Cute Food Saturday!

Welcome back to the 18th installment of Cute Food Saturday! This is the first (and hopefully not only) Patriotic Edition of Cute Food Saturday. If this is your first time here, you can click here and see allllll the other cuteness!

Let’s get started, shall we? Enjoy the Red, White, and Blue!

Patriotic frosting doggies

Patriotic frosting doggies

You know how I feel about tiny things!

You know how I feel about tiny things!

These are vegan!!

These are vegan!!

More tiny cakes!

More tiny cakes!

These are on mini reeses cups!

These are on mini reese's cups!

I just thought these were cute and delicious looking

I just thought these were cute and delicious looking

These arent red, white, and blue but SO cute!

These aren't red, white, and blue but SO cute!

Of course, a little something from our favorite Chocolate-covered cupcake maker!



I hope you all…

Be safe!

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My One Day

During the camp season, I get ONE day off and only one (ok, some years its 2). This year, my one day off for the 4th of July holiday was today! How did I spend said day off?

Let’s see…  I slept in until *gasp* 8:00 a.m! It was the first morning since school let out that I didn’t wake up with a stuffy nose and/or sore throat, so that put a great tone on my day. I wrote my post about last night (Congrats again Adam!), and then headed out to my local farmers’ market.

I’ve lived in this area almost 3 years, and I’d never been! The main reason? Well, it’s only on Friday mornings! I’m so rarely off on Friday mornings, so I took advantage. I’m so glad I did! It is a lovely, albeit small, market full of local produce, baked goods, flowers, and even dog treats! There were a lot of stands with this:

DSCN3288Only one with these lovely (and quite pricey!) Ranier cherries. They’re my sister’s favorite!

DSCN3289And a couple with these amazing red cherries. I ended up getting 2 pints of dark sweet cherries, and one pint of tart cherries for my mom.


I learned something while at the farmers market! There’s a winery in a suburb right near where I work! There was a very nice guy from the winery at the market, and he let me taste (at 10 a.m.!) a few of their wines and blends. I wanted to get something fun for our BBQ tomorrow, so I selected this delicious sangria:

DSCN3292Also, since I so rarely remember to do this for myself, I bought 3 beautiful bunches of gladiolas to have in the house. Fresh flowers make me happy! There were so many stems, I had to divide them between 2 vases… ok, one vase and one ginormous beer mug.

DSCN3293 While I was trimming the stems on the flowers, I heard a ruckus outside near the mailbox. Since there’s a carnival going on down the street, there’s a lot of people around, so I went to check it out. The ruckus was the mail carrier! She was trying to get a small package into the box! What was it? Anyone recognize this?

DSCN3294I was so excited!!! It was a package of 6 of the most delicious and amazing raw macaroons from Gina!!!!!! I seriously couldn’t even wait to finish opening the rest of my mail before I tried one two.

DSCN3295Please ignore the freakishly long hand and pay attention to the gorgeous coconutty goodness! Thanks SO MUCH GINA!!!

The rest of the day (literally, from the time I ate the macaroon until we left for dinner) was spent cleaning the house. We rented a Rug Doctor and steam cleaned the carpets, vacuumed, cleaned the bathrooms, scrubbed the kitchen… it’s so nice to have a clean house! We were FAMISHED after the cleaning marathon, so we decided to have a traditional Sushi Friday!

We started with asparagus goma-ae. Usually, this is made with spinach, but this was a new menu item so we decided to try it. It was delicious, but we much prefer the spinach version. The 2 sauces are different colors of sesame seeds mixed with various other ingredients.

IMG00022-20090703-1953Adam decided to get hot food as opposed to sushi, so he got tonkatsu (a crispy pork cutlet) on top of Japanese style spaghetti. So beyond delicious!

IMG00026-20090703-2007I opted for sushi. I got a crazy roll (a huge roll with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, scallion, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, and masago fish eggs), a haru maki (a delicious crunchy spicy tuna roll), and Adam got a tamago (omelet on rice). Doesn’t that big roll look like my Blogroll button over there —> ????

IMG00027-20090703-2009 The cleaning will continue this evening as we scrub the kitchen in preparation for the BBQ tomorrow! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a patriotic Cute Food Saturday!!! Have a great Friday night everyone!


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TWO Teachers???

Sorry for the lack of post last night… Adam and I were out celebrating!

Celebrating what, you might ask?

Well, when Adam got laid off in October, he spent months looking for work to no avail thanks to this lovely economy. About 3 months ago, he really started thinking about what he wanted to do… and came to the conclusion that another corporate/office job was not what he wanted to do with his life. So what to do? The immediate answer was “be a teacher.” Apparently, it was originally what he had thought about doing, but went to college for business instead. After getting information about what he needed to do to get into a teacher education program, Adam registered for a 5-hour test that Illinois requires to GET IN to a teacher education program. He took the test on June 6.

