Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween everyone!! I celebrated a little early this year with Allyson and PT coming into town last weekend it was just too much fun to pass up. After Allyson and I got our full of yarn at Vogue Knitting Live we headed down to Pilsen to dance around to Dj HaHa's jams.

I kept things simple this year. Meowing as I burgle. I was a cat burglar. I was really happy for my warm black vest, hat and pants in this chilly fall weather!

PT joined me as a partner in crime. (tweedle dee and tweedle dum kept us company) 

Ann joined the party with a plus one. 
(a side note, that is a roll of batting, not a baby, don't be alarmed!)

Some of my favorite costumes from the party:

Children's Hospital

Santa gets jiggy with it

Lobster on roller blades. 

We had a blast dancing it up and the best part? We managed to snag the cow boy cab home, all decked out in Halloween decorations.

There was even a candy dish. (someone knows the way to my heart!)

It was  a Halloween miracle. I hope everyone has a safe and fun night!! Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cleveland: Part Three

This is my last post about Cleveland which includes my favorite part of the trip (and any trip let's be honest) , FOOD.

The food in Cleveland was delightful. I was on vacation and I took full advantage of it.

Corky & Lenny's is my grandmothers favorite deli.

and for good reason. Oh, I'm sorry, You DON'T like corned beef in between your latkes?!

Lunch with the Ladies 

When my mom came into town we stopped right at Melt ( a grilled cheese restaurant!!!) after the airport. As a lady who takes her grilled cheese very seriously I was not disappointed.

there's a pierogi in there. A PIEROGI IN MY GRILLED CHEESE.

My aunt Kate originally had a Dobos Torte at her wedding so she found a bakery in Cleveland that makes Dobos Tortes.

I liked their cookie jar collection! 

This tarte was out of this world


On my last day in town we stopped by Tommy's

Grandma has a milk shake

ice cold.

My cousin was kind enough to make us Orange Rolls (a Ubbelohde tradition) our last morning there.
I had such a great time getting out of Chicago for a little bit and spending some time with my family. And that food! All that food! 

I'm not a Dr. Who fan (in fact, I've never seen an episode) But I'll leave you a picture of the TARDIS my 12 year old cousin built with her dad.

Things have been busy here in Chicago and I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend at Vogue Knitting Live so I'll be writing about that as soon as I get my million+ pictures all sorted.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cleveland: Part Two

The main event for my Cleveland visit was my aunt and uncles 25th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. The vow renewal was held at St. Pauls Episcopal Church where my aunt and uncle are not only members but my aunt Kate also works.

The church was beautiful and the ceremony was so lovely. My cousins both participated in it, one by reading, one be leading the choir.

Afterwards we broke out a little champagne and celebrated.

The morning before we re-enacted their wedding morning by visiting Cleveland's West Side Market.
Cleveland's publicly owned Market, it was been operating for 100 years. I went a little photo (and food!) crazy and could have happily spent all day here. 

We started out with buying flowers for the reception. 

but quickly moved on to tastier things. 

I was so overwhelmed by the fresh meats, breads and cheeses. 

If I lived in Cleveland I would definitely be shopping the the West Side Market all the time!! It was so exciting to weave in out of the crowds wondering from booth to booth. 

We picked up some delicious tamales for lunch that day.

The food was (of course) a highlight of my trip but more about that next time!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cleveland: Part One

Last month I was lucky enough to meet my mom (who lives in Minneapolis) in Cleveland to celebrate my Aunt and Uncles 25th wedding anniversary (and vow renewal) and to visit with my grandmother and cousins. I took tons of photos so I'll be breaking them down into a few posts to relive all the magic.
 I got in some great knitting time on the mega bus. 

Downtown Cleveland

Zoe was really excited to have some visitors 

My aunt and I got mani-pedis 

From the bygone era of fancy malls

It was so fun to see all of the old pictures my grandmother has. 

Grandma Mary

My Grandparents on their wedding day
My parents, brother and me. I can't get over how young my parents look!

A terrific way to unwind with family.

Next up, the vow renewal!