Ninja Haiku #5

This is a new, groundbreaking addition to traditional Haiku art. Todd the Ninja invented this multifaceted haiku experience. You saw it here first.  🙂 ( a visual/acoustic haiku ) Hi YAAAW! Pow ( punches dummy) Thud ( jump spinning kick to dummy ) CRACK ( break 2X4 with forehead) (loud deep breath [inhale and exhale…

Bento Boxes

“Let the dishes be fewer in number, but exquisitely chosen.” ~Brillat Savarin A bento box is a Japanese lunch box, in Japan called ‘o-bento.’ The first time I was served lunch bento style was about six years ago at a restaurant in the Mall of America called “The California Cafe,” which, sadly, is no longer…

The Mysteries of Tea

photograph by Jeffrey Placzek “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”  ~Catherine Douzel Back in 1995, soon after Jeff and I got married and were still living in our apartment in White Bear Lake, something magical happened that changed me forever. Jeff had a job at a little coffee shop on Washington Square in…

Paris Party Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my Paris themed birthday party with my best friends! We had such a great time. I have the best friends EVER! 🙂 Mantle with mini Eiffel Tower We all went outside after dinner and had wine while I opened my presents on the front porch. My girls …