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My weekend

This weekend was a much needed visit with friends, evening with good music and topped off with a great meal at the end.

On Saturday Justin and I headed to Carol Stream, a suburb in Illinois to visit our good friends Susie, Erik and their daughter (our goddaughter) Jannah.

Here Jannah is showing Justin how to push her baby doll around in the doll stroller.  I think he got the hang of it!

Susie and I took the day and went out for some “girl time”.  Had lunch at Olive Garden and went to the mall to just hang out, talk and window shop.  After that we headed over to Barnes & Noble where I sat and drooled over the books I couldn’t get!  While we were out, Justin, Erik and Jannah had some time together.  I’m not sure what they all did, but I know they did go to a dog sled race.  Here’s Jannah meeting one of the dogs, who was also up for adoption.

I love huskies!  I’m so glad I wasn’t there, trying to convince Justin we could do 3 dogs, because I know we couldn’t!  When Susie and I got home, we got to work on dinner.  We had homemade calzones.  Very yummy!  Here’s Erik getting the dough ready.

Dinner was awesome.  After a bit, it was time for Miss Jannah to go to bed.  The grown ups stayed up and played a game of Settlers of Catan (one of my favorite games).  I won, actually I think I beat everyone pretty soundly and quickly.  The game took less than an hour, which is very rare with that game!

Our night wasn’t over yet though!  We said our goodbyes and jumped in the car to head to the Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago.  The best blueirishfolkgrass band in Chicago was playing there that night, One of the Girls!!

The beer was a flowin’ and the tunes were rockin’.  It was great to be out with friends, listening to music and just relaxing!  Justin had to head to home early because he had to work in the morning, so I stayed late and then crashed at my friend Abbey’s place.  I’m glad I decided to stay longer, because I really did have a great time, and I needed that kind of an evening.

This is the Obsquatch.  He plays the upright bass in the band.

Here is most of the band: Obsquatch, Tom, Tripp and Sean.  There is one person missing, Mike D the accordian player.  Where is he you may ask??

Yup, that’s right – he’s dancing on the bar, like ya do.

Here are a few shots of the crew having a great time and listening to some great music:

I think he had just said something mean to me…

Trish enjoys the gig…

Me, Sarah, Abbey and Evy.

The next day was V-day.  I spent most of the day at Abbey’s while Justin was at church working.  When he was done he came and picked me up.  We went to Whole Foods because he wanted to make me a special dinner that night.  It was AMAZING!  Scallops (my favorite), lamb and rainbow chard.  It was so so yummy, and beautiful, too!

Malcolm and Inara even got to enjoy the meal.  We gave them each one of the lamb bones after dinner was over.

Inara was VERY HAPPY with her little treat!

Malcolm was a bit, um, demonic with his bone…


February 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment


This post will come to you in two parts…that is, I’m anticipating that it’ll be really long, so I’m going to make it into 2 posts instead of one.  This first one will be recapping the Christmas season, and the one to follow will be New Year’s celebration.

Our Christmas got started with a trip to Springfield, IL on the weekend of the 13th to celebrate with Justin’s side of the family.  That side has recently grown when his brother got married.  I now have a new sister-in-law, Jen and a new nephew, Logan.  Also we found out last week that their family will be growing again with a new baby in about 8 months or so (congrats guys)!


Here is a shot of the gifts before we all tore into them…as you can see, Malcolm just can’t stay out of the shot when I’m trying to take pictures, but of course when I’m trying to take pictures of him, he turns his head, or shuts his eyes or walks away!


And it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the obligatory foot shot…we even got Malcolm in on this one!


Jen, Josh and Logan preparing to open gifts.  They got me a Border’s gift card (awesome!) and we got them a scrapbook of their wedding pictures, thanks to Creative Memories!


Malcolm really enjoyed his new chew toy from GrandmaT…Logan had a great time playing with Mal…wore the poor little guy out (Malcolm, not Logan).  When we got home from the weekend, Malcolm didn’t move for 2 days except to eat and go potty…



Everyone was very happy with all their new stuff, as you can see above!  Justin got the “head to tails” cookbook (great, now I have to EAT that stuff!) and Logan got a lot of fun new toys, including this gi-normous Bionicle and some Star Wars Transformers that he and I had a great time playing with all weekend.  I got a new iron for sewing, gift cards to my favorite places and a lot of other great stuff.


