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.

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.

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.

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!

308 – Wine and Friends


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

Had a lot of chicken
Ruth made slow cooker salsa chicken last week and killed the ceramic part of the crock pot while cleaning up. We ordered a new crock but we’re not sure it fits but we’re cooking some more chicken right now so we’ll see if it works.

The 19 Crimes criminals

Had a lot of wine
Chad saw something on social media about 19 Crimes Wine and the augmented reality app they developed. So he volunteered to go shopping for dinner and came back with five different bottles of the wine. We had a blast using the app and watching the stories.

Discussed date night
A number of things changed and we’re not really going out on the regular for trivia anymore. Instead, Ruth suggested trying different restaurants on Monday and making it date night.

Went out with friends
We had a wide open schedule this weekend and our friends Chris and Christine invited us out for margaritas at Guanajuato. Afterwards, we all headed over to our house for wine, cheese, crackers, and doggy snuggles.

Wine on Wednesday

Stopped by our usual wine bar for inspiration
We got out of the house to come up with some Grand Ideas in advance of a meeting Ruth was going to have. We threw the barkeep for a loop showing up without pizza and on a Wednesday.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you know how to eat fundido or want to share your fave crock pot 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.

 

 

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.

 



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.