1. In very exciting news, someone spoiled me very much for my birthday and upgraded my stand mixer from a seen-better-days classic white model to a liquid silver Artisan model. It's got more power, more capacity and a sexy exterior. Merry BirthdayMas to me!
2. I'm getting ready for a fun-filled day with ALDI learning about grocery store operations and holiday meals. I arrived last night and joined the whole gang for dinner at The Patten House. Everything we ate (and drank) was amazing, including this grilled salmon salad. It's a blackened salmon filet on top of goat cheese, avocado, pecans, blueberries and mandarin oranges. The sriracha and bacon glazed brussel sprouts and baked brie were also amazing.
3. And despite being a mere 30 minutes from home, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to stay at The Herrington Inn in Geneva. I've been to many a wedding just across the street, but never stayed here because it's constantly booked. I can see why - my room walks out to the river, the turn down service includes milk and cookies, the fireplace turns on with a switch and I have a jacuzzi for two. This is quite the life of leisure.