Archive for October, 2009

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Looks like we are officially ready for cold, snowy, wintery weather…which, in WI, could arrive any day now…

In my attempts to find some “reasonably priced” footwear to go along with S’s snowsuit, I feel like I sort of gave up.  Oh, I did make a valiant effort, but after my search of about three places was leading me nowhere, I finally caved and bought her these from zappos.com  (I guess I can feel a little better that it was free shipping).  At least they are super easy to put on (which is a must with a squirmy toddler) and they seem pretty warm, plus they arrived super fast when they upgraded my shipping service for free! I’m just happy to have this checked off my list.  Bring on the snow!

Playing in the shipping box…

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Here she is saying “boots” (until I can figure out how to upload my videos, you will have to make do with still frames…sorry!)

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(and for all of you highly observant blog readers…wait, are there ANY blog readers??…yes, S’s boots arrived shortly after the Starbucks coffee drinking…which is why she is wearing the same outfit)

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Fun @ the Park

Since I spent my Saturday taking the dreadful National Counselor Exam (not fun, let me tell you!  And the worst part is that now I have to wait EIGHT WEEKS until I find out if I passed or not…oh, the torture!), I wanted to get outside and spend some time with S. It was so nice that J was able to join us because then I could focus on taking a few photos instead of having to keep my eye on Miss S the whole time. 

S has been rarin’ to get out to the park that is across the street from our house. I think she was going a little stir crazy in the house because she kept pointing out the window and saying “ark, ark!” all day long.  Although it was a beautiful sunny day, it was a bit windy, and so as to not provoke the nasty ear-infection gods, I made sure S donned her trusty helmet-hat.

She’s come a long way since her first trip to the park (and so has mommy!).  Now she fearlessly climbs the stairs and even goes down the slide by herself (of course mommy is always close by…just incase!) Here she is enjoying her time at the “ark”…

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Playing in the sand…er…rocks.

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Little S is 15.9 months old…slow down baby!

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Yesterday I took S to the doctor for her 15 month well-check.  I’m happy to report that S is doing great, now weighs 23.5 lbs. and has met all the requirements of being a healthy 15 month old.  As the nurse was going through the checklist of “normal” 15 month old development, she would say things like, “Does she use 5-6 words?” Yes. “Has she started to throw minor temper tantrums?” Yes.  “Does she engage in ‘mimic play’, like pretending to talk on the phone, etc.?” Yes.  Now, I’ve seen Miss S pretend to talk on my cell phone when she gets ahold of it, and a few times has actually completed some phone calls before I could stop them from going through (seems the little lady has the gift of gab!)…(sorry Amy and Aaron!), but I didn’t really give the nurse’s last comment much thought until today.  Upon our return from a quick trip to the store, sneaky little S decided that mommy’s white cup with the pretty green mermaid that was sitting on the table would be a GREAT thing to play with (luckily it was empty).  I found it amusing until she actually started to pretend to DRINK from the cup.  Seems she’s seen this behavior before, perhaps?  Certainly not from her mommy. Not even possible. Nope! Must have been someone else she saw sipping the ol’ Starbucks goodness from a cup.  I mean, I only induldge in the occasional um, ok, once in awhile , errr, OK! every darn time I drive past the nearest Starbucks with a drive-thru… beverage! Guess I better start saving up for all those hot chocolates she’ll be drinking in a few years…

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Hey, Barista!  Give me another!

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This dessert was too good not to share.  I found the recipe on allrecipes.com.  I used MacIntosh apples (about 8 apples) and sprinkled the apple layer with cinnamon before putting on the topping.  Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream!  Enjoy!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly.
  3. Take half of the mixture and pat it into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. Cover crumb mixture with apple slices, then sprinkle apple slices with remaining crumb mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender.

We gobbled it up so fast, I forgot to take a picture.  The above photo is not mine, I found it on google.

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Happy Fall!

We put up our outdoor fall display yesterday. I was excited to put it up this year since we took a hiatus last year on outside fall decorating due to our  3 month old baby keeping us a wee bit occupied.  We’ve been using this display for a few years now.  J made the back fence part and the mums and scarecrow are courtesy of my mom.  I love that we can use it for the whole fall season.  It usually comes down the same weekend we start decorating outside for Christmas!

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It was a perfect fall weather weekend.  After decorating outside, I was in the mood to make something fall-ish, so I made apple crisp.  J and I enjoyed it last night while watching our Netflix rental, Defiance, with Daniel Craig.  YUM! (um, the apple crisp, I mean…;))

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J and I had a date night last Saturday and tried a new-to-us restaurant on Lake Monona, Sardine.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect about this place since I never hear people talk about it as one of the Madison “hot spots” for restaurants, but the menu sure looked enticing. (Although you’d think it would be on everyone’s list considering how packed it was…I’m glad we made a reservation!)  The restaurant has an open, bistro-style atmosphere with a bar as you enter and tables in the back.  There are a few small tables along the waterfront, but the main dining area is in the back, away from the water. We got to the restaurant a half hour before our reservation, so we sat at the bar and had a drink. (and lucky for you, we brought our camera along this time!)

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We each had one of these. They were yummy.

Once seated at our table we ordered an hors d’oeuvre ( Charcuterie plate soprasetta, prosciutto, saucisson, duck liver mousse, crostini and cornichons) and a bottle of the house red.  The charcuterie plate was fabulous (although they were very skimpy with the crostini…only 4 arrived on our plate with an abundance of meats and spreads) and I was surprised that I liked the duck liver mousse so much.

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Our salads were scrumptious.  It wasn’t a regular salad on the menu, it was one of the specials our waitress mentioned.  It had roasted beets of various colors and a crostini with goat cheese. 

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Next up…our entrees.  I had the sole (Pan-seared sole, sauté of new potatoes, summer squash, bacon lardons and wilted spinach) and J had the salmon (Grilled salmon over French lentils with sautéed spinach, portobello mushroom, tomato and beurre blanc).  Both were very good, although I felt like they weren’t spectacular.  After a great lead-up with the hours d’oeuvre and salad, we were slightly disappointed with the entrees. 

Any blah-ness we felt about our entrees quickly vanished when we looked at the dessert menu. We each ordered an espresso, I got the creme brulee and J got a chocolate ganache cake. 

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We were surprised when our espressos arrived without our desserts, and wanting to savor the two together, we waited a bit before downing the hot cup of deliciousness before us.  After about 5 minutes and still no sign of dessert, we decided to go ahead and drink the espresso before it got too cold.  Once our desserts arrived (finally!) we each ordered another espresso, you know, to go with our desserts.  Kind of irritating, but we didn’t put up a fuss.  My creme brulee was fantastic, rich and creamy…yummy!  I didn’t taste J’s chocolate wedge, but it looked devine. 

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Well, there you have it folks, another restaurant down in our quest to eat our way through Madison.  I give Sardine 4 out of 5 wine bottles.

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