We packed up the whole clan and made our annual pilgrimage to Wilmington to chop down a few trees to put up in our living rooms. This year, we brought The Bird for the first time. If you know where we post the family blog posts about the girls, you can see even more photos of the trip over there!
This is one of my favorite family traditions and really kicks off the holiday season in a big way for the Parrillos.
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera.
I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink.
I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentages (60…
I stayed at Tokyo Disneyland until late in the evening and long enough to see their main nighttime parade called "Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights". We've seen the the "Main Street Electrical Parade" at WDW and we've seen "Paint the Night" parade at DLR and this is kind of a combination of both of those things. And because of that, it is awesome. You get all the lights and action from "Paint the Night", but you get Baroque Hoedown blasting over the speakers. (go ahead...click that link and listen to the song. It transports you, like it does me???)
Above you see the Casey Jr. train float with Mickey, Minnie and Goof on it. (You'll also note the 2 dudes snapping vertical video/photos. C'mon man. Landscape mode, dudes. Landscape mode!)
And below you see the photo, the first float is lead by the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio. And then is followed by the locomotive and big drum you see above. Those are float #1 a…