That night the Thornburgh contingent came over for dinner and a few more gifts.  In this picture you can see cousin Kathleen, Grandma Thornburgh and Uncle Paul.  Our good friends Sally & Larry and their 3 little ones also came over to eat and be merry.  There was lots of good food and good conversation.  It’s great to go to Springfield and spend time with the Thornburgh clan!

We headed back that Monday to go back to the real world for a few days.  ON the 20th my friend Abbey and I went to Dave & Busters to eat and play games.  It was a great time and we each built up over 1,000 tickets!  We decided to hold on to them and save up for a good prize instead of getting lots of little crappy ones.  Our favorite game: by far it was the “Flaming Fingers”…I know, it sounds really bad.  Basically it’s a touch screen game and you have to make it through the maze before time runs out.  We must have played that game at least 30 times each.  It’s only about 2 tokens to play, and even if you don’t get through the whole maze you get 20 or more tickets each time.  I made it through once and 140 tickets!  Here’s a shot of Abbey making her way through the Flaming Finger maze (notice the cup full of overflowing tickets, that’s Abbey’s):


I had fun decorating my house for Christmas this year.  Got the decorations up early even – first Saturday of December!  Much improved from last year when I didn’t get stuff up until 2 or 3 days before with left for Christmas travels!  Here’s a few shots of our tree and mantle this year:



We left for our Minnesota trip to visit my family for Christmas early on Christmas Eve.  I was nervous we wouldn’t make it out, because we’d been having bad weather the past few days, the airports were cancelling flights, etc…but we made it out and only got slowed up for a bit of traffic in Wisconsin Dells.  That traffic however was due to 5 cars that were off the road in about a 1 mile strech, including a semi that was flipped completly on it’s side!  I really hope everyone was okay – the only person I didn’t see was the semi driver, everyone else was still in their cars, so it must have just happened before we passed it.

We made it to my parents house in the mid-afternoon.  Mom had the tree set up and all the gifts under it (except of course the ones from Santa – he didn’t come until that night, sillys).


Mom and my sister Robbin went to Christmas eve service at my home church that afternoon, and then Justin, Robbin and I went to the candle light service that night, as is tradition for me.

The next moring we all got up to open presents and stockings!  My sister, brother-in-law and 2 nieces traveled up from Postville,  IA to open with us.  Malcolm and Shadow especially enjoyed opening their gifts:



Malcolm gave Shadow a pig snout (which she devoured in about 2 minutes) and we gave Malcolm a squeaky plushie bear.  Of course, he tore a hole in it by the end of the weekend, but it’s an easy stich up job to fix it.

There were lot of other great gifts given and recieved by all.  I got a large sewing basket, gingher sewing scissors, and neat water pitcher and other great stuff.  Here’s some pics of what others got:


My parents gave my niece Nicole are really awesome turntable.  You can also see she’s wearing the skirt I made her, which you can read all about here.


The camping Salt & Pepper Justin got from my sister Shannon and brother-in-law John.  They said they thought it was a lot bigger when they ordered it online!


Mom got a really pretty necklace from my mother-in-law, and some bath stuff.  Dad got Pease’s chocolates and Peanut Brittle.  You can see how much my mom liked the necklace in this picture!


Justin and I got my niece Hannah this big Magna-Doodle, which we all played with!


And my mom REALLY surprised my dad with a new chainsaw!  I wish I could have got a shot of the look on his face when he got that – complete shock – which we NEVER see on my dad at Christmas.  He can always guess what we’re getting him.  See got him go0d this year!

After our present opening, my mom’s whole side came over for dinner to my parent’s house (actually, we weren’t quite done opening yet when my grandparents got there).


Here you can see some of the Larson clan: sister Robbin, Uncle Bruce, Dad, Nicole, Mom, Grandma, and Uncle Dave.


Robbin spent some time teaching Hannah how to do somersaults.  She really enjoyed that!  “Again, again!”


