strawberry rhubarb pie

Tony Bennett can still belt out a tune

When my husband offered me a choice between attending a Tony Bennett concert and hearing Chris Botti, I had to go with the old guy. I’d never seen him perform live and have listened to his music for so long plus I feared it might be my last opportunity to hear him!
And I have to tell you, Mr. Bennett did not disappoint. His voice, his charm, and his joy made the entire evening so lovely and perfect. I found that during his first number, I was actually crying from the surprise and pleasure of how strong his voice continues to be! (He’s 89 and holding!) You may ask how I came to be such a fan of Tony’s because I am not the generation that grew up with his voice coming from the radio. However, I married a very romantic guy who loves all genres of music and especially the big band era. In fact, “our song” is “The Way You Look Tonight,” and although I think Ole Blue Eyes sings it best, I still love to hear Tony’s rendition.

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I think that romance is still important today—maybe especially today. And I also recognize how difficult it is to carve out time for romance with your honey. But it doesn’t have to be a Tony Bennett concert to inspire a sweet slow down in your life. Why not get a sitter for the kids on a Wednesday night, pop in a pot pie for their dinner and sneak out with your sweetie to the pizza joint for a quiet dinner? Or once the kids have gone to bed (or if the kids have already left the nest!) turn off the TV, turn on some music, and do a little shuffle in the kitchen or family room with your arms around each other. Just a thought. Just a suggestion. Spark a little romance.

Here’s the Menu for the week…nothing too fancy, just familiar and feel-good. Below is a an actual link to order and pay by cc. You will be able to choose your pickup date and time on this form too, but please follow the parameters as usual (order by 10am to pickup the next day and choose one of the below times). I’m trying to automate as much as I can to make your lives a little easier!

Have a great week—and don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day goodies for pickup Saturday at the Saint Michael’s Farmers Market!

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

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The real superwoman - Jeanette Weisenberger Butterfield

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Last Sunday I took you down memory lane to my mother’s story and this week it’s only fair that I tell you about my lovely mother-in-law, Jeanette. She is responsible for my wonderful husband’s appearance in the world and as we celebrated his birthday this past weekend, of course she comes to mind. Incidentally, he is the middle child in a line of seven. (I am the middle of 3 — don’t middles always end up together?!)

My first impression of Jeanette was through her son’s eyes. He talked a lot about what an amazing cook his mother was/is and how she served delicious meals to their table every single night for his crowd of a family. And dessert. Every night. Baked. Homemade. Desserts are a big thing with Michiganians, I’ve decided. So I couldn’t wait to meet her and she was everything he’d described her to be: sweet, quiet, welcoming and a Fantastic cook.  Her menus became the model for what I served our young family over the years. If I were to put her dinner philosophy to paper, I believe the list below summarizes it well.

1. The table must be dressed with a freshly pressed tablecloth.

2. Grace will be said before the meal commences, always by Pop, and ending with his signature “We pray for the gifts of wisdom, love, courage and perseverance.”

3. Every meal must have a tossed green salad. With no regard for extra dishes to wash, Jeanette happily adds salad bowls or plates to every table.

4. The main course will be hearty, delicious and hot. And plentiful. When you are feeding a crowd of 9, be sure to have enough for everyone to eat and be satiated.

5. There must be at least one side dish, either a vegetable or a starch but preferably both.  See crowd comment above.

6. Milk is the beverage of choice to accompany dinner, especially during the week. Wine is a close second.

7. THERE WILL BE DESSERT. Sometimes, if everyone is too full from the delicious dinner, dessert is moved to the time slot after dishes are done. The sweet treats range from homemade Angel Food Cake topped with macerated strawberries and freshly whipped, sweetened cream to tart Rhubarb Pie (btw, I had never tasted home-whipped cream before her’s and it changed my life) Of course, there are always a few of her famous cookies on a plate and plenty of ice cream. On the weekends when we dined with them several evenings in a row, she would bake something fresh each day, even if the previous evening’s dessert had not been completely consumed. Another rule: Jeanette takes the first bite. Pop is the enforcer of this rule. Do not break it.

I think it is safe to say that Jeanette manifested love for her family with her work in the kitchen. Oh, and through her ironing…she is a master in the laundry room but I’ll save that for another blog.;)  Check out the Menu for the next few days and give your mother-in-law a big hug; since mine is arriving midweek, I will do the same! -R