How about my talented wife?!? Thanks to her handy work, there's a pretty great Mickey the Mouse jackolantern on our front porch ready for the deluge of kids (and adults!) who are going up and down our block.
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 percentage
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 Sunca
Image of firewood rack via Menards (not my photo above) Last year was our first Winter in our house and was also the first year where we ordered a Face Cord of firewood. I documented that Face Cord - and the location of the rack - here on the blog . I set up our only rack in our screened porch, where it was covered and protected from the elements. But last year we didn't have any furniture in the porch, so it was easy to do. This year? Nat has set up the room with a full set of furniture and even an indoor/outdoor rug. So, that means space is limited inside. At the same time, I've considered firewood rack options - including posting some inspiration here on the blog . The placement of the rack has been bouncing around in my brain for the better part of the Summer. I want to put it in a place that is protected from the elements, but not too far from the door because I know I'll want to walk out there in my house shoes to grab wood for the fire. Also, I know