And grandpa enjoyed some of the finer things in life with a glass of wine.  Actually, I think all together we had about 3 bottles of wine at my parents house and at least 2 more at my grandparent’s house!  But with 20+ people, I guess you got through a lot of wine…

After dinner, we headed into my grandparents house for the annual mass chaos of trying to coordinate the opening of gifts.  This year we tried to do whoever opens gets to pick the next person to open.  That worked for a while, but as usual it ended in just a mass of tearing paper and oohs, ahhs and thanks.  Gma and Gpa again made out like bandits with their mounds of gifts.


This is at my grandparents house.  Niece Nicole, cousin Emma, Dad, Mom, Grandma, sister Robbin, cousin Randy.

We spent the rest of the day chatting, eating too many cookies and enjoying being together for Christmas.  Everyone started trickling out, but my family and my Uncle John and Aunt Deb stayed for a while and we watched Wall-E that Justin and I had given Deb for a gift.  It’s a great movie and I highly recommend it for all!  We went home that night and had hot dogs for dinner (mmm!) and then watched the Hulk that I got from my sister Robbin.

The rest of the weekend was very nice, just relaxing and not having to do anything!  It was great.  We headed home that Sunday and prepared for the next round of holiday cheer…but you’ll have to wait for the next post about all that!

January 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Third Anniversary Extravaganza!

Last night concluded a 6 day celebration of our (Justin and I) 3rd Wedding Anniversary. We were married on a sunny (read 98 degrees with high humidity) day in Minnesota at the bible camp that has been part of my life pretty much since I was born, Good Earth Village. It was hot, it was beautiful, it was a huge party! Here we are on that day, July 16th, 2005:

Weren’t we cute in our little wedding outfits? I have to say, Justin looks much better in a skirt than I do! 😀

Anyway…every year we go to McGregor, IA for our anniversary (the first time we did this trip was for our honeymoon, so we just repeat it every year). First, we stopped in Postville, IA, which is where my sister and her family live. We stayed there Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday afternoon, we took off on their boat and hit the MIssissippi for some swimming, tubing, and sunburning! Here are Justin and I racing down the river:

We spent the day watching Hannah splash in the water, eating PB & J samiches and just having good old river fun. As mentioned above, I got a bit burnt, but it’s down to a nice tan now 😀 Here are some images from the day!

Cruising down the mighty Mississippi with my brother in law, John at the helm.

My older sister, Shannon and her youngest, Hannah looking at the camera for a picture!

Having fun splashing around. Hannah called this “Her boat”. She would get in and either Shannon or Justin would push her around in the water.

My oldest niece, Nicole, attempting to avoid the sun.

John and Shannon also have an inner tube that they pull along behind the boat and give people rides. Justin decided he should give it a try!

Here they are, getting ready to head out – John driving and Nicole as spotter, just in case Justin falls off (that would NEVER happen)!

Oops…guess I was wrong! Justin fell off about 10 seconds after John took off…to be fair, John said it was his fault because he didn’t get up enough speed. They tried again and Justin was able to hold on for another try. He actually went out 2 times. I think his arms were pretty sore in the morning!!

Justin and Hannah had a really good time in the water! He would throw her in the air and catch her and she would giggle. At a certain point, Shannon decided it was better if she didn’t watch any more! Hannah loved it though. She would go back and forth from the water to the beach to be thrown over and over again!

We spent most of the day on the beach/river, but eventually it was time to head back. Here is a great picture (I think) of my two nieces on the way back:

We got back to the dock and John put the boat on the trailer. Nicole spotted a beaver/river otter in the shallows by the dock and we watched it swim. We also saw what at first appeared to be a river snake, but I think it was actually a big crayfish.

After the boat we headed into Lansing to put the boat back in storage and then went to a local restaurant for supper. We then went back to Postville to their house and played cards and drank fuzzy navels for the rest of the night. It was a really good time, and nice to spend time with my 2 nieces (or the nieci as Justin likes to call them). It was nice that Hannah is starting to recognize who I am and call me by name (even if she calls both Justin and I Mae-Mae).

