Monday, August 31, 2015

How was my weekend?

This weekend was nice and relaxing.  Friday we didn't do much.  I graded papers.  Super exciting!

Saturday my son had hockey practice.  Saturday night we had some friends over to watch the Bears game.

Sunday, we had my other son's baseball team party at Skyline pool.  Lots of fun with our baseball family.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Dinners

I'm having fun making Halloween dinners this week.  Monday night we had Mummy Pizza Breads.  

Last night we had meatloaf in the shape of a gross face.  I'm not sure what exactly it was supposed to be, but it stirred quite the comments on the Facebook!  

Before it went in the oven - I didn't have onion to use as the eyes and teeth, so croutons was the next thing that looked like it would fit the bill.

Here is the finished product.  Adding a bit of ketchup to the face made it a little more gross looking.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Holiday Road.....Family Road Trip 2K14 - Memphis

Last summer, we trekked to Niagara Falls, stopping along at every single "Largest Ball of Twine" type place available to us. We were back at it again this summer, channeling the Grizwalds and their "Pig in a Poke" itinerary.

We chose the Deep South as our road trip. One night Memphis, two nights in New Orleans, three nights in Orange Beach, AL and one night in Nashville. We put almost 2,500 miles on the family truckster and honestly had the BEST time! 

Day One

Our first stop as we got into Memphis was Lunchbox Eats. The place has this old school elementary school feel. We sat in school chairs, there were textbooks on the wall and the tables were kind of like lab tables.  I heart Yelp!  Lots of fun reviews for this place and it was close to the National Civil Rights Museum, which was our next stop.

The menu was on notebook paper and we ordered on these orange sheets.  The pencils were those thick kindergarten-type pencils.  So cute!

Every day there is a different type of fresh-squeezed lemonade.  Blueberry Lemonade was the flavor of the day.

The boys played Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots!!  

My youngest, Nick, ordered the Scooby Snack, which was just chicken fingers and fries, but holy fresh and yummy!

Jack ordered Mac & Cheese.

I ordered fresh pickles and kale chips.  Now I've got to tell you...I've been wanting to try kale chips for some time now. Seriously, I wanted to like them.  I really did. One word...Earthy. The pickles were bread & butter style. So incredibly good!

Brian ordered Chicken & Grids. Same awesome chicken strips inside a cheddar waffle with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Again...awesome!

National Civil Rights Museum

Next on our agenda was to to check out the National Civil Rights Museum.  The Lorraine Motel. This is the location of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The wreath marks the location of his death.  The hotel and property has been kept the same since 1968.  It's very eerie.

The top right window is where the shots were fired from.  This is directly across the street.

Sun Studio, often labeled the birthplace of rock-n-roll, and home to the "Million Dollar Quartet".

The Peabody Hotel in Downtown Memphis. Elvis signed his first record deal here!  Anyhow, they are mostly famous for their ducks that walk the red carpet

How cute are these ducks?  They are like royalty!

The march to the elevator.  They live on the roof of The Peabody when they aren't in the lobby during the day. 

The gates of Graceland.

You can sign your name on the wall outside of Graceland. 

Beale Street in Memphis.  The street is shut down and there is music everywhere!  So much fun!

Stay tuned....The next stop on our trip was New Orleans! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Puppy Chow Cookies

 Have you had these babies yet??  Holy smokes.  Talk about heaven!  This recipe first came up in discussion a couple of weeks ago when a friend said her daughter made them.  We were like...whoa...what??  The next night, my friend Jen brought over a platter she made.  I then made a platter the next day for family coming for dinner. Kind of like a domino of puppy chow goodness! 

Super easy.  Super delish.  You should totally try these.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ranch Tortillas

This is the easiest appy recipe evaaaa.  It's a huge hit when I bring it places.  I can seriously eat an entire batch of these if nobody is looking!  Stop looking at me so I can finish these off.  :)

1 pkg. flour tortillas.  It doesn't matter what size, but I use the regular size.
1/2 c. butter (1 stick) - softened
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
Sesame Seeds

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Combine ranch dip mix with softened butter.
  • Spread ranch butter on tortilla.
  • Cut into triangles.  I used a pizza cutter. 
  • Arrange on baking sheet.  I use pre-cut parchment sheets for less clean-up.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for 5-7 min or just until they begin to turn a golden color.  Let cool or you will burn your tongue.  Trust me, I know.

Bacon Avocado Salad. Yes, it's as good as it sounds!

This one was a keeper!  I mean, bacon anything is a keeper, no?  Another Pinterest find.  Sorry, I only have one pic.  While I can drool all I want at those bloggers who take a photo of every single step of a recipe, I don't have that kind of patience.  Who am I kidding?  I have the short term memory/attention span of a goldfish.  I'm 3/4 of the way through the recipe before I even remember that I wanted to do a step-by-step picture to begin with.

Bacon Avocado Cucumber Salad with Bacon Dripping Dressing

Above is the recipe, but it's basically tomatoes, cukes, bacon, avocado, cilantro mixed together with a couple of tablespoons of bacon drippings. Add some salt & pepper and you've gone to heaven!


Happy July 4th!

I adore July 4th!  It was my mom's favorite holiday.  Every July 4th morning at 6AM, my mom would put our big, giant speakers in the windows and put on her John Philip Sousa album as loud as it would go.  "Stars and Stripes Forever" echoed throughout our neighborhood and while I was mortified at the time, it's one of my favorite childhood memories.  Growing up in Dolton, we had a huge...HUGE, I tell you parade, carnival, fireworks extravaganza every year and it was all within a block of my house.  We had a big, honkin' party each year and those memories are near and dear to my heart. 

Growing up, The Carnival was THE social event of the season.  We would flock to good ole' River Oaks mall and carefully choose a new outfit for each night.  We were so BA in our new parachute pants and Def Lepard t-shirts and fresh perms (remember...this was the mid-80's).  It was so awesome.  I miss those days.

The last couple of years, Homewood Baseball & Softball has had a float in the Homewood July 4th parade.  Move over Disney...I'm thinking a parade float may be my "happiest place on earth"!  My friend Andrea and I run the show for anything social/PR for Homewood Baseball, so the float was our gig. Super fun!
Our super-fab July 4th float!

And since we're talking about 4th of July, check out these cuties I made!  Pinterest, of course!