Monday, October 20, 2014

Carrots! She loved them just as much as the green beans and squash.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Anniversary DT

 Can you believe it's been three years?  Well, DT, what a wonderful year....and so many more to come.  Thank you for all your love, support, listening and just being....you.   Thank you for the best gift of all....my little peepster. 

Here's to us on our third anniversary.  I love you.
The gorgeous cake and backdrop that we spent so much time planning only to stand to the side and have Kauker photobomb our entire cake cutting.   Thank you for not smashing the cake in my face - I would have killed you.  You know me so well.
My gorgeous bouquet with acorns for good luck.  God bless you Beth Hafner!


The one ring to rule them all - no wait...but I love my ring and I have never seen another that I would want more. 


This picture makes me smile - we are laughing and having a great time.  I remember our angel of a photographer being so patient with us while we goofed off and just enjoyed being married for a while. 


One Motley Crew.


That's about right.
Favorite photo from the day.


You know I can't pick favorites - maybe this one......

Sunday, October 5, 2014

That 70s Food

About once a month or every two I get together with a group of friends for a potluck type dinner known to us as...

The Hili Cock Off.

Now, this was the chili cookoff at one point but you cannot limit food lovers to just chili and let's just say there was a drunken incident with a bar sign labeled "chili cook off."  After we left, the hili cock off was born. 

And it stuck. 

It's a rotating party that we each host. Themes have included chili (of course, and we usually do this annually), Olympics, America, Shark Week (that was fun!), Chopped style including 3 must include ingredients and the most recent...70s. 

Immediately my brain went to jello and those copper tins that hang on the kitchen wall at the cottage. Fondue ?  What else? I did some research and it seemed everything iconic from the 70s was bad processed food. Tang anyone?

So -the hubs whipped up a cheese log which was amazing and we displayed it on a plate that was from my grandma's house (very 70s).  I decided on my mom's famous "watergate" salad which is hardly salad but rather a dessert of pistachio pudding, cool whip and pineapple topped with marshmallows.  It's delicious.  Plus the name alone fits the theme.  " I am not a salad!"  Lol. 

People got so creative!  Our hosts put out an incredible spread of traditional cheese fondue (that I devoured! Seriously devoured) but added more toppings/dippers like sausage, crudités, apples and bread cubes of course. I will admit to you that I dunked a cheese cube in the cheese.  And I don't regret my decision. 

The green jello with cabbage and mayo in the copper tin (!) made an appearance but I was too busy stuffing my face with fondue to try that.  Cheese Wiz and crackers, quiche, pretzel jello (another mom dish that I love) rounded out our festive feast. 

To drink we had a rainbow sherbet punch and someone found Matuese, the official rose Wine of the 70s. It tasted like old church wine to me. Somehow I still drank my entire glass and enjoyed it.  My mouth was as dry as the Sahara afterward. 

70s food is back to the basics - reminds you of what your mom or in our cases grandma cooks. 

Try an era for your next Hili. It's pretty fun!

Friday, October 3, 2014

I give up

Everyday Health posted a list of what to do to keep your weight off.  I got all excited (like I do for every list that promises to help you lose or keep your weight off) and then I read it.

  1. Build more lean muscle.   Ok - If I'm being honest - I'm not really doing this right now.  I don't really feel like getting up at 5am to build lean or non lean muscle because I need my rest.  That's a goal for maybe next month.  Or next year.
  2. Fight off hunger with more filling foods. Oh, really?  Should I eat fruits and veggies?  Pschht!  Tell me something I don't know!
  3. Avoid temptation. Yes, we know about this too!  Come on!  I don't keep anything good in my house for that reason. 
  4. Count calories.  Duh.  Seriously - I have journaled, Fit Bitted, WWed.  What else is there?  They noted that most women who are successful eat 1800 or less.  I'm at 1200.  What's happening?
  5. Plan your meals in advance.  Sure.  I pack my lunch the  night before every day and have my dinner planned as well.  Not rocket science. 
  6. Consider adding minutes to your exercise plan. That's why I got the fitbit!  I really like it too - I like to be able to push myself and get the extra steps. 
  7. Measure your portions.  Measuring cups, and tablespoons and food scales, oh my!
  8. Weigh yourself daily. Nope!  Cannot.  I won't do this to myself.  I do, however, need to be a part of a weight loss program where someone ELSE weighs me at least weekly.  I need to be accountable somehow.  Also it helps when you pay them.  For me anyway. 
  9. Include dairy in your diet. Unsweetened almond milk.
  10. Let your plate be your guide. Thank you Michelle Obama.
  11. Watch less TV.  Who has time for TV?!?!
  12. Eat breakfast. That's why I get up in the am - well, that and my little peepster :)
I think they forgot:
13)  Avoid having cash in your car and never, ever drive by Taco Bell or any Ice Cream stands. 
14)  Stop looking at food porn on pinterest and cooking shows on TV Network
15)  Win the lottery so you can spend your feelings, not eat them

