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 percentage
One recent morning, I was getting my shoes on to try to sweat it out a little bit before work and as I tightened up my left shoe, I heard something snap and a little bit of plastic went flying. I had snapped off the ratcheting buckle on my shoe. In the photo at the top of this post, you'll see the now-naked Peloton shoe with the broken little ratchet piece. Below, you'll see the piece. This is what came off of the shoe. Turns out, it is all plastic. Below you'll see the piece in profile. The circular part in the middle is what snapped off - the plastic part wraps around a metal cylinder. The good news is that how they make these spin bike shoes these days, they're totally replaceable. In that top photo, you'll notice a screw and if you loosen it up, the buckle just comes off. So, off I went to figure out where I could get a replacement. Peloton doesn't sell one . I guess they want to sell more shoes? But, u/Beemuzzler on the
Move over vegetable garden and garage pavillion, there's potentially a new entrant into the currently crowded backyard at the Parrillo household. Behold: this beauty. The Cedar Summit Panorama Playset from Costco. Comes with 3 swings and a tube slide. Nat spotted this behemoth at Costco and after doing a bit of comparison shopping at a place like Menards (more expensive, I think) and Wannemaker's (don't sell these type of things any more), it appears to be a fair deal. It is a kit - so I'd be putting it together myself, but I'm up for that challenge. The real issue is getting it home. I'm going to head back to Costco to take a look to see if it will fit in Nat's car with the back seats folded down. If not, it seems like I'll be renting a truck from Home Depot. Yes, the Babe is likely too small for a lot of this, but certainly NOT the swings. We take her to the park on a regular basis and she gets a kick out of the swings. The whole fort t