I spent a few hours yesterday pulling together some pieces of my outdoor Halloween project. With the help of my father-in-law (and his workshop!), I was able to get the wood cut. With the help of my mother-in-law (and her craft supplies), I was able to get the sign painted.
I'm going to put a layer or two of polyurethane on top of it so the sign lasts and then figure out how it will attach to posts before getting it set up in the front yard.
We made our way to the happiest place on earth this weekend - Menards - and found their entire Halloween display up and running. One thing I noted is that they've expanded their blowmold collection. It seemed like they downsized their inflatables at the same time.
See those pumpkins on the second shelf? The two on the right (grey and white) have a glitter on them. They're pretty neat. The cute ghost on the bottom and the witch on the top are the same ones they had last year. They did, however add some black lawn flamingos. See them on the top right in the boxes?
I still don't think we'll be getting any blowmolds this year, but I hope to add to our yard display, though! Those details to come!
Yesterday on the Dan Patrick Show, they had Bill Hader on the show to promote the big 40th Anniversary of SNL show that's airing tomorrow. In the interview, Dan Patrick asked Hader (who has appeared on Stern and was/is hilarious) who on the show made him laugh. He said that Jon Hamm and (surprise!) Taylor Swift were very funny as hosts. And that one of the fellow cast members who always made him laugh was Will Forte.
He pointed out the sketch where Forte was a basketball coach and decided to do a motivational dance at halftime. Everyone - including Peyton Manning, Keenan Thompson and Bill Hader himself have to cover their faces because they're laughing so hard.
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…