Autumn is coming!


The end of this summer has been busy for me here in MN- I feel like I haven’t had a free weekend till now – but I’m not complaining! This time of the year is always eventful: There’s beach days to have while the lakes are warm, bonfires, concerts, fairs and festivals, weddings, anniversaries, and family! So much fun!

I’m a typical introvert (if there even is such a thing as a typical introvert) and find going out exhausting most of the time despite enjoying myself, but this year I made it a goal to go out more, experience more and take more pictures. Since my husband is of the same mindset our days off get scooped up pretty quick, as I’m sure you can imagine, and we’ve even learned to squeeze things in before and after work, which normally would have been unheard of for us. I’m actually rather proud of myself, so I’m going to share my experiences (and recommendations) so far:

  • We went to the Game of Thrones live concert experience in February which was AMAZING! Ramin Djawadi is such a fantastic composer, let me tell you! The music is so epic and haunting and beautiful – I’m eager to get one of the soundtracks! If you’re a fan of the show I highly recommend it!

  • We attended a Tol-Con (the 1st Tolkien inspired Con in MN) Pre-Con party at Bauhaus– though I’ve just learned that the actual Con has been cancelled due to venue issues and conflicting events. 🙁
The decor was on par with Bilbo’s party – loved that little touch – and the Ginger Beer was yummy! I’m not a beer drinker myself, so this was what I got, along with a wonderful pasty from Potter’s Pasty food truck!
  • I went to a PlantNite with my BFF for my birthday – I adore plants even if I’ve seemed to have turned from a Green-Thumb into a blue-ish black thumb when it comes to them…I’ve no idea why – I blame it on being in a little apartment with only a little bit of dappled western light coming through the living room window in the evening…
Isn’t my little Parasaur cute?! I could not resist this little guy!
  • We took a drive up to Mille Lacs for a Whose Live Anyway show; My husband absolutely adores Whose Line is it Anyway, so this was a must see event for us! It was so great- they were hilarious as always and I laughed till my face hurt!
I could not for the life of me get a decent picture of the actual event, so here’s the blurry screenshot that I excitedly sent to my husband when I found out about it! lol
  • We hosted a board game day with some friends – though it ended up being just one long run of Trivial Pursuit! Haha! Not that surprising!



  • We went to opening night of Spiderman: Homecoming – we’ve seen it twice so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if the hubby manages to squeeze it into date night again, as Spiderman is his favorite…lol I love him too, so that works for me. And then a few days later we ran to a showing of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, because it was the only Marvel movie we hadn’t seen in theaters yet and it was nearly gone by the time we got to it! Phew! Crisis averted!


  • We had a beautiful wedding to attend and also got to babysit our nieces (can we say Craft Day?!) 😀 That always makes my day! They are such sweet, creative girls!


  • We met some of our amazing friends at the Uptown Art Fair and had a blast!- I’d always meant to go but always was working, and then when I finally got weekends off I didn’t hear about it until after it was already over, so this was a HUGE triumph for me! And I got a fantastic mug from Steven Showalter’s pottery booth! I took pretty much every ceramics class I could when I was getting my AFA and tutored, as well as mixed the clay and glazes, and fired and emptied the kilns (which was an amazing experience) so I’m pretty picky when it comes to the ceramics that I buy because I already have a billion of my own pieces littering my home and taking up my storage unit. So to finally find an artist whose work I truly adore and am willing to purchase is a rarity that I enjoyed – such beautiful glazes, textures and forms!
My lovely mug! :3







  • Our 1st Wedding Anniversary was this year and since we’re not big on spending tons of money when we could be putting it towards more necessary things we decided to just hang out at Mall of America (Our first date was wandering around the mall and eating at Masu’s – and yes, we are strange, but it was so much fun!) – we love the Barnes and Noble there, it’s huge in comparison to our local one with music and movies even, and there are so many fun new things to do at MoA! (Blacklight mini golf, Sea Life, Smaaash gaming and entertainment center…to name a few) I thought I was being smart by wearing my sketchers since I was expecting a lot of walking, but apparently they weren’t the best to wear without socks – I ended up with massive blisters on my ankles- so we had to cut the day short. :/ Oh well! It was still a great day, and I got to spend it all with my hubby, which is a rarity!


  • Last but not least so far this year, I went to opening day at the MN Renaissance Festival with a friend. What should be literally a straight shot all the way there turned into quite the run around thanks to the never ending construction in Minnesota, but we went nice and early to beat the mad parking rush and the weather was amazing for us! I tried the Apple Dumplings this year and I can say they are a new favorite of mine, and of course I had to get the traditional Turkey Leg, because you just have to. No choice there. We found an amazing Gandalf wandering about, smoking his pipe, and an absolutely beautiful dragon costume (note to self: learn how to make amazing leather masks…). We visited the petting zoo as well, which I’ve actually never done despite how many times I’ve been there, and I got to pet a kangaroo and admire the elephants! :3 It was a great day! And of course I spent way too much!


Well, with only a few months left in the year I hope to add more to my experiences, (I’m thinking the Como Zoo and maybe an Autumn Train ride up north? Or a visit to the Arboretum and/or the Minneapolis Institute of Art?) and I look forward to adding more next year as well! And the year after that!

I hope you enjoyed my list of recommendations!

Now I just have a Halloween party to plan! 😉



Hello there! And welcome to Revel of the Wolff!

