Happy Halloween!

Wish I could say I painted that, but I can not. I didn’t even get around to buying/making any other decorations or carving pumpkins this year (thanks for the pumpkin, ma!).  I was so excited to live in a neighborhood where kids would trick-or-treat, but silly me, I have to work tonight. Ho hum. HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR!

Foodie Fridays: Pumpkin cupcakes

I’ve totally jumped on the I-love-everything-pumpkin bandwagon (though in full disclosure, I didn’t buy the pumpkin ice cream I was checking out at Trader Joe’s the other night. Cold pumpkin? I’m just not an entire two pints sure that’d be good. Anyone tried it?).

I found an easy recipe for pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon-cream cheese frosting in a magazine when I was in Houston and decided to give it a go. They turned out quite scrumptious if I do say so myself. They’re not super pumpkin-y though, so if that’s your thing you might want to add some pumpkin spice to the recipe.

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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I want that Wednesdays

If you know one thing about me, it could certainly be the fact that I love brunch. And so it’s pretty great that I live in Chicago because Chicagoans also seem to have an appreciation for a good breakfast/lunch combo. When Chicago magazine came out with the Best Breakfasts issue, I was 1. disappointed that they didn’t ask me to help out with this issue, 2. glad to see M. Henry (featured on Foodie Fridays) made the list, and 3. drooling over this:

It’s maple-sautéed bananas with yogurt and cinnamon from Dodo. Stupid name for a restaurant in my opinion, but I definitely want to eat that. And according to the menu, it’s only $2.50! AH-MAZING.

Here’s Chicago mag’s write up on Dodo:

Usually the problem with taking kids to breakfast is not their behavior, for once—it’s the line. Dodo, a cheerily grungy spot in the meatpacking district, never seems to have one, and its playful menu shifts from ambitious stuff like Japanese pancakes and hash with andouille sausage to a triple stack of pancakes with melty chocolate chips. 954 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-5300

I don’t appreciate them encouraging people to take their children to brunch, but if these bananas are as heavenly as they appears to be, I guess I can put up with some rug rats for an hour or so.

And… I’m back!

Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated. I’m truly sorry, trusty readers. I was on IR…

OK not really, but I did feel handicapped from updating thanks to an extended sinus infection, family visiting (the ever-commenting Tia