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August Date – Shopping, Six Flags, Dinner August 26, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our August date was “great”.  We had free tickets to Six Flags Great America that we intended to use with the kids.  I realized; however, that JR and I had never rode a roller coaster together and that it would be much more fun to leave the kids behind.  The weather was HOT, so we didn’t last the entire day.  We intended to go to the water park (attached to Six Flags) for half the day, but it was closed!  Boo!  It was fun to walk around Great America.  It really brought back memories.  I hadn’t been there in probably 15 years!  Although there was lots of new rides, we opted to ride the roller coasters that we remembered as kids (Batman, American Eagle, and Demon).

 

The date card read “We have free Six Flags tickets, so let’s be childish and have some fun!  We can enjoy the water park and roller coasters.  We can shop at Gurnee Mills, too.  Love, Lisa.”  In the August envelope, I included the date card and our Six Flags tickets.

 

 

We spent part of our day shopping at the outlet mall across the street from Six Flags.  We both purchased a few items.

 

We stopped at Lake Zurich since it was on our way home.  JR grew up in Lake Zurich and we both lived there for a few years after we got married.  We sat on the beach and relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner at Lucky Monk!  We got home just in time to tuck in the kids.  We had a really great day!

 

Until next month…

Check out our previous dates…

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

July Date – Beer Drinking Lunch and Hit Golf Balls

Before we had kids, JR and I spent a lot of time at the driving range.  It was something we really enjoyed doing together.  Now that we have two amazing daughters, it’s nearly impossible to get to the driving range.  I have thought about taking the girls, but I fear they could get hurt.  There are just too many FAST moving parts.  We have often joked that one of these days we are going to have a “beer drinking” lunch.  We go out to lunch often and observe customers enjoying a beer at lunch time.  I often wonder if they are headed back to work, or if they have the day off.  It always seemed like it would be nice to sit outside on a nice day and have a few beers over lunch.

 

So our July date kind of never happened.  We had planned to go and have a long “beer drinking” lunch and hit golf balls.  The problem was that it was over 100 degrees the day we planned it.  So, we went to lunch, but didn’t sit outside.  We ended up having a quick lunch and never went to the driving range.  We hope to make it up sometime in the upcoming weeks.

 

The date card read “We’re going to spend a long lunch hour hitting golf balls and enjoying a “beer drinking” lunch.  Love, Lisa.”  In the July envelope, I included the date card and cash to spend on the golf balls.

 

Until next month…

 

Check out our previous dates…

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

 

Copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad – Amazing! August 17, 2012

I love Portillo’s chopped salad.  Portillo’s is a fast food chain in the Chicago area.  If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend checking out Portillo’s.  Indulge in a hot dog and fries and go back a second time to try their chopped salad!  I’m pleased to share this copycat recipe with you.  It takes forever to chop up the ingredients, but it’s worth it.  I ended up quartering the recipe and I had enough for 2 HUGE salads.  Save the second salad by placing a paper towel over the salad and covering with plastic wrap.  The paper towel helps absorb the moisture and keeps the salad fresh for the next day.  This tastes just like Portillo’s chopped salad.  Also, I have tried out many salad dressings and the best match I could find was Marzetti’s Sweet Italian dressing.

 

 

RECIPE for COPYCAT PORTILLO’S CHOPPED SALAD

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 – 2 heads Romaine lettuce, depending on size
  • 1 small head red cabbage, minced or 1 bag sliced red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade (we used a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette)

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash and dry the lettuces. Finely chop until the lettuce is in small pieces. Put in a large bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss to combine well.

3. Serve dressing along side the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.

 

The original Portillo’s Chopped Salad includes diced chicken breast, but we opted to leave that out to make it more picnic and side-dish friendly. I think I’ll be making this for just our family very soon and including the chicken. It would definitely be hearty enough to make a complete meal.

 

SOURCE:  http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-portillos-chopped-salad/

 

 

Substitutions:  I left out the red onion.  Next time I will add chicken!

Time:  It took me close to an hour to chop everything up and clean up, including distractions from the kiddo’s.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878988426/

Weight Watchers Points:  I calculated 8 WW+ points.  I used 2 T. dressing.

 

 

Individual Pizza’s using Rhodes Dinner Rolls June 16, 2012

These individual pizza’s were amazing!  Every member of my picky family inhaled them!  The best part is that they were very quick, easy, and inexpensive!  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza, alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.  The recipe suggests using a generous amount of olive oil on the baking sheet.  I followed directions and I’m glad I did.  I think the oil made the crust crispier!  You should try these out.  Your family will love them.

 

 

Recipehttp://cookingoncloverlane.blogspot.com/search/label/Pizza-Easy

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878544166/

Time:  I defrosted mine for 1.5 hours and then it only took 5 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to bake.

Substitutions:  My daughter doesn’t like “red sauce”, so she spread alfredo sauce on hers.  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza and alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.

 

– Lisa

 

Jalapeno Popper Inspired Grilled Cheese June 13, 2012

I do love jalapeno poppers, so this Pinterest recipe caught my eye.  I knew my husband would love it, too!  I’m a wuss when it comes to spice, so I was a bit nervous about the jalapenos, but the peppers turned out just right with just a little spice!  I cooked the sandwiches in the bacon grease and they were nice and crisp and tasty.  The apricot preserves added a pleasant sweet taste to the sandwich.  I will be making these again!

 

 

Pinterest Pin:  xx

Recipe http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/01/jalapeno-popper-inspired-grilled-cheese.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t have goat cheese, so I spread a semi-thick layer of cream cheese and them sprinkled some mozzarella cheese on top in lieu of the goat cheese.

Time:  45 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Sonoma Chicken Salad June 10, 2012

I love chicken salad sandwiches as I’ve mentioned in a previous post!  This is the second recipe I’ve posted and I like this one is a tad better.  I really liked the poppy seed dressing and the cranberries!  I might add some green onion next time to give it a little more kick.  The recipe made a good amount of salad.  It would easily make 6 average sandwiches or 4 large sandwiches.  This is something I could make on Monday and eat all week for lunch!

 

 

 

Recipe Linkhttp://cookingclassy.blogspot.com/2012/05/sonoma-chicken-salad-sandwiches.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878505938/

Substitutions:  I made quit a few substitutions.  I substituted walnuts for pecans.  I excluded the poppy seeds (I don’t like them in my teeth).  I didn’t have honey, so I used agave nectar.  Also, I used shredded rotisserie chicken.

Time:  20 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Quick Chicken Salad March 20, 2012

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I love chicken salad!  I have made it many times in my own kitchen, but it never seems as good as it does at a restaurant.  This pin looked appetizing, so I gave it a whirl!  The recipe was simple enough, it just took some time to chop up all the ingredients.  The recipe could make at least 6 large sandwiches.  It was very tasty and I will make it again!

 

Recipehttp://realmomkitchen.com/7765/quick-chicken-salad/

Substitutions:  I used a handful of walnuts instead of pecans.  Also, I used 1/2 cup of mayo instead of 3/4 cup.

Time:  Probably 15 to 20 minutes prep time!

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878090964/