This is my first official attempt at a blog; the place of my (you guessed it) revelries, where I revel in the intricacies of life: the beautiful, the exciting, the mundane and potentially boring (hopefully not) and all of the things in between. I’m going to share it all with you and maybe teach you a few things along the way. I’m going to share recipes when I find or make great ones, I’ll share art projects and patterns with you, home and cleaning experiments and ideas, and pretty much anything else I think is worth sharing! I’m looking forward to sharing this all with you, my lovely readers (If I actually have some haha), and I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

So where does one begin? I think the best place to start with would be now. Today. (Which really is more of a when than a where…)

There really hasn’t been anything particularly interesting or wowing today, but I’ve enjoyed it nonetheless. The morning started with this beautiful blanket of fog, which I love because it just lends this atmosphere that I find both mysterious and comforting…


Isn’t it beautiful? And yes I know I shouldn’t be taking pictures while driving…Whoops! Fog makes me feel like I’m wrapped up in one of my cool, down blankets drinking a nice steaming mug of tea – the kind where you blow on it and the steamy moisture wafts up into your face. I also love tea, by the way!

Pink Tea!!

I actually signed up for a loose-leaf tea monthly delivery box – Tea Runners (created by the wonderful Jewel Staite and her husband Charlie – Firefly fans, yes that would be Kaylee!) – and I couldn’t be more happy with it! It’s like getting a present in the mail that I just happened to order for myself (who doesn’t love that?) and bonus the teas are AMAZING! I highly recommend them! The Peach Ginger Detox Tea, Winter Wonderland Rooibos and the Black Masala are just a few of my faves!

Anyways, tea rant aside, it was a pretty lovely morning! I even saw a cute little rabbit outside my work when I went out to get the mail, chilling with a chipmunk and giving me the eye. I used to leave them random gifts of veggies back when I worked down by the front desk (didn’t have any hay handy- surprise there), so I like to think that I have a sort of Hey we both work here kind of kinship with the little FluffBall. Needless to say, it kind of made my day to see them.


Now, I’ve talked about the flora and the fauna – yes, tea counts as flora in my book – so last but not least why don’t we chat a little about food? I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with food in that I’m always trying to find something new so that I don’t get bored with it. In the past I’d had a lot of problems with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which is a nightmare, and I’ve since learned that for myself I need to eat probably six small meals/snacks in a day to keep it level. Stress was also a major contributor to it – I was working in retail, which I loathed entirely even if I do think that everyone should have to do it for a year just to know what it’s like, but I had been there for a decade and I was just so completely done with it. It is amazing how mean people can be to retail workers! 

Anyways, now that I have to eat frequently it makes it so easy to get bored with what I’m eating, especially since I make all of my meals on Sundays and eat the same things for lunch every day. Supper I will make a couple of different things for, but I admittedly don’t have the patience or fridge space to give a lot of variety to lunch. (Dang tiny apartment fridges!!) So of course I need to make sure that whatever I make is something that I’m going to want to eat for 5-6 days straight and that’s kind of a hard thing to do, ya know?

This week though was a success! It was so wonderfully yummy and such a great comfort food!

This week I made Beef Bulgogi! The literal translation is fire meat– and for those of you who aren’t familiar with Korean food it’s amazing! It’s thin strips of beef marinated in this awesome combination of soy sauce, onion, garlic and asian pear and a few other things besides – then traditionally I believe it’s grilled – but I don’t have a grill so I cooked mine in a pan until the sauce was deliciously sticky! Served over rice and paired with a halved Korean-braised egg, some quick pickles and a dollop of spicy mayo, and you’ve got a seriously great lunch! It was sweet, savory, creamy from the egg and mayo, and just all around satisfying!

I know it might sound weird to some of you to put mayo in a rice dish, but it really makes this creamy, and the sriracha in the mayo gives it a flavorful little kick of spice. If you’re really weirded out by the idea or just really don’t like anything spicy (my husband doesn’t care for spicy food, so I know how that can be) then maybe just nix it, or try a little bit in it at first. Honestly, this is good even without the spicy mayo.

This was the Bulgogi recipe that I used, from Little Spice Jar – I doubled the recipe so I could stretch it out over the week and still have some for my husband, cuz you know he deserves good food too, but he typically needs more food than I do so anything I make him doesn’t last long. He usually ends up fending for himself. Haha! Poor boy…

The Korean Braised Eggs recipe I found over at My Korean Kitchen – I absolutely love these and will gobble them up all by themselves, and that’s coming from a girl who usually can’t stand whole boiled eggs! They are scrumptious!

The spicy mayo you can buy at most grocery stores now, or you can just do what I did and mix mayo with Sriracha to taste. That way you can control the level of spice.

The Quick Pickles are a recipe of mine – I’ve tried several recipes and just wasn’t quite satisfied with them, so I put this one together to share – Let me know what you think of it if you try it! They have a little bit of a kick and dang it if I don’t eat half of them the same day I make them!



  • 1 English Cucumber (I cut off the ends, cut it in half lengthwise, gut out the gooey middle, and then cut it into bite-sized matchstick pieces)
  • 1 Clove Garlic, diced
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 6 Tbsp Water
  • 6 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar


  • Put the matchstick-cut Cucumber in a jar it will fit in -mine was a 32 oz.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the pickles.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.
  • Enjoy!


I hope you’ve enjoyed the beginning of Revel of the Wolff!

Until next time!