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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.