408 – Air Hockey


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

Air Hockey Showdown

Celebrated National Pizza Day
Chad was on the road this week and had to navigate through a snow storm on Friday, but we still managed to enjoy National Pizza Day!

Played Air Hockey
We visited Romine’s High Pockets – a pool and billiards hall in Milwaukee. It’s kind of a dive restaurant but the food was delicious. On the way out, Ruth noticed an air hockey table, so naturally there was a showdown!

Activity Monitor

Activated the Activity app on our watches
After wading through a foot of snow to retrieve the dogs from barking at the neighbor dogs, we realized we need to increase our fitness. We spent time pairing all our health apps together so we can track our movement each day.

Watched a fun Automan parody
Actor David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis, etc), a fellow geek, created a parody of 80s TV show, Automan. This was clearly a labor of love – and we LOVED it! Watch it here.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us what you’re doing to keep active or how you met a weight loss goal…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.

407 – Cheater Glasses


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

MKE Ice Bars

Hung at MKE Ice Bars
Ruth works for an organization which helped to produce a fun time for people in Milwaukee. There are now three ice bars on the corner of Broadway and St. Paul. The bars were created by Max and Jeanne Zuleta of Art Below Zero.

Ruth with Ken and Jon of The Posies

Saw The Posies in Chicago
Ruth got tix and a VIP meet and greet for The Posies. If you’re not familiar with the band,  here’s a clip of them playing live in Seattle on KEXP a few years ago. We thought we were going to miss the meet and greet but just a few minutes late. The show was outstanding and the City Winery concert venue was cool.

Avocado Bomb at Matty’s

Went back to Matty’s
We returned to Matty’s Pub (after finding it closed the week before) and the food was outstanding. We found so much deliciousness on the menu we will have to return! The only downside was the low lighting made Chad realize he needs cheater glasses. Everything got sharper and brighter in his world when he borrowed Ruth’s cheaters.

Watched Clue
Actor Ryan Reynolds recently announced he wants to do an “update” of the movie, “Clue.” We are skeptical. But, since we both love the movie so much we decided to re-watch it. Th original is such a well-done film by John Landis we’re not sure how Ryan can top it.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us where to find the best cheater glasses on a chain for Chad…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.

406 – Driving Barefoot


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

Discussed Chad’s footwear
Chad wanted to go drive to get coffee with no shoes on. Ruth thought it was illegal in Wisconsin to drive barefoot. Turns out it’s not illegal but is definitely not advised.

Burger and Fries

Were disappointed on date night
We were driving to the restaurant we picked for date night and ended up in a hail storm. When we finally got to the restaurant, it was closed for a private party. So we backtracked to a bar relatively close to our house. It was less than stellar. We’ve never really panned a restaurant experience but this was close.

Sent Chad to Iowa for a client
Chad’s client this week was in Wapalo, Iowa. The clients were totally into the maker mindset and it totally inspired Chad.

Wine and Cheese

Stopped at the wine bar
Shocking, but we stopped by our fave wine bar for an afternoon glass. We indulged in some cheddar and crackers, too. It was a little too much food so we had to re-arrange our dinner plans.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us about whether you’ve driving barefoot…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.

405 – Vintage Shopping


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

Notes from the past!

Found a message from the past
In a recipe we made in October we left notes for future us. Past Ruth and Chad were very wise. We’re going to keep putting notes in to our recipe manager, Paprika.

Remade an old Blue Apron recipe
For dinner on Saturday, we decided to pull out an old Blue Apron recipe – Shiitake & Hoisin Beef Burgers.

Went vintage shopping
We hit up Tip Top Atomic Shop in Milwaukee to find some bowling shirts from Chad. Then we visited BC Modern Furnishings which was super cool. Ruth’s been following the owner, Eric Lewis, on Instagram. He told us,”I started chasing my passion instead of chasing a paycheck” which totally inspired us.

Made our own pizza for Wineza
We made pizza (and Ruth made her first Instagram Story!) on Friday. We have a good pizza dough recipe, so got all the toppings and made pizza at home. But first, we stopped at the wine bar.

