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Friday
Jul042014

independence day, 2014

photo by: aa7aeHave a very safe and happy 4th of July!

Thursday
Jul042013

independence day, 2013

photo by: aa7aeHave a safe and very happy 4th of July!

Friday
Aug312012

how we spent summer, 2012

Lauren… we spent almost every evening on the deck with family and friends listening to albums and deciding who had to get up to turn the album over—this is a true not-so-Hollywood story.

Anna… in June I had lots of wedding planning to do, in July I got married and honeymooned in Costa Rica—which of course meant lots of thank you notes in August—icing on the cake was exploring a new neighborhood with my new husband!

Ali… my husband and I spent our summer seeing the world through our 11-month old daughter’s eyes as she explores new things… and drinking lots of wine outside after she went to bed!!!

Emily… as a transplanted East Coaster, I made sure to cherish any and all ocean visits—Nantucket, the Outer Banks. Since we’re expecting in January, I’ll try hard not to sleep through our ‘babymoon’ in Belize this week!

Sandra… spent most Sundays with a dear friend hunting for bargain fashions—everywhere from Michigan Avenue to thrift shops in Wicker Park… a viciously hot summer meant very little gardening but lots of refreshing cocktails and no-bake dinners… then I was off to an even more sweltering place to spend precious time with my 88-year old parents.

Sara… chilled out on my new deck with good friends and good beer… went to California for the first time ever to visit a friend, had fun in Santa Monica and Venice Beach… will finally get to the family cabin in Michigan’s U.P. over the Labor Day Weekend.

Rina… sold our condo… moved in with the in-laws… moved into our new house… then spent a relaxing vacation at the beach in Michigan.

Jaime… spent my summer traveling, training for the marathon, and playing with our English Bulldog Georgie!

Sara… most weekends revolved around my kids’ softball and baseball games/tournaments followed by post-game celebrations with friends—win or lose!

Alicia… QT with family and friends out West was amazing! We started in Glacier National Park and worked our way to Jackson Hole—where we rode in a covered wagon, went fly fishing and snapped pics of the giant moose snacking on a tree in our backyard…for a city girl it was crazy good!

Brianna… weekend getaways filled the summer—several trips back home to Minneapolis, cabins, a few to California, and finishing with a trip to Knoxville. In between, time in the city was complete with good friends, eating good food and drinking good beer. Nothing can top that!

Kate… my husband and I worked on the curb appeal of our house—painted the garage, built a fence and window boxes, laid some sod—now we’re building a native plant garden that attracts indigenous butterflies and soon we’ll enjoy drinks by a new sunken fire pit!

Megan… most of the summer was spent on the deck with our dog, listening to music, watching movies late at night and drinking delicious home-brewed beer on our new havana sectional—not a plug, I seriously just bought it and love it! Sailing lessons will get squeezed into the last days of good weather and we can’t wait!

Lauren… my favorite part was one beautiful week on a houseboat in Kentucky with my family. We drank as many new craft beers as we could find and made up delicious burger recipes—gouda cheeseburgers with arugula were the best!

Joe… rocking in my band The Bright White around Chicago and Nashville.

Ryan… we spent most weekends taking our daughter to the beach in Michigan. This was especially great because she’s learning to walk on the sand for the first time—it’s one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life so far. Could not have had a better summer.

Wednesday
Aug222012

the food truck cookbook

It’s not everyday we celebrate a cookbook—but the truck food cookbook is unique and it’s just in time for the dog days of summer.

One of the most fascinating culinary and urban trends, food trucks offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their passions and customers to sample small bites, usually for a small price.

The collection of 150 recipes—along with menu items from food trucks around the country, special tips and techniques—also includes full-color photographs that capture the fun and whimsy of a new type of al fresco dining.

Tuesday
Jul032012

summer party hints

sandra first, summer parties are usually casual and outdoors with plenty of room—so invite everyone! I have a neon ‘open’ sign that goes on the front deck so neighbors can take a break from their evening walk. Second, make guests feel welcome with icy cocktails, light small bites, comfortable chairs and lively conversation.
ashley retro cocktails and Bingo!
joyce micheladas: if you like beer and spicy food, it’s the best drink ever.  Tecate, Lime, Valencia hot sauce, a dash of Jugo Maggi (Mexican soy sauce) and salt on the rim and you’re good to go.
lauren grill—that is, someone grilling.  I’m not a cook, nor do I pretend to be, so I love when people offer to grill.  That smell is so intoxicating; nothing says summer like burning charcoal.  Some grilled shrimp and carne asada go great with lighter, juicy drinks.
sara music, music, music—I love making a mix specific to a party. When I go back and listen to it I can think of the good times that day. Always make sure to make room for an impromptu dance party. Roll up your rugs, put your breakables away and let the good times roll!
megan it’s gotta be outdoors—on a deck, at the beach or a park—to take advantage of the amazing but brief Chicago summers. Nothing’s better than having a cold one with friends outside in the summer—day or night.
april easy breezy is what it’s all about—fill one side of the kitchen sink with ice and use it as a bottle chiller and prep a small table as a bar so guests can serve themselves.
anna a lake and a floating raft… with beer tethered in the cool water…and we’re good for the day!