roast beef & ranch spinach dip sandwich


Hello, Lovelies! Okay. Before I share the recipe for this AWESOME sandwich, I just have to tell you all some very exciting news. Drumroll….. My blog was viewed by 1 MILLION unique visitors this month (so far) and that number is climbing. The blog has always had a constant, generous flow of visitors, but within…

scenes from the past couple weeks {summer unfurling}


a panoply of roses swaying in the breeze as the “rose wall” blooms along our deck out back ~ gracie tanning, a trail of hawaiian tropic following her wherever she goes reminding me of our vacations to maui and mexico… me, slathering on the 50 SPF coppertone sunscreen and running for shade wherever I can…

easiest buttermilk herb drop biscuits


The herb garden in flourishing happily and I’ve been dreaming up new recipes where I can use a bunch of them so none go to waste. Besides chopping them up and putting them in salads, using them on our grilled pizzas, making herbal simple syrups for iced tea, baking them into cakes and breads, folding…

mexican fiesta mason jar taco salad


I’m on a Mason jar kick! Have you noticed? I’m inspired by these little containers and I can’t seem to stop thinking up new recipes for them. SO so sooooo many ideas that I’ll be sharing with you. Can’t wait! Here’s the latest. It’s a combination of two of my favorite salads. Cowboy Caviar and…

hawaiian coconut cream chicken


Happy Easter weekend! We just had a houseful of people… mom, brothers, sister, nephew, daughters and grand girls. We had a yummy lunch and spent the day visiting and coloring Easter eggs (4 dozen!) The house is quiet again, for the moment, so I decided to spend some time in this space and write to…

scenes from the past few weeks


We had a wonderful time with friends at the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis this past Sunday. This year’s theme: The Secret Garden. I love this spring tradition of ours, and I love how there can still be snow on the ground in April, but as soon as you exit the elevator on Macy’s…



Hello, Lovelies. I’m amazed that we’re saying hello to 2014. Remember back in this post when I talked about resolutions? Yeah, I still don’t believe in them. I loved reading my friend Danielle’s recent post on the same subject. Right on the money. I do believe in making goals and accomplishing things. I just don’t…

classic french balsamic vinaigrette


French vinaigrette: 1/3 cup red wine 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 6 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon tarragon 1 and 1/3 cups extra virgin olive oil Whisk all ingredients together. Taste to adjust…