505 – Making Lemonade


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode:

We had a beagle adventure
Abby got very sick Monday with acute gastroenteritis which then led to aspirated pneumonia. It was three days of ups and downs and two nights at the emergency vet. We chose to postpone our trip to Vegas to take the best care of her we can. She continues to be on the mend.

Abby Beagle resting

Chad found himself in a ditch
He was driving home from Illinois during a snowstorm and spun out into a ditch. A tow truck got him out and he received a ticket. The best news is he and the car were okay.

We got lemons and, well, we added vodka
Since we were going to be in town this weekend, we had a number of opportunities to try new restaurants and see a number of friends. We visited Mad Rooster Cafe for brunch Friday. The food was quite good. Later that night, we went out with friends to an all-you-can-eat-crab legs buffet at the local casino. Then Saturday, we stopped for birthday drinks with friends and then had dinner with another friend. Even though we’re not in Vegas, we had a great weekend.

Omelet & Potatoes at Mad Rooster Cafe

Chad got his bloodwork results from his doctor
And, he’s pre-diabetic with high cholesterol. He has a six-month follow up and his numbers need to be going in the right direction or they’ll prescribe meds. His doc wants him to focus more on less carbs and more veggies. Our dinner Saturday was all paleo and all delicious.

 

Want to share your story about how you’re finding the happiness in life’s crappiness? Want to tell us how you stay on track during stressful times? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

 

504 – Eating Salads


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode:

Chad saw a doctor for the first time this century
Chad had an appointment with a new primary care physician. His blood work results came in this morning and some lipid panel numbers were a little high. Now Chad needs to eat plants.

Turkey Cobb Salad at Matty’s Bar

We ate salads for Date Night
Chad was glad he ordered a cocktail. And we tried to be healthier and ordered salads for dinner.

We went to the Weird Al concert
We scored second row tickets to the show at the very last minute. Emo Philips opened the show and was surprisingly ridiculously funny. Al and his band did a show full of originals – songs written in the styles of other artists – which was a lot of fun.

Weird Al live in Milwaukee

We ate a lot of pizza
We enjoyed our usual Wineza (pizza and wine) night on Friday even though we were going out with a friend on Saturday for pizza.

Chad went to CypherCon
CypherCon was in Milwaukee this week. Chad got to meet hacking superstars Joe Grand and Ben Heck.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us what plant-based foods you’re eating? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

503 – Cauliflower Crust


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Had fun in the car
This week we visited Parkside 23 for date night. On the way, Ruth was pretty sure Chad threw a shaka symbol at a Methodist church.

Edie and Chad eating Tamago at Wasabi Sushi Lounge

Enjoyed sushi with friends
As a tradition of our family of friends, we visited Wasabi Sushi Lounge for all-you-can-eat sushi for Easter.

Started getting fit
It’s official: we’re back on the road to fitness. Ruth started walking, the treadmill arrived, and Chad started running. We also had a coaching session with a fitness trainer who suggested another style of eating for us.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

Made healthier choices
We were challenged to have a pizza with a cauliflower crust – in an effort to eat more plant-based foods. Chad was apprehensive, but in the end, he admitted to really liking it!

Connected with a friend
We had the opportunity to connect with our friend JJ in real time – on a phone call! It was balm for the soul.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us how you’re improving your fitness? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

502 – Spring Wine and Chocolate


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Got our taxes done
We braced for the worst again this year, but amazingly we have refunds coming this year instead of owing a lot of money! We celebrated with margaritas.

Margarita Time!

Worked on eating less beef
We had home runs and base hits this year. Sunday we made a Shakshuka with Feta and it was delicious. Definitely a home run! Then we made some Turkey-Hummus Sliders and they were just a base hit.

Celebrated Chad’s sixth match anniversary
Chad is part of Big Brother Big Sisters and they threw a party for all the Bigs and Littles. Chad and Elijah have been matched for six years already.

