Visiting Red Wing

ooey gooey creamy bacony broccoli mac and cheese

Today Jeff surprised me with a big bouquet of flowers for our 18th wedding anniversary! We had an early breakfast at our favorite neighborhood cafe here in Red Wing. We’ve been celebrating all month. So far we’ve enjoyed a lovely day in Stillwater, dinner at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, a fun afternoon strolling the streets of…

scenes from the last couple weeks

  The Andiamo, lazily paddling down the St. Croix river, and ducking under the beautiful Stillwater bridge just in in time for me to snap a photo… the leaves beginning to change ~ a kaleidoscope of color! … tea at Tin Bins in Stillwater Minnesota … the Stillwater trolley… bacon cheeseburgers with “the works” and…

scenes from the last couple weeks

enjoying a vineyard picnic with my dear friend Nancy ~ delicious food and wonderful conversation over a glass of wine while gazing out at a gorgeous vineyard… perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes in all colors, bursting with flavor… a weekly menu… an afternoon spent at Barnes & Noble with Gracie ~ sipping iced tea and sharing…

scenes from the last couple weeks

boat parties… riverside carnivals… chinese buffet lunch with my daughters (sesame chicken!) after a dip at the swimming hole… baby heirloom tomatoes… jamaican jerk chicken on the grill… frosty sweet strawberry margaritas on a sunny day…  food stand gyros… a blufftop view of our neighborhood…magazine photo shoots… kitty cats lazing on the porch…. I hope…

maiden rock swimming hole

A couple summers ago my daughter, Andrea, told me about a few new swimming holes that she discovered (she’s cool like that) and we kept talking about visiting them, but somehow, with how busy things can get (especially last summer) we never got around to it… until a few days ago. We took a little…

scenes from the last couple weeks

Summer is… teatime on a park bench by a sparkling fountain… surrounded by hanging flower baskets, visiting Barnes & Noble and spotting TeaTime Magazine on the shelf (the one that contains the feature article I wrote and photographed last summer…), rainbows right outside our front door after an abrupt downpour, the sweet scent of petunias,…

a garden wedding

Hello, Lovelies… Here are some snapshots from our dear friends’ garden party wedding today here in Red Wing Minnesota…. Jeff took the formal photos, I got some candid shots…. and I made the wedding cake. Thank you Karen, from The Crystallized Flower Company, for the gorgeous crystallized flowers. So, so pretty. XO, ~Melissa

scenes from summer staycation 2013 ~ part 1

The last couple days have been so relaxing and wonderful. This year for our summer “vacation” we’ve decided to hang out in our own town, Red Wing Minnesota, and surrounding areas. I sometimes forget how much beauty we have just outside our door. We live in a very unique part of the state. Unlike the…

rose soiree

I love weekends like this past one. Dinner out on Friday night at a wonderful riverside restaurant to celebrate our second feature article in TeaTime Magazine! (I promise I’ll tell you more about this soon!)… Cherry Berry and shopping on Saturday… Pizza and drinks on a garden-side patio with our dear friend Brad Saturday evening….…

prairie picnic

Another beautiful weekend in the Mississippi river valley. Plenty of sunshine punctuated by just enough rain to keep it cool. We sat out on our back porch last night and shared a glass of wine during a sun shower. This happened a couple days ago and a giant double rainbow appeared over Memorial Park (Jeff…