Open Arms of Minnesota – Harvest Pop-up Dinner…

Last night, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the Harvest Pop-up Dinner, hosted by Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.  Each year, they “host intimate, multi-course feasts prepared by our talented chefs. For one night at a time, our beautiful facility in South Minneapolis transforms … Continue reading Open Arms of Minnesota – Harvest Pop-up Dinner…

Hazed & confused…but it was SO fun!

This past week, the hubby and I took in the Growler Magazine’s event in St. Paul, called Unlabeled: A Blind Tasting Beer Festival. This is a brand new kind of beer festival series, never before seen in Minnesota (or the U.S. for that matter!) which consisted of a blind tasting of 48 (plus one bonus beer they added at the last minute!) Hazy IPA’s from … Continue reading Hazed & confused…but it was SO fun!

Christmas past….

What the heck happened to January?  Although, with the craziness happening in my family & the weather issues we’ve had this month, it feels like it was three months long.  I once again fell off the blogging train, not being here since Thanksgiving, and am sorry for that.  As per usual, one of my goals this year is to post more often…we will see how … Continue reading Christmas past….

Summer of Salads, let’s talk potato…

Well hello there! Okay, so this is post number ONE in our #summerofsalads posts and I really had a hard time allowing myself to start with potato salads!  I wanted to ease you in, start off by talking about the different kinds of greens available and then move on to dressings…but, Memorial Day is coming this weekend and when I think of Memorial Day eats, … Continue reading Summer of Salads, let’s talk potato…

Restaurant review: Noodles & Company…Slow Braised, naturally raised Pork

Here I go again, talking about my favorite animal…the pig!  Noodles & Company reached out to me, not long ago, asking if I would be interested in trying some of their new slow-braised, naturally raised Pork, their treat!  Well of course!  Because if you know me, you know I love me some piggy meat! I’ve only been to Noodles & Company one other time, and … Continue reading Restaurant review: Noodles & Company…Slow Braised, naturally raised Pork

Notes from the North Shore…

One of my favorite places on Earth is northern Minnesota.  From the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, up the coast to the border of Canada.  This summer, we decided to take the kids up a little farther than we’ve traveled with them in the past, to Grand Marais, MN.  Our plan, was to kick around Grand Marais for the day, then head south a … Continue reading Notes from the North Shore…

Rustic Onion Tartlets & “Nightmare before Christmas” fun…

This Halloween, we were lucky enough to attend a friend’s annual “Nightmare before Christmas, (aka Halloween)” party.  It was a costume required event, which is great because otherwise the hubby and I wouldn’t have dressed up, with no other events to attend.  They go all out with this party, each guest bringing an appetizer or dessert to share, all usually with a Halloween theme (picture … Continue reading Rustic Onion Tartlets & “Nightmare before Christmas” fun…

An apology and “Celebrity” judging at the Uptown Art Fair…

Okay friends, I gotta say, I have completely gone off the rails…food-blogging wise.  My last post was at the end of August and the calendar page just flipped to the beginning of November.  I am so sorry!  I owe you three new Beer for a Year blog posts, a post about our first family camping trip & this post!  I have no excuse other than … Continue reading An apology and “Celebrity” judging at the Uptown Art Fair…