Archive for June 2013

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Queso Fresco: A Simple, Summer Recipe

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Queso Fresco: A Simple, Summer Recipe
On Friday, we got a container of squash blossoms in our CSA box. They looked beautiful and I knew they must be edible, but what to do with them? I found a lot of recipes for squash blossoms and most of them involve adding them raw to salads, sauteing, frying or baking. In lieu of... Read more »

Willis Tower Skydeck: Follow these do's and don'ts for the perfect trip

Willis Tower Skydeck: Follow these do's and don'ts for the perfect trip
Do you want to visit the Willis Tower Skydeck like a true Chicagoan? Then by all means, follow these do’s and don’ts! I went to the Willis Tower Skydeck once when I was around the age of 4. I remember the elevator and that’s about it. I certainly haven’t been there since it was renamed... Read more »

2013 Milwaukee Summerfest: How to plan your trip today

Milwaukee Summerfest 2013 is in full swing and Fran and I are excited to make our first trip to the event. Tonight we have tickets to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Marcus Amphitheater which is part of the Summerfest lineup. Headliners at Summerfest perform at the Marcus Amphitheater and there are also... Read more »
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3 Reasons Your Kids Should be Playing with Clay

3 Reasons Your Kids Should be Playing with Clay
Lilia has been asking me to buy modeling clay for about a week now and while running errands today, we were able to find some. We bought a natural earth clay that air dries which is great for beginners. It’s a step up from play-dough, but not as hard to mold as some other clays.... Read more »

Nature scavenger hunt: a great way to get kids outdoors

Nature scavenger hunt: a great way to get kids outdoors
Here in Chicago, it rained all night and much of this morning. So much that roadways were flooded and some of the local commuter trains came to a halt. When the rain finally came to a stop, the kids were more than ready to get outdoors.Lilia suggested we go searching for puddles and other things... Read more »

Brown bag puppets: spark some creativity on a rainy day

Brown bag puppets: spark some creativity on a rainy day
It was a rainy day in Chicago, once again putting a stop to our outdoor plans. Lilia had the idea to make brown bag puppets and to put on a show. She’s made  a variation of puppets and props before, but this time she really wanted to take her time to make detailed ones. She... Read more »
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Grilling portobello mushrooms for people who don't like mushrooms

Grilling portobello mushrooms for people who don't like mushrooms
Mushrooms and I don’t get along. They’re okay and all, but if I see them on my pizza, they’re getting picked off. I had heard that I need to learn how to grill portobello mushrooms and that it will be a game changer. I will admit, the only mushrooms I’ve ever had were the kind... Read more »

Supermoon: Why you'll want to moon gaze tonight

Supermoon: Why you'll want to moon gaze tonight
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the supermoon! Looking up into the sky on Saturday, June 22 or Sunday, June 23 will bring you a treat of seeing a perigee moon, or supermoon, the largest full moon of 2013. At its fullest and closest, the moon will appear about 12% larger than normal. A... Read more »

Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center: A Hidden Gem on the North Shore

Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center: A Hidden Gem on the North Shore
Lilia attended a birthday party today at the Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center. After hearing great things about this place, we decided to tag along. After dropping Lilia off in the party room, we walked into the nature center and met a wide array of amphibians and reptiles including snakes, turtles and lizards. There was... Read more »
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Summer Solstice: How to make the most of your day

Summer Solstice: How to make the most of your day
Happy summer solstice! At 12:04 a.m. Central Daylight Time, the astronomical first day of summer arrived. The summer solstice is also the longest day of the year meaning it has the most hours of sunlight over any other day of the year. What better way to seize the day than to watch the sunrise over... Read more »