Archive for December 2011

My Dear Acquaintance: Happy New Year

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The blogging world is a mysterious one.  The “friends” we meet and get to know in this virtual world become our acquaintances.   Dictionary.com states…”Acquaintance” refers to a person with whom one is in contact.  Synonyms:  associate, companion, friend   Just like having a pen pal, in the blog-osphere, we get to know each other intellectually. We get to know each other’s beautiful/funny/annoying/loving children and spouses, our... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #12 Buffalo Chicken Dip

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #12 Buffalo Chicken Dip
Sometimes after eating all of the appetizers, guests are wondering how they are going to make room for the main course.  Our last family gathering we decided to just do a meal of appetizers and skip the main course.  This one was a hit.   Not one drop was left.  It is perfect for the... Read more »

12 Days of Recipes: #11 Possible Imposters

12 Days of Recipes: #11 Possible Imposters
Growing up in a small town, there wasn’t a lot of popular fast food choices after the basic McDonald’s and Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, etc.  When I got to college, while sitting around debating the deep topic of social injustice, my friends all realized I had never been to a White Castle.  (Something along the... Read more »
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12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #10 Homemade Playdoh

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #10 Homemade Playdoh
This is an easy recipe for playdoh that I used when I taught Kindergarten.  It really is no fail.  AND it uses ingredients you have at home. Your kids will love it.  Maybe while you make cookies, they can roll this out.   2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup salt (yes, cup) 2 (1/4 ounce) packages non-sweetened Kool-Aid (you decide the color/smell)... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #9 Easy Thai Chicken

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #9 Easy Thai Chicken
This is another surprisingly easy, fast, delicious dinner.  It might have a few ingredients you don’t have in the cupboard, but it is so good, if you buy them you will want to make it often. Ingredients:   1 lb of chicken breasts cut into bite sized 1 in. pieces. These are easier to cut if... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #8 Tilapia Parmesan

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #8 Tilapia Parmesan
Calling all fish lovers! We don’t want you or the fish to feel left out, now, do we? Here is a great way to serve Tilapia. Again, going for easy.   On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Tilapia Parmesan! Tilapia fillets ~ 4-6 but if you even make 1 you... Read more »
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Chicago's Finest River Walk Tour...inside

My husband is my chief researcher.  (Read: Groupon shopper)  He came across this tour the other day and we decided it would be a good one.  Even though it was raining we were still able to do it because, in the winter, the tour is not given on the Chicago River, but under the city... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #7 Egg Pizza

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #7 Egg Pizza
This is great for Christmas morning or if your kids have sleepovers and you have to feed a lot at once.  It’s perfect for being able to judge exactly how much you need to make because you cut it in squares just like a pizza.  It is a nice alternative to egg casserole.   I... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #6 Even You Can Do Caramel Corn

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #6 Even You Can Do Caramel Corn
Something for you to do on a Sunday…as if you don’t have anything else going on! After you do the laundry, clean your house, make food, finish decorating, write your Christmas cards, walk the dog, and watch the football game you can make this super-easy-unbelievably-yummy-makes-Garrett’s-a-little-nervous-caramel corn.  Oh, what the heck… make this first.  It doesn’t... Read more »
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12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #5 Death By Beef Stew

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #5 Death By Beef Stew
Metaphorically speaking…that is.  Your family will die from eating such goodness.  Again, so easy, so hearty, and so good.    On the 5th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Beef Stew!  In a Dutch oven, ie. heavy pot with a lid, or pot with heavy tin foil, casserole dish with lid, or I... Read more »
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