Tuesday, February 18, 2014


So how did I get going on this tangent?  Oh, yeah, day after day of running here and there.  I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday and although The Husband was supposed to be working at home, he decided to tag along.  My doctor's office is way out in the southwest suburbs and there are a lot of neat stores and restaurants so we enjoyed lunch together after.  My appointment went relatively well; the enlarged lymph node had shrunk to almost nothing and she said my lungs sounded clearer than she had ever heard.  I was super happy about that.  She did order some tests for me which are scheduled for Monday.  Once I know more about this whole deal I will bring you up to date on it.

Okay, I think I've overwhelmed you with cooking.  I just get such a kick out of passing on cool things to make.  Then again, I'm just that weirdo that dances around the kitchen with my broom when I get a good browned butter.

So today it was very quiet.  I was home alone mostly except for my sons popping in for a bit.  I had planned to spend the afternoon lolling around looking at seed catalogs and a few gardening catalogs I picked up at the grocery store.  I ordered my veggie seeds which should be here any day.  Thinking of these things, that we will be gardening in just two short months, makes me want to do the Happy Dance!

Hoping all of you are off to a good week.  Keep the faith that we've been through the worst of this winter. :)



Linda said...

I do so love catching up with you!! I bought Lucy one of those 'minky' beds and she loves it! Sometimes I wish they made a 'people' size one because I would LOVE to cuddle up in it!
That was so sweet of you to cook meals for your young Tom! Nothing says 'love' like a homecooked meal.
Hope all turns out well for you healthwise. A good report is an awesome thing!! Love and prayers from Texas that you get one!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

My goodness, this post was loaded with energy! I love it! You have been a very busy girl, wow really cooking up a storm too!

Looks like you had a blast at the restaurant with all the girls & that cute baby!

I don't know about you but I am so done with snow! UGH!

Barbara F. said...

your meals all sound so wonderful. I am sure Matt appreciated them. We are at 56 inches of snow this year, way over our average of 25, but not as bad as the 1994-1995 season when we had 75! xo

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

How dear of you to send such lovely meals home with Tom! Your story about his Mom broke my heart. He and Abby are such a cute couple.

Can't wait to see your newly styled mantle with your finds from Home Goods. I love that place.

Your weather. Unbelievable.
I bet Milo and Layla are anxious for Spring as well.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers with the upcoming tests! That's good news about the lymph node.

Only 28 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes until Spring 2014! Yes, I have been counting since the day after my birthday!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh my gosh Jane those dishes look and sound delish!! That's so sweet of you sending your daughters boyfriend back to school with home cooked meals...I'm sure he really appreciates that! I'll be thinking of you on Monday...keep us posted!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You just made me hungry with all your great food Jane!
And Layla looks so cute in her new bed.
Your daughter is so cute, she looks like both you and Al.
We got about 5 inches on Monday and today it was 43 degrees! Ha..it was so nice for a change.
But more snow and cold coming for Thursday..of course.
Do you know that during that snowstorm of 78-79, I was pregnant with my son and my ex and I drove to Chicago in it. Crazy huh? It took us about 12 hours to get there, normally about 5. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency right downtown. It was something I will never forget.
Well I should head to bed.
And let me know about your tests, although it sounds good right now.
Big Hugs,

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So nice of you to make some meals for your daughters boy friend. So sorry to hear about his mother.
WOW you really have snow - so glad that I don't have to put up with that.
Take care of your self and stay warm.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'll bet you all had a blast a lunch Jane, lovin' that fun Mardi Gras feel! I'm with you in hoping that winter is winding down:@)

Suzan Sweatman said...

You write the most interesting posts - seriously - I always feel it's a chapter in a book !!!
AND you remind me so much of myself it's not funny ( well it's funny actually )
I have a sick feeling we haven't seen the worst of winter yet this year - it's supposed to really warm up here for the next 2 weeks - but last year it came back with a vengeance :(

Val said...

I love that you made extra meals for your girls boyfriend. ♥

I am easily and quickly exhausted by people--crowds, parties, big dinners and get-togethers--so I understand. Enjoy your quiet time.

Your son's home theatre sounds like great fun. I'm a "movie person" and would love something like that.

