Monday, March 1, 2010

Weekend Recap

This weekend was glorious, why?

Because Bob was home. :)

Thursday I picked him up from the train and fell asleep at his house. Then Friday in honor of Lent we decided to make pizza at his house. We used Pillsbury crust and made our own version of margherita pizza. It was delish, and quite fun. See our handy work for yourself:

We couldn't have been more proud!

Then on Saturday we went downtown and went to the dog show. We had never been, and were stunned to see every breed imaginable. We saw for example, an Irish Wolf Hound weighing in at 180 lbs. They sadly only live to around 7 years old though.

After the dog show we met my great-Aunt Kay (who I put in the ranks of Jackie O, and A. Hepburn) for dinner at Pane Caldo. It was Chicago's restaurant week, so restaurants that normally cost a pretty penny had a prixe fixed menu and were more affordable. We feasted to put it lightly. My Aunt informed the waiter my birthday was among us, and to my surprise desert included singing Happy Birthday to me, which was a sweet surprise.

Come Sunday I headed over to Bob's family home. We had a dinner catered by Ditka's, compliment's of Mike and Leslie. We celebrated Mike's birthday and also sang to me. Leslie is so incredibly thoughtful and gifted me with this bath set that I had blogged about before:

I think I may change my bathing habits to 2+ times a day just for an excuse to use this set.

I finished the weekend by making a gluten free Chili to surprise my Dad with, as he was returning from Florida. I also made fresh squeezed lemonade, which was undoubtedly amazing and surprisingly easy.

Here is the Chili Recipe for those looking for a gluten free take on the classic:

Prep Time: :10
Cook Time: :20
  • Approx 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 Large onion, diced
  • Several garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Apple, diced
  • 1 15 oz Can of gluten-free creamed corn (or 1 can of regular corn, drained)
  • 1 15 oz Can of red beans, drained
  • 1 Cup of gluten-free ketchup
  • 1 Small can of chili peppers (or use chili pepper flakes)
Brown the turkey, onion, garlic and apple in a nonstick pan. Add the corn and the beans. Add a cup of ketchup and keep cooking until the mixture thickens. Add chili peppers or other hot ingredients to taste.

You can also include chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, or other ingredients as desired.

Serve with rice on the side.

Note- This is a sweeter chili so adding chili powder or flakes will give it the kick it needs if you're one who likes spicy foods ( I don't).

The Lemonade was great too, here is that recipe:


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
Note: Trader Joe's doesn't sell lemon juice so I squeezed my own. By taking lemons (approx 8) and heating them in the microwave for 30 seconds, you get the juices "flowing" inside. Then rolling them on the counter further causes this. After rolling your lemons, cutting them in half and using a fork to prod the juices out really works wonders. It's easy and fast, much to my surprise.

Sorry this weekend recap was so lengthy, but well I had a lot to share.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Katie!
    A very very Happy Birthday to you {even though somewhat belated!} I truly apologize for being late, and wasn't able to wish you on your most special day as I was out of town all weekend.
    But! Please know that you are in my thoughts and pray that you had the most wonderful day filled with much love and happiness! It's been wonderful getting to know you!
    Here's to a FABULOUS year ahead!



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