311 – Dining on Mondays


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

Made a Movie War list
We went through Netflix and watched trailers for old, bad movies. We now have a good list for Movie War and will offer some reviews in future episodes – because The Ice Pirates needs some internet love.

Wine and Small Plates at La Merenda

Found an open restaurant on Monday
Apparently restaurants being closed on Mondays is still a thing. We were going to head out and realized half our list of date night restaurants are closed on Mondays. But in good news, we found La Merenda was open and they were thrilled to see us!

Chad was in Minneapolis
And learned that one Mai Tai is plenty!

Christmas in the Ward – photo by Cindy Lesky

Ruth had a work event
It was the 29th Annual Christmas in the Ward on Friday, so wineza was a little late!

Thought about keeping in touch
Our friend Phil shared a graphic from Crustacean Singles about reaching out to others. Ruth admitted to still having a hard time reaching out while Chad is inspired.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you know a restaurant in the Milwaukee area that’s open on Mondays or even how many Mai Tais you can have…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.

310 – Thanksgiving Week


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

Had Date Night 
We went to Mr. B’s Steakhouse for burgers. The menu changed from the specialty burgers what we had anticipated so we were kind of sad.

Friendsgiving 2017
Pilgrim’s Pie

Enjoyed Friendsgiving
Our friends “The Sisters” get a group of people together a few times a year for all-you-can-eat sushi at Wasabi. This Thanksgiving eve was a fantastic group of people and amazing service.

Made Food for Thanksgiving
We got coffee and then made Rumchata French Toast for breakfast. For dinner we made “Taste Likes Thanksgiving Casserole” or what Chad calls “Pilgrim’s Pie.” Then, for dessert, we made Tiramisu. We had a Zinfandel from Federalist from the Dry Creek Valley. It was bold and delicious and we went back and bought more.

Played Board Games
Ruth pulled two board games up from the basement which neither of us had played with they other. We played Settlers of Catan and Sequence.

Sequence

Supported Businesses for Small Business Saturday
We went wreath shopping at Prospect Hill Garden Center; garland shopping at  Stein’s Garden and Home; and relaxed with a glass of big red wine at Vintage 38.

Four Things Tote
Ruth ran across a site called theshopforward.com that personalizes tote bags with your favorite four things. Which four things would you choose for your tote?

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to let us know what your favorite four things are or even what you had for Thanksgiving…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. Stop by and tell Sarah what you think she should name her new kitten!

309 – Dining Out


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

Had an unwanted guest
Ruth realized a critter had gotten into the heating ducts. She’s kinda worried it may be a demodog! We’re hoping it was a mouse.

Watched bad movies
Chad wanted to introduce Ruth to “Phantom of the Paradise” starring Paul Williams. Ruth wanted Chad to re-watch “Three Amigos!” with Steve Martin. Neither of us liked the other’s movie. So now, we’re going to have a bad movie war.

Dined Out A Lot

Pizza
We ordered two pizzas because we couldn’t agree.

Wineza this week was at Pizza Man. We got a great wine recommendation from our server, Megan. And, instead of cheese curds we tried the sausage stuffed olives. They were delicious and not as filling as other appetizers. And then we opted for dessert – a yummy tiramisu. And we decided we’re going to make tiramisu for Thanksgiving, too.

We also ordered an entire pitcher of margaritas at our nearby Mexican restaurant. We realized the entire pitcher is just too much so we’ll be pulling back to our usual half pitcher.

Cheese Curds
Curds at the Crafty Cow

And Monday, instead of going to trivia, we tried a burger joint called Crafty Cow. They serve Juicy Lucy type burgers which were outstanding. And the cheese curds…phenomenal!

Oh, and Saturday, we had brunch with friends at a place called Brunch. Our group had Eggs Benedict, Mimosas, bacon, Bloody Marys, and more.

Talked about Living Deep while Saving Money
We’ve lost several friends unexpectedly who would never be able to capitalize on the promise of living super prudently now so they can live better in the future. We are working to find a comfortable balance of being able to enjoy the now and still save for the future.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to let us know your litmus test for a restaurant or even a suggestion for the impending movie war…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.



