the back yard… a fish fry at the Harbor… a rainy Saturday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts complete with an awesome tour of the Contemporary Arts wing and a stellar lunch at Agra Culture… wine lunch with my dear…

scenes from mother’s day


We did a tour of some awesome places for my Mother’s Day celebration this year. We started at Betty Danger’s Country Club for drinks and a twirl on “The Danger” ferris wheel…aka “vertically revolving patio” aka “mechanical tree.” So much fun, and such a great way to kick off the day. From the ferris wheel…

scenes from the past few weeks


the creamery in nelson wisconsin for lunch with jeff and grace (one of our favorite restaurants) … we bought some yummy cheeses to take home and enjoy later that evening too… snow… lunch at the staghead with my dear friend bonnie. it was so nice to catch up and hear all of her news. we…

bogus creek’s fruited chicken & pasta salad


I was perusing some of my cookbooks that hail from the area where I live here in the Midwest, and I came across this! I was so excited! Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery is this awesome little restaurant just across the bridge in Stockholm Wisconsin. We live in Red Wing, Minnesota and we’re just a…

{just like ritz carlton’s} maui macadamia nut waffles with coconut syrup


Happy Valentine’s week, Lovelies! We’re kicking off our annual “Week of Valentine Treats” with one of our favorite romantic breakfasts. Jeff and I enjoyed waffles just like these while vising Maui, Hawaii. Every morning The Terrace Restaurant, at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, served this amazing breakfast spread…. gorgeous, buttery caramel rolls, plump, fresh sausage, smoked…

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…