“The easeful days, the dreamless nights;
The homely round of plain delights;
The calm, unambitioned mind,
The simple stuff of summertime.”
— Aster Austin Dobson
“She longed to work again in a productive and serious environment, surrounded by productive and serious people. She longed for peers. She longed for family: sharp, inquiring, challenging, and intelligent.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert: The Signature of All Things
Going to Sjölind’s Chocolate House is such a treat!
My mom bought some chocolate treats for myself, my husband and son. I had been coveting their peanut butter cup, and mom bought it for me! Look at that delectable morsel! I ate it in two days, in case you were wondering.
Their caffeine drinks are excellent. So are their sandwiches. Our favorite is the muffaletta. Their quiche is amazing and so are their baked goods.
They have a huge collection of chocolate from around the world, and make chocolate treats themselves. I’m buying their homemade malt balls next.
They make and bake much of the goodies sold at Sjölind’s. Tracy Thompson, the master baker and chef of Sjölind’s can do no wrong!
219 East Main Street
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
My husband and son discovered Freddy Valentine’s Public House (restaurant) while they were walking around in the lovely town of Spring Green, Wisconsin. They had already eaten dinner somewhere else, but my son, mom and I came back a few days later to eat there.
Freddy Valentine’s is in the 1915 Spring Green State Bank Building. I love the building – it’s beautiful on the outside and inside.
As you can learn by reading their website, the Neo-Classical Revival sculpture pieces on the front of the building look like marble, but they are really Terra Cotta.
The owners David and Jeaneane Owen have done such an incredible job decorating the restaurant while preserving and honoring the bank’s history. I personally love being in the restaurant because it reminds me of Manhattan. Sophisticated and comfortable.
I am not an architectural writer…but they repurposed many parts of the bank which adds charm.
We ate in this lovely room. We arrived before the restaurant filled up, and had the owner, David, all to ourselves!
I could see eating a leisurely meal at Freddy Valentine’s, drinking a lot of rich red wine or a martini, and
passing out sleeping at the nearby House on the Rock Resort.
But what about the food? We loved it all.
Thank you for creating this restaurant, David and Jeaneane. We will return many more times.
134 W Jefferson St
Spring Green, WI 53588
Phone: (608) 588-0220
The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America.
Although rarely seen due to their very brief (1 week) adult lives, Luna Moths are considered common.
The adults do not eat or have mouths.
They emerge as adults solely to mate, and as such, only live approximately one week.
They are more commonly seen at night.
My son and I came home late one night to find this Luna on our kitchen window screen. It was beautiful!
This dish is so delicious. The tender, lightly spiced chicken thighs and the subtle flavor of the figs make this a regular meal for our family.
Dry-Spiced Chicken and Figs
Adapted from The Feed Zone Cookbook by Biju Thomas & Allen Lim
1/2 cup rice or wheat flour
Dry Spice Rub (see below)
2 pounds chicken thighs, cut into large bite-size pieces
2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1/3 – 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 red onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped or food processed
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 dried figs, cut into quarters
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons salt
DRY SPICE RUB
1/2 teaspoon each: cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, coriander
- In a bowl, place flour and spice rub. Add chicken and stir contents to coat all surfaces.
- Pour enough oil into a large, heavy pot to coat the bottom. Turn heat to high.
- Sear the chicken pieces in the hot oil, turning so that both sides are golden brown. Remove from pot and set aside. The chicken is not cooked yet!
- Pour 2 cups stock and vinegar into the pot and cook off bits of flour from the bottom. Return the chicken to the pot, then add onions, carrots, garlic, figs, cilantro and salt.
- Cover and let simmer on stove top over medium heat until chicken is tender, about 30-40 minutes.
- Serve on top of rice or pasta.
“I am grateful everyday that I have you,
and that makes me happy.”
— Forrest Church
“No rhythm in cymbals
No tempo in drums
Love on arrival
She comes when she comes.”
From the song The Look of Love by the band ABC
Songwriters: BARRY, JEFF / GREENWICH, ELLIE
The Look Of Love lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing
“You may feel stuck – trapped in a bad relationship, grieving over a divorce, miserably and interminably single – but it is in your power, and your best health interest, to choose joy. Okay, so you can’t find romance. Or your soul mate doesn’t feel the same way about you. But you can put yourself in the path of happiness. You can fall in love with life.” – Lesley Dorman
“What you risk reveals what you value.”
– Jeanette Winterson, novelist
“Keep your secret.
That’s your power over others.”
— Diana Vreeland