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…
Over the weekend, we hit up the Oak Brook Costco and came across this behemoth. This is the Suncast Wood and Resin Playcenter - Costco Part #588674. It is priced at $1299.99 (see the bottom photo for pricing details).
This is the 2012 version of the VERY popular Costco backyard playground/playset series. Last year, they featured the Cedar Summit Panorama - which we brought home. This year, they've gone with the Suncast Wood and Resin Playcenter which has many of the same features as years pasts.
***Update on 2/28/12 - If you are looking for the Cedar Summit Mountainview Resort Playset you can find the details here. Turns out Costco is indeed selling a Cedar Summit swingset, but just not in Texas or the Midwest. ***
The 2012 Suncast structure is made up of both wood and a lot of plastic parts - unlike the Cedar Summit. There are certainly plastic elements in the Cedar Summit version, but they're mostly highlight/enhancement pieces like window frames. The Suncast plays…
Tears and tantrums were in full effect as we walked by, stopped and then moved on from this Princess fairytale castle at Costco. Both of the girls were doing their best to make me bring this monstrosity come home with us. It is meant to be used outside, but in our old house, we had a plastic version of a building like this in our basement, so I suppose you could easily bring this inside and use it your basement.
At $429.99, it seems pricey to me, but your kids will love the styling and details. It has a bunch (9!) of turrets and even a musical door knocker. At 78" long and 95.5" tall, you need a pretty good size spot to keep this thing in or else you'll be squeezing past it whenever you go by it in your basement.
It comes in a pretty bib cube of a cardboard box that doesn't appear to be able to fit into most cars but would probably fit into most SUV trunks with the 3rd row down or our minivan with the 3rd row down.
Alas...this didn't work for us right now…