Saturday, June 29, 2013

Something Saturday (3)

Top 5 Posts of the week

 4th of July Toes

Camping Adventures

The Pioneer Woman's Marmalade Muffins

Safari Hunt

Hubby's Smoked Cabbage

Recipes made from the Blog this week

I made a variation of this, otherwise, this week has been hectic so we haven't made much...
Fake-out Lasagna

Instagram Lately

So I upgraded to the new operating system for the iPhone and have been having troubles with Instagram :(.  Still follow me, but that makes sense hopefully why few photos for those who do :)

Weeks Happenings

++We started taking Scuba classes to become certified
++Tbug, hubby and I went to Branson for a fun trip - White Water, The Showboat Branson Belle & a few other fun things
++Zebragirl stayed the night with Tbug
++Tonight is our annual 4th of July Party!!
++My Father in Law has been a huge help in getting our house ready for the party

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Gino's East - Chicago IL

So once upon a time there was this girl who visited Chicago.  The year was 2006.  It was her first trip to Chicago as well.

She was accompanied by her auntie and her mom.

Her mom had been to Chicago many times for work so it was perfect, other than the weather in March, but that's besides the point.  They all decided to go to lunch and her mom suggested this wonderful restaurant where not only do they serve Chicago Style Pizza but they also have awesome decor.

Jump forward a few years and that same girl was watching the Travel Channel's New York vs Chicago Style pizza, and this pizza joint just so happened to be featured.

By the way... this restaurant was started by 2 taxi cab drivers and a friend who were frustrated with local traffic.  On the Travel Channel they said that one day every year (I don't remember the date) they have a special Taxi Cab Driver's day where they get special treatment.  Pretty sweet huh?

So anyway, when this girl and her husband went to Chicago for their honeymoon, she was going to take him to this pizzeria, however he wound them up in Lincoln Park instead, so he missed out on this wonderful restaurant.

Then a few years after that, her mom went to Chicago again for work and sent her pictures just to make her jealous.

I must admit, being a girl from SW MO, who has ever heard of Valet parking for a pizza joint?  That's pretty awesome!

Now if you're more the New York style pizza, don't worry, they have that as well.  Do you know the difference?  New York style pizza is large and on thin crust so you can fold it over, eat like a sandwich on the run.  Chicago style pizza was invented to be eaten with a knife and fork, therefore it's deep dish and takes a bit longer to actually cook.  Now you can win a trivia game with that knowledge!

The coolness (is that a word??) about this place is all the graffiti on the walls.  Now, I must tell you that mom said they were moving to a new location just a few weeks after she ate there, but they plan on keeping the decor the exact same... aka graffiti up the walls, it's welcome!

While mom was there, she went for the thin crust.  She chose my pizza of choice: Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon and Mushroom.

Don't worry though, the table next to her ordered the Chicago Style deep dish and she took a photo of their pizza, with their permission of course :).

So if you want a yummy restaurant with fabulous decor where you are encouraged to graffiti the walls, please by all means go there.  I doubt you'll be disappointed, but if you are, don't yell at me :).

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our trip to the vet

Poor little Rio hasn't been feeling well. I called the vet and they got her in Wednesday. Tbug and I loaded her up and took her to see Dr. Kasie

Getting her loaded was a real treat... Marlie loaded up when normally she won't and somewhere between loading Rio and unloading Marlie my leg took a hit.

Rio has never been to the vet but she never once threw a fit, even when we placed her on the table or when Dr. Kasie took her temp or when Dr. Kasie took skin samples.  I swear this is the sweetest dog ever.

She finally got tired of standing and laid down on the table. I picked her up and carried her to the scales. She weighs a whoppin 55.5lbs.

It was determined she has Mange. Dr. Kasie said that there are 2 types: hard to treat but non contagious or easy to treat but contagious. We have the easy contagious type so were treating all of the pooches.

When we went back into the exam room a kitty came in to greet us. Rio has never seen a cat that I know of. Kitty started rubbing up against Rio and  she got a deer in the headlights look, like what is this? Should I protect you?!?!