Resolute Cabernet

Went out for burgers
Once again we visited Vintage 38 with burgers from Ricardo’s across the street and paired dinner with a  Cabernet Sauvignon by Resolute.

Want to share your story about making pizza at home? Want to side with Chad and lobby for a kitchen studio…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.

404 – It’s Raining…Inside


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

Chad’s Birthday

Celebrated Chad’s birthday
Chad’s Dad called a day early to wish Chad a happy 50th! (Chad’s 46…whoops!). We celebrated by going out for (wait for it) pizza! We had a lovely time at Pizza Man with cheese curds, pizza, tiramisu and a C5 Ranch Cabernet.

Had rain in the house
Sunday night water started dripping in the main room of our house. By Monday, there were at least six points where water was coming in – dripping on furniture, counters, and more. Turns out it was a “fluke” because the outdoor temperature fluctuated so much in such a short time humidity got caught in between the ceiling and the roof and had no where to go.  A number of homeowners had the same issue.

Cheese Curds!

Went out for dinner
With all the rain in the house, we were scared to cook anything and create more humidity so we headed out for pizza on Monday and a new (to us) restaurant on Tuesday. We tried Stubby’s Gastropub and Beer Bar and of course, we had to try the award-winning cheese curds.

McNab Cab

Had a couple of do-overs
We called a “do-over” on the evil that is puff pastry and created actual pigs in a blanket with Pillsbury crescent rolls. We also called a do-over on the specialty pizza – Taco Debacle – of Wineza last week and tried the BBQ Chicken Pizza. This was a huge improvement over the taco flatbread from the week prior. We also enjoyed a bottle of McNab Ridge Winery Cabernet.

Happy birthday, Tater Tot!
This would have been Tater’s 13th birthday. His cancer diagnosis was really the impetus for the creation of this podcast. So thank you for the inspiration, Tater. Happy birthday, buddy.

Want to share your story about homeownership or rain in your house? Have a recipe we need to 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.

403 – Puff Pastry


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

Taco Pizza

Tried a Taco Pizza

We went out for Wineza and decided to try a specialty pizza – taco pizza, specifically. Unfortunately, it was more of a taco salad in pizza form.

Declared a Word of The Week
Chad singled out the word “pedantic” as his word of the week. Pedantic: “a person who is obsessively concerned with…displaying academic learning.” Mostly because one of his former co-workers tends to be that way on Facebook. And suddenly, Chad realized he is now doing the same to a different friend. Whoops!

Happiness Jar

Relived wonderful memories of 2017
Each year we fill a jar with index cards outlining the happy events of the year. On New Year’s Eve, we open the jar and read through all the memories. This year’s jar was filled with joy and tears.

Declared a war on puff pastry
We got ambitious on NYE with a recipe for Beef Wellington (and an amazing creamy garlic mashed potato recipe by Alton Brown). The puff pastry it gets wrapped in was incredibly difficult to deal with. So, we gave it another chance with some sausages later in the week.

Swimming Dogs

Took the beagles to Canine IQ Camp
We spent the entire day with the girls at Think Pawsitive Dog Training working on obedience, manners, and more. They got to try agility, rally, nose work, conditioning, and…swimming! They were not as excited about swimming as we’d hoped but both will be signing up for other classes in the future.

Want to share your story about puff pastry? Have a recipe we need to 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.

402 – Wine and Science


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

Doctor Who in a theater

Saw Doctor Who…in a theater
Chad and Ruth are both Doctor Who fans and were thrilled to have the opportunity to see the 2017 Christmas special, “Twice Upon A Time,” in a theater!

Ruth completed a 365-day meditation challenge
That’s one year of meditating every day! Ruth learned some lessons and shares what she learned from it.

Savored every sip
On Friday, Chad noticed Ruth made an “aaaah” noise after she took a sip of coffee. She was thinking, “This sip is awesome,” and was savoring every bit of the experience.

Cheese Curds at West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe

Went out for lunch…a lot
We visited El Beso for tacos and margaritas; Bier & Burger for burgers; and West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe for sammies. We tried the cheese curds at both Bier & Burger and West Allis Cheese.

