The girls and I planted these Phlox in a couple of pots that my sister had laying around her yard over the weekend. We, of course, had to go out and add some 'thrill' and 'spill' to them, right? So, we picked up the old standy-bys of a Spike in back and a Sweet Potato Vine dangling in front. Not super creative, but we checked all three boxes of your typical planter setup. They're perennials, but I'm not sure they'll over-winter in the pots? Maybe if I pull them into the garage?
These Creeping Phlox call for full sun, so we put them on the driveway right on either side of the big garage door. The girls now both have watering cans, so I'm thinking they'll get well watered this summer.
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…
Back in November, I shared a moment of enlightenment about various styles/types of pizza. Specifically, after reading a book about pizza, I came across a list of terms defined including Sicilian and Grandma pizza styles. The 2 descriptions can be found on my post: Sicilian vs. Grandma Pizza.
Up until this week, the discussion was completely academic because I hadn't been to a place that had them side-by-side. That's no longer the case. While in NYC this week, I stopped by a slice joint and came across both of them right next to each other. That's the Sicilian on the right and the Grandma on the left. With both, you pick your slice and they throw it into a faux-wood-burning oven that is really just an open gas burner to reheat your slice. I really don't love this whole reheating process, but it seems it is the way New Yorkers roll. See how much thinner the Grandma pie is? They're both cut into "squares" - really rectangles - and the edges are crisp…
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…