Wave Hello to the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

Confession time…my microwave is old.  How old? Even I am not sure but my best guess is 1970s. This has been a workhorse. Defrosting meat, popping corn, and melting butter but recently it has been obvious that I need an update. So looking around I stumbled across an updated workhorse. The new Breville Combi Wave […]

Breeze Through Back To School With The Hover-1 Journey

Back to school has been ramping up for months it seems like, even before the middle of summer.  All of those school supplies were being laid out so you can stock up.  The one thing you forgot though is something to help you carry around all of those supplies. We have been there with the […]

The 2020 Ford Police Interceptor: Protecting Our Police

When I think of police vehicles, I usually picture a sort of beat up sedan.  Something that looks well traveled and deceptively fast.  I always thought, that police had protection built standard into their vehicles.  I have learned that improvements continue to be made.  Ford does it differently by outfitting the 2020 Police Interceptor for […]

A Little Better Sour Barramundi

While I adore all things sushi, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of fish which is weird because I lived on the west coast twice for a collective 14 years. So when Australis The Better Fish Company reached out and asked if I was interested in trying Barramundi, I was on the fence. I’m […]

2019 Ford Titanium Edge: Drive Your Dream SUV

There is one thing I can say about the 2019 Ford Titanium Edge.  It is bigger on the inside.  Honestly, I feel like it is like a Tardis. Generally, I feel like when we drive in a convertible a similar principle applies. You are lower to the ground and feel you are going faster.  However, […]

Strawberry Season Is Open At Eckert’s Farm

We had gone all the way to St. Louis last weekend on the hopes of getting a start on strawberry season! Sadly the weather was really bad and rainy.  Never fear we had someone to take our place to enjoy picking strawberries! With over 1oo years, Eckert’s Farm is celebrating strawberry season by offering you the […]

Virtue Michigan Apple Sticky Buns

Baking + booze + fruit should be the norm because oh my goodness does it go together beautifully. These buns are literally the most caramel apple-y thing I’ve ever tasted. Adding hard cider to both the apples and the caramel really brings the apples to LIFE! As part of my extended Beer Baking project, today we’re going […]

Brick Safari All Summer At Brookfield Zoo

A safari usually takes months to plan in advance! Lucky for you, your entire family can enjoy the Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo! Find all of your favorite animals through a special safari path.  All summer long you can view your favorite zoo animals on a different level.   Brick Safari are all to scale.  From […]

What Could You Do With #OneTankOfGood ?

As you know, food is pretty much my end all be all. I cook from scratch every single day and I adore feeding people. I think everyone should know how to bake a loaf of bread from scratch and not feel intimidated in the kitchen.  So when I was asked what I would do if […]

The Palm Court

Ever wondered about a restaurant that’s been in your town pretty much my entire life, almost 40 years, but for some reason you’ve never been there? For me that’s the Palm Court in Arlington Heights. I’ve spent time in Arlington Heights since birth, as my grandparents moved here in 1960. Now I’m even living in their house […]

Drunken Van Van Mojo Blueberry Cider Bread

Earlier this year I had this random thought pop into my head late on a Friday night….why is no one baking more with hard ciders and beers? I mean beyond quick breads. Ciders and beers have so many flavors now with all the different hops and ingredients brewers use to make their brews. I did […]

First Look For Charity 2019 Preview

I know it’s a new year when the preview for First Look For Charity rolls around. One of the first and my favorite media events happens the second week of January to give people like me a chance to whet our readers appetites for all the goodies that will be available at the Chicago Auto […]