Explored the world of wine aerators
Ruth wondered if wine aerators were effective, wouldn’t sommeliers and other professionals use them at restaurants? We did some brief internet research but concluded we need to do some (somewhat) scientific studies and determine the effectiveness for ourselves because…science!

Want to share your story about whether or not you use a wine aerator? Or if you want to tell us who your favorite Doctor or companion 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.

 

401 – Lasagna Fail


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

Killed a lasagna
We attempted to make this Motherf$cking Lasagna by fitness blogger James Fell. The recipe actually includes a warning to get a deep enough pan and not let the lasagna boil over. We did not follow directions and everything started burning. So we pulled the rip cord and ordered pizza.

The nephews at laser tag

Enjoyed Christmas fun with people
Chad got together with his Little Brother to work on an electronics project. It inspired Chad that Elijah really took pride in his craftsmanship. And then we took our three nephews to play laser tag at Lasertag Adventure. The youngest had a lot of fun continually shooting Ruth. She’s busy formulating a plan to retaliate for next year.

Ice Cream Drinks

Indulged in ice cream drinks
We visited Joey Gerard’s Supper Club with Ruth’s family. After dinner, we decided to indulge in ice cream drinks at the bar. The perfect ending to a really great day. In fact, Ruth said, “Today is the best day ever. And tomorrow will be, too,” and it was super inspiring.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to share what your favorite lasagna 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.

313 – Cheeseburger Pizza


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

Didn’t track our food intake
In the last episode we said we were going to track our food. That really didn’t happen this week. Ruth thought about signing up for a program that game-ifies weight loss and overall health. Chad was all flavors of NO.

Chad, Wine, and Gin Rummy

Played Gin Rummy
We haven’t played Gin Rummy in years because Chad was “cheating” at the game according to Ruth. He said she had tells. She got frustrated and didn’t want to play with him anymore. We started playing again this week and Ruth won a lot.

Really enjoyed Cheeseburger Pizza
For #wineza this week, we got a Cheeseburger Pizza from Ricardo’s. It was really decadent and contained ground beef, onions, dill pickle slices, mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Were cooking in the kitchen
Ruth baked chocolate chip cookies last week and had fun doing it. Then, last night we were making Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole and Chad burned his hand. Later that same night, Chad and Abby had a run-in. Because of the pain, Chad spent some time trying not to fall into a woe-is-me mentality.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to share what you’re using to track your food or tips on cheating at Gin Rummy…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.

312 – Shopping


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

Pulled Pork Totchos

Ate a lot of tater tots
For date night, we visited 42 Ale House in St. Francis. They offer a lot of board games as well as food and beverages! In addition to ordering tots with each of our entrees, we had the pulled pork tot-chos. It was a LOT of tots!

Went clothes shopping
Ruth had to buy a new winter coat because the zipper on her coat broke. Then we headed to Torrid to find jeans. She had no idea they had real clothes that didn’t feature Jack Skellington or Hello Kitty and was pleasantly surprised by the nice looking offerings. We took a break in between and stopped for some wine and apps at Pizza Man. The wine was a C5 Ranch Cabernet and the apps included sausage stuffed olives and mozzarella sticks.

Abby in her e-collar

Visited the Emergency Vet
Abby was running along the fence with the neighbor dog and ended up tearing a nail on her back foot. After mild sedation and pain relievers, the emergency vet “ripped” the nail out and bandaged her up. The nail will grow back and she’ll be fine. In the meantime, she gets to wear the cone of shame.

Started tracking our food again
Chad is using the Day One Journal app and taking photos of his food. Ruth is using LoseIt. Any bets on how long we’ll last?

Chad celebrated Lady Ada Lovelace’s birthday
Lady Ada was the world’s first programmer in the 1800s. Another woman who’s online handle is Lady Ada created a website called AdaFruit.com which offers insight into technology. He recently ran across an article about Hollywood star Hedy Lamar and her engineering background.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to share where you shop for jeans or how you play with your food…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.