• Food & Drink

    Ten on Tuesday | Game Day Favorites.

    from October 2009 (!! deep in the archives for sure!) Professional football kicked off this weekend. Carole is a huge Patriots fan and she won’t miss a game. She’ll also enjoy some great food while she watches; this week, she’s asked us to share our game day favorites. Football food around here means “fun” and “easy” (but not necessarily “healthy”). Here are ten of my favorites: 1. Vegetables and dip. That’s homemade spicy peanut dip in the photo above and it’s outstanding. I haven’t made it in a few years, but I need to. (and because I love y’all, I’ve included the recipe below.) 2. Cheese and crackers. 3. Mixed nuts.…

  • Just Life

    Weekending.

    …also known as yikes! how can it be Monday (again) already?! Here’s a peek at a few of the highlights from my weekend: I started listening to the backlog of podcasts that had accumulated since I started Book Bingo reading in early June. So now I’ve heard the last of Ann and Michael (and yep, I cried). I also made a pretty decent start on cleaning out closets and cupboards. I have a big pile of books, clothing and other stuff to donate. (Now there’s just one more room to go – my “yarn room” – which also has the biggest closet.) Katie and Charlie spent Friday night and much of…

  • Food & Drink,  Travel

    Cooking with Sara.

    I’ve written before about how much fun Sara and I have together in the kitchen. This past weekend, we cooked more than yesterday’s post (and my Instagram feed full of blue skies and cocktails 🙂 might’ve suggested. But it wasn’t until Monday that we cooked together. For brunch, we made a spinach mushroom strata and sangria. It was delicious (especially accompanied by a mini-marathon of the last season of Sex and the City episodes). and you’ll have to take my word for it since I forgot to take photos. So I made up for it with dinner. a very non-traditional 4th of July menu, featuring fresh produce and bread from…

  • Food & Drink,  Travel

    Weekending, Madison Style | 2016.

    Ha – why mess with a good thing, right?! Apparently this year’s visit was almost an exact duplicate of last year’s. So maybe I should simply call them our traditions. The day before the long weekend, Sara works. I hang out, enjoy a run, walk to Trader Joe’s for dinner provisions, prepare dinner, then enjoy time on the balcony and by the lake with my knitting and/or a book. It’s fun to have a special cocktail and plate of appetizers ready for Sara when she gets home (upper right). We go to a matinee. This year we saw Finding Dory on Saturday afternoon. The theater has been renovated since last…

  • Food & Drink

    Ten on Tuesday | Mother’s Cooking.

    This week, Carole’s asked us to share favorite foods* our moms used to make. Lucky me, my mom has always been – and still is – a very good cook. Family dinners and Sunday brunch (after church) were fixtures in my childhood home. We didn’t have an eat-in kitchen until I was in high school (and even then, I think we used the kitchen table more for projects and homework than for meals). We ate in the dining room. family style. porch view. 6pm today. unless we ate outside. and we never had popcorn for dinner! (or maybe she did have popcorn dinners when she was my age … and…

  • Travel

    Weekending City Style.

    …begins of course, on Friday. We set out in the morning under clear, chilly blue skies and headed down to Chelsea. First stop was Cookshop for an early lunch. We started with burrata and it was the best we’d had. That toast was spread with roasted garlic and the cheese was nestled into a wild nettle pesto. After lunch we headed to the High Line. This was our first visit and wow! what a great space. also WOW! it was windy and cold.  We got off at Chelsea Market and made a bee line to Ninth Street Espresso. We wandered around the market for a while to warm up. What…

  • Travel

    Thursday in the City.

    The weather has been a lot better than I thought it would be. Sara didn’t even wear her coat yesterday and the rain was just off and on showers in the afternoon. We spent most of the rainy time sitting at this cozy table with the Times crossword (which mostly stumped us, but we’ll try again today), a delicious meal and a few glasses of wine. Then we walked down to SoHo and did a little shopping. Sara bought shoes (Supergas) and I bought yarn (three skeins of the newest Linen Quill to knit Tails). We decided to head back to the apartment to relax a bit before the play.…

  • Food & Drink

    Weekending.

    …it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. I put up the bird tree Saturday morning. Love this year’s additions: (top right) a birthday gift from my folks and (bottom right) a gift to myself from my August visit to Florida. Saturday afternoon, Lydia, Katie, Karen and I gathered here for birthday knitting (marking the official “end” of my birthday celebration for the year!). They put out a delicious spread …and of course there was wine, too. Cheers! Saturday evening was Marc’s company party. I hope the party photographer took one of the two of us, because the only photo I have is this one – that’s Marc…

  • Just Life

    The One with All the Books.

    …I’m pretty sure that’s how Sara is going to remember this Thanksgiving. I think we all lost count of how many books she read to Charlie. or maybe it will be the one with the very best applesauce smile. makes peeling all those apples completely worthwhile! or the one where we took our walk before dinner and it was warm enough to leave our jackets behind. or the one where we kind of remembered to take photos of each other, but didn’t remember to check that everyone’s smiles were in place. photo credit to Katie or simply the one with all the photos. I usually end up with just a…

  • Food & Drink

    Throwback Thursday | Cooking Thanksgiving.

    …with Sara, 2008. This is one of my favorite photos of the two of us together in the kitchen. One that was barely big enough for two (with a big dog at our feet). Flash forward seven years and Katie is hosting dinner. My part is a few sides, a pie and ice cream. I cooked a little yesterday and finished up this morning. I’ve already washed the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen. Marc should be arriving with Sara (who took a 6am flight from Madison this morning!) any minute. We won’t be cooking together this year, but we will be together all weekend. and for that I am…