Luxurious Retreat Tips

Bubbles

We bought a bubble maker and put it out on the deck… It has transformed our back yard into something magical. My friend Jana visited me last weekend. After she saw bubbles in our back yard she told me that whenever she visits my house she experiences magic πŸ˜‰ Watching bubbles has become a relaxing…

Relaxing Rituals

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”Β  ~Etty Hillesum Last night, after everyone else was in bed, I lit a candle and played an Edith Piaf CD while I read my new “Food & Wine” magazine and sipped my favorite chamomile lavender tea. (Have…

Staycation-Day 5

Today we… Went to Bev’s Cafe for breakfast (The oldest restaurant in Red Wing!) Played at the park Went to Caribou for lunch and coffee and listened to trains go by while we read and wrote and I downloaded this free Steampunk cookbook to my Kindle! so many new, funky recipes to try! Can’t wait…

Staycation-Day 4

“The dearest spot on Earth to me is home, sweet home.” ~W.T. Wrighton Today we… had jelly doughnuts and rosepetal tea for breakfast went for a walk with Andie and Madeline May did some reading and writing and I watched Husband make barbecue magic happen in our kitchen and listened to the bees buzz and…

Armchair Travel-My Favorite Travel Memoirs

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Hazel Rochman I love to travel to new places. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But, sometimes we just take a vacation at home, which is lovely in it’s own way. When…

Staycation

Staycation started today at 5:00 when the hubby was done with work. 10 Days to go!Β  To start the staycation off right we went to see Eclipse! FANTASTIC!!! Whoo Hoo Team Edward πŸ˜‰ It was so amazing. I love how these movies are staying so true to the characters and the books. Beautifully done. Now…

mushroom crostini

β€œOne of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti This is a nice appetizer to make for company… Baby Bella Crostini (serves 4) 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced 4 slices good quality,…

The Magic of Candle Light

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”~James Keller Today I’m writing about the magic of candle light! One of these days I’ll get some spectacular photos of my candle chandeliers. For now these will have to do. You can see my dining room chandelier on my post “Paris Party 2″… and my porch chandelier…

Fresh Air Rooms

“And they were canopied by blue sky…so cloudless, clear and purely beautiful.” ~Lord Byron In my book, “Welcome Home-Simple Tips for Turning Your House into a Luxurious Retreat,” on page 54, I wrote all about ‘Fresh Air Rooms.’ Porches, sun rooms, patios, decks, and gazebos would all fall into this category. The wrap around porch…

My Favorite Valentine’s Things

“Across the gateway to my heart I wrote ‘No thoroughfare’ but love came laughing by and cried: ‘I enter everywhere!’ ” ~Herbert Shipman I was thinking I’d save this post for February 14th and quickly decided it must be sooner! I know that when I’m looking for inspiration for the next holiday I’m looking early.…