Chocolate & Wine Pairing at Indulgence Chocolatiers

Attended a Spring Wine and Chocolate pairing
We visited Indulgence Chocolatiers for their spring wine pairing. We tried five different wines and chocolates which were all very floral (think: spring). And we ran into one of Chad’s former colleagues and his wife.

Stayed at home Saturday night
We made good dinner decisions and chose a Chili-Lime Tilapia recipe and then we rented Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to suggest another Jack Black movie we’d enjoy? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

501 – Mediterranean Diet


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Ate a lot
Ruth visited Tre Rivali with her friend Sarah. The meat and cheese plate was simply outstanding. Then, we revisited Matty’s and tried the “Cheese Logs” – these were way more than a simple cheese stick.

Meat and Cheese at Tre Rivali

Found ourselves back in Total Wine
We returned to Total Wine to pick up a couple more bottles of wine for the cellar. Chad was fronting bottles as we went along and the staff was thrilled.

Enjoyed a celebration of life
We went out to Mr. B’s Steakhouse to celebrate the life of the best beagle/basset ever – our very own Tater Tot who passed away one year ago.

Got some test results
Ruth saw a new doc and had some tests done. Her A1C level is pre-pre-diabetic. Her doctor recommended changing diet and exercise. We’re exploring the Mediterranean diet, Chad will be visiting a doctor, and we’re going to start exercising.

Chad works with Abby and her trainer at Think Pawsitive

Took the beagle girls to class
We took Tini and Abby to a “Rocket Recalls” class on Friday. The intent was to help reinforce their recall ability.

 

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us about the best meat and cheese platter you’ve had? Maybe want to give us some lifestyle change encouragement? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

413 – Earworm


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Got an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Korean Beef

We took the plunge and purchased a refurbished Instant Pot. Our first recipe was Korean beef. We were amazed at how it worked (and had to consult the user manual online).

Headed out for date night
We went to Tenuta’s in Bay View for Italian. Ruth got the mushroom ravioli and it was delicious. We’ll definitely be back and we’ll have to try the pizza!

Mushroom Ravioli at Tenuta’s

Spent too much on wine
On Wednesday, we ordered by the glass and it was way more expensive than simply buying a bottle. Then, we were off to wineza with more wine. And finally on Saturday, we visited the new Total Wine near our house and brought wine home.

Got “How Far I’ll Go” stuck on a loop in our heads
We heard the main song from Disney’s Moana while shopping at Total Wine. Neither of us knows the words, so it just won’t leave our brains. Oh, and Chad rants on voice actors vs big name actors.

Trained the Beagiles
We celebrated Abby’s birthday last week Sunday. And we’ve been busy working with her to help her be safer and healthier.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us about an Instant Pot recipe we need to try? Wanna sing the Moana song to us?? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

412 – Random Act of Kindness


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Eggs Benedict at Bass Bay Brewhouse

Visited Bass Bay Brewhouse for brunch
Chad had their “Shenanigans” dish which had everything and the kitchen sink in it. Ruth really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict. See the whole brunch menu here.

Continued to eat
On Monday, we tried The Suburban Bourbon and enjoyed a couple of their burgers with a bottle of wine. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we cooked dinner at home – including an epic Tater Tot Casserole. On Friday, we stayed home for Wineza and paired it with a brand new bottle of M2 Zinfandel.

Had a full day on Saturday
We had a family funeral visitation to attend Saturday morning. Ruth had to work to enforce some boundaries around what she needed. Afterwards, we had certified professional dog trainer Laura from Connecting with Dogs come over to help us humans communicate more effectively with both dogs (but especially Abby).

Bob holding the photo from our “island home.”