Spring is on the way. Enjoy the garden-planning. :)

Simply LKJ said...

You have been quite busy. The sausage dish sounds yummy. Something my hubby would certainly love. Glad you got a good report at the doctor. Hope the additional tests go well.

Nancy's Notes said...

Hi Jane! I feel your excitement when I read your posts. Love it. You are so sweet to make those meals for Tom, they sound delicious. Sad to hear that he lost his dear mother. Heartbreaking. Praying all of your tests turn out great for you. Take care and that happy dance is just too cute, butter, spring, so many things to dance for! Have a great day~

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... glad you are getting a good report at the doctor... do hope all is well... Layla's little "hut" is so cute and she is adorable!... all of your food looks delish, especially that chicken... looking forward to seeing what you bought at Home Goods... our snow has finally melted and that makes me so happy!... we have had a terrible winter here too, and I am hoping the worst is over like you said... always love catching up with you, xoxo Julie Marie

Rita C. said...

Hang in there, winter's got less than 30 days now! We had 55° yesterday, a thunderstorm in the middle of the night, and sunny skies today - you can see the grass!!

Love the glimpse into your son's home - that's exactly how my husband rolled for so many years while single & saving almost every penny (not anymore, lol!).

Family matters - so happy for Abby & her bf - he's a lucky guy having you cook for him. Your recipes all look great.

Glad your appt went well - keep us posted.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sounds like you had a good week with opportunities to get out of the house for a bit, Jane. I have been getting a bit stir crazy myself and now I have a cold this week. I hope you are getting some of the little warm up like we are in Ohio. It should be almost 60 tomorrow!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Love to visit here, Jane... I don't like to cook, but love to watch you : ) How sweet of you to make things for Tom.
On your son's shuffle board, I have always wanted one of those in the rec room, Did he make it himself?? They are very expensive. I have looked at many. And good for him for being able to make the home of his dreams @ such a young age.
Where I live in Mi. we are now at 130 in. of snow.... a crazy yr. for sure & getting just a little sick of it. But we are getting to our lake home almost every weekend, where it is quiet & beautiful with the snow....
Spring is coming... : )

Mary said...

It's been a busy time for sure dear - just hope all is well with your health and that you are getting enough rest between all the fun/work times! Do take care of Blondie girl!

Loved hearing about J's home and getting a sneak peek! Sounds awesome - you won't have to trek to a theatre if you get invited to his cinema!

Stay warm - your snow amount for this season is huge - and here some people griped and stayed home with just a few inches - you would have laughed! Of course ice on top of the snow did make it treacherous for one day - nobody has snow tires or chains around here.

Love to you both - take care. Wish I was closer and could shop Homegoods with you and Emily - love looking around there and haven't been all winter! Perhaps the coming of spring will get me motivated for some shopping soon!
Hi from Bob
Mary X

Theresa said...

WOW, you cooked up some really good food for those fellas! I be he was everybody's favorite friend when he returned home!

We had a similar sad situation at my Grandchildren's school! A friend of my Granddaughter, lost his Mother at a WAY TOO YOUNG age! It was the saddest thing:( Then a few weeks ago, their house burned down:( MORE sadness for that family!

Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Your story about the passing of your daughter's boyfriend's mother made me cry. How sweet of you to send him off to school with food - that is something I love to do too. We love people by feeding them :-)

Susie said...

Blondie, Bless your heart !!! For making food for your daughter's b.friend. That is such a kind thing to do. I think sharing food is love. Especially for that young man. You have been busy, my goodness. I love your photos. I know what your son means by the internet. I wanted to brag on my g.sons new job, but didn't think I should. Take care, gosh that a lot of snow. We have had 52 inches this year. xoxo,Susie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Your recipes sounds comfy and warm. Perfect for all the snow you have had.

Vel Criste said...

I'm glad your health is on to a brighter path Jane, it's always best to keep things in check and really, the only way to enjoy life is to have your body feel as great as your mind does! Your cooking up a storm all right, and I bet everyone is happy. That story about Tom's mother was heart-breaking, I'm glad your there to somehow make up some of that motherly care he needs. One thing for sure, I'm not jealous with you living in Chicago right now, we're enjoying 65 F weather here in the south, and I can't wait to see the greens start sprouting again. I can also totally understand 'People Hang-over'!

podso said...