(2 cool dudes after a day of swimming and playing)

We got up the next day and after lunch with the family, we went to McGregor, IA for the 2nd part of our trip. On the way out of Postville however, we were stopped on the highway…for a TRACTOR PARADE!! Yup, that’s right. We had to sit in our car in a line while a tractor parade drove through. Welcome to small town Iowa folks!

Our first night was at Pikes Peak State Park for a day of camping and hiking. The campground overlooks the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

We set up our camp and decided to go exploring. Our first stop was to the peak to look out at the rivers. Here is what you can see from the deck:

It really is a beautiful view and on a clear day you can see very far! In front is the Mississippi and in back is the Wisconsin River.

A picture of Justin and I with the rivers behind us.

After viewing the rivers, we took a short hike. They have a few trials at the campsite that have a “sidewalk” that lead you around. The forest was beautiful and it was the perfect day for a hike. There and back it was probably only about a 1/2 mile, but it was fun. We went out to view “Bridal Veil Falls”.

It’s a very pretty little waterfall.

If you’re dumb enough, you can climb off the trial and stand behind the waterfall on the rock shelf. Of course when we got there, there were 3 teenage girls behind the falls in there nice clothes, huge purses and flip flops, standing on the slippery rock and taking pictures of themselves. They then decided it was a good idea to climb up the STEEP path behind the falls and up the hill, while holding their purses and slipping in their flip flop sandals. Smart those girls! We headed back to camp and got ready for supper.

Usually when we’re camping, I’m the one that’s in charge of starting the fire. Having worked at a camp and started fires almost every day for 4 summers, I can get them up and burning quickly. I’m always mocking Justin’s fire starting skills, and decided it was time I gave him an opportunity to shine! He started the fire with one match (which is amazing enough, but there were up to 20-30 mph wind gusts that day, too)! I was so proud of him! It was a really good fire too, and I had to sit there and bite my tongue while he was building it so I wouldn’t shout out pointers to him. I wanted him to do it all himself, and he was amazing!

Here he is tending to his masterpiece.

We had hobos that night (some might call them tin foil dinners, but GEV always called them hobos, so that’s what they are to me). We also made orange cakes, which is a hollowed out orange shell filled with cake batter, wrapped in tin foil and then stuck in the coals. Mmm…they were pretty tasty! We’ll have to do them again!

The next morning we made Egg GEV Muffins…another camp specialty. We packed up, then headed into town. Had lunch at the Beer & Brats Marina as we do every year. Forgot to take a picture of it though 😦 We hit the PIggly Wiggly (grocery store) in Prairie du Chien, WI across the river for a few things and then checked into the Little Switzerland Inn, Bed & Breakfast. We’ve stayed there for the past 4 years, and 3 of the years were in the Alpine Suite (last year we didn’t book early enough and so were in the Rob Roy Suite).

Here’s a view of our room from the door.

We love that place and Becky, the owner is so hospitable and kind. This year we got a special treat Justin’s mom was nice enough to pay for the room for us for our Anniversary gift! Thanks MommaT!!!! We were also greeted by another nice surprise – cheese, wine and chocolate covered strawberries!!

It was all WONDERFUL, and the Strawberry Wine was from the next town over, Marquette, IA. It was so sweet, and a nice way to celebrate our 3rd anniversary.

The chocolate covered strawberries were amazing! The wine was very good as well and we picked up an extra bottle the next day to bring home. We went antiquing that day as well. MacGregor has a lot of really neat little shops and antique stores. I got a stuffed doll of the Wizard from Wizard of Oz and Justin found some nice Mason jars for our canning project later this summer. That night we went to Prarie du Chien and saw the movie “Wall-E”. I HIGHLY recommend it! It was amazing and everyone should see it, purely for the social commentary on the way our world is headed, if not for the wonderful story of robot love! Justin and I were both bawling by the end of the movie. We hit Eddie’s Irish Pub for dinner, then back to the B & B where we watched the fantabulous Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins won the home run derby. It was an amazing TV baseball experience watching Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers hit a record 28 homers in the first round. Unfortunately he didn’t win the whole derby but my boy Morneau was persistent and ended up winning and graciously acknowledged that Hamilton was the real hero of the day!

