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Saturday Morning

A raining but nice Saturday morning we started off at the Green City Market. The celosia were gorgeous and I’m planning on making stuffed peppers with red/green peppers tomorrow. It’s the best time to eat, late summer early fall. So much in season and so many new recipes to try!

We absolutely love our Saturday routine of Green City then lunch. I’m glad we are getting back into a regular schedule as newlyweds!

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Cheddar Olives

This one is for a dear co-worker and friend. I brought these Cheddar Olives to her Halloween bash and they were a huge hit. I’d recommend making these as a great app to kick of Thursday’s full-on eating festivities. Easy, tasty and a true crowd pleaser.

Cheddar Olives

Adapted from Bob’s Cheese Olives

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1 stick of butter, melted

14 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tsp salt (I used a touch less because of the salted butter and cheese)

1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Tabasco (I used a little more)

1 large jar pimento-stuffed spanish olives (I’d love to try with blue cheese)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all ingredients, minus olives in a large bowl and mix well. Kneed until it’s a uniform consistency, mine was very crumbly at first but came together with some elbow grease.  Drain olives and lay over paper towels  to dry out.

Pinch off a small amount of dough, maybe 1 1/2 tsp. Form into a small round, place an olive in the center then pinch sides together to cover the olive. Roll around in hands to form a nice ball.

Continue to roll until you are out of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart (they expand in the oven). Bake until golden 17-22 mins.

Serve warm or room temperature.

 

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Remembering

Today as we remember Maddie, I can’t help but be thankful for the two little girls in my life who bring me more joy than I could have ever imagined.

nora

claire

My thoughts and prayers are with you Heather, Mike and Binky.

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Still here

Feel like I’m finally getting back on track. The past two and a half months have been absolutely nuts. So I’m not ignoring you little blog, just need to get back in the swing of things.

Found those letters today and love them – can’t wait until they get to Z!

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Sisters

Do you remember that show Sisters from the early ’90’s?

I tweeted about it a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe how many people remembered it! Everyone use to watch it with their mom, cry and were puzzled as to why all the girls had boy names,  Frankie, Alex, Teddy and Georgie.

The Spohn girls don’t cause as much drama as the four of them but we definitely keep Dave and Kath on their toes! Al and Dre just started their junior year at Northwood and after a great summer together (minus Dre finding lizards in her FL apt) I miss them.

sisters

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We tried to channel our inner J Crew model but that didn’t happen, I can’t keep a straight face to save my life.

The fabulous Allie offered to take engagement pictures of Bryan and I and we jumped at the offer! She is so amazingly talented and has a great eye for beautiful pictures. I was a terrible subject, laughing when I need to be serious and talking when I was suppose to be silent but in the end we got a bunch of awesome pictures.

Thank you Allie, these are priceless.

city

sand

lake

bench

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The cousins

emilyandjon

“The cousins are coming this weekend!”

That is what they use to refer to me and the twins by, “The Cousins,” as if we were their only cousins (they have four others besides us).

Emily turned 16 two weeks ago (I remember when she was born – tear) and Jonathan being the excellent brother he is got her a trip to Chicago! We’ve been dying to have them out so Bry and I are really excited and hope to give them the full Chicago experience. We’re kicking off the weekend with Gioradono’s deep dish then heading to the south side for a Sox game (Cubbies aren’t in town, bummer). Saturday starts with a fun  engagement session with the fabulous Allie then we’re in full tourist mode.  Zoo, Portilos, Boat Tour, Bean, Hugo’s Frog Bar and ending the night at the Blue Man group. Sunday we’re “brunching” then their back on a plane to Westport. I think I’ve planned enough to give them a good first visit to the Windy City!

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