Wow your posts are full of all kinds of things. And I hear you are yet to have more snow. Amazing. It's 70 here and we had a huge thunderstorm in the night. A week ago we had a huge snow storm. I know we will be cold again here before it's over. I agree that you need a break from people every so often even if you are a "people person." Also I think you are fantastic to do that cooking for your daughter's boyfriend. What a blessing for him and his housemates!

Beth said...

You're been doing a lot of good cooking, Jane. I'm going to try the soup. Do you use water or broth? So nice that you cooked for Abby's boyfriend - I'm sure he enjoyed it. Wishing you good health and happy days, and spring to come very soon.
Hugs, Beth

Sarah said...

That's a lot of snow, Jane. Glad the report was positive and keeping you in my thoughts that the tests will be good news too. Enjoy your busy your life. ;-)

Beth said...

The cooking sounds so good Jane. I need to start using my crock pot!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hey Jane, what a sweetheart you are for cooking all those meals for your daughters boyfriend!
Fingers crossed for a good report and you all look like you had a great time too at the resturant.

Btw, how do you get your blog title above your pictures in your header? I can't seem to figure this out, also I looked for an email address but didn't seem to find one on your blog, should have checked your profile, dah! LOL

Melanie said...

Your talk and pictures about cooking are making me hungry! I'm actually going to start on dinner here soon because it's soup - and I like soup to simmer for a few hours to really bring out the flavors. It's a new recipe - Stuffed Pepper Soup. Someone had posted it on FB. If it turns out good, I'll have to put it on my blog. What a sweetheart you are to make food for Abby's BF. Aw, darn, I wish Jeff weren't so private so we could see his house! It sounds fabulous.

Stacey said...

Your food looks amazing! Since Christmas I'm having trouble being very inspired to cook. However, I'm continuing to gain weight which is completely unfair. Your house is looking so pretty from the snippets I've seen here and there. Do you have a home tour tab? I don't...we both need to do that.

Balisha said...

I always enjoy reading about your delicious food.The sausage mix is one I'll try. Looks like it would feed quite a few people. I do the browned butter too. LOve J. Pepin.Wish he was still on TV. He and Ina are my favorites. They are so relaxed about their food...really very simple dishes.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I know you're tired of the snow, but gosh it looks beautiful! Your recipes sound great too. My hubby loves anything with Italian sausage. Love Layla's pet hut too! Jeffrey's home sounds amazing! Maybe he'll let us get a peek someday. :) Now get out there and document that snow! :)

laurie mckinght said...

I'm catching up, its the best place to visit, you make everyone feel at home, your family is beautiful and wow have you been busy!

Debby said...

There is a lot of talent and love in your family. I am hoping that you are okay.
Love that you did all that cooking for your daughter's boyfriend. So sweet of you and it doesn't surprise me a bit.
I thought of you last week-end when I heard it was snowing like crazy. Glad you got out and about. If I'm not watching the littles I will not leave the house. So much easier to stay home. I am finding this winter that I am glad I have to go out. It helps with the cabin fever for sure.
Keep on having fun.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

You and I are a like, we both love being in our kitchens. When I was single I would spend the whole day in the kitchen on Sundays. Open a bottle of wine turn on some classical music and I was in heaven. I find cooking a very creative outlet and stress reducers. Can you believe the snow we've had this year...ugh! With it being warmer and sunny today we "picked" huge ice blocks out of our gutters, and our side walk is floated from all the snow melting. I also like to start my seeds and bought a couple of years back a portable greenhouse, pop it up and bring it down. Let me know what area's you would thrift in and I'll send you my favs. You have been to the thrift store on 127th and cal sag road, right? Let me know!

Betsy Brock said...

You really have been busy! Love all the cooking...I can almost smell it! I make something very similar to the sausage/veggies. yum.
And browned butter? It's good in sweet or savory..oh my!

glad you dr. appointment went so well!

Doreen@househoneys said...

How often do you hear that NY has had as much snow as Chicago? I'm sorry to say it's true this year.

Isn't it funny how different HomeGoods are unlike each other? Some have great furniture, some don't. I've noticed it depends on the location.