304 – Guys and Dolls

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Date Night Fun
This past Friday we saw the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Guys and Dolls. Chad always wanted to play Sky Masterson. Ruth offers some insight into the female leads in the show. And we both ponder the fact that – for good or bad – the show is a product of its time (1950). Not familiar with the show? The Wikipedia article is a good read. Before the show, we stopped in at an old favorite restaurant, The Safe House. It’s seen some changes over the past two years, but it’s still fun to be there.

i3Detroit Makerspace

Chad Visits Another Makerspace 
Chad was in Detroit for a client this week and even though he loves poker, he skipped the card room at the casino he was staying in and instead opted to visit i3Detroit – a community-run makerspace.

The Johnson Creek team -October 2013.

The End of a Chapter
A few years ago, we both went to work for Johnson Creek Enterprises which was founded by a friend of Chad’s. We had very different experiences and as the company grew it had a tough time handling success. We learned a number of lessons through the challenges of the business, plus we made some good friendships. Unfortunately, the company closed suddenly this week.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite song from Guys & Dolls or even a favorite musical…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.

302 – Chad Has The Plague

Copyright: bogdanhoda / 123RF Stock Photo

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Sickness at the Lawson Ranch
Chad’s been sick all week with a cold/the flu. Tini wasn’t feeling good, either. She ended up getting subcutaneous fluids and an anti-nausea pill. She usually does pretty well, but this time it didn’t agree with her and we were all up all night.

What We’re Drinking
Friday was National Coffee Day. Ruth enjoyed a yummy decaf from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters who roast their decaf so it’s actually flavorful.

Since Chad’s been sick, he’s been drinking a mocktail of 7-Up and Cran-Apple juice his mom used to have him drink when he was sick as a kid. But then, we kicked it up a notch when we found Hot Toddies. We found a very simple recipe on Epicurious and decided to try it (in the name of science). It tasted great and helped soothe Chad’s coughing for a while.

Chad came across a 2010 Cabernet called The Guardian at the grocery store. We opened it up and found it needed to breathe for a few days before it was ready to drink. It ended up being deep and rich tasting.

Elvis is Everywhere

Ruth Wanders
Ruth and her friend Sarah attended Bay View Gallery Night – a night of local art in a city neighborhood. It included art, performances, music, shopping, and more. We found a very curious shrine to Elvis.

Dog Supplies
We ordered some new stuff for the pups from Chewy.com. But, we ordered the wrong size bowls. They were nearly swimming pool size. So we emailed to find out how to exchange the bowls. Instead of having us send the bowls back, they asked us to donate them to a local shelter or adoption facility.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite online store or if you want to share a hot toddy 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.

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.

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!



204 – Vegas, baby!

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Health
Ruth sprained her ankle in May and it wasn’t getting better so she had an MRI and will start physical therapy this week. Chad had a client on the fourth floor of a building who did not have a functioning elevator.  He was huffing and puffing all the way up.

Las Vegas
DEFCON 25 happened at Caesar’s Palace. Chad spent time getting an electronic badge, while Ruth went in search of fruity tropical drinks. While Chad waited, he started reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez and Ruth ended up at the Dolphin Bar at the Mirage.

Eateries in Vegas we visited included LVB Burgers and Bar at the Mirage, Flour + BarleyVirgil’s Real BBQ,  and our fave, Bin 702 where we hung out with our cool server, Naomi.

Plus, Ruth found a typo at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and they very graciously corrected it and let her know via Twitter.

Monday Trivia
We’ve been playing Sporcle Live Trivia on Monday nights at the Hale House. It’s been so much fun but our host is moving on. We’re sad, but hoping the new host is just as fun.

Our Sponsor
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 providing archival framing and timeless design. Your artwork or collectible will be a focal point for years to come. 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  Las Vegas hangout we should try next time, let us know.