506 – Instant Brisket

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

Celebrated Shelley Long Appreciation Day
Actually, no. We didn’t. But Ruth got Chad to look up the history of the holiday. Turns out there is no Shelley Long Appreciation Day.

Continued to pretend we were in Vegas

Wild Mushroom Flat Bread at Milwaukee Beer Bistro

For our anniversary, we went out for steak dinner at Mr. B’s Steakhouse. The next night we went out for date night and visited Milwaukee Beer Bistro and then enjoyed tiki drinks at Foundation.

Learned to let go
Chad is letting his membership at Milwaukee Makerspace go. He likes the community but the space itself isn’t matching up with what he’s doing. And then, on Saturday we celebrated our friend Dave’s 55th birthday at a party held by his family. He’s fighting stage four lung cancer so the event was bittersweet for all.

Tried to perfect a brisket recipe
We’ve been trying to come up with a plan to eat better more consistently and Chad’s eating a little more paleo so he thought he’d give an Instant Pot recipe for brisket. The recipe took waaaay longer than we thought. So we ended up calling for pizza.

Aloha! Tiki drinks at Foundation

Started to say hello to summer
Our landscapers are on their way and we just replaced our patio chairs. Now we just need the warm weather to arrive!

Want to share your story about how you’re learning to let go? Want to tell us what inspires you in springtime? 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.

 

410 – Eating Too Much


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

Saw our neighbors put their house up for sale
We were sad to see the “For Sale” sign in our neighbor’s front yard this week. It’s a lovely home and Mark and Kathy are some of the coolest people on the block. If you’re cool and are looking for a house, take a peek here.

Watched “The Cutting Edge”
Chad enjoys the movie “The Cutting Edge” and since the story is all about the Olympics, we decided to watch it. Ruth had never seen it and really didn’t care for it. #toepick

Look at all that food in Tini’s tummy!

Visited the Emergency Vet
Tini and Abby conspired to get into a new 22-lb bag of dog food which was in a closet. Tini managed to eat a POUND of food. It was obvious she was uncomfortable so Ruth chose to take her to the vet to get the food out and help her feel better.

Hangover Burger at Bass Bay

Dined out every single day
We usually make all our food on Sunday. We were going to make the perfect amount of food for the week, but our dinner was a #cookingfail so we had no food on hand. With the craziness of the week, we ended up going out for dinner every single night (oops!). Our highlight of the week was the Bass Bay Brewhouse.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Or do you know a great movie we can add to movie war night? …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.

 

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.

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.



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!



106 – Shopping, Comfort Food, and Reaching Out To Touch Someone

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

  • Shopping for clothes when overweight.
  • New restaurants we tried this week:
  • Tater crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 22.
    • Comfort food and the secret ingredient of love.
    • The power of a phone call and human connection.
  • Ruth’s new job should be fun!

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Tell us!