Were the recipients of a random act of kindness
We decided to order burgers from Ricardo’s in the Greendale Village and then head over to Vintage 38 for wine – specifically Hook or Crook 2015 Lodi Cabernet. Since the grapes are from Lodi, the wine had a great depth of flavor.  At the bar there’s a photo for sale on the wall we’re pretty sure is the view from our future island home. An amazingly kind gentleman at the bar – who wanted to be known as “Bob” – purchased it and gifted it to us. We were stunned and couldn’t believe his generosity. We will definitely be paying it forward. Cheers, “Bob.”

 

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Have you ever paid it forward or undertaken a random act of kindness? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

411 – Plain Cake Donut


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode:

Bahama Mama & Cafe Au Lait Truffle

Ruth went to a Tiki Cocktails & Chocolate pairing class
Ruth and her friend Sarah visited Indulgence Chocolatiers and enjoyed a class pairing their chocolates with tiki cocktails. It was fun and delicious. The cocktails reminded Chad of the song “Drink To Hawaii” by Richard Cheese.

Chad was eating in Iowa
He was in Iowa training and his clients took him to a BBQ joint, a taco/burrito place, and a place called Saucy Focaccia. And then they brought in donuts from the build-your-own donut shop, The Donut Experiment.

The Donut Experiment

We didn’t close our Activity rings
Ruth’s hour-long yoga class lasted three hours and 48 minutes on her Activity app because she forgot to turn it off after class. Oops! We’re challenging ourselves to move at least three days this week.

Pokemon Go hosted a special event
We were in the middle of a project spring cleaning/rearranging the basement when Chad realized he needed to leave for an hour and catch a bunch of Dratinis.

Pokemon Go’s Dratini

Visited Mom’s and went through Dad’s tools
Ruth’s mom is in the process of purging her dad’s stuff. We visited to take a look at his stash of tools and see if there was anything we needed.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Know somewhere with a really good cake donut? Or do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?  Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

410 – Eating Too Much


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:

Saw our neighbors put their house up for sale
We were sad to see the “For Sale” sign in our neighbor’s front yard this week. It’s a lovely home and Mark and Kathy are some of the coolest people on the block. If you’re cool and are looking for a house, take a peek here.

Watched “The Cutting Edge”
Chad enjoys the movie “The Cutting Edge” and since the story is all about the Olympics, we decided to watch it. Ruth had never seen it and really didn’t care for it. #toepick

Look at all that food in Tini’s tummy!

Visited the Emergency Vet
Tini and Abby conspired to get into a new 22-lb bag of dog food which was in a closet. Tini managed to eat a POUND of food. It was obvious she was uncomfortable so Ruth chose to take her to the vet to get the food out and help her feel better.

Hangover Burger at Bass Bay

Dined out every single day
We usually make all our food on Sunday. We were going to make the perfect amount of food for the week, but our dinner was a #cookingfail so we had no food on hand. With the craziness of the week, we ended up going out for dinner every single night (oops!). Our highlight of the week was the Bass Bay Brewhouse.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Or do you know a great movie we can add to movie war night? …let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

409 – Zombies


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:

Half-Birthday Flowers

Had Beagle Adventures
The girls had their nails trimmed on Monday and we got to help. Later in the week, each of them treed different wildlife – a possum and a pair of raccoons- in the yard.

Celebrated Ruth’s Half-Birthday
Ruth never got to celebrate her birthday during the school year when she was a kid because her birthday was during the summer. So she deemed the six-month mark her half-birthday and this year, Chad bought her flowers!

Zombies from the Beyond

Saw “Zombies from the Beyond”
We went to see a musical called “Zombies from the Beyond.” It was a silly, campy spin on ’50s sci-fi movies. The play is set at the “Milwaukee Space Center” and there are a number of Milwaukee references throughout the show. We can only best describe it as layers of weird.

Activity Update
Last week we talked about using our Activity app on our Apple Watches. Big props to listeners Matt and JJ who sent us activity buddy requests. It’s truly inspiring to us that they reached out to us. Thank you and let’s all keep moving!

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to join us in the “activity army”…let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.