Curd is the word at this Oktoberfest

Let other Oktoberfests celebrate with fancy steins and thick pretzels. Here in Wisconsin, nothing says Oktoberfest like deep-fried cheese curds. In Appleton, where more than 100,000 people jammed College Avenue for the annual Oktoberfest, (celebrated with good ole Midwestern German stubbornness in September) almost every food stand listed cheese curds on its menu. Unique to [...]

Tips from a not-so-starving artist (A guest post from Katherine)

Tips from a not-so-starving artist (A guest post from Katherine)

I first started budgeting when I was five-years-old, courtesy of a heavy metal lockbox hidden under my bed -- a tad dramatic perhaps, since the safe held 12 two dollar bills and a Barnes and Noble gift card, but it was my start. I have always loved math and budgeting, possibly because I knew early on I wanted [...]

Sweet teeth, hot treats and the grateful mother of invention

Sweet teeth, hot treats and the grateful mother of invention

A couple of throbbing sweet teeth and a house that hasn't seen a proper bowl of ice cream all summer gave rise to a delicious battle Saturday night and the winners and still the champs turned out to be two innocent spectators, Katherine and me.If Plato did say that necessity is the mother of invention, [...]

Rhubarb Torte and a perennial friendship

Rhubarb grows like a genuine friendship, perennially, wildly and occasionally untended. I made this discovery this weekend when I popped in to see my friend Jeannie, the obedient girl assigned to welcome me to the St. Therese second grade classroom more than 40 years ago. Though chunks of time sometimes pass between our visits, we still [...]