307 – Chicken Cordon Bleu


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

Watched Stranger Things
Spoiler-free discussion! Netflix launched season 2 of Stranger Things last week and we watched all nine episodes this week. It’s been fun to see the series’ take on the 1980s. It blew Chad’s mind when Ruth pointed out that since the show takes place in 1983/1984, he would actually have been as old as the kids in the show.

Salt and Pepper!

Made Chicken Cordon Bleu
We’ve been doing a lot of batch cooking so last night we made a single meal – Chicken Cordon Bleu. We’ve learned a lot since the first time we made a version of this meal. If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s to salt and pepper all the things! We did find out that Ruth misheard the lyrics for “Cornflake Girl” for well over 20 years.

Char’s Potato Soup

Had Lunch With Friends 

Our friend Char made her homemade Baked Potato soup. It was full of butter, potatoes, love and topped with cheese and bacon. It was inspiring to be with friends and sharing a meal.

Took a Tour of Wantable
We had to opportunity to see local startup, Wantable. As an online fashion shopping service, they’ve experienced immense growth over the last few years. It was great to see how they continue to learn and figure things out as they go along.

Decided to Write in NaNoWriMo
Chad is finally writing his book! And while NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) is dedicated to writing novels, he’s going to finish his non-fiction book! Want to follow along on his progress? Go here and keep an eye on his progress.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a novel you’re writing or want to share your favorite pop culture reference on Stranger Things…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.

 

306 – Halloween Candy

Cribbage

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

Pairing Halloween Candy with Wine

Paired Halloween candy with wine
Our fave wine bar was hosting a fun Halloween mini-event – pairing Halloween fun sized candies with different wines. We naturally experimented with the three different candies and named a winner. Because…SCIENCE!

Played Cribbage
We like to play cribbage. Without a deck of cards or a cribbage board last week we resorted to a multi-player app. So this week, we found real, live cribbage board at the wine bar and enjoyed a super close game.

Went to a Housewarming/Halloween Party
Friends of ours hosted a Halloween costume party and we needed to find a leather duster jacket so Chad could go as vampire David from The Lost Boys. We shopped at the local St. Vincent de Paul second-hand store and were really impressed with the display and curation of their inventory.

At the party, we met Loki, a really well-behaved Australian Cattle Dog. He was super cute and is in “training” to be a support dog. We’ve been following a page on Facebook called Speaking Dog with Shana and asked for help with Abby’s barrier aggression.

Went Walking
Ruth started walking in the morning and found it was better than journaling in the morning. She’s still using the Insight Timer app, but walking is almost like a meditation. It’s all about taking good care of yourself.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite candy and wine pairing or a favorite Halloween costume…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.

 



305 – Minneapolis

Savor

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we are:

Minneapolis Skyway System

On Location in Minneapolis! 
We really enjoy Minneapolis and somewhat regularly schedule getaway weekends there.

Skyways
Minneapolis has a vast network of Skyways which connect multiple buildings throughout downtown. We were able to take the Skyway from our hotel to Penny’s Coffee and stay out of the rain.

Friday Night
We started in the restaurant in the hotel with cheese curds and a drink. Then we walked across the Mississippi River to Northeast Minneapolis to try Punch Neapolitan Pizza. Afterwards, we stopped for a glass of wine at wine bar Bardo, next door.

Punch Pizza
Tiki Drinks at Suzi’s

Saturday
After coffee, we headed out to Chanhassen to see Paisley Park – Prince’s home, studio, and performance space which has been converted into a museum since his passing in 2016. It was deeply cool and still incredibly sad to be in the space. We couldn’t take photos, so go there and see it all for yourself!

And of course, we stopped at our favorite tiki bar, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.   We love Suzi, but we’ve decided to go exploring other restaurants next time we’re in town. We’re still friends, but we need to see other restaurants.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite thing to do in Minneapolis or a favorite Prince story or song…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.



303 – Flooring Fun

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Injuries and Sickness Updates
She can’t even believe it, but Ruth is actually walking without a limp! It’s been a long journey, but her ankle is almost healed. What a relief. Chad, however, is still fighting the plague.

