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how we spent summer, 2011

Marta…went for an inspirational walk on the High Line in NY in June…cooked with 8 friends every night for one week in July on Lake Michigan…spent a week with my husband in Zihuatanejo in August…tequila and sun.

Sandy…spent a week in a small resort on a private beach in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI. We also spent a lot of time at our local Lake Michigan beach—perfect on sweltering summer days.

Ryan…went to work, then went home to put my baby girl to bed…every…day.

Sandra…wore as much white as I possibly could…spent hours on my new front deck with friends, family, neighbors…and did some family history research in Warsaw in preparation for my 87-year-old parent’s first trip to Poland.

Todd…spent it in the backyard with our dogs Rocky and Juliet. We have a wood picnic table that we painted bright red there is lots of candlelight everywhere. We grill fish and maybe corn. When the meal is done, we pull some chairs over to the fire pit and drink beer and tequila until the firewood is gone.

Adam…visited Connecticut and Boston…rented a Fiat 500 for drives there and toured The Phillip Johnson glass house. Visited Traverse City, MI and had a water balloon fight with nieces and nephews…came home to Chicago for Cubs games and Ravinia Music Festival.

Jake…of course had to come back to Chicago to visit friends and go to Market Days—my favorite street festival off all time. I also went to Houston to visit friends and explore the city—the highlight was the Menil Collection which has everything from frescos from the 1300’s to a modern light exhibit by Dan Flavin. It’s a really cool mix of modern and ancient.

Ali…moved into a bigger place and got a baby’s room ready!

Sara…went to my parent’s cabin in the UP of Michigan…chilled out at home in Chicago…went to the Foster St. beach on Lake Michigan…ran every errand on my bike…cooked all kinds of delicious Mexican food at Joyce and Jimmy’s—that is, Jimmy cooked and Joyce and I enjoyed cocktails.

Anna…went car shopping…visited WI and KS…went home for the county fair and to visit friends.

Megan…ate outside at foodtruckfests…went boating on Lake Michigan with friends…brewed beer for my wedding!

Curtis…went to NYC and saw the Alexander McQueen show…and some great works at the MCA in Chicago…discovered a new like—not quite love yet—of running along the lakefront…started taking tennis lessons which I do love.

April…soaked up the salty air and sand dunes in South Carolina with family.


mardi gras, 2011

Happy Fat Tuesday to all.
Eat, drink and be very merry!


happy new year!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, from all of us at CB2.


merry christmas!

To you and yours, warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas, from all of us at CB2.


recipe: shortbread

2 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tblsp coarse, or sparkling, sugar
1/4 tsp salt
optional: icing as desired

Preheat oven to 325°.

Add flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt into a bowl and blend with a mixer on low speed until blended. Increase to medium and mix until dough is no longer crumbly and just comes together.

Use cookie molds or press dough evenly into a pan and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.

In the pan, cut still-warm shortbread into wedges or slices. Let cool, then flip and separate.

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