Archive | March, 2011

March Madness!

16 Mar

March Madness has begun! I don’t typically care (this much) about sports, but this is the only time of the year that I can talk smack to my friends and be taken seriously. Naturally I have Notre Dame going all the way with Duke trying their hardest, but not quite cutting it.

Wanna see my [not so] fancy bracket breakdown? This, my friends, is the bracket that probably cost me $25:

Now, just because I’m sure most people don’t have 20/20 vision, here is my bracket broken down into…

EAST:

WEST:

SOUTHWEST:

SOUTHEAST:

Go forth and root for the Irish!

Serendipity Meets Pi

14 Mar

Today I had the option of coming home from work and either 1. Cleaning my apartment, or 2. Making Shepard’s Pie. You guessed it. I cleaned my apartment.

Kidding!

I made Shepard’s Pie. Wanna know why? Because I went to Costco a while back and decided I just had to have the 5lb bag of potatoes and they were about to go bad, but more importantly because today is National Pi Day! Today is March 14th, which is the day that math enthusiasts commemorate the mathematical constant Pi. Traditionally people bake fruit/cream pies on this day, but I’m not really one for dessert pies, so this is my pie of choice.

One of my old roommates used to make this and I never really paid much attention when she did, but I guess it must have stuck a little bit, because I didn’t use a recipe. Here’s what I did:

  • Browned 1.5 lb of ground beef
  • Added 2 cans of vegetable beef canned soup
  • Made mashed potatoes (Ya know, the usual, potatoes, butter and milk)
  • Put the beef and soup into a 13×9 dish, with the mashed potatoes on top
  • Added some shredded brick cheese to the top
  • Baked it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes (I had no clue how hot to set the oven or how long to bake this, I just figured 350 degrees is usually safe and I kept it in there until it was bubbling)
  • Ate an obscene amount of the yummy Irish dish.

So… Voila! Kinda-sorta-almost homemade Shepard’s Pie!

Just because I’m not a fan of dessert pies, doesn’t mean you aren’t. If you’re looking for another reason to bake a pie this would be a good time to celebrate Pi Approximation Day! It’s July 22nd, 7/22 or 22/7. Which, 22 divided by 7 just happens to be the approximation of Pi.

Happy National Pi Day!!

I’d like to introduce you to…

12 Mar

Thomas David!

This little cutie was born February 21, 2011. 10 lb. 4 oz.

Here he is at a tiny 19 days old… probably wondering why his crazy Aunt Sarah is still taking pictures of him.

Welcome to the world, Thomas! We are so happy you’re here!

Milwaukee!

8 Mar

A couple weeks ago Kevin and I decided that since he had President’s Day off from work it would be fun to take a day trip somewhere. When you live in Chicago and ask for suggestions of where to go for a day trip almost everyone says Milwaukee. So, I did a quick Google search to see what we could do, considering it was supposed to be really cold, and came across the 100 things to do during a Milwaukee winter.

Some of them sounded like great ideas…

3. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride Downtown

9. Fondue!

29. Cut down your own Christmas tree

33. Go to Loop, buy yarn and make your own scarf

49. Cover up your toes with warm, wooly footies

66. Tour art galleries and buy something to hang in the living room

Others were… well, here are some of my favorites…

4. Ski on the frozen Milwaukee River (at your own risk)

12. Do donuts in a Pick ‘n Save parking lot

35. Make (naked?) snow angels in the front yard

46. Grow a beard for warmth

76. Whiskey warms you from the inside

90. Insulate your attic

Needless to say, our day did not include almost anything from either list. As soon as we got there it started snowing… and I mean snowing!


After walking around for a while we went to Comet Cafe and had some breakfast for lunch… so so so good! Kevin was really excited about this because he saw it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives recently(ish) and it featured meatloaf wrapped in bacon! After hearing that I just knew we had to go there too. Unfortunately they were still on brunch so they didn’t have it, but we got breakfast stuff and it was good!

Next up was what I was most excited about for the day… the Milwaukee Art Museum. I have a membership to the Art Institute of Chicago so I thought it would be awesome to see how the MAM was different and the same. We ended up spending most of our time in the Modern Art galleries. If you’ve got time and enjoy art, I highly recommend the museum. (The museum is technically behind us in this picture, this piece was just outside the museum)

Once we left the MAM we weren’t too sure what we wanted to do, so we just drove around. We came across a shop that was called the Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This was the best thing that could have happened to us! We were getting tired, but not quite ready for dinner or to head back to Chicago so we went in. They were about 10 minutes away from closing time so we poked around a little bit and then bought some cheese. We couldn’t go to Wisconsin and not buy cheese, that’s just wrong. I got a childhood favorite, Brick cheese and if I’m remembering right Kevin got a Cheddar.

We then got some pizza before hitting the road. We were both tired, but had fantastic day! I’ve heard that Milwaukee has some grrreat festivals in the summer so I’m pretty sure I’ll be back there soon enough.

IKEA

6 Mar

I have such exciting news… I bought a camera! My mom bought me my first digital camera for Christmas 7 years ago and I have loved taking pictures since then. Unfortunately, my latest camera broke and I’ve been without one for over a year. I always planned on getting it fixed, but at some point realized that it was a better choice to just buy a new one since it would cost almost as much to fix it. Erin knows so much more about cameras than I do, so I asked her to come with and help pick one out. After going to a number of stores (and a quick stop for Chinese food) we finally found one that is perfect. I am now the proud owner of an Olympus Stylus-7030!

One of the very best things about living in Chicago is IKEA . Since we were already in Schaumburg camera shopping we decided that it was absolutely necessary to stop in. By “stop in” I actually mean “go in and try not to spend more than I make in a week”. Amazingly, we were both successful! I only bought a 2 pack of small boxes.

One of the biggest challenges about anything from IKEA is putting it together. All of the instructions are pictures so if it gets confusing you just have to put on some good music hope for the best!

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