scenes from the past few weeks


We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

scenes from the past couple weeks


curious kittens taking baking lessons… flaky sweet rolls for a cozy breakfast on a snowy morning… and French press Rose Espresso from my friends Dan and Judy over at Coffee on the Porch in Camden Maine (thanks, friends!)… sleepy kittens and comfy quilts… a delicious out to lunch date of char grilled strip steak and…

paper doily heart garland


A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Seven Conversation Hearts Paper Doily Garland Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovelies! I am popping in to share this treat with you before we head to the market to get the ingredients for our lunch and Valentine’s Day celebration. I have to apologize for not sharing the full 7 treats…

peppermint pinwheel foot massage lotion


A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Six from page 56 of my book, Chin Deep in Bubbles ~ Little Luxuries for Every Day I’m back with another treat, Lovelies! This lotion is so great for foot massages. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl and use as foot massage lotion or as…

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…

scenes from the last couple weeks


I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

winter sta-ca


sparkling lemon ginger pom at Caribou while reading and pondering Alice cat wine and sketch pad chunky peanut butter & banana sandwich with a sprinkle of sea salt chocolate imported from Sweden from one of my darling readers hmmmm…. what to sample first? decisions, decisions…. the new Hasting’s bridge at night Andrea and Madeline Super…

a six senses post ~ all through the house


seeing ~ red poinsettias and curly ribbons, fragrant steam rising from a freshly baked loaf of bread, kitties all tucked in, fairy lights glowing, jolly santas and smiling snowmen, firelight dancing, newly polished silver sparkling hearing ~ children laughing, christmas music, jingle bells whenever someone opens our front door, snow plows, the timer on the…

october tradition


big orange pumpkins on a porch, sunshine peeking out from behind clouds, blue skies, a hayride, a wine and cider tasting at our favorite apple orchard and winery (my favorites were the Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold and the Von Stiehl Skinny Dip Point White.) an orchard tour, golden corn fields blowing lazily in the…

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…