610 – Cheesy Motivation



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

Organized Chad’s closet
We Marie Kondo’ed the bedroom a few years ago, but Chad’s side of the room had gotten pretty messy again and even he was done with it. So, we decided to go through all the clothes piles and clean up.

Baked Provolone….mmmmmmmm….

Sat at the end of the bar
It seems like whenever we go out and sit at the end of the bar, magical and deep conversations occur. We visited Story Hill BKC and ended up at the end of the bar. It was fun to see all the servers, the food, and the chefs at work. We enjoyed a bottle of single vineyard Ravenswood wine and talked about what it really means to savor our lives.

Enjoyed quite a bit of irony about our health
As we sat at the bar and ate and drank quite a bit, we talked about how we have not made any progress with our weight loss and exercise. We need to decide and commit to making changes but we can’t find the motivation to make our health a priority.

Went to a comedy show

Sandwich at the Safe House

We went to the Pabst Theatre to see Iliza Schlesinger’s Elder Millennial tour. It was really good and her opening act Hunter Hill was funny, too.  After the brief show we visited the Safe House for a later dinner.

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609 – Anti-Theft Candle



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

Explored the Explorium

Anti-Theft Candle

We finally tried a beer pub near us called The Explorium Brew Pub. We tried a fried meatloaf appetizer which Chad liked. He also tried a burger wrapped in pizza dough just before setting off the candle alarm.

Were feelin’ California
Our friends from California were in town for Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary. We chose to take them to Bass Bay Brewhouse for a delicious experience.

Grilled some salmon
Chad picked up some salmon fillets and created a spinach and mandarin orange salad paired with a Director’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc. The meal was outstanding and we’ll try it again soon.

Attended a wedding
We went to Illinois Beach Resort for Chad’s friend Jason’s wedding where Chad was an attendant. It was definitely an adventure and a nice weekend.[PHOTO]

Want to share a story about what inspires you?  Or if you have a recipe for a cheesecake-like dessert, 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.

608 – Schwinns and Fried Chicken


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

Fried Chicken and Slaw

Had a couple chicken occasions
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! First, we spied some fried chicken earlier this summer and decided to source some for ourselves at Golden Chicken. Then, later in the week, we created gourmet chicken and potatoes.

Caught up with friends
Chad drove to Madison to catch up with his friend Roger while Ruth had wine with her friend Amy.

Took a bike maintenance class
We signed up for a class at Brinn Labs to find out how to care for our bicycles. Our teacher, Chris from Dream Bikes, was super friendly and helpful.

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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.

607 – The Drive-In


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

We celebrated Ruth’s birthday
We thought about going to Ishnala – a seasonal supper club located about two hours away. Instead, we went to our old standby, Mr. B’s Steakhouse. The food was fantastic and we enjoyed a bottle of Jefferson by Monticello Vineyards.

Burger at The Kiltie

We drove to The Kiltie for dinner
The Kiltie is a real, live vintage drive-in restaurant. Burgers, fries, and custard served directly to your car. Chad brought a drive-in movie speaker he bought online and streamed a Spotify playlist through it via Bluetooth.

Ruth visited the Bristol Renaissance Faire
She went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in costume with a couple girlfriends. It’d been about five years since she’d been there and it was fun to see the changes.

Shenanigans at Bristol

Chad got together with his Little Brother
They hadn’t seen each other in a while so spent their time soldering LEDs, talking about tattoos, vaping, tech, and school which would be starting soon. Elijah continues to inspire Chad in so many ways.

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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.

606 – Smoked S’mores


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

Chad visited a Makerspace
Chad was in Grand Rapids, Michigan and visited The Geek Group. He got to hang out in the high voltage lab and learn about how the group interacts with their community.

Ruth took Abby to the vet…again
Abby has a yeast infection in her ear which is pretty common in dogs with floppy ears – like beagles. While we were there, the vet agreed to try putting Abby on Prozac. Within 36 hours we saw a noticeable improvement.

Ruth visited Wisconsin State Fair 
Every year, Ruth and her mom go to State Fair. We eat corn, visit the expo center, and drink milk. This year, the price of milk increased from a quarter to fifty cents!

Smoked S’more at Tofte’s Table

We had date night on a Wednesday 
We headed to Waukesha to Tofte’s Table – Ruth was there recently and really wanted to show Chad. The meat and cheese plate was extraordinary. We splurged and went with dessert – a smoked s’more.

We tried a new pizza place for Wineza
Uncle Paulie’s is a brand new wood fired oven pizza place close to our house. We tried The Godfather, a specialty pizza with ricotta and meatballs. It wasn’t our favorite pizza and the service wasn’t stellar. We’ll give them another try sometime.

Ruth went to the doctor…again
Ruth’s been suffering with sinus stuff for over two weeks. Turns out she has allergic rhinitis – aka seasonal allergies. In talking about the advice from some nurses about losing weight, her doctor recommended increasing fiber intake.

All the beagles!

