Sunday, October 24, 2010

The new Schaefers

To my surprise the new spirits store has a new owner and has expanded. What a treat! The deli counter has been moved. There is a private room for parties; it's called the Boundary Room.
There is a wine tasting room which isn't really different than the bigger room. You can get wine flights and dinner- dinner consists of either a cheese platter artisan platter; or create one from their pates, dips, soups and more.

In their large back room ( looks like a warehouse) you can find deeply discounted wines. If you want to try a wine, they will gladly open it for you to sample!
Every Saturday, 11 to 5 they offer free tastings in their store. You can sample wines, beers, and other potables and and tempting spreads.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I love 153's sushi!

If you are near Wilmette, Illinois, please stop in for lunch or dinner to 153 Akira. I have had a birthday dinner and birthday lunch there in the last 10 days and I never tire of their menu or their presentations.
My frend Cheryl decide to base the birthday celebration on a theme: Eat, Pray, Love. The plan was to eat at 153. Then head over to the monument we always drive by: Bahai Temple. And for the loving part- back to her house to eat cake, drink wine and watch Eat, Pray Love. But, no place could the movie be found for renting nor was it On Demand. So, we watched the next best movie which I'm embarrassed to say I had NEVER seen. Julie and Julia! Both those women had great husbands in the movie. Not unlike my wonderful husband.

My friend Cheryl always manages to pull together something unique and fun with old friends and my sister!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sanitation Nation!

Or, as affectionately called by family: clean ween jean-
What a delight! This has something to do with food- cleanliness. I had a really professional cleaning agency come through my house yesterday to clean. My most important items were the huge chandelier that hangs in the foyer and then, my kitchen. So many cooks in this house and very few good cleaner uppers. You know that cooktop? Especially the black porcelain kind? My husband tried so many different things on that cooktop-we both wish we had watched the 'men in armor" get the job done. And my ovens! I mean the exterior- not a drop of anything on them! Banished! Gone forever- I wish. And the sink- not the safest kind because of the junk that accumulates in the seams- what a great job they did!

And the chandelier, it's so sparkly once again but you can quite see it in the picture. I'm just so happy....

And, the shower- those glass doors- they will forever, after today, see a daily squeegie; that thing that looks like a T.

After being here for 8 1/2 hours, we didn't want to cook dinner; I couldn't even wash my hands! So, out we went and enjoyed coming home to a sparkly, shining house!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Menu for the week

I don't know how the time has flown but I am here to share another menu of the week. However, the picture attached isa rice Krispie like cupcake that is filled with melted chocolate chips and topped with candy corn. It's so easy, you don't need a recipe!

This week's menu follows:
Potato Topped Vegetable Bowl
Oven Fried Chicken
Tossed Salad
Texas Toast
Peach Crisp

Swiss Steak
Cheddar Noodle Casserole
Lime Jello
Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes
Chunky Apple Cake

Skillet Pork Chop Stroganoff
Wide noodles
Tossed Salad

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tailgate revisited

Yesterday's weather was perfect for a football game and tailgating, college style!
For the first time in 5, maybe 6 years, I enjoyed the comfort of Metra trains and took the 3 hour rail trip to Galesburg, Illinois to watch the football team from Knox College ( a son's former school and team) to play ball. Not unexpected, they lost ( oops! sorry fans!) But seeing the tailgate friends again, well, makes you forget about the loss.

Several team players have parents that 'sleep over' vans. ( that's what my boys called them when they were younger. )There were 4 and they formed a box that shielded us from the chilly winds that became very cold once the sun left.

The morning started with delicious Bloody Mary's made with pickle juice and we had all sorts of snacks to munch on till game time. The picture staging isn't as good as it could be, I know.

We made our way to Knosher Bowl just in time to see the team run through the chute. During the game we would take off our coats and soon put them back on during the game that had scattered BIG clouds overhead. In the background, during the game, trains pass by and sometimes the calls on the field are halted due to the loud train whistles. Why do they always do it just as they come up on the Bowl???

After the game, we made our way to back to our 'box' and while the grills and battery operated grills heated up, we continued to snack on whatever was around and the boys from the team made their way to the group. Other parents are also tailgating and are encouraged to come inside the box and some of us usually end up walking around to see them.

By 6:00, the sun was gone and we had some delicious food- marinated chicken kebobs, marinated brats, pasta salads, potato salads, upside down pineapple cake. Two of the boys drove me back to the train ( which was such a nice gesture- earlier I made the 10 minutes walk to the field but it was chilly and fun to get a ride from them.
No more tailgating for me this season as I work on Saturdays. But yesterday, was just wonderful! Thanks to all my Knox friends- the Juarezes, Kiziors, Dohmes, Ricketts - miss you all!