You've been cooking up a storm, and I'm sure your daughter's boyfriend appreciated what you did. That's very sad about his mother. It sounds like she was well loved. I suppose that's all any of us can hope for.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Jane,
Only 67 inches? Oh my goodness! I'm sure you are counting down the days to Spring. That was very sweet of you to cook all those meals...I'm sure he loves you for it. Hope all goes well for you on Monday.


Kathy Moreland said...

You make my dinners sound so boring! I do NO fancy meals. Really basic meat and potatoes kind of meals.

Our weather has improved here in GA. It has been around 70 for two days now, and that is fabulous!!

Can't wait til we can see your living room!!


Babs R said...

Jane, It was fun catching up with all your activities. I'm so glad that your doctor appointment went well and good news on your results. You're recipes have me ready to head to the store to make the sausage and potato dish..and lasagna. Your browned butter isn't something I've done before, except to make a browned butter frosting, which I love. Gotta try it on chicken. Thanks for the tip.

Traci said...

67 inches of snow!! WOW!!!! I can't imagine 6 inches. Abby's boyfriend is going to be very popular with his roommates. What a sweet thing for you to do for them. Cancer sucks!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I imagine that Tom and his friends were in HEAVEN with all of that home cooked food! :)

lynn said...

so glad the dr appt. was good news, jane:) your baked chicken sounds delicious--i always leave here hungry! have a great night!

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Jane, you are a busy girl and so nice to catch up with all that you have going on and doing. From your wonderful meals to doctor appts. you are like the energizer bunny. So hope your health is well.
So sweet of you also to cook up meals for your daughter's boyfriend. I am sure he misses his mother and your are a blessing to him. I too went to WMU. Of course many many years ago!! LOL
Home Goods is one of my favorite places to hunt for treasures. Sounds like a fun time.

The weather has been so crazy but now we are heading into much warmer days down here in Texas. We hit 82 degrees this week. I'll try and send some your way.

Wishing you a great evening and nice weekend too.

Chatelaine said...

Ok I feel better, you have had more snow than us. LOL

When we hibernate we do have the urge to cook up some comfort food don't you think? It looks great. Funny, I was just thinking of bringing the slow cooker up from the basement.

You are such a sweet person to cook for your daughter's boyfriend and even give him some home cooked meals. I bet he misses his mom so much. You are easing his pain.

Well I am waiting for the next round of winter. Most likely freezing rain this time. Hoping the temps don't drop and it will be just rain.

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so happy to hear about your good news at the doctor's appointment. You sure have a lot going on.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Curtains in My Tree said...

well seems like you are staying busy.
Chicago snow has been terrible according to the news and you.
Love a crock pot meal, I can remember when they first came out baking chicken and rice in mine yum yum. LOL
Love your little doggie

Kathleen Grace said...

Well you are staying busy, but that seems to be the best way to make this winter fly by! Not that it's flying fast enough, lol. I think it's so sweet that you sent goodies back for Tom and his friends. It's a good thing to have someone step in when he has lost his mom. I would hope that someone would do the same for my children if need be. Stay warm, spring can't be far now:>)

Poppy said...

Hi Jane,

It's so lovely to meet you!

You know, they say that Chicago and Toronto, (my hometown), are sister cities, with many similarities between them, kinda like so many of the blogs in the great big blogosphere, written by like-minded people, who like the same stuff.

So happy to be following you back! Looking forward to getting to know you and your beautiful place here in cyberspace.

Happy weekend!


Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Awww you had me at Layla's furry little face! She's precious and reminds me so much of my Goji-Bear! Sadly he passed years ago but there's nothing a little lick and friendly paw can't help! Especially in the dead of winter...so great to see how you're keeping inspired!

Have an awesome weekend Jane!

Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

Gypsy Heart said...

I seem to get "people overload" very easily. I enjoy being with others but I also enjoy my private time.

You've had a lot going on plus all the cooking. Wish I lived closer...except for all the snow! :) I love mac 'n cheese but don't make it that often now...just for company. I can only imagine how happy Matt & his buddies were to have all that great food!

I love Mardi Gras and any cajun food! What fun to have lunch at that restaurant.