We mended beagle fences
Tini’s BFF Annie and Abby decided they didn’t like each other a few months ago. We decided to get all the beagles together to help Annie and Abby to get along again. Our friend (and Annie’s mom) Jasmine worked with the girls to get them all on the same page. It was amazing to see them getting along.

Want to share a story about what inspires you?  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.

605 – Zoodles


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

We returned to Pizza Man for Cubano Part 2
Our server Lindsey encouraged us to come back to customize our Cubano Pizza, so we did! And, luckily, it was half price wine night!

Ruth hung out with friends
In trying to dig out of depression, Ruth’s trying to connect more with friends. She went out to dinner with two different friends this week and really enjoyed the French Onion Soup at new French restaurant, Fauntleroy.

Homemade Sunrise Burger and Zoodles

We created our own Sunrise Burger
Inspired by Chad’s favorite burger at The Hale House, we decided to try to make our own at home! We also had zoodles – zucchini noodles – with the burger.

Got some info about Frank
Turns out Frank is a focal fat deposit. It’s basically some fat that didn’t know where else to go. It’s mostly from leading a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight. The advice was to lose weight and exercise more.

Want to share your story about what inspires you?  Want to tell us about a restaurant dish you tried to make at home? 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.

604 – Cubano Pizza


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

We tested out party options
We were going to take Chad’s folks out for their 50th wedding anniversary and needed to test some options. We headed out to Bass Bay Brewhouse for lunch. Both sandwiches we ordered were fantastically delicious. The next night we went to Parkside 23 to talk with the staff and make reservations.

Ruth hosted a coffee break
The World’s Largest Coffee Break happened for the 13th year. About 700 people come out into a park in downtown Milwaukee to enjoy free coffee and baked goods.

Cubano Pizza!

We had a Cubano pizza
For Wineza, we headed out to Pizza Man and they had a Cubano pizza as their specialty pizza. It was really good but a little heavy on the mustard.

We restocked the bar
We were a wee bit low on a number of bar items so we headed to Total Wine where Chad got a cart because he didn’t want to risk the Scotch incident of 2018 happening again. Because we had a cart we bought WAY more than we anticipated.

We celebrated Chad’s folks’ 50th Anniversary
After much investigation, we decided to take Chad’s folks to Parkside 23 for a celebration meal.

Want to share your story about what inspires you?  Want to tell us another version of a Cubano sandwich you’ve encountered? 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.

603 – Cancer Camp


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

Swimmers at Camp One Step

Chad was a counselor at Camp One Step
Chad was a counselor for two weeks at Camp One Step in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Camp One Step empowers children who have been diagnosed with cancer to find new hope and believe again in a brighter future. Discover the biggest lesson he learned.

Ruth attended Shakespeare in the Park
We help support Optimist Theatre’s free Shakespeare in the Park production each year. This year was the tragedy King Lear. Spoiler alert: everybody dies. Well, mostly everybody.

Ruth went out with a friend
She went to dinner with her friend Katie at Tofte’s Table in Waukesha. We ate (way too much) at the bar and paired everything with a bottle of Pinot Gris.

 

Want to share your story about what inspires you?  Want to tell us what you’ve been using as an excuse? 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.

602 – Taco Fest


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

Ate a lot of food
We attended Taco Fest with our friends Shelley and Adam. The event was made up of local restaurants serving tacos. Later in the week, we actually didn’t eat local, we ate salads (!) at BW3.

Chad spied on birds
Chad put together a bird house with an infrared camera in it. Now, a mama bird moved in and we have eggs!

Ruth started biking
Ruth got a new helmet from Nutcase Helmets and started riding every morning for 20+ minutes.

And then there was music
Ruth went to see the 30th Anniversary tour of The Posies live at Summerfest. Jon and Ken were rockin’ out for this show and were having a blast.

Want to share your story about what inspires you?  Have a story about wildlife in your area? 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.

601 – BBQ and Cornhole


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

Celebrated an Abby-versary
This week marks the one-year anniversary of bringing Abby home.

Rise and Shine Burger at Mainstream Bar and Grill

Enjoyed date night in Waukesha
We visited Mainstream Bar & Grill on main street in Waukesha. Chad had the Rise and Shine Burger which he dubbed, “The Chad Burger.”

Visited Ravinia Festival to see Seal
We drove to Ravinia in Highland Park, found parking on the festival grounds and hung out with Seal. It was his “Standards” tour so the first half of the show was ’50s covers; the second half was a Seal dance party. See a set list from the tour.

Seal at Ravinia Festival

Got some test results
Ruth had the CT scan of her liver. Turns out, in addition to some hemangiomas which are NBD, they also found a 3cm legion which has a blood flow going to it. which is so not cool. She named the legion Frank and now has to see a GI guy for a consult in July.

Tried BBQ at Redbar
We ate at The Saucy Swine inside Redbar. Chad described their “bacon bombs” as “decadent” and really enjoyed their brisket. We were oddly entranced with the National Cornhole Championships which were on the televisions.

Were inspired by people who deal with depression
One of our friends is learning a programming language to create an app to send up a flare to ask for help.

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Do you have techniques to help get through the end of the day? Do you love corn hole? 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.