Melissa

maui mango crisp + coconut whipped cream

  Mmmmmm! Mango crisp is such a beautiful summer treat. It reminds me of a dessert I enjoyed while visiting a little restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. Whenever I cook with mangoes and ginger, the scents transport me to that amazing, tropical island. for the crumble topping: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cups…

Wine Tasting Notes : Conundrum

This sweet summer wine is named “Conundrum” because of the many varietals of grapes used to create it. It poses sort of a wine “puzzle” for anyone who is into tasting wine. I absolutely love it! It’s especially nice to serve while eating al fresco. I am not usually a fan of sweet wines, but…

Frugal Bath & Beauty : Green Goddess Avocado Mask

This recipe was originally published in my second book, “Welcome Home” on page 77. Renew your skin for spring! Avocados are rich in natural fats and emollients that will leave your face soft and dewy fresh… Combine: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato 1 whole mashed avocado 3 Tablespoons honey Massage mixture…

Luxurious Retreat Tips: Maui Themed Bedroom

photograph by Melissa Placzek When Jeff took me to Maui to celebrate my book “Chin Deep in Bubbles” coming out in paperback, he surprised me with a beautiful stay at The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua for our 10 day island vacation. After hours and hours traveling on planes to get from Minnesota to the island…

Wine Tasting Notes :Flying Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

Jeff and I just LOVE wine and going to wine tastings. At a tasting last summer we happened upon a Sauvignon Blanc that knocked our socks off. It has been, for the last year, my favorite white wine. It’s called “Flying Kiwi” and its fabulous. Go get a bottle so we can compare notes 🙂…