Weight loss was hard BEFORE the baby, now with a husband working nights and weekends, working myself full time, and a long commute to and from work - it's even harder.  BUT!  I will prevail.....right after this cookie (jk, jk.....sobs to self).....

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeff!

My Pizza Tour Buddy -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

To a wonderful friend that survived selling not only DT and me our house but also selling the famed and prized Woodmont; one which had a lot of sentimental to our family value...THANK YOU!

Not every realtor can quote Dumb and Dumber at the drop of a hat (but they should be able to - they would sell more houses, that's for sure).

Not every friend can join in for my extensive love of pizza and Wixey's treats, especially without judgement but also immense excitement (VP is next!).

Not every friend appreciates silly, weird humor that all surrounds 80s TV and movies.

Not every friend buys you the same birthday gift you got for them (in the form of candy corn and peanuts).

Not every friend appreciates TOLEDO like you do!! 

Have a wonderful - pesto free - BIRTHDAY!!!!




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Sal

Hey Bob!  It's your birthday!  Welp....  It was yesterday.    SARRY!  You don't care and that's one of the great things about you - you are so easy going (aaand your bday present is on it's way too! - SARRY again!).

Happy Birthday.  I love you so much.  Aunt Sal.  Uncle Bob.  Either way. 

In honor of you, here are a bunch of lines that maybe only you will understand.


BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!

Beepaloopboo

A bee bop a bee bop a boopnbop

Yeah yeah, ohhhhhh

Aaaaange

Dick Dale

I'll eat it Don!

A couple a meatballs

 Wisconsin!!!!!

Bababababababa Eggplant

 Applicable....applicable....applicable?

I've had 'em my whole life

Sal, that is disgusting!

Morris....let's take your bear for a walk....NOOOOOOO

 (There are a ton of things that I want to write but I have to pantomime them)

Has anyone seen my new red hat?

Bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit...la la la la la la la, HEY

I am perfectly calm

Sal makes a scene at Brooke's wedding

Billy!

Mouse in the house

Cheers drink!!  Same amount!!

Sugar cubes for horses 

SArry!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family Fast-Forward

This morning on Bob & Tom, comedian  Shane Mauss was featured discussing things like breaking both his feet and living with his parents, specifically watching Game of Thrones with them.   I was laughing so hard during this discussion about watching full frontal nudity on the couch with this guy's mom.  He noted that he is 35. 

Tom asked (or was it Chick) what was happening during all the graphic sex scenes and Shane mentioned that it just got really quiet.  Someone said - did your mom go make popcorn - for 15 minutes - because that's how long the whorehouse scenes are.

Just dying laughing.

Being one of three girls, we watched a lot of great movies as kids.  But, a lot of great movies have sex scenes in them and not all movies we watched could have been taped from TV on VHS to shelter us from the horrid scenes that make us all cringe. 

So.

What do you do?  Popcorn is one, great, buttery solution.  The Dandar family eats at TON of popcorn still to this day.  The other solution?  Just call it what it is...

Family Fast-Foward.

That's what we do.  Still to this day.  Top Gun?  Great movie - but really - that one scene that ruins it all for everyone.  Family Fast-Forward.  What about Indiana Jones?  When they are on the boat?  It's not that intense, but uncomfortable enough.  Family Fast-Forward.  Let's not forget when we were all watching Walking Tall with the Rock on Christmas Day and there was a strip-tease scene.

Family Fast-Forward.

