Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
You might notice a lot of purple paint in these slab diaries. They are located on the lakefront shoreline of the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois. Wes was a longtime employee at NU (also receiving his advanced degree there), so we thought we'd mosey over recently to see how things have changed - or not - since he left the campus. The biggest impression: the rocks! These are huge slabs that several people could fit on at one time.
So many marriage proposals in paint...how many have actually come about as a reality? Does the prospective groom bring the intended bride here before or after graduation to pop the question?This one made me chuckle...at first I thought it was yet another proposal, but it probably came about during finals week while the "author" was in sore need of a cup of java! There were rocks painted with words in different languages. There were rocks painted with names of friends. There were lovers rocks. There were rocks with class titles and teachers. There were some that would forever bond a group together. I know of THE ROCK tradition on the campus since 1902, but what is the story behind these shoreline rocks? When did it start? Is it a solitary activity done in the darkness of night or to
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We selected Honeycrisp Apples and headed back to our City Nest. Not long afterwards, I mixed up the annual sinful fare; so many calories it can only be made but once a year. Dipping apples in this warm, creamy, gooey concoction of fallish deliciousity is worth every caloric overload point!
Caramel Sauce (recipe #69479 from Recipezaar)
3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 T. water
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. evaporated milk
1 T. vanilla extract
1.Combine butter, brown sugar, water and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
2. Bring to a boil for 3 - 5 minutes depending upon thickness desired.
Life is sweet. Literally.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This past weekend we biked to a local park - Winnemac Park - and found a little field of those cheery sunflowers. Blooming with wild abandon right smack in the middle of the city of Chicago!Thinking back to the line in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy says, "We're not in Kansas anymore," I'd like to keep the sunflower state-of-mind myself of being sunny and happy as the
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
And to the south, the big downtown skyscrapers...and the building formerly known as the Sears Tower.
The clincher: the menu listed this "buffet" as only $18.00 per person! We read the menu before we decided to try it, just to be on the safe side. As we enjoyed the foods, the view and the whole experience, we talked about how we needed to bring the "kids" here, our out-of-town guests here...in fact anyone we knew here! This was the best dining "deal" in all of Chicago and we wanted to share it with our friends!!!
Then the nice waiter brought us the leather-bound pad with the bill tucked inside. Wes opened it and all of a sudden got this funny look on his face...you know the one that says, "Huh?" The tab was about $100.00 even. Turns out the Sunday brunch price is $45.00 per person; it's the Monday - Saturday BUFFET that is $18.00. Oops. A lot more than we intended to spend. But, we took a moment, realized we had had a wonderful experience and were all the more wiser as a result. We decided to not let that hamper our delight of the brunch and will take our guests there Monday through Saturday instead.