Next morning we were up in time for the Breakfast portion of the Bed & Breakfast. We ate with Becky (the owner) and her two other guests that night, a grandfather and grandson from Texas. It was a nice meal. After breakfast we packed up the car to head back to Chicago – but one more stop first!

We began a tradition on our honeymoon of stopping at Happy Joe’s Pizza in Galena, IL for lunch. We then play the arcade games, win tickets and get cheap crappy prizes! We usually get one little guy to put on our car dashboard. This year we got a cactus wearing a sombrero pencil topper. Here’s me winning some of our tickets:

I almost feel bad making every basket, as it’s made for kids and I can reach out and touch the rim…but then again, the highest you can get is 10 tickets!

We headed back home and went to pick up Malcolm from the babysitters. He seemed pretty excited to see us 😀 Went home that night and crashed.

Yesterday was our official anniversary so we decided to go out for dinner. Justin had gotten a $100 gift card to Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in Chicago a long time ago, so we decided to dust it off and go to Maggiano’s. It was really fun, and good food too! We got all gussied up and headed downtown.

Justin even wore a suit coat!!

Our food was amazing. We started off with calamari and tomato mozzarella appetizers. Justin and I each ordered a special new item. He got some brazed beef thing, and I got the lobster/sausage pasta. Both were delicious!

Here I am in my fancy dress enjoying my pasta.

For dessert we got an apple crostada with caramel sauce and ice cream:

It was pretty and tasty!

It was a nice way to cap off a good vacation and time spent together. I can’t believe we’ve only been married for 3 years, and then again, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! I love you Justin, and I can’t wait for what the next 3 years will bring us!

July 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm 2 comments

News in the Thornburgh World

Well…now that it’s been officially announced in church, I thought I would share with you all my husband’s news: Justin is going to be applying to seminary to become a pastor!


This be him. He’s a wonderful husband, and he’ll make a terrific pastor! We’ll let you know more as events unfold, but the plan is for him to start somewhere in the fall of 2009, so we have sometime to prepare ourselves!

How do I feel about this? Happy, scared, nervous, ecstatic – all at the same time! I’m so happy that my dear love has finally felt his call and figured out what he wants to be when he grows up. Ever since I’ve met him, he’s been in a limbo state of not knowing where he was going in life, and not being happy in his current situation. I’ve been hoping since them for him to discover who he is and go for it, and I’ve been seeing that unfold since he found his new path. I’m very happy, and very proud!

Of course, I then have to think, what does that mean for me?? I’m going to be a pastor’s wife?? Really?? Me??? It’s frightening, but I can handle it. I just have to make sure to make my boundaries clear. I support Justin whole-heartedly, and will always be there for him! But he knows who I am and what I will be, we’ll just have to make sure everyone else knows about that 😀

Of course, one nice thing about Justin “getting a life” so to speak is that I can now see 1) where we are going as a married unit and 2) where I can go as an individual. In a way, Justin discovering his path has opened the doors for both of us. Once he has finished school and gotten his first church, I’m hoping I’ll be able to go back to school and finally go for my dreams!

So, we ask for your support! It’s going to be an interesting 3 years once he gets started! We’re hoping to be able to stay in our current apartment, but that will very much depend on what we can afford once school begins.

In other news, we had a nice weekend with a Sunday dinner cookout to get the week started right!

Our Host

This is our host Tripp. He grilled an AMAZING chicken marinated in curry. Wow was is tender and delicious! We have 2 grills – one for meat and one for veggies, as a few of those who come to Sunday dinner are vegetarians. I really hope they’ve read my post on Seitan = Satan! There were many people there, and a few new faces! We hope that this will be the first of many summer Sunday dinner cookouts to come! Here’s some highlights of the night:

This is Hank

There was a really fun game (I thought) where the object was to bounce beanie frogs off the bouncy thing and get them to land on numbered score cards worth 1-6 points. Hank found it much easier to simply thrown the frog directly on the point card that you wanted rather than going through the hassle of bouncing it and possibly missing your intended target. That Hank kid is a genious!

Sapperstein and Tripp’s mommy

Tripp’s wonderful mother was visiting this weekend, so she joined us for dinner. Also, last Friday, Tripp, Justin, Tripp’s mommy and I went to see “IRONMAN” – go see this movie! Drop what you’re doing now, go to the theatre, buy a ticket and see Ironman. It’s amazing!!! The script was wonderfully written, the casting was spot on, and the story was perfect! I give it 6 out of 5 stars!