Eating Out
With Chad’s sickness, we didn’t prep food for the week, so we went out to eat a few times. For the most part, we found the food to be really mediocre. Have we hit a point where we like the food we create better than restaurant food?

A New Wine

The label from our 2014 Field Recordings Cabernet

We ate at local pizza staple Pizza Man this week. In addition to the outstanding service, we enjoyed a 2014 Field Recordings Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hinterland Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. It was pretty deep, tangy, and delicious. They actually described it as “mocha, black currant, and tobacco” flavors.

Flooring Dreams
With a new dog comes new flooring challenges. Abby’s had a number of accidents, so we had the carpets cleaned this week. Chris at Classic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning did a great job and gave us some really good suggestions for flooring options and suggestions about dust/dirt management.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite pizza topping combo or if you’ve changed from carpets to hardwood floors…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.

 



301 – Wild, Wildlife

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Daleks!

MakerFaire Milwaukee
Milwaukee is hosting its 4th annual MakerFaire – “the greatest show and tell on Earth” and Chad will be presenting his “To Err Is Divine” platform today. We volunteered at registration on Saturday. And we were able to see the Tesla Coils in action, and a World Record attempt for Daleks.

Food Fun
We made the dump recipe “One Pan Enchilada Bake” and it was easy and delicious.  It reminded Chad of a recipe his mom used to make…but better!

Wine Club Shipments
We had two wine club shipments arrive this week – Ravenswood and Francis Ford Coppola. Check out our Instagram to see all the selections.

Nature and Wildlife
Happy Fall! Ruth encountered a hummingbird this morning and Chad admits to really liking where we live. We encounter a lot of wildlife and recently Chad found a three-week old kitten in our driveway. Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission came out to help.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your favorite wine club or what you’re creating…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.



209 – The Quest for Doughnuts

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Magic Wineza
Chad was at a client near Detroit on Friday, but made it home in time for Wineza. Chad was convinced we weren’t going to be able to have Wineza this weekend, but Ruth made it happen beautifully. We enjoyed a 2015 Educated  Guess Cabernet.

Ruth’s Mom’s Birthday Dinner

Mom’s Birthday Sundae

Mom chose Outback Steakhouse for her birthday dinner. She likes going there because she chooses to eat gluten-free. We enjoyed our meals – Ruth got Alice Springs Chicken and Chad had the Cobb Salad with Steak. Chad really enjoyed the 2015 Federalist Cabernet.  Ruth thought the ice cream/hot fudge sundae was particularly delightful.

 

Doughnut Quest
Our doughnut options have recently changed and we’re not thrilled. We’re trying to find really yummy doughnuts (and coffee) to enjoy before we record our podcast each week. This week we tried yet another vendor only to be disappointed.

Abby Tantrum
We went for a walk with Abby and Tini. Since Ruth’s been in the boot for the last six weeks, Abby hasn’t been out walking. We put the Gentle Leader on Abby to go for the walk and she was less than pleased – to the point she threw herself on the ground and had what could only be called a tantrum.

Milwaukee Maker Faire
Next week’s Milwaukee Maker Faire will feature both Ruth and Chad as volunteers and Chad will be presenting his keynote on Sunday. Find all the info here.

Awkward Yeti
Chad sent an Awkward Yeti comic to Ruth this week (click here to see it on Facebook). It was all about the negativity bias of our brains, but much like what we do with this podcast we work to focus on searching for and finding the good stuff in the world and in our lives.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your dog having a tantrum or your most favorite doughnut purveyor…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.

208 – Ruth’s Spirit Animal

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Ruth’s Ankle Update
Ruth is getting out of the boot on her leg this week and is super excited about the prospect of being free. She still has some physical therapy and acupuncture to go through.

The Pessimist Wine

Food Fest, Wine Recon, Wineza We made a ton of meals for our week on Labor Day. We made four recipes (28 servings) for just $60. Meal planning is us saving time, money, and calories. One of the recipes we really like and have tweaked to make our own is the Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos.

Ruth visited the Italian restaurant Onesto with a co-worker and tried a Luccarelli Primitivo which was quite delicious.

Wineza this week was an away game with a small pizza from Klasiana Pizza and a Pessimist wine at our local wine bar Vintage 38.

Random RoboCop Reference
Chad talked to a friend about RoboCop this week – apparently the movie is almost symmetrical. We need to watch this again!

