Kitchen hacks continued…I got a garlic press for my birthday, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Occasionally this blog produces interesting things. I’m far from a social media influencer. In fact, I seem to be stuck at that magic Instagram number where people are following me to get the follow back, and then if/when I do, unfollowing me. And while that’s frustrating, I’m also not pouring a lot of time andContinue reading “Kitchen hacks continued…I got a garlic press for my birthday, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Scour the internet, and you’ll find a lot of “life hacks.” Some are simple, clever, and/or brilliant. For example, it really does work to hold a matchstick in your teeth when cutting onions to keep yourself from crying. (This life hack went viral after the movie The Help referenced it on the big screen. Consequently, wearing contactContinue reading “I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

30 minutes in a “wellness cocoon”, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I’m a big advocate of self-care. Want to be your best self? You need to feel like your best self. Your self care routine should be custom tailored to what makes you feel good. Mine, for example, includes a regular massage. Most people think of massages as super luxurious and indulgent, and they certainly canContinue reading “30 minutes in a “wellness cocoon”, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend

At our first back to school inservice day this week, a colleague approached me in a flurry of excitement. “I have a question for you! Wait here!” she exclaimed, as she rushed over to her school bag. Curious as to her inquiry, I did wait there, and she quickly returned with the name of aContinue reading “Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend”

Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

As we returned from our 16 day epic adventure this week, it was important to organize our priorities as we readjusted to normal life. After being gone for so long, there are some basic things that need addressing. The laundry needs to be done. The groceries need to be gotten. The mail needs to beContinue reading “Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Why travel is the best remedy for these uncertain times, and, because wine is the second best, wine for your weekend!

We live in uncertain times in an uncertain world. It doesn’t take a genius to turn on the news, watch five minutes of coverage and commentary and realize that everyone is playing a little fast and loose with their language, behavior, and nuclear arsenals. In light of the current dialogue and tremendous uncertainties, it mayContinue reading “Why travel is the best remedy for these uncertain times, and, because wine is the second best, wine for your weekend!”

We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.

It’s Friday! We’ll move on to Italy today, flying from Zurich to Venice where we will spend the next 2 nights before boarding the cruise ship on Sunday. I’m sure there have been adventures worth sharing, and people worth bestowing kudos upon, but it’s impossible to know those things in hindsight, taking two parts ofContinue reading “We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.”

Quick quotes, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

It’s time to throw yourself a party! A big spectacular party with a theme, and decor, and a nice meal, and a good bottle of wine. If you 4th of July barbecued this week, that kind of counts. But my guess is if you worked on Thursday, that Wednesday started to feel like a letdown!Continue reading “Quick quotes, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Great wine pairings for classic literature

It’s the first day of summer, not that you’d ever recognize it here in southeastern Minnesota where it’s 60 degrees and raining. It’s been a strange year with snow lasting well into April, then the temperature ramping up immediately to 90 degrees, and then summer officially arriving on a day that looks and feels aContinue reading “Great wine pairings for classic literature”