He got the results yesterday.

HE PASSED!!! Starting in the fall, he’ll be taking classes to become a teacher, and this will become a 2-teacher household! I can’t even imagine the number of red pens and papers to grade in this house once he’s teaching full time… but I’m SO proud of him and beyond excited that he’ll be doing what he wants to do with his life. I love you, Adam!!

Needless to say, we had celebrating to do, and what better way than with food? There’s a seafood place near us that used to be a Joe’s Crab Shack but got sold… so now it’s Moe’s Crab Shack. They have a similar menu, no cheesy rolls (a good thing) and slightly smaller portions (also a good thing.) My camera and phone were both battery drained from camp, so Adam did the photography on his G1 phone.

Now, let me tell you all… we almost didn’t take a picture of our appetizer. It is not the usual thing we eat. But, part of this blog is accountability, so yes. We got crab balls (no, not THAT part of the crab… balls made OUT of crab) that came with fries. And they were delicious. And fried.

Yup. SO not good for us

Yup. SO not good for us

Then, we each got the same steamed dinner to counteract (ok, faulty logic but whatever) the friedness of the appetizer. Each of us had a SteamPot full of 2 kinds of crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, red potatoes, corn, and one small piece of Andouille sausage.

It was a lot of work to eat!

It was a lot of work to eat!

The whole thing was dusted with Old Bay (which immediately made me think of Rose) and all the hand-washing and wet naps in the world couldn’t get the smell out! I think I finally smell normal this morning.

Today, I’m actually off from camp, but I know you LOVE the camper quotes so much, so here ya go, as said by a 4-year-old while watching Ice Age 3 yesterday: “Hey Mara! If I draw faces on the eggs in my fridge, will they turn into dinosaurs too? Cuz that would be scary and cool!”

I’m off to the Farmer’s Market now (my first time to my town’s market!) and then Adam and I are in for a marathon cleaning session! There’s sure to be a post tonight, Cute Food Saturday tomorrow, and a BBQ recap Sunday morning.

Have a great Friday!

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My Hero!

This is going to be short and sweet, because well, as usual, I’m beat! Today, we headed to Miller Park in Milwaukee for the Brewers vs. Mets game.


Miller Park has a retractable dome

1.5 hours in a school bus each way, a game with 2 teams that I really don’t care about, and 6 adorable 4-year-olds? It was definitely a good time!

My campers zipped themselves (2 of them at a time) into my sweatshirt.

Faces have been obscured to protect the adorable

Faces have been obscured to protect the adorable

Over 2 gallons of nacho cheese was spilled by various campers, somehow finding its way onto pants, jackets, faces, fingers and hair.

I hung out with these guys (co-directors, friends, and bosses for the last 10 years)

Good Times Camp directors

Good Times Camp directors

But, who’s my hero? Why Adam of course! I came home to this deliciousness:



It had loads of veggies on it, as well as turkey… much needed nutrition after my ball park bratwurst today!



Toldja, short and sweet! Have a great evening and a fabulous Thursday!

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Steps to a Great Tuesday

Step 1: Start out the day with sunshine and cool temperatures, cool enough in fact, for a sweatshirt.

Step 2: Keep the temperatures cool enough so that a chalk drawing contest could produce this masterpiece without the threat of a water fight:

DSCN3257Step 3: Be taken, due to the temperatures, to a movie instead of swimming!

Step 4: Treat 5 campers to popcorn and watch their eyes light up.

Step 5: Spend the afternoon at a forest preserve watching said 5 campers chase butterflies and bullfrogs

Step 6: Come home to create a great dinner in 6 steps:

  1. Lay down a La Tortilla Factory foundation:


  2. Top with torn basil leaves: DSCN3262
  3. Top that with fresh sliced tomato: DSCN3263
  4. Add sauteed chicken (preferably with garlic): DSCN3264
  5. Then, top with halved fresh mozzarella balls: DSCN3265
  6. Last, wrap it up, heat in a pan, halve and enjoy! DSCN3267

I’m calling this one a Chicken Caprese Wrap (you know, because of the whole tomato, mozzarella, basil combo, then I added chicken… creative, I know!)

Step 7: Come home to a relaxing evening with my love, my pets, good food, and a comfy couch.

Tomorrow, we’re taking our entire camp up to Milwaukee for the Brewers vs. Mets game… I don’t know who to root for, being a Cubs fan! It will be a good time, no matter what though!

Today’s camper quote of the day: So, when I was really little, like before I was born, I peekeded out of mommy’s belly button because I wanted to watch Monsters, Inc. No, really! I remember! It was like a liiiiitttlllleeee tunnel.” 

Have a wonderful evening!



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