Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snowgate in Chicago Land!

My husband, Steve, didn't have to work on Wednesday but he did get to play in the snow with his trusty snow blower. Notice all of the other men playing with their snow blowers because men love their machines! This video shows how our little corner of the world looked after the blizzard finished gifting us with about 18-20 inches of snow.

Watch for the squirrel at the base of the bird feeder in our backyard diving in and out of the snow looking for seeds on the ground. The lucky squirrel in the feeder won the duel for a place at the top. Steve was disappointed he didn't get the battle for top squirrel on video. Sigh...he wasn't fast enough with his Flip video camera and the fight was finished by the time he started shooting video.

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Go Bears! Plus a Game Day Recipe!

It's a Football playoff weekend and I'm going to make a recipe I found recently for a baked omelet. I hate recipes that require culinary skill above a "beginner" and this recipe fit the bill. It's quick, scrumptious, and looks pretty. Enjoy!

Easy Baked Omelet - This recipe from

This is more dramatic and impressive than an omelet made on the stove top. And it’s easy. Notice that there are only two steps to this recipe. And prep time is less than ten minutes. Just stick a baking dish in the oven and forget it until the timer goes off.

This is a puffy omelet recipe. It will mushroom in the oven and then fall back as it cools. Still, it is a lighter omelet than what is fixed on the stove top.

Use this basic cheese omelet recipe or add meat and veggies to create any omelet you desire. (If you add veggies, consider sauteing them or partially cooking them in the microwave before adding them to the egg mixture.)

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
8 eggs
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or other cheese

Recipe Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add enough milk to make a paste and then add the remaining milk a little at time, stirring after each addition, until you have a smooth mixture. Add the eggs and cheese.
2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan with butter. Pour the omelet mixture into the pie pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the omelet starts to brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Add herbs, spices, sauteed vegetables, ham, or other meats or vegetables as desired to this recipe as you would for stove top omelets.

Have a good January!

Friday, December 10, 2010

December News & A Contest

It is that time of year when everyone is busy, busy, busy. I've been busy working on my Cover Cafe website and this December we are sponsoring our 2nd annual Holiday Favorites Cover Contest. Follow the link below to vote for your favorite holiday romance cover for 2010. This year we are also offering a give away. One lucky US voter will win a Cover Cafe mug and some goodies to go with it. The voting is open until December 20th and we hope it adds to your holiday spirit.

My DH, and DS and I headed into Chicago in late November to see the Macy's Holiday windows, the tree in the Macy's Walnut Room restaurant, and we also took in a matinee of "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theater. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.

This year the annual windows were all created using PAPER. It took 35 weeks for the artisans to create everything using 600 yard length sheets of paper in 100 colors.

The theme is "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".
The background music I chose for the video is "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" performed by Kevin MacLeod from

This year's tree in the Walnut Room restaurant was gorgeous! It had running rope lights and MAGIC word ornaments scattered throughout the branches.

The background music I chose for the video is the same. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" performed by Kevin MacLeod from

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dog Days of Summer Update

OMG - It's August and it's been way too long since I updated my personal blog. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months. We've spent most of the time working around the house doing projects that have been on our "to do" list.

It's been an unusual summer either rainy and wet or hot and humid in the Chicago land area. My upside down tomato planters and my petunia planters were swinging in the wind during the summer thunderstorms. One of the tomato plants was severely wind damaged but the other ones survived and the first plum tomatoes ripened this week. I am not a gardener so the fact that they survived the summer under our care is a miracle.

We also took a weekend getaway to Starved Rock State Park. We took a late afternoon cruise on the Illinois River and then had a candlelight dinner in the lodge. It was a really relaxing time!

We took a few photos and of course, the tour included a trolley ride from the lodge to the riverfront. I love paddle boats! They are so cute and it's like stepping back in time with Steve and I cruising along! I also captured the still shots of a flying carp in action on the river via the Flip video my husband shot on the cruise. Enjoy a few of the photos below. See you on the blogs!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Quick Hello!

I'm doing a quick update to say hello and to show everyone what I've been up to the past few months. I had a great Mother's Day weekend. We took a quick day trip to southern Wisconsin and visited the Elegant Farmer (featured on the Food Network's Throw Down program) for one of their apple pies baked in a paper bag. I also purchased 4 Roma tomato plants. I am not one of the talented Blogger gardeners but I love Bruschetta and I'm determined to supply my own Romas this year. I will put them in a patio planter and hope I don't kill them.

I asked for a traditional, wooden picnic table stained redwood for my Mother's Day gift from my dh. We had one when I was a child and I loved that table ...spent many a happy hour playing in our backyard and the table was always part of the fun. My dh thought I was crazy but he did buy me one and he's in the process of staining it this week. Whoo Hoo!

We also had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory....heaven is Louisiana Chicken Pasta and strawberry shortcake.

My son bought me the first season DVD set of Falcon Crest (loved that show), the latest Sade CD and the first three books in Nora Roberts, The Bride Quartet. I'm a happy girl!

The website and contest that I coordinate is sponsoring the annual romance cover contest this month. Visitors can vote in six different categories - Alternative Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Two Image Covers, Series Romance, and our infamous Worst category. There are ten finalists in each category. Stop by Cover Cafe and vote in at least three of the categories even if you are not a romance is fun!

Cover Cafe 2009 Romance Cover Contest

If you do love to read romance check out the feature section for author interviews, poll questions, and behind the scenes articles on creating romance book covers.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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