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crock pot walking gyro bar

Hello friends! How are you all enjoying summer? Is is hotter than the blazes where you are? Minnesota has been unpredictable, but that’s pretty standard for this state. 100 degrees one day, chilly the next, and on a sunny day the storm clouds might start rolling in just in time to disrupt your beach day.…

easy flag cake

Hello, Lovelies! Happy 4th of July! I thought I’d stop by the blog and share a cake recipe with you. I whipped up the cake last night, frosted it this morning, and decorated it right before we ate it. It’s super simple to make, and it’s a show stopper. This would make a pretty cake…

crock pot spaghetti western

I’ve thought about making this dish for quite some time. I love the play on words, and I also think the combination of a southwest, Tex Mex dish would pair well with creamy spaghetti. Everyone loves my traditional baked spaghetti, and my creamy vegan Crock Pot baked spaghetti, so I figured I’d make up a…

cafe tables and afternoon tea

Hello, Friends! What have you all been up to? Have you been enjoying the last bits of summer and the beginning of Fall? Jeff went on a business trip for four days so I was on my own in our big, old house. I decided to make it a creative, productive four days and did…

vegan italian antipasto skewers

We cooked up a vegan Italian Christmas this year and it was so incredible. My vegan lasagna turned out better than ever and I can’t wait to go in and tweak my recipe so you can all try this new version. The old version is great, but ohmygosh. Every non-vegan loved it which I consider…

celebrations ~ a scenes post

Over the last few months I’ve gone through a sort of renewal in my personal life that’s hard to explain. Like I’m waking up. Without getting to philosophical (and weird) I guess I’ll just say that it all started when I gave up meat. I swear I won’t get “preachy” about how much this has…

67 mexican fiesta recipes

Are you planning a Mexican Fiesta-themed party? Or maybe a little soiree for Cinco de Mayo? Well, if you’re looking for delicious, easy, tried and true Mexican recipes, you’ve come to the right place. Some are authentic, and some are my own riffs on Mexican favorites. Salads, salsas, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled onions, salad…

an autumn anniversary picnic

I’m finally getting around to posting photos from our 21st wedding anniversary picnic. We’ve always said that fall is “our” time of year. This year we celebrated all month. First with the picnic, and then a play (Much Ado About Nothing) at the Sheldon Theatre here in Red Wing. We took a little road trip…

20 years ~ a scenes post

October is our wedding anniversary month, and we pretty much celebrate from the 1st until the 31st. This year we’re celebrating our 20th, so we decided to make it extra special by throwing an intimate, casual soiree at our home. Here are some scenes from the month so far… kittens frolicking in the dappled light…