Archive for December 2013

A cold, party popping New Year's Eve

A cold, party popping New Year's Eve
It’s New Year’s Eve, we have dinner cooking, dessert ready to go and no heat! Wait, what? We had a little snafu earlier with our new furnace and it went from barely working to not working at all. So, as we await for a part to be delivered and for the guy that’s going to... Read more »

The New Abides: nine months in photos

The New Abides: nine months in photos
I wanted to do an end of the year wrap up and wasn’t sure how to go about it. Since we take a million photos, that had to be the way to go. Many of you know that on March 31, 2013 we started our adventure to do one new thing, every day, for an... Read more »

Making a champagne cocktail and other ideas for a bottle of bubbly

Making a champagne cocktail and other ideas for a bottle of bubbly
It’s that time after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve where you might find yourself with some bottles of bubbly. Sure, you could tip back a glass of the good stuff, or you can get creative and concoct a champagne cocktail. I realize some people consider the only true champagne to be from the Champagne... Read more »
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Exploring the River Trail Nature Center

Exploring the River Trail Nature Center
What to do when there’s a Chicago winter heatwave? Change into a pair of shorts? Head out for ice cream? That’s what I witnessed people doing today as the temperature hit a whopping 48°F. It’s been so cold here lately that 48°F feels like 88°F. Tomorrow the forecast calls for a high of 29°F and... Read more »

Life hack: sticky note keyboard cleaner

Life hack: sticky note keyboard cleaner
Lately, I’ve been getting into the whole life hack thing, as evidenced by my eating Oreo cookies with a fork. This morning I read about using a sticky note to clean your computer and I once again hopped on board the life hack train. Sometimes I eat at my laptop. Usually it’s something like potato... Read more »

My daughter's surprising New Year's resolutions

My daughter's surprising New Year's resolutions
This afternoon we were talking about the upcoming New Year’s Eve. I explained New Year’s resolutions to Lilia and asked what she thought her goals might be. I expected to hear “eat all of the candy in the world” because, well, that’s actually a lofty goal of hers that comes up often.I told her she... Read more »
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You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too

You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too
Day two of shorter blog posts due to various Christmas festivities. Tomorrow, leftovers and regular posts will commence. Lots of new things going on today, but I decided to let you in on a new recipe. Cheese ball! I’ve never made a cheese ball before, but I’ve always admired them at parties. Various cheeses rolled... Read more »

The Night Before Christmas in our own home

The Night Before Christmas in our own home
Short post tonight because it’s Christmas Eve, we have dinner cooking and Santa tracking to do! This is the first time we’ll be spending Christmas Eve at our house. Normally, we’re making the rounds to see relatives and when we get home, we carry two sleeping kids up to their rooms. Tonight, we can actually... Read more »

Charlie Brown Christmas tree or not, we love it

Charlie Brown Christmas tree or not, we love it
It’s that time of year to eat, drink and be merry. Let me tell you, I’ve been partaking in all of those things. I’m going to try to write this post while in a food coma. I’ll just take one more bite of fudge… Every year we get a real Christmas tree and decorate it... Read more »
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Sugar cookies with icing, for beginners

Sugar cookies with icing, for beginners
Baking day. It happens every year right before Christmas. I don’t bake over a series of days, rather we have one marathon day of getting things done. It was snowing when we woke up and I’m not feeling in tip top shape. Staying indoors seemed like the best course of action. I told the kids... Read more »