Okay – also, we had a crasher…Roger!

At least he brought some wine 😀

There were fun times with “smashminton” as well – It’s like badminton, only there’s no net…or boundaries…or rules…or score keeping…basically it’s just running around the yard like a crazy person trying to hit the birdie with your racket and swearing. It’s good times 😀 Bethany had a bit of trouble with the concept though – you’re supposed to hit the birdie with your racket, not catch it!

A good time was had by all, and we’re looking forward to this coming Sunday at Carly’s place!

May 8, 2008 at 10:21 am 2 comments

Seitan = Satan!!

It has recently come to my attention that there is a strong possibility that Satan, the arch-rival of God, is attempting to infiltrate the world through Vegetarians. Some of you may have been thinking this for a while, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve uncovered proof of this attempted coup of God’s reign. Just, follow me if you can…

Lucifer This is a sculpture of Satan entitled “Lucifer” by Guillaume Geefs (1805-1883). This is what the Catholic Encyclopedia has to say about Lucifer:

“The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance. The Vulgate employs the word also for “the light of the morning” (Job 11:17)…The Syriac version and the version of Aquila derive the Hebrew noun helel from the verb yalal, “to lament”; St. Jerome agrees with them (In Isaiah 1:14), and makes Lucifer the name of the principal fallen angel who must lament the loss of his original glory bright as the morning star. In Christian tradition this meaning of Lucifer has prevailed; the Fathers maintain that Lucifer is not the proper name of the devil, but denotes only the state from which he has fallen (Petavius, De Angelis, III, iii, 4).”

So, the name Lucifer is the equivalent of the Morning Star, the name that has, through tradition, been assigned to Satan, the fallen angel cast from the presence of God.

Now, are you still with me? There is a brand of vegitarian foods called “Morningstar Farms”. They produce a variety of meatless options for vegetarians. The base of this “food” is usually soy or wheat gluten. Wait…wheat gluten? That brings me to my next point:

The above picture is of Seitan, (pronounced say-tahn, sound familiar?) a product made purely of wheat gluten. It is made by taking flour and reducing it to just the gluten. This is then made into “meat” for vegetarians. One such rendering of this “food” is fake duck:

Mmmm…looks appetizing, doesn’t it?

NO – DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE CLAIMS OF BEING “HEALTHY,” “TASTY” OR “HUMANE” – it is all a clever ruse created by the ruler of hell, prince of darkness – SATAN!!!

That’s right folks – vegetarianism is a product of the devil, a clever way of wooing humans to his dark power. He gets them with promises of health, of fresh tasting food, and by making them think it is the right thing to do for the animals of the earth. Well folks, I’m here to challenge that claim!

There are basically 2 types of vegetarians in the world: 1) those who forsake meat for “health” reasons, 2) and those who forsake meat for “ethical” reasons. Now, you can argue all day about the possible heath benefits or risks to eating a vegitarian diet or one that also includes meat. This is not the point people. What is the point? How can any diet that is supplemented by a daily dose of essence of evil healthy??? Think about it, you all know I’m right on this one!

Now, as to those who are vegetarians for ethical reasons, it can get a bit more complicated. I’m all for ethical treatment of animals. I myself attempt to eat meat gotten in a more humane way. I like to know where my meat comes from – that way I know that the animal was treated well, and that the meat contains good vitamins and protein and is not so shot full of chemicals and hormones that the steak on my plate barely constitutes for meat any more. I understand the ethical vegetarians completely. Know where your food is coming from, and know how it is produced. I grew up in a rural community. My family raised chickens which I helped to butcher. I happen to think the chicken is one of the best meats out there! I love eating chicken. Those of us who do eat meat should understand what is required in order for us to have bacon and fillet mignon on our plate. I truly believe that if an animal is taken care of well and butchered humanly, it’s fine for me to eat. Humans are omnivores. That’s the way we were created. We were given animals to care for and to sustain us. Let’s respect that!