Then the kitty jumped on my lap so Rio decided it must be okay and laid down.

And that is our trip to the Vet. Rio is acting much better. Lets hope it keeps progressing that direction!!

Beaver Dam

At the end of the day we were all exhausted and hungry.  Dinner was was Chicken salad on Croissants, Chips, Pasta Salad, Corn Bean Salsa and Peach Cobbler for dessert.

Pete even thought he should get in on that.

D the Man might have even slipped him a bite or two... er...  I mean he kept saying Pete don't eat that and when he'd look back it was gone... lol

My feet were topics of many conversations over the weekend, but the dirty look I swear is tan lines, not dirt.  That's what I get for wearing my Keen's all the time.

After I fell asleep sitting at dinner they woke me up and 10 of us piled into 2 vehicles and took off to the Dam.  The cute thing though was TB and Moo actually thought it was a Beaver Dam being at Beaver Lake.  I love kids!!  Once we got down to the Dam, we went to the bottom side.  The water on the bottom side comes from the bottom of the lake, therefore it is way colder.    Once you dropped down a bit, the air temperature even  dropped.  It was crazy.

Because of the air temperature difference, you even see fog sitting over the water.

Hubby and I have this thing about having our photo taken in front of dam's we visit.

You can tell the lake was up from this photo.  That's a good thing!

We missed Sunset by a few minutes, but the sky was gorgeous.

And that was the end of our Saturday night.

Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cooking with the Pioneer Woman

So today makes the end of my 101 in 1001 project.  One of the items was to make all the recipes out of the Pioneer Woman's First Cookbook.  I failed... but I managed to make 29 out of 64.  Oooooo that's a failing grade... 45.3%.  Fun right? haha.  This was fun though!

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
Pico De Gallo
PW's Potato Skins
Katie's Roasted Corn Salad 4.29.12
Hot Artichoke Dip - 12/17/10

In the Morning

Cinnamon Rolls - 10/3/10
Iny's Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing
Buttermilk Biscuits - 10/30/10
Egg-in-the-Hole - 10.1.11
Basic Breakfast Potatoes
PW Breakfast Burritos 3.29.12

Breakfast Bowls
Marmalade Muffins 2/13/11
French Breakfast Puffs
Maple Pecan Scones - 8/13/11
Huevos Hyacinth
Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes - 10/15/10

Dinner (Translation: Lunch)

Simple, Perfect Chili - 12/21/10
Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich
Onion Strings
Spicy Pulled Pork 4.16.12
Macaroni and Cheese 9/12/11
Beans and Cornbread
Sherried Tomato Soup
Pizza Crust
Potato-Leek Pizza
Tomato-Basil Pizza
Cowboy Calzone

Sunday Dinner
Perfect Pot Roast
Chicken Pot Pie
Perfect Pie Crust
Chicken Spaghetti - October 25, 2010

Supper (Translation: Dinner)

Chicken Fried Steak - Oct 3, 2011
Fried Cube Steak
PW's Creamy Mashed Potatoes - Oct 3, 2011
Meatloaf - October 3, 2010
Twice-Baked Potatoes - 8/17/12
Fried Chicken
Braised Beef Brisket
Cheese Grits
Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce 11/1/10
Homemade Ranch with Iceberg Wedge 11/4/10
Comfort Meatballs 2/4/12
Simple, Perfect Enchiladas 9/24/11
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Lasagna - 10/16/10
Penne Alla Betsy 3.22.11

Cowgirl Dinner Party
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Burgundy Mushrooms
Creamy Rosemary Potatoes
Olive Cheese Bread
Creme Brulee

Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler 2/12/12
Flat Apple Pie
Chocolate Sheet Cake - 1/12/11
Mocha Brownies - 6-9-2013
Oatmeal Crispies - October 3, 2010
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (In an Iron Skillet)
Peach Crisp with Maple Cream sauce
Red Velvet Cake 2/13/11
Angel Sugar Cookies

Safari Hunt

Ever been on a Safari hunt?  I haven't, but I really want to, especially this type.  Read and find out!

