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Sum sum summa time

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

The polar vortex is very much over in Chicago and we have moved to hot and humid. I am enjoying the warmth that summer has finally brought to us! Last weekend, I kicked off the weekend with a summer work BBQ and enjoyed some refreshments: Saturday morning, I headed to the post office to pick up my package from Thailand. I ordered a tank top from Etsy that happened to come from there and they wouldn’t deliver it to my house, so I had to pick it up. I loved the postage stamp: Then, I headed up and watered the garden. One of my co-gardeners has an abundance of radishes right now, so he shared some with me! Eeek! I love radishes and butter, salt and radish sandwiches. Thank you Grandma Domino. Keeping up with the low to no sugar plan, I made some oatmeal banana donuts for Brian to

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Last weekend-ish

Published on November 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and

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Monday, back at it

Published on August 26, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

It’s already Monday again? My weekend was so full of fun activities that it feels like I haven’t been to work in a week! Thursday night, I was incredibly happy to eat a very summery meal of a half of a BLT with fruit, veggies and a few chips. See that sweet corn? It was my last ear from a batch I received from Iowa. Possibly the best sweet corn of my life. So sweet and tender it made my heart sing. Friday night we picked up our wedding invitations and envelopes. Eeek! It’s coming so soon. I’m so excited! Brian and I grabbed dinner at Native Foods. He had a curry bowl and I had the indo salad. Both were amazing. We loved our own choices and each other’s so much that we switched bowls half way through. Sharing is caring. After running some more errands, I got home

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Weekend recap: It’s August?

Published on August 5, 2013, by in Update.

With temperatures in the 70s all weekend and a tan that is starting to fade, it’s hard to believe that it is August. Aren’t we supposed to be in the dog days of summer? Knowing that we had back to back to back activities lined up for Saturday, I took advantage of Friday night by doing some grocery shopping and spending time at the garden. I picked a bunch of kale, fennel, carrots and cherry tomatoes. My cherry tomatoes are growing like crazy. They are all over the plant in giant clusters like I am growing grapes. The fennel smells wonderful. I can’t wait to cook it up and possibly use the fronds in a savory bread. Saturday started bright and early with a double yolk egg(those are good luck, right?) then off to help a friend with a yard sale. The weather was  perfect and it nice to sit

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Two weeks, one post

Published on July 28, 2013, by in Update.

This summer is going way too fast, but it sure has been a lot of fun! Last weekend, I had a girls weekend at a friend’s lake house and they surprised me with a mini bachelorette party. We had a lot of fun, took in a lot if good food, drink and time in the water. I love to build a nice fire. While having our coffee out on the dock Sunday morning, two trumpeter swans swam right past us. This week I made my second batch of homemade Greek yogurt. This batch turned out even better than my first batch. I really need to blog that recipe. While I was making the yogurt, I also started the base for some homemade ice cream. I took a night off from the kitchen to celebrate National margarita day with my friend Katie. Thursday night I spent making really good banana bread

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Strawberries, thievery and assault

Published on July 11, 2013, by in Update.

I believe it was just two days ago that I blogged about how well the garden is doing and my excitement to turn my cabbage into sauerkraut. Well, the situation turned sour tonight. After dinner Brian and I rode bikes to the garden to water. Upon arrival, I noticed the back third of my garden was alarmingly empty. Someone had stolen my cabbage. Left the outer leaves and had taken the cabbage! Thieves!!! To add insult to injury, while I was standing the morning the loss of my cabbage, I got nailed in the back of the neck with a tennis ball from the neighboring tennis courts! Ouch! The highlight of going to the garden was the strawberry plant. Brian and I happily ate the strawberries when we got home. I wasn’t going to wait around to get hit by another tennis ball!

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Garden update

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Update.

I have steadily been getting a few things from my garden this year: kale, tomatoes, strawberries, radishes, spinach, onions and herbs. Just a few things here and a few things there, so far. I am eagerly awaiting my first cucumber and bell pepper. And my lone head of cabbage that I’m growing. Perfect for making homemade sauerkraut. I had a tomato ready in one of my potted plants in the back yard, so I ate that for dinner on a veggie burger. It never ceases to amaze me how much more flavorful homegrown tomatoes are than store bought. After dinner Brian and I biked up to the garden where I got oregano, more tomatoes, some of my second planting of radishes, an onion, kale and some sort of peppery lettuce that is growing in our community garden community plot. My tomato plants are doing incredibly well this year, just loaded

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A gift of chervil

Published on May 21, 2013, by in Update.

I am again participating in the local park district community garden program. We each have our own bed to garden as we please and a larger plot for everyone to care for. I almost didn’t do it again this year as I yielded so little from my plot last year. Mostly due to the homeless in the park taking the produce. At the last minute, I decided to reserve my plot again. Thank goodness I did. At our park there is a 70 person waiting list to get a bed. The longest waiting list in the city. Tonight was the first community work night. We all got together and cleaned up the area and worked the compost. For those who hadn’t planted their gardens yet, they did so. Even though I planted a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist adding more. I added a Serrano pepper plant, another cherry tomato,

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Weekend round up

Published on May 20, 2013, by in Update.

This past weekend I had a much needed weekend away in Ann Arbor to visit my friend Mel. After arriving on Friday and getting settled, we headed out to dinner at Isalita, a very delicious tapas style Mexican restaurant. We had a short wait where we enjoyed a delicious whiskey drink by the bar. One of my favorites among the food ordered were the baja fish tacos, which they made look like a fish stick. Saturday we spend the day frolicking down town, on campus and at the farmers market. Mel gave me a tour of the library, showed me the hidden door and toured me though several floors of stacks: After indulging on Friday night, we decided we needed a lighter dinner on Saturday and make some nibble platters of pita, hummus, falafel, olives and veggies. We enjoyed these down by the pond while watching the geese. We decided

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