Ravinia Festival

Stevie Nicks at Ravinia Festival 
We visited Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois to see Stevie Nicks – Ruth’s spirit animal. See the set list here. We had lawn seats rather than sitting in the pavilion. We’re getting better at figuring out how to do lawn seats right. Hint: it includes candelabras. Find out what we learned about how to do Ravinia the right way.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about wine recon or a diet we should try where we can still have Wineza, or maybe who your spirit animal 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.



207 – Mom, Minneapolis, and More Food

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Mom’s Health Scare
We were absent last week because Ruth’s mom ended up in the ER after church. She’s okay, but has been diagnosed with vertigo.

Chad visited Minneapolis
We love Minneapolis! Chad was there last week for training and visited Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge while he was there. He also checked out maker spaces – TC Makers at the Hack Factory and Nordeast Makers. And then there was the arcade!  Chad played BattleTech at Fallout Shelter.

Food and Booze

  • We visited The Kiltie Drive-In in Oconomowoc last week and listened to Illinois Street Lounge on SomaFM.
  • We also went to a new-to-us location of Pizza Man in Oak Creek. The staff and experience was wonderful, as always.
  • We had a little cocktail mix-up at one of our favorite places.

Abby Goes On Walkabout…Again
Chad took the girls for Puppucinos at Starbucks. Abby was so excited, she decided to jump out the window! Chad chased and finally caught her. Whew!

Milwaukee Maker Faire
Chad will present his brand new keynote at Milwaukee Maker Faire on Sunday, September 24.

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.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your dog going on walk about, or crazy booze mix-ups, let us know!



206 – Food Failures and Successes

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Travel Food Failure
Chad was on the road near Ann Arbor, Michigan. And, while he always tries to eat locally at restaurants he can’t find at home. He kept striking out on this trip with things like Five Guys, Chipotle, BW3, and more. But, on the bright side, Chad got to have a Captain and Pepsi (!) at the hotel.

Good Food for Ruth
Ruth went to Hale House for trivia Monday, then returned the next day for dinner and drinks with her cousin. Later in the week, she went out to dinner with a friend.

Savor Your Life
We unfortunately lost our friend Matt to an ATV accident this week. It was heartbreaking to learn about it and reinforced the idea of our entire podcast – savor your life and make the most of every day. Cheers and godspeed, Matt.

Maker Works
Chad got to take a tour of one of the local makerspaces in Michigan – Maker Works. He really enjoyed seeing how the space was managed.

Abby’s Manners Class
Chad took Abby to her first manners class last week. We worked on sit, collar grab, and crate training.

Chad’s Keynote
If you’re in Milwaukee this week, visit The Hudson Business Lounge’s Grand Re-Opening Event on Tuesday, August 22 to see Chad in action! You can also hear it at Milwaukee’s Maker Faire on September 23 and 24.

Today’s episode is 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.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite Mushroom Swiss burger we should try, let us know where to find it!



205 – Wasp-pocalypse

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Wasp-pocalypse
Ruth got in the way of a really angry yellow jacket. Then Abby the Beagle did. Everyone got stung on Saturday! The exterminator will be visiting this week.

Ruth’s Birthday
For Ruth’s birthday, we visited Mr. B’s Steakhouse in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The steaks there are cooked in a wood-fired oven which makes them taste absolutely amazing. We chose “Saldo” to pair with the dinner – a Zinfandel county blend by The Prisoner.

Anklepalooza
Ruth had an MRI which was pretty inconclusive, so now she’s walking in a walking boot to immobilize her ankle.

Lackluster
We decided a lot of the driving on Saturday was “lackluster.” We were probably not using the word correctly.

Makerspace in Illinois
Chad visited a Makerspace in Illinois and was impressed with their rules, which included “clean your space and put your tools away.”

SomaFM
We borrowed a friend’s badge at DEFCON24 to get Ruth in to see the SomaFM DJs in the Chill Lounge. Ruth got to meet DJ Pie.

Today’s episode is sponsored by SB Framing Gallery. Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, SB Framing Gallery is a custom picture frame and gift shop. We use SB Framing for all our photos and artwork. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have experienced some lackluster driving, let us know.