Yearly Archives: 2014

August 25th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts Meet Sadie’s Dad–Paul Maxon

Sadie’s dad–Paul Maxon–spent most of his adult life in Ireland where he met the love of his life, Kate. His Irish roots were transplanted and his love for Jameson Whisky, potatoes and meat have remained steadfast. When he returned to the States with his beautiful and pregnant wife he changed and when Sadie was born he became a different man. A doting and loving “Pop” for Sadie. Paul and Kate took over the diner that belonged to his grandparents in their home town of Lake Geneva. As the culinary genius, Kate turned Ms. Katie’s Diner into an organic hot spot for Chicago …read more…

August 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Sweet Corn for Just Desserts

There’s nothing like cobs of sweet corn drenched in butter and glistening with chunks of rock salt. At Ms. Katie’s Diner it’s a dish that’s almost better than dessert, but not quite! Sadie buys the corn she serves at the diner from her good friend Lindy Parker. Lindy runs an organic farm with exceptional standards. Lindy’s corn must be knee high by the 4th of July. Barely 24-years-old Lindy has been CEO of her  family’s farm since a teen and has learned to take zero gruff from anyone in the farming business or in life.  Which  includes her oldest and dearest friend, …read more…

July 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Wild Raspberries and Fluffy Pink Stuff

Sadie’s memories of her mom, Kate Maxon, are crystallized in her head. Especially one–eating the simplest of desserts with fresh raspberries and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. Kate Maxon adored Lucille Ball. Sadie couldn’t help but wonder if it was because of Lucy’s humor, strength or the red hair. All of which resonated in her mother. Sadie can claim the Maxon resemblance with the mop of ginger hair–but the strength and humor–the jury’s still out. Their cottage farmhouse in Lake Geneva, the south side, supported a leafy wall of wild raspberry bushes.  As a kid, Sadie and her mom …read more…

July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts

July 4th It’s the height of the summer tourist season in Lake Geneva. The town is celebrating the 4th and vacationers are taking in all of its offerings. Sadie’s busy. She’s baking in the kitchen and serving in the diner. There’s not much time to notice the patrons, but then there’s Quinn. He’s eaten lunch at Ms. Katie’s pretty often. Since the summer started? His smile, there’s something about it. She remembers it. But it’s the holiday and Sadie has to finish baking the last of her strawberry-rhubarb pies…

February 12th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Heart and Soul

My kitchen is the heart of our home. It’s located in the center of the house. In the middle of it there’s an island topped with a mighty stainless-steel counter. It’s the hub and everything surrounding it, is mine. The boys know that I OWN the largest piece of square footage in our household. I don’t post a Keep Out sign and I invite them in, occasionally. I spend Saturday or Sunday in it’s entirety flipping through cookbooks, planning meals, and/or making a roast of some kind. I am the go-to gal for food. “I’m hungry.” Is repeated so often …read more…

January 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Life, Musings


The Polka. Was it the official dance of Bohemia? Or Bavaria? And then Germany? Not certain, but drinking Bavarian beer and dancing to grown men dressed in lederhosen playing tubas and horns at Oktoberfest is where Fiona’s next adventure begins. Ellie, Maya, Abby and I were last  found at the Bavarian Inn, located in one of the the beer-capitols, Milwaukee,Wisconsin. Under the chalet, breaking for a rest after our polka-la-looza,  we ate kielbasa sausage with sauerkraut, and glanced around the outdoor hall. We were by far the youngest of those polkaing, and no longer that young any more. On the parquet dance floor, women with …read more…

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