It's the right thing to do.  And now we can all laugh about it.  And eat your popcorn too. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pizza Tour of Toledo: Mancino's

Mancino's Pizza, Airport highway 
I was not expecting much - I don't know why, but holy Moses, this was incredible pizza!  Mancino's is a division of Amy's and I love Amy's as I love Gino's. Here we go....
Crust - This is some of the best crust.  Medium thickness, cooked through and crispy on the edges.  Cheese goes almost ALL THE WAY TO THE EDGE.  Fantastic.
Sauce - I am a fan of a pizza with thick and plentiful, rich sauce.   This is like Amy's and Gino's but just a little different. 
Overall Pizza Score - A+., just amazing pizza. We were trying to decide our favorite last night among our stops on the PTT and I really would rank Mancino's almost tied with J&Gs. They are both excellent but different in their own ways. 
What did ya eat?  Oh man. This is what's fun about dining with a group. You have options. We ordered the award winning 2002 - a pizza with a white butter garlic sauce that reminded me of a ricotta filling in lasagna (yum) topped with tomatoes and maybe spinach?  It was insanely good.  SO garlicy and delicious.   Next, the Mancinos Pride - I am forgetting everything on this pizza because my mind was so blown - pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper (we omitted because blech), onion and bacon.  Stop the press.  So good.  Plus, the grinders looked so good (and they are called Mancino's Pizza AND Grinders - so we had to).  We ordered the pizza and a chicken parm grinders.  These were both decent - but in the face of blow-me-down pizza, they were just ok.  I don't love toasted bread (sue me) and I thought they both needed more sauce (because that sauce is too good to be true).
Other items of note -  Great price!  For all that and 3 fountain drinks I think the bill was only $40 including tip.  You order at the counter and they bring it out to you - it's pretty quick.  Staff was extremely friendly and they loved my baby so EXTRA points to Mancino's staff.
Atmosphere - Much like Gino's and Amy's - it is nothing spectacular in there, but again, no one cares!  The pizza is what you are there for!  It was clean though and I did think the black and white checkered table tops were sort of novel.  I liked the music paraphernalia on the walls. 
Service - Nice, friendly staff that has been there for a long time.  Loyal.  LIKE BABIES :)

I am absolutely craving this pizza now.  I wish it was closer to my house and/or work so I could mow this za more often.  Fantastic.  No wonder you are the winner of the People's Choice Pizza Palooza many years in a row.  Great job, Mancino's. 

Next stop on the PTT - We are deciding.  Maybe making a road trip to Myles in BG.  Talked about giving Inky's another whirl (but I don't want to go back).  Still Village Idiot......and....don't judge me....I am DYING to try that soft pretzel pizza from Little Ceasar's.  It's just....well...I LOVE soft pretzels, nacho cheese, and pizza.  Is it possible that it's bad???


Until next time. on the Pizza Tour of Toledo....



Monday, September 15, 2014

4 months old....


Taylor, it has been 4 months since you came into our lives and filled our hearts with happiness and joy!  You are the cutest little peepster and we love you!  I bet you are excited for your official photo shoot later today !!!  Until then....
Here's you rocking the boots from Kate!  So cute. 

Here's you again, in the stroller you love so much, looking exactly like your Dad. 
Here's you again.... Looking so happy at the sitters!!


And finally, it's you again, being a sweetheart baby. 

My sweet girl- four months ago- this is what we were doing ...


Saturday, September 13, 2014

This line please

My commute to and from work has increased significantly now since we moved to Sylvania.  This past winter was horrible, just horrible for the commute, but I borrowed DT's 4-wheel drive and he has Sirius so I listened to Pearl Jam radio or Howard Stern every day.  Totally awesome.

Now the drive to work in the am takes about 30 minutes and I usually listen to the local talk radio.  The way home?  Ugh.  45 minutes.  It just absolutely kills me not to be doing something constructive during this time.  I catch up on my phone calls, but let's face it, unless you have hands-free, it's not that safe to be always on the phone.  Another thing - I talk ALL DAY LONG at work.  Sometimes, I need a break.

BOOKS ON TAPE.  Thanks for the suggestion CMC.

Yes!  This is perfect.  I will start educating myself whilst driving home!  This is the answer.

So I downloaded something last week that sounded interesting and thought I might learn something.  It was titled "Strategy" or something like that.  I was half-asleep when I selected it and it was on sale - boom!  Plus, it featured a bamboo-style woodwind soundtrack.  YES.

On my way home from work the next day, I started my Strategy session.  Music, fantastic.  The narrator's voice, soothing but not so soothing it would put me to sleep.  This is the best day of my life.

