Do you have an extra freezer? I do. I really love having the convenience of buying things on sale or bulkier items and have a place to put them. The problem is that they can be overwhelming at times. I looked in mine the other day and just had so many thoughts go through my head. I first thought, why do I have so much bacon? Apparently, I buy bacon on sale and freeze it for a rainy bacon day. I have thick cut, thin cut, cherry smoked and duck bacon. (No…there is no turkey bacon…because plain and simply…I hate it.) I also found someRead More →

When I walk down the streets of Chicago, my imagination goes wild. I look at the different buildings and wonder what unhidden treasures lay beyond the walls. I try to figure out if the structure is a residence, business or BOTH! It seems like you could walk past one building and realize it is composed of many different things. So when I was invited to go have dinner at Maxwell’s at the Club, which is just IN the East Bank Club, (500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago) I was perplexed. I thought the East Bank Club was a private sports/fitness complex. I didn’t think there wasRead More →

My husband and I did something the other day that we haven’t done for a loooooong time. It is stereotypically something guys want to do more than girls but this time I was pushing for it. The interesting thing is that he only wanted to do it if we had another couple involved. Since I am a good sport, I said yes. If this was the only way he was going to do this…the more the merrier! I couldn’t wait to see the bases again and to see who would get the first homerun! Are you like this too? Do you like professional ball games?Read More →

It was like a cloud was hanging over my head. Everyone else was walking around like nothing was wrong but I felt like rain was falling just on my head. I stumbled in circles saying to myself “What am I going to do? What am I going to do?” As I choked back my tears, I took a deep breath and finally had to tell myself “It is going to be okay.” I knew this wasn’t going to define me and I could get over it and move forward. I am sure everyone has had these kinds of moments in their lives. What I’m notRead More →

I was working in my garden this week trying to find the perfect tomato for a BLT.  Okay, it was the ONLY tomato in my garden that was willing to sacrifice its life for my sandwich.  (Mother Nature continues to play havoc on my garden this year.) As I plucked this bright red beauty from the vine and inhaled that earthy essence only a tomato plant can emit, I thought to myself why is a BLT called a BLT?  Now I know the obvious reason…it is an abbreviation for the sandwich ingredients of bacon, lettuce and tomato.  But my brain started to wonder why THISRead More →

That is it!!!  I’ve had it!!!  This winter is absurd!!  Yes, I know I live in the Midwest BUT that doesn’t mean I have to be flogged by snow every 3 days.  I was feeling like there was a light at the end of the igloo but this morning we are getting hit again!  (And why is that when a storm hits us we don’t get to name it but when it hits the east coast it gets a fun name?) I miss being able to just go out without thinking about the roads or if my trip is absolutely necessary.  My time snowed inRead More →

Meatballs.  Did you ever see that movie from 1979?  I wasn’t feeling well the other day and it was on one of the “classic” movie channels.  (I always feel old when movies I grew up with end up on the classic channels.) I couldn’t resist cuddling up in my woobie and watching the whole thing.  I’ve seen it numerous times since I was a kid but it is fun to watch movies like that at different ages in your life.  (I never did see it in the theatre.  I was too young.) My dad had rented it on VHS in the early 80’s and IRead More →

So, last year I did it.  I made my husband happy.  What I gave him was close to perfection, very hot and made him take a nap instantly.  He isn’t going to be so lucky this year.  I’m just not in the mood….to make the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I didn’t want to disappoint the guy completely so I decided to make him the infamous sandwich that goes along with this time of the year, the Ruby. Um Barb, don’t you mean the Reuben?  Nope, I think it is time to talk about St. Patrick’s younger little sister.  She has been in his shadowRead More →

Before I write up today’s blog, I must first thank Benny for fixing my script error. I am so lucky that my husband has such brilliant friends!  I appreciate everyone’s patience with this problem.  I have to admit it made me a little grumpy. Speaking of grumpy (how is that for a segue?), have you ever heard of GMS?  It is a terrible affliction that happens to men called Grumpy Man Syndrome.   Are you familiar with it?  It is one of those ailments that your mother should have warned you about. I found out about it the hard way.  Or maybe I knew what itRead More →

Can you recall the first sandwich you ever ate?  Most of us will probably say, Peanut Butter and Jelly. When I grew up, it was the standard sandwich in my lunch box and I never tired of it.  I liked it the old fashion way with smooth peanut butter, grape jelly and white bread.  Even the thought of it right now makes my mouth water. I recently was given the honor of throwing a birthday party for my niece.  I wanted the food to be kid friendly but still interesting to the group of adults in attendance, my in-laws!  When it comes to food, theirRead More →