Hoping your snow goes away!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Okay so now I am starving!!! It all looks so good. I love a brown butter on anything! but lately filet of sole. I couldn't believe it when I heard how much snow Chicago has had this year. crazy! Beautiful though. I'm glad you had some good health news. I also think that's a pretty clever term, "people hangover." I definitely get that! You have a wonderful way of sharing. So sweet to let me know you came by!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Oh my! So much snow Jane! You sure have been busy! That is so sweet for you to make your daughter's boyfriend meals for college. So sad about his mother. I'm just about in tears too.
Love all your yummy meals!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I love the way you catch us all up on your life! So fun!
I'm very happy you are feeling well... even thought you have been so busy!
What a cute couple!Such a good mom to send Abby back to school with some meals!
I'm so ready for Spring... the snow here is a mess!

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! What a busy gal you've been! Praying all goes well with your medical condition. Can't wait to see all of your pretties in the living room and you can feed me any ole time! Loved reading your post - family, dogs, decorating, food!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carol said...

Wow, all of your food dishes sound so yummy! I really like the sound of that sausage dish, and I love things that go into the crockpot.

I have a similar little bed for our cat, Abby. It's actually her second one, but she has used one since we brought her home. We have to take it for her when we board her....lol!

Your son's house must be amazing. He sounds like a hard worker like our son.

Your weather has been so crazy! I wish I could share what we are having. Keep the faith!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks for the update, jane. The lunch sounds like it was lots of fun. Our snow is finally starting to melt some, we can see grass in places!!! I am SO ready for Spring. Thanks so much for your visit and as always, sweet comments! Enjoy your weekend.

Maria Elena said...

Hi, Jane. You have been busy! Love the food dishes, they sound so good! It is so nice that you send the food back with Tom.I am sure he appreciates. You guys still have so much snow. The truth is, we are all a little tired of winter. Sending you prayers and good thoughts on your test results. Big hug. Maria

Balisha said...

You'll have to use my other blog address...


Kelly said...

This has been such a harsh winter for everyone this year. I can't get over how much snow you've had this year so far though! Your son's new house sounds amazing. You must be so proud that he has been so successful with his finances. Love that "hut" idea for a dog bed. My dog is short haired and gets cold easily too. I bet he would like that bed.

Debbie said...

Your daughter's boyfriend is a lucky boy! All of your great meals he gets to bring home...yum! What a blessing you are to him...I'm sure.
Your son's house sounds awesome!! You must be so happy for him.
I sure wish there was a Home Goods up here...all we have is a Wally World....not much shopping going on there for me...blah!
That little dog hut is so cute. Bella would love it!
Have a great week, dear friend.
It's supposed to get really cold again up here.

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

lots going on Blondie and so much fun to read about. Your son's basement sounds amazing and sweet of you to make all that fabulous food for Tom. I hope Spring is not too far away for you guys. My son calls to give me a daily Chicago weather report. They are taking a warm weather vacation soon and cannot wait to get away. Take care and visit when you can xoxo

must love junk said...

You are making me drool over all that good food!! Sounds like you've been having wonderful family time...that's so great! Glad you got a good health report :)

chateau chic said...

I sure wish I lived close enough to be invited to dinner, Jane. Looks like you are the BEST cook ever for your family!!! I love how you sent food back to college with your daughter's boyfriend. So sweet and generous and much appreciated, I'm sure!
Mary Alice

bj said...

I have so been missing in action...hoping to get computer problems solved on Wed.
So good to get back visiting with you..
Glad you got a good Doctor report...and pray the tests turn out good.
We haven't had much snow here...a few cold days but, all in all, it's been a good winter.
All your cookin' sounds amazing...now, I'm hungry..:)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Jane!

So good to come by and catch up with you Dearie...

You are the COOKING QUEEN! Oh how I wish I loved to cook. Just never have quite gotten the hang of it. I'm sure that young man enjoyed every bite. What a great thing to do for him.

The SNOW! YIKES. We don't get too much here in the NW. Just a sprinkling or two every year. Usually gone in a day or two.

We have a Bourbon Street Restaurant that opened near us now too. Not quite sure if it's a chain? Haven't been yet.

Sending big huggies! Stay warm.


Brandi said...

You're the sweetest while most college kids are eating ramen noodles you sent your daughter's boyfriend back with home cooked meals.