I started to notice the narrator talking about swords and bows and the enemy.  I just figured it was a metaphor, because you know, all smart people speak in metaphors.    The next day on the way home I came to realize, that these were hardly metaphors  -  this is a training session on how to use your swords in combat.  WHAT!  Combat!  The narrator was talking about striking down your enemy, mortally, and how to strike to segregate the hands, legs, and head.  UHHHHHH.......

But yet.....I continue to listen.

Then something else occurred to me.  I bought DT a set of Samurai swords for Christmas.

Crap.

I guess the next time we fly, I'll be hearing, "Ma'am, this line please....."

It's the weekend guys!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday catch up


Hi everyone!  How was your weekend?  We are doing well - here are some quick TNT updates for you!

TNT continues to be a sweetheart baby and bring us joy every day.
Eating - like a champ
Sleeping - eh, hit and miss
Spit up - tons
Drooling - it's happening
Teething - I think maybe it's starting
Fashion - grown out of all 3 month clothes and into 6 month 
Playing - loves to shriek, smile, gurgle, and make zerbert noises.   

Basically?  Beyond adorable. 




Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Nana!

(pictured - Ligibel Family 8/30/14 Clark Lake Community Center)
 
Happy 90th Birthday Nana!!  To the greatest Nana on the planet - you are young at heart and inspiring to us all.  We wonder if Clark Lake is actually the fountain of youth, because you sure  have seemed to have found it.  Thank you for all you do -  your homemade cards, your phone calls, your dinners at the lake, your support of ALL of us grand kids and our activities and events.  All of our friends know NANA - and that means you are THERE for us in so many ways.  We love you Nana.  Happy Birthday (9/3/14).

Here is the song we wrote for you and had the privilege to sing to to and WITH you on Saturday. 

Presented at Nana's Party by Jamie, Sal and Een:
No celebration for Nana is complete without the songs and sayings of Nana.  Please feel free to sing along!
Nana can be heard sighing and yelling at Christmas time when Nat King Cole's voice comes over the radio - everybody knows....THIS is Nana's favorite...
{clip}
Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire/The Christmas Song
Moving onto another holiday, Nana always likes to decorate and have fun, but this egg-cellent holiday is never complete without announcing what time it is.....
{sing}
The Easta Time is the time FO eggs and the time FO eggs is tha Easta TIME!
Nana always taught us to mind our manners and be little ladies when we were children.  We should always keep gum and saliva in our mouths at all times.
Best to tell us in a song version-
{Sing}
Oh theoradoa, don't spit on the floora, use the cuspidor-a, that's what it's for-a!
Nana is well traveled and even went with Jamie on a trip to Germany.  There a great lesson was learned to go while you can or hold it.
{sing}
Passengers will please refrain
From flushing toilets while the train
Is standing in the station. I love you.
We encourage constipation
While the train is in the station.
Moonlight always makes me think of you.

Nana always makes the best of every situation.
She has a natural zest for life and has more fun than most people can ever hope to have.
She live life to the fullest and show us how to
{sing}
Acc-CENTUATE the positive and ELIM-inate the NEGATIVE!  And nothing in between!
Speaking of living life to the fullest, Nana is not afraid to have a G&T in the summer or a scotch in the winter.
Perhaps a cold beer or two, or three.  What's that you say?
{poem}
Mardon me padam
I'm not under the affluence alcohol like most thinkle peep I am
I've just had tee martoonies
And the drunker I stand here the longer I get
If you think I'm drunk look at me


Now, after this fun tribute to Nana, we hope you are all IN THE MOOD - to PARTY!
{clip}
"In the mood" Glen Miller Orchestra

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Taylor Thursday! My little sweetie is so happy and funny right when she wakes up. Makes it even harder to go to work!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taylor goes to the GAF

You may know that the German American Festival is my jam. I used to plot out for weeks my posse and transportation to get to the GAF, and I would often times go all three days. I would skip parties, weddings, showers, work, whatever... It's the GAF people!  For years I poured beer at this great festival and have gotten to know many of the festival chairmen and workers. This year I didn't pour, however I did commit for next year ...YESSSSSSS!!!

Taking a stroller to the GAF was quite a different turn for me today but it was just as fun.  Instead of getting annihilated with boots and shots of Jäger, we searched for my favorite Weiss beer, found a shady spot, had a knockwust, sauerkraut balls and some lanjagers. Heaven. Heaven on earth. 

We wandered through the big tent and watched the lederhosen and dirndl clad folks dance on the glockenspiel. Saw some friends. What a great day for our little TNT. Family day :)