This morning, I stopped by the windows of the State Street Marshall Field's Macy's to check out the Christmas windows. They're going with a space/planets theme this year and they're REALLY cute. Above is the Venus window - which is the second from the north window.
Below is Mercury, which is the most northern window on State Street.
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
Late February and Early March is usually the time when I start to get a little garden-stir-crazy and begin to get back out to examine the winter damage and build up my hopes for the coming growing season. It is when the tree and shrub buds begin to swell and we can start to see what is going to pop. It is also a sloppy, wet and muddy time of year. Or, a frozen-solid, snow-covered time of year. This past week, it was a mix of both. We had some warming temperatures with snow melting and some rains which made the ground soggy and saturated. They say you're supposed to stay out of your garden beds during the wet season of Spring to keep the ground from compacting too much, so I've mostly tooled around the lawn this week. It is a good time to document in the [tree diary] and [garden diary] the state of some of the buds that are beef'ing up and getting ready to put on a show. I'll start where I have typically started before: with our Saucer Magnolia. Below, you can
(that title is - as they say - tongue in cheek.) Nat and I stopped by a Lowe's this weekend to look for a new fridge for the basement and we came across a HUGE Christmas section. They had more inflatables than Menards by a large measure. And look at what I found? A pretty good selection of what looks like Lemax Christmas Village buildings. But they're not Lemax? They're something called "Carole Towne Collection". But turning the box over unveils some details. They are indeed Lemax Village buildings. Just sold by Lowes. What does this mean for Mantleburg? Not sure just yet.