Mar 272012

Spring arrived early in Chicago– as in a couple weeks ago– and last week brought us weather more suitable for July than March.

We had the week off, so we did a lot of stuff around the house and celebrated our Anniversary with dinner at Retro Bistro. We also dove into our first anniversary wine, a 2007 Ribera del Duero which was wonderful.

Lots of things in the weeks ahead… updates to follow!

Mar 202012

This Peanuts strip appeared in early Spring 1956. Our recent run of 80-degree weather here in Chicago is the polar opposite of what Charlie Brown & Co are dealing with here.

I was checking to see what was budding in the yard and I found this guy hanging out behind the garage.

We spent a couple days last week visiting Bec in Charleston.

The trip included the obligatory trips to B-Dubs and Wal-Mart (college student, you know), along with some Cosmic Bowling and a visit to Mattoon’s legendary Burger King.

Good times!

This was the dessert I prepared on Sunday: Chocolate-Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Arctic White Icing, fresh whipped cream with vanilla sugar, and fresh red raspberries. All of this followed my semi-legendary Chicken Parmesan. You can see why I only go crazy making this particular dinner once a year.

Tonight, I came home to see that Lisa made these heart-shaped pizzas, which she served along with a bottle of Cristalino Brut (the wine we served at our wedding).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A couple shots of the legendary cheeseburger spot in Chicago, the Billy Goat Tavern on Lower Michigan Avenue.

Happy New Year!

We spent a couple days in downtown Chicago, going “off the grid” and spending some quality holiday time together.

Here are some shots of State Street, Marina City, and the Wrigley Building that were taken late on Monday night.  I especially like the Christmas lights on the balconies at Marina City.

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season!

Nov 222011

 

As I’ve mentioned here before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

This is the time to be grateful for the good things in our lives– and while it’s easy to lose focus on the positive, it’s critical that we keep reminding ourselves of what’s– and who’s — really important to us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Madison

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Nov 152011

We spent part of last weekend in Madison visiting Craig and Megan.

In addition to a couple of great dining spots (The Old Fashioned and Sunprint Cafe), we also saw a Wisconsin Badgers hockey game, visited the Farmer’s Market and the Henry Vilas Zoo.

It was a blast– enjoy the photos!

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