Holiday: Valentine’s Day

a valentine playlist

A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Four Here is a list of some of my favorite love songs. We like to play an eclectic list as background music for our little annual celebration… Perhaps you’ll find a few songs you like here that you can add to your playlist. A perfect way to serenade…

The 30 Most Romantic Movies Ever

A week of Valentine Treats-Day 3 “I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends- as opposed to what we actually are- people who don’t know each other’s names and met in a chat room where we…

cheesecake stuffed strawberries

A Week of Valentine Treats ~ 2014 Day One Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries It’s that time of year again! Every February, for the whole week before Valentine’s Day, I post a new Valentine Treat every day. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, and I’m so glad you decided to stop by this year for ideas and…

scenes from the last week

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

darling clementine strawberry smoothies

Such lovely weather we’ve been having in the Mississippi River Valley these past few days. Close to 40 degrees (which I realize is cold to some of you who live in more tropical/desert climates) but it’s like Spring to a Midwesterner.  I walked up to a few of my favorite antiquing/thrifting haunts yesterday and didn’t…

scenes from the last couple weeks

valentine roses & champagne godiva chocolates butterfly line drawings by my dad silly kitten cherry berry treats (I had red velvet! of course!) walnut honey cream cheese bagel with orange marmalade for teatime! dried valentine roses I hope you’ve all been having a beautiful winter…. Much love, Melissa

chocolate fondue

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday. We made yet another fun-filled trip to Menards to get some stuff for working on the house and painting. I do not love this part of the process. I will be happy to have everything done. It really has been a wonderful weekend so far though. My daughter Andrea came into…

aphrodisiac foods ~ a sexy recipe collection

The Awakening of Adonis ~ John William Waterhouse A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day SEVEN Are you ready for some romance in the form of food? Below you will find a romantic recipe collection that I’ve compiled from my blog. These are just suggestions for serving each of the aphrodisiac foods. You will be…

valentine hutch or tablescape

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day SIX… Decorating your home for Valentine’s Day! I’m one of those people who realllllly likes Valentine’s Day. Actually, I should say, I puffy heart LOVE it. I look forward to decorating my home with hearts, vintage candy boxes, antique valentines and everything romance as soon as I turn…