On the 6th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Easy Beef Roast

On the 6th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Easy Beef Roast
Feeling overwhelmed and busy?  This is the perfect slow cook recipe. Throw it in a crock pot or dutch oven on low for the day.  You will feel better. You will feel responsible.  You will have accomplished something.  You will have actually made dinner!  And if you really want to be an over achiever, make... Read more »

On the 5th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Hot Cider for a Crowd

On the 5th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Hot Cider for a Crowd
In the age of Keurig, the one cup coffee maker, do you still have your big party coffee maker?  The one with the spigot that makes 42 cups.  Make this cider to serve and make your house smell of all things holiday.  I know this is a running theme that I only make things that... Read more »

On the 4th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Beer Bread

On the 4th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Beer Bread
Unless it is a quick bread, like banana or pumpkin, it can be scary.  Bread scares people.  It seems too difficult.  But really, when you think about it, people were making bread before they could read a recipe.  …before they could drive a car to the store for ingredients.  …before they could post recipes on... Read more »
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On the 3rd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Lasagna

On the 3rd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Lasagna
When it’s a busy time of the year, a 9×11 pan of anything is just what you need for dinner.  Sure you could buy Stouffers and pop it in the oven in tin foil, but this is soo much better. Lasagna might seem scary, but it is actually so easy and adaptable.  It can be... Read more »

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Candied Pecans

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Candied Pecans
You can “candy” walnuts or almonds, too actually.  These are always hard to pass up when you smell them roasting at a fair or festival that sells them.  These are great for topping a salad or just serving in a bowl on an appetizer table. If you buy the nuts at Aldi or GFS  or... Read more »

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Lucky Pennies

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Lucky Pennies
Ok, so we didn’t win the Lottery. It was fun to dream though, wasn’t it? I dreamt (is this a word? dreamed?) of all of the wonderful things I would do for other people to make them happy and then surprise! … the Garnet Hill catalog came in the mail and I thought…HECK NO, I... Read more »
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Melissa Etheridge ~ Glorious

Tuesday night, I made a point of watching Parenthood.  It is one of those shows that falls under the category “Shows You Should Be Watching”.  I don’t know how I haven’t been watching this! I have a lot of  ‘splaining to do and a lot of catching up. Like 3 years of catching up.  But... Read more »

The F-Word Experiment

Those who know me personally, probably know that I don’t generally swear.  Ok, I never swear.  I’ve just never practiced it enough to get good at it.  But if you swear around me, I won’t cover my mouth and point at you and say mmmmmmm  you said stuuuuuuupid!   The F-word coming from me would... Read more »

Got Coffee? Intelligentsia in Chicago does!

Eager coffee drinkers after standing outside to get in for the tour.  If you sign up for a tour, try to be right on time and not too early.  They don't open the doors until the minute it starts, so you could stand outside in VERY hot or cold temps.
Have you ever learned a new word and then heard it over and over and over and over soon after?  It has been like that with Intelligentsia Coffee.  I saw it at Eggy’s, and then I saw it at Suzette’s Creperie, and then I saw it on Randolph Street as a store front. So I... Read more »
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The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

The Christkindlmarket, or German Holiday Market, has been in Chicago for the past 13 Christmas seasons. The market officially opens following the Annual Tree Lighting in Daley Plaza. The name “Christkindlmarket” originates from the mythical tale of the “Christkind“.   She is a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown.  The tradition... Read more »