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Deep Dishes in Chicago

  It is a good thing that we walked so much on this vacation because I ate so much!  Chicago has no shortage of good eats from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to desserts and wine. Here are a few suggestions from the places we visited on this trip. Ice cream and more:   Firecakes Donuts-… Continue reading Deep Dishes in Chicago

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A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

Hello and happy 3.14. In honor of National Pi Day, here’s a recipe for a Hawaiian-inspired treat, macadamia nut pie. Enjoy! 1 cup dark corn syrup 2/3 cup corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 jar (6.5-8 ounces) macadamia nuts 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 9” pie crust, unbaked  coconut pressed… Continue reading A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

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A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

If you’re where I am this year, then you’ve only got gifts for half the folks on your list, and are currently in a cold sweat dreading a trip to the local mall. Never fear, here are some gift ideas that avoid the mall. Though you still may get into a fight over a parking… Continue reading A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

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A Day in LeClaire, Iowa

Our last day in Iowa was spent in the town of LeClaire, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. What brought us there was the husband’s wish to check out Antique Archeology from History Channel’s “American Pickers.” We found so much more. We did indeed head to Antique Archeology, joining the many visitors at… Continue reading A Day in LeClaire, Iowa

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Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

As the kids get older more of our summer vacations are spent apart, having our own adventures, with us eventually coming together again. This summer I counted 18 days that we spent all together as a family between school letting out and starting again, with the majority of those being the week before school started.… Continue reading Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois