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.

513 – Pickles and Wine


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

Met Hawaiian Ruth and Coffeehouse Chad
Ruth’s therapist asked her what she would do with just two weeks left to live. She said she would go to Hawaii and chill out on the beach with a tropical drink in hand. He encouraged her to live her life in the mindset of Hawaiian Ruth.

H-Party Wine and Pizza

Enjoyed some delicious wine
We received a wine club shipment from Coppola which included a member-exclusive wine called H-Party.  And we were going to have friends over for dinner but they had to cancel, so we went into the wine vault and pulled out a 2014 Charles Woodson TwentyFour Wines Cabernet.

Learned Chad eats his least favorite things first
Chad had to clean his plate as a kid and learned to eat the stuff he didn’t like first so he could enjoy what he liked best last.

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Do you enjoy pickle-less burgers with your wine? 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.

512 – Vegetarian-ish

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

Resolved Our Lawnmower Drama
Our 10-year old Black and Decker electric lawnmower was on its last legs but then we got a new battery and voila! life (and our lawn) is so much better!

Kinda, Sorta Tried Vegetarianism
Ruth’s second cousin Sydnee challenged her to try being vegetarian for a week. We didn’t do it 100%, but we made some really good recipes like the Spinach Lasagna Rollups.

BBQ Chicken Salad at The Thirsty Duck

Ate Salads at The Thirsty Duck
This restaurant features duck pin (or mini) bowling. We need to reserve a lane and bring some friends along. Being vegetarian-ish, we had salads (with chicken).

Ate Sushi at Wasabi
We generally visit Wasabi Sushi Lounge for their holiday buffet, but we decided to visit for dinner and order off the menu.

Looked Up #gallstones On Instagram
Ruth is battling her gallbladder being out of sorts and had an ultrasound (insider tip: don’t look up #gallstones on Instagram) and now she needs a CT scan with contrast.

Borrowed Some Macs for Camp
Chad asked a recent client to borrow five laptops for Camp One Step. The company gave him a dozen because they thought it was an amazing opportunity to help.

 

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Do you know want to give us encouragement on our road to vegetarianism? 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.

511 – Hashtag: Gallbladder


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

Found out about gallbladders
Ruth has been in pain for a few weeks and went to see her doctor. Right now, the doctor is thinking it’s a gallbladder issue. We’ll find out next week after an ultrasound.

Were challenged to eat vegetarian
Ruth’s second cousin Sydnee was in town and challenged Ruth to eat vegetarian for a week (or two) and see how she feels.

Cheeseburger Pizza!

Got the wrong pizza…and the right pizza
We ordered the cheeseburger pizza and Ricardo’s rung in cheese. Whoops! They re-made the pizza AND gave us the incorrect pizza. #allthecarbsandfat

Went to Camp One Step orientation
Chad went to orientation for cancer camp this week. He’s volunteering as a counselor after having attended the camp in 1986 as a camper.

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Do you know some good camp songs? Maybe you know what a gallbladder is? 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.

510 – Outdoor Quota


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

Returned to The Hale House for date night
We were inspired by some new additions to the menu so we returned to The Hale House. The items we chose were unfortunately only meh. But we’re up for going back and trying some of the other new items.

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur

Captured kittens
Kitten fest continued! We put a trap out for the four kittens under the deck and Tuesday night we got the first one. Luckily, we managed to catch the remaining three cats. They all went to MADACC and we know the first kitty has already been adopted.

Chose salads over sandwiches for lunches
We went to Blue Bat Kitchen and Tequilaria for lunch Friday. We had really delicious house margaritas. Ruth had a Korean Beef bowl and Chad tried the Cubano bowl. Earlier in the week, Chad chose a couple deconstructed sandwiches in salad form.

Chad goes bike riding

Were outdoors all day Saturday
It was 90 degrees outside and Ruth planted her flowers and got the lanai set up. Chad went bike riding with his Little Brother. They biked nearly 12 miles in the heat. Then, we went to see our nephew Grant play in a baseball tournament. All that time outside filled Chad’s “outdoor quota” for the year.

 

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Have you been on a traveling baseball team? 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.

507 – Breaking Scotch


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

Broke some Scotch
Chad decided to splurge on an $85 bottle of Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch. And then, gravity took over and suddenly there was Scotch all over the floor of Total Wine.

Steak, Corn, and Avocado

Grilled some corn on the cob
We decided to try winging it for dinner and invented recipes for steak, avocado, and corn on the cob. We learned you can cook husked corn in aluminum foil.

Met up with a friend
Ruth met up with her friend Erica this week and was actually early to the meeting. She didn’t know what to do with herself with all the extra time.

Had a delicious misunderstanding
Chad tried to suggest eating stuff in the fridge. Ruth misheard him say burgers at Ferch’s and Vintage 38. So, we misbehaved and had burgers for dinner. #notpaleo

Worked with our treadmill trainer
We had our second session with Andrew the personal trainer. We actually had to work during this session!

Creepy Admiral Aguilar

Celebrated Star Wars day at the ballpark
We were at the Brewers game on Friday and it was May the Fourth – aka Star Wars day. The Brewers had some fun graphics going on and there were a number of fans in costume.

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Want to tell us your favorite Scotch you think Chad should try? 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.

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.