Yummy Lunch Salad


Elaine: No, no. How about if you bring me back something? George: Sure, all right, what do you want? Elaine: Um, hum, I don’t know.. . . A big salad? George: What big salad? I’m going to the coffee shop. Elaine: They have big salads. George: I’ve never seen a big salad. Elaine: They have…

Book Reviews-My Favorite Garden Themed Books


“God gives all men all earth to love, but since man’s heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove beloved over all.” ~Rudyard Kipling My favorite garden-themed books: Two of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever read are In and Out of the Garden and South of France-A Sketchbook by my friend…

Visiting Red Wing-Falconer Vineyards

falconer picnic

We visit Falconer Vineyards several times a year… Especially during the warm months, for romantic ‘wine picnics.’ Sometimes we pack an elaborate picnic basket with brie, lavender honey, baguette, honey crisp apples, tart red grapes, anjou pears, oven roasted garlic artisan bread, marinated olives, and dark chocolate. Other times we stop at the local Sub…

Rainy Day Rituals


Yesterday I woke up to the sound of thunder, and from the looks of it we’re in for another rainy day here in Minnesota. This sudden influx of blustery weather got me thinking about rainy day rituals. I love rainy days every once in awhile. I get up and make a big pot of French…

Cara Cara Orange Glazed Chicken


“Orange is the happiest color” ~Frank Sinatra This chicken turned out so tender and juicy on the inside with a caramelized sticky tangy-sweet crust, I just couldn’t keep this recipe to myself. I used Cara Cara oranges which I think make the sauce on this chicken extra special. Cara Cara oranges are navel oranges that…

Lemon Bars


“Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom, where gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom, where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, and the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose?” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe These are the best lemon bars I’ve ever made. They’re adapted from Ina…

Visiting Red Wing-Red Wing Trolley Company


Today I am writing my 200th blog entry! Thank you faithful readers! I was thinking it might be fun to write about something new, and decided to add a sub category to my ‘Travel Journal’  for those of you who may want to visit Red Wing some time. I didn’t grow up here, so I…