The morning began with certifying a scuba diver.  D the Man worked with him and he was certified.  Then he was qualified for the Safari hunt.

The Safari hunt didn't actually start until 1pm, however some of the divers were getting in the water earlier in the morning, partially because they wanted too and partially to see if they could scope out where the animals were.  However all divers were called out of the waters at noon, Grady and D the man went down to hide the animals and John went down to create a diversion.

AL & JT wanted to take Zebra girl out and do a refresher course with her just to make sure she remembered everything since it had been a while since she had scuba dived.  Hubby volunteered to help her carry her tank down the steep hill.

And trust me, if anything was needed at the lake, it was the sunscreen!

Moo grabbed Waldy's wet suit and "suited up" so she'd fit in with the rest of the crowd.

Here is the collection of Safari animals that the diver's were hunting for.  Each animal had a number.  That is how they decided who would win what prize.

JT was playing with Leo (sometime I should tell you his whole name, but someone will have to tell it to me again and again so I can get it typed out.  Yup, it's that long).  We found out Leo doesn't like the water so much.  He also doesn't like being ignored and if Dani is anywhere within sight, Leo wants his momma.  (Dani is a human momma)

At 1pm, everyone entered the water and here they go.

While the adults were out on their Safari hunt, the kids were having a ring hunt of their own.  Earl went around dropping rings for the kids to find.  I was volunteered to take photos of the hunt.

Once each kid got their ring they won a prize.  The prizes ranged from a fishing game to water guns to goggles and I'm sure there were other things as well.

Each kid had a ring waiting for them and each kiddo was entitled to one ring.

A great hat for the occasion.

Once the divers headed out, hubby went to grilling the hot dogs.  Lunch was provided for everyone involved.

Lunch consisted of Hot dogs with mustard, ketchup &/or relish, chips and cookies for dessert, plus there was lots of bottled water.


And sadly there were even a couple party fowls.

ZebraGirl was on the hunt and she got a prized animal.

Because she got her animal, she actually wound up with this nice water camera that will go 200 feet under water.  I kept telling her that she won it for me for my birthday but silly girl wouldn't buy it.

Extreme Sports Scuba is also involved with Kayak's so they brought their Kayak's down for us all to try.  Let me tell you how much fun this was!

I'm pretty sure that TB is planning on saving his money up to buy his own.  Then we'll all just steal it :)... but shhhhh don't tell him... lol

Now Diver Girl has a Diveyak which is actually used by Diver's to go out into the middle of the lake to dive.  It's also known to us as the "babysitter".  Here Earl and AL took it out.

JT wound up taking my underwater camera down to get pictures of what we'd be seeing if we were certified to scuba dive.  In this particular cove there are four boats, some statues, 2-3 gardens that Diver Girl and AL have planted, a boat dock and many other things.  When they find old things (don't ask me how, I didn't ask) they sink them so that they have things to check out while underwater.  Oh and let's not forget the fish.  I guess you can take hotdogs down with you and actually feed the fish out of your hands.... how nuts is that?

There were a few animals that weren't found during the 45 minutes of the Safari Hunt and when JT went down, he actually found one of the lions.  They named the Lion Leo, just like the dog.  I told them I was a Leo, as in my zodiac sign.

Poor Leo the dog, Dani took him out on the Kayak with her.  Leo wasn't really enjoying it much....

Especially when they'd dump him in the water and let him swim.  I think they said he's about 12 weeks old.... something like that.  He really wanted to be with Momma but at times, JT was closer so he'd climb up on top of his shoulders.

At the end of a hard day, we had a few tired little ones.  This cutie here actually fell asleep in her chair eating chips.  Her mom told me that at one point she even had the chip still in her hand.  I didn't get to see that though, but I'll bet it was sure darn cute!

Zebra Girl really wanted one of these animals (I forget which one) and her grandma bartered for it.  Plus she has the one she won and the one her daddy found later.  It's her whole collection.

They also had a drawing.  Hubby won a hat and I won a mask strap.  My mask strap is pink which you absolutely can not tell in this photo.

And that, is only part of our Saturday..... Stay tuned for the rest of it!

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