The Rookery

I told you that we ran away for a few days last week, right? We actually were in the tiny Unincorporated town of Cable, Wisconsin. It was pretty tough to find good food, until, that is, we found The Rookery Pub just a mile down the road from our resort. The food was out of this world. We started with the Shrimp Cocktail. Seriously the best I’ve ever had. The shrimp was huge and perfectly cooked and chilled. The sauce had just enough kick to wake me up. Then I had a bowl of the carrot ginger soup (!!!) and Husband had the Lobster & Shrimp Ravioli (!!!). But there were so many delicious options it was really hard to decide. Daughter had a box of crayons and a few sheets of paper. Yep, they brought that out for her after three visits to the garden to see the Butterflies. At least there was only one other table in the restaurant. Unfortunate for them, perfect for us. If you ever, EVER, make it near Cable you need to find this place. We skipped dessert since Daughter was starting to get impatient, but Husband brought me a Molten Chocolate Cake from the Resort Bar a few hours later so all was well. Really, all was well.

And it’s Friday again! Yippee! Where are you eating this weekend?


My Little Boston

My friends know me too well. Here are four of the five birthday cards I got from some friends. Three of them I opened on the same night. Too funny. The puppet card at the top right of the photo (which is also a keepsake magnet) is from Jen, who’s friend Paula made it. You can find all of Paula’s work here, at Hungry Dog Designs.

Woof! Woof!


Cafe Wren & Jill Van Sickle

On the way out of town last week the In-Laws brought us to a fabulous little cafe not from their their house. Cafe Wren is in Luck, WI and it was so worth the drive! The atmosphere is charming, the service was friendly and the food was really very delicious. In fact, ate there again on our way back home. Really, it was that good.

The first stop I had the beet and goat cheese sandwich. Yep, a beet sandwich. I’m trying to eat less meat so this was the perfect find. I also had a bowl of their chilled cucumber avocado soup. Again, wonderful, the only bad part was that Daughter ate almost more than I did. On the way back I ordered the Cranberry Chicken Salad sandwich, and the same soup. This time Daughter wouldn’t touch it, which was totally fine with me!

As a bonus, the walls were covered with wonderful paintings that looked vaguely familiar. I particularly loved this one of the tulips. It’s dark but beautiful and so happy. On the way out I picked up a business card and recognized the name from shops around town, it’s the work of Jill Van Sickle. I love the textures and palette in her work. So beautiful.

This is the kind of cafe that makes me want to quit the day job (ha), sell the house (ha ha) and move to a small town and play with food. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?


And then it was August

I’m back! And suddenly it’s August. It’s still hot as heck out there but this morning I should smell fall in the air. It was 68 degrees when I walked Daughter and Dog to the corner to get a paper and I loved it. But then the sun popped out and we spent the day in the pool at Husband’s family reunion. Anyway, it’s time for an update on the resolutions. So, here goes:

1. Create
I’m still sewing! I made these purses for my sis and sis-in-law. And I finally finished pillow #3. That means the “projects left to be finished” list is getting smaller. Guess I should add a few more!

2. Write.
Not back there yet…..

3. Yoga
Not back there yet either…. soon…

4. Budget

5. Triathlon.
One week to go. I’m ready. Totally ready. Mentally and Physically. I can’t wait. When’s the next one?

Are you looking forward to Fall yet?


A Week Off

I’m taking a week off. I may or may not be out of town. I may or may not have a week off from work. I may or may not be sewing, painting, writing, creating. But regardless, I’m relaxing. Hopefully with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

I’ll be back on August 8th, with all kinds of fun stuff. I hope.

Take care and have a great week!