Okay…back to the task at hand – ethical vegetarians, if you are truly ethical, and you are unwilling to eat meat even if prepared in a humane manor, I have to urge you do not partake in the food of the devil. Avoid Morningstar and Saitan at all costs. You can’t claim to have good ethics and then join the forces of evil, it just doesn’t work that way!

I have many good friends who are vegetarians. I love them dearly and I worry about the state of their souls. I hope that they head my words and be careful what they put in their bodies. It just may come from the Prince of Darkness himself.

The Devil is trying to infiltrate our world and take over, one vegitarian at a time. Join the fight against evil! Join the battle against edible demons – EAT MEAT!!! If not…well, I see horns, a tail and lots of fire in your future…you have been warned…

April 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm 19 comments

Pesach 2008

Last night my friends and I had our annual Sedar supper. This year it was hosted by Tripp & Trish up at Chateau Ouilmette. It was a great night filled with good food and good friends. The table was beautiful, set with all the required accouterments.

The Table

Of course, the symbolic Seder Plate was set with Marror (bitter herb) symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery which the Jews endured in Egypt, Z’roa (shank bone) symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice) which was a lamb that was offered, Karpas (parsley dipped in salt water) the salt water represents the tears and pain felt by the Jewish slaves in Egypt, Charoset A sweet, brown, pebbly mixture, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build, and the Beitzah (hard boiled egg) symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered.

the plate

We read from the Haggadah, which contains the order for Passover. Haggadah, meaning “telling,” is a fulfillment of the scriptural commandment to “tell your son” about the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt as described in the book of Exodus in the Torah. Sarah Sapperstein provides the lovely books and the leadership for our Seder every year.

The Haggadah

We did have a bit of comic relief (well, maybe more than a bit) in the form of the “Ten Plagues Finger puppets” which were provided by Tripp. I have to say the most disturbing plague to me now is HAIL… it looks just like a clown!! Aaahhh! My friend Roger was kind enough to model the finger puppets for the camera:

10 Plauges

There is a part of the Passover that calls for the youngest at the table to read the “Three Questions” this year, that role was filled by Zoe, a beautiful 3 year old…she didn’t so much read it out of the Haggadah as repeat most of the words that her mom read to her, and then quickly became distracted by Roger! It was very cute though 😀

the three questions

The wine was flowing, the food was amazing, and Tripp made a fantastic Matzah ball soup! It’s always good to get together with my friends on Sunday night, as I’ve discussed in a previous post, but I look forward all year to the Seder meal. Dayenu!


Matzah Ball Soup

Some of Us

As Justin and I were leaving the meal, we passed the Ba’hai temple in Wilmette…it looked beautiful with the moon in the background, so we stopped and took a picture. It’s HUGE building, and I’d love to go to a service some day and see the inside! Hope you are all doing well and had a great weekend!

April 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm 2 comments

Sunday Dinner Fun

My Chicago friends and I attempt to get together every Sunday dinner for a “family” meal. This past Sunday Justin and I hosted at our apartment, the Llama Nee Inn. A good time was had by all, and the main dish was cooked by my hubby. It was tender, and delicious…it was cow tongue. Yes, you read that correctly. COW TONGUE!! It really was amazing.

The Tongue

This is what the tongue looked like before we cooked it. Pretty awesome, huh?

Anyway…Justin began his preperation by putting the tongue in a pot with bay leaf, salt, and an entire head of garlic. It then boiled for 3 hours (tongue is all muscle, so you have to tenderize it if you want to eat it!).

Boiling the tongue

So after it boiled for the 3 hours, it was skinned, cut and sauted with veggies and tomato sauce.

And of course, our chef had to take the first bite!

The Proud Chef

Sunday dinner has become one of my favorite parts of the week. It’s an event I can look forward to after a long week, or a nice way to start off a new one! It’s nice to able to get together with our community of friends here in Chicago and share fellowship, food and beverages (whatever kind you prefer). The crowd sometimes changes, but the warm feeling I get from an evening spent with friends never does.

April 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm 3 comments

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"I bring you pain, the kind you can’t suffer quietly/Fire up your brain remind you inside you’re rioting/Society is slipping, everythings slipping away"
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