Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Windy (and delicious) City

Andrew and I went on an adventure to Chicago! We had a blast, and had a LOT of great food. Looking at the pictures we took, I realized that pretty much all of our pictures were about food.

Ghiradelli sundae. Need I say more?

Hershey's Chicago. This bar was like $40 or something ridiculous.

A cute Swedish restaurant that had a delicious breakfast.

Andrew very happy. He's giving two thumbs up by the way.

Oh yeah, and we saw Blue Man Group. It was a very different experience-- we liked it, but it was pretty weird. We also walked around Magnificent Mile, which was so fun. I love walking down streets like that in big cities. We will definitely go back again!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Home Comforts

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping HouseHome Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So I really like this book. It is HUGE and intimidating, so it took me awhile to start reading it. Andrew's grandparents got this for us for Christmas one year. This lady is seriously smart-- lawyer, professor, and homemaker. I recommend this book to everyone. There are a lot of things I don't know how to do around our home-- this is a good resource to learn how to do things the right way.

Anyways, there's a part that I think is hilarious. She's talking about food short cuts:

" Nonetheless, there are times when you would be foolish not to use a mix. perhaps a domestic emergency occurs. Perhaps cupcakes must be brought to school tomorrow morning, but when you stop at the market on your way home from work, you cannot remember whether you have baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, nutmeg, cake flour, chocolate, or vanilla on your shelf, or you want to go through the "five items or fewer" line. So you buy the mix. Only a glutton for punishment would do otherwise. I have a hard time imagining emergency pancakes, but stranger things have happened." (pg. 46, Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House, Cherly Medelson)

Maybe I've been reading this for too long, but the last part cracks me up. What stranger things have happened?! I love that phrase. Andrew and I use it all the time now.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Christmas 2010...better late than never.

So, these pictures are out of order, but they are all about Christmas break! We did a LOT of sledding over the break. My family has a tradition of building sled runs in our back yard. It's a blast! We had a runs with jumps and turns-- we loved it. Andrew helped put some of these runs together-- he did a great job!

Andrew's pride and joy.

Heather's 20th birthday! Woohoo! No more teenager for her.
This picture represents the countless hours the men were working on a puzzle.

We also went up to Milwaukee for Christmas Eve, another family tradition. Here we are playing a game called Celebrities-- very fun.

The fam. It was so sad when the break ended. Great memories.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

No more excuses!

So my long-term teaching job is over, so I no longer have an excuse for not posting on our blog! We just had a wonderful weekend up in Minnesota to visit family, and I didn't take any pictures! I even remembered to bring my camera. So here's a picture of my family. And unfortunately, Minnesota doesn't quite look like that right now. Nat, Alex, and Heather were sadly not there. My Aunt Jinelle and Aunt Pam came up to visit! We went and saw my cousin's newest addition to their family-- cute little baby Aaron-- up in Minneapolis.