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barbecue balsamic grilled pork chops

We are soooo enjoying summer. I am in love with the herb garden and heirloom tomatoes we’ve planted this year. We’ve been grilling pretty much non-stop… We’re heading out to Dressen’s this weekend . It’s such a fun little bike ride out there on the Pioneer trail. A great place to enjoy a burger and…

scenes from my weekend

Hello friends. I took most of the weekend off from being online and on facebook. I didn’t really feel very good all weekend and am just starting to feel like myself again this evening. Today I pretty much vegged out on the couch with the kitties, watched back to back rerun episodes of Big Bang…

scenes from st. pat’s 2013

It’s been a weekend of movie watching, lounging around the house in our pajamas,  book reading, bread baking, going out to breakfast at our favorite cafe, dreaming about the house remodel and our garden plans, creating on canvases, taking photos, Shamrock Shake eating, shoe painting (Gracie’s “Galaxy Shoes pictured above…she made them following THIS Youtube…

tortellini toss

Here’s a delicious, easy comfort food dish that is fancy enough for company, makes a great side dish, and is totally craveable. I love to pick up the ready-made tortellini in the refrigerated section of our grocery store. It only takes minutes to prepare and it’s a great “canvas” for anything you might want to…

raise your voice

There has been a lot of talk and some debate as to whether or not bloggers should be blogging today. Some have chosen to observe a day of silence in honor of the school shooting in Connecticut. I respect their decision to do so, but I really don’t see what good being quiet will do…

vanilla dream divinity candy

I woke up thinking about spending the day in the kitchen, baking our favorite Christmas treats, and that’s exactly what I did. I started with the dough for Swedish pepperkakor which is still chilling in the refrigerator. I moved on to Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes with chocolate kisses in the center…and snickerdoodles with Rolos in…

cozy weekend brunch bake

It’s a winter wonderland in the Mississippi River Valley today… So far we’ve gotten nine inches of snow, and it’s still coming down steadily. Big, white, puffy flakes. The snow plows are working over time, and we’re all snuggled in after a little lunch outing an a trip to the market. We’re going to watch…

snowkissed ~ a six senses post

tasting ~ tea, hot buttered rum and wine seeing ~ snow kissed things, new Italian glass and English teacups from a recent antiquing excursion, Christmas decor, twinkling lights feeling ~brisk breezes as we walk up to the corner market for ingredients for making dinner…. warmth from the fireplace, contentment in my heart, generosity of spirit…

pretty pb&j

Sometimes the simple ideas are the best ones. For these pretty pb&j sammies just cut two slices of bread with a heart shaped cookie cutter. In one of the hearts, use a small circle cutter to cut out the center. On the slice with the hole, spread your favorite kind of peanut butter. On the…

tijuana taco salad

What a beautiful day in the Mississippi river valley. It started out rainy, so I walked up to the little corner market to get the ingredients for creamy chicken and wild rice soup…and we had that for lunch along with fresh baguette from the bakery uptown. Now the sun is out, so salad seems like…