Melissa

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 …

Buttermints Baby Blanket

“Heirloom” is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much I promised I’d start sharing my knitting and crocheting projects with you and I’m starting with a baby blanket I crocheted for my grandbaby Madeline May.…

Extra! Extra! Get ’em while they’re hot!

Well, I’m in the Rochester Post Bulletin newspaper today. Page F6 🙂 Sandy Erdman, columnist extraordinaire, gave me and my little books a great review! The article heading reads, “Red Wing author, artist is ‘chin deep’ in ideas.”  I will post a link to the Rochester Post Bulletin website on Monday when the online version…

Julie & Julia Movie Review

I went out to lunch with my dear friend Nancy last week so we could catch up on eachother’s busy lives and exchange Christmas gifts.  She gave me an adorable cocoa mug that says “Happily Dying of Chocolate” on it, 4 handmade truffles, and the movie “Julie & Julia” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.…

Spa Cuisine: Stuffed Green Peppers recipe revisited

These were absolutely out of this world wonderful . I was a little skeptical when I first viewed the all very healthy ingredients. I decided the recipe was a total success when my husband and nine year old daughter devoured their first helping and asked for seconds. Ellie Krieger’s book “The Food You Crave” is…

January 16th

My “Rochester Post Bulletin” interview will be printed in their newspaper on January 16th! Here’s my picture! My talented hubby, Jeff Placzek, took it. I will post the interview after the 16th.