Over the weekend, I planted the rest of the seeds in our garden including these Nantes Half Long Carrots. I've been deliberately trying to rotate the crops each season so these carrots are running where I had peppers last year. In other cases, I've put something totally new where I've had things like tomatoes before.
70 days from now, this patch (below) should be full of lacy greens with some 'tasty' carrots underneath.
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…
Having been through the prototyping process on Penny Hockey Boards, I made a few modifications. First, they shrunk in size considerably. From 12" wide and 16" long down to 12" long and 8.5" wide. After the side rails are attached, the playing surface will be 12" long, 8" wide. The name of the game is also being changed from Penny Hockey to Topper Hockey (more on that later....). Also, because the board shrunk, the space behind the goal also was squeezed. It started at 2.5" from backline to center of the goal and now with the production units, I've cut that distance in half. The final change comes in regards to the pegs - I've changed the configuration a bit and removed some. The "guard" pegs - which are located just outside the goal mouth were widened, and one of them were removed. The peg modifications were made to simplify and enhance gameplay. My intended audience is my nephews who are all under the age of 10. Scoring …
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…