Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday


FINALLY went to see this movie with THIS GIRL and it did NOT disappoint.  The set, the cast (um, Theo James as Four?  SWOON)-- all perfect.  It's been so long since I read this book, it's hard for me to do a true comparison, but I noticed a few changes.  Nothing that changed the story line though and it still worked.

Easter clothes-- maybe it's a Southern thing, but even as a kid, I would get new dress clothes--particularly shoes-- in my Easter basket every year.   And one I have continued with my own kids. 


President of the "I Love/Hate Jillian" club-- what is it about this woman that keeps me coming back? Oh yeah,  she's effective at kicking my ass.  


All of Me-- this song by John Legend gets me all weepy every time I hear it.  I made Joe dance with me at the wedding we were in last month and whenever it's on the radio, I turn it up and sing like I actually have talent. 


Book Club-- I love my little book club.  We just finished Lovely Bones, which I know many have already read because it's been out awhile and had an amazing movie.   It was still on all of our to-read lists and now I can't wait to discuss it with the group.

Now excuse me while I go have a chat with the Easter Bunny and make sure he has enough goodies for Sunday. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Turning 15 isn't necessarily a milestone birthday.  It's not one that is often celebrated as one of the BIG ones.  But to me?  Every year I get to celebrate being your mother is special.  

I'm not sure if I will be able to express how much I love you.  

Even when you're driving me crazy

Pushing me to my very limits

And making me question everything I ever thought I knew about parenting.  

your actual Birth Day

Because even in those moments you are my little boy.  

And every day you surprise me with just how amazing you are.  

I love you to the moon and back and deeper than the ocean.  

I hope your birthday is one of the happiest.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drug Through The Garden

Spending every summer of my childhood in the Windy City, I learned there was truly only one way to eat a hot dog.   Even now I realize there are two types of people in this world- those who use ketchup and the ones who do it right.    I refuse to even allow my kids to use the red condiment on their hot dogs.  Blech.   

When a favorite family member spent some time in Chicago recently, I told her she needed to eat  a Chicago Style dog for me.  And yes, I know Sonic now sells them and while they're pretty good, it's JUST.NOT.THE.SAME.  Gimme a Street Vendor version any day.    That family member?  Did as she was asked and even sent me a picture of her hot dog in the airport.   But then she took it a step further and cemented her place in my heart.  

She found out that the Vienna Beef company will send you a refrigerated care package of most of the fixings.  It had everything we needed except for the onion, tomato and pickle spears.  
When I opened my box, I was one happy girl.  

it was shipped in its own cooler and then boxed.  How cute! 

All the fixins' 

Yes, those are poppy seed buns.  We don't have those in the South and my mouth was practically drooling at the sight. 

For dinner Thursday night, I got to enjoy one of my absolute favorite meals.   It reminds me of childhood and summer.  Plus, they taste simply delicious.

In case you don't know how to prepare a proper Chicago Style dog-- here you go.

You start with the poppy seed bun

Next up comes a grilled all beef hot dog

And only mustard  is allowed.  No mayonnaise or ketchup.  That's just sacrilegious to even think about.

Now the fun part and the reason it's said to be "Drug through the Garden."  You add almost every veggie you can think of.
Onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, Chicago relish (it tastes the same but looks WAY greener than the regular stuff), a pickle spear and a sprinkling of celery salt.

And then you bite in and enjoy!

**This is not a sponsored post.  Vienna Beef has no idea who I even am.  I just really enjoy a properly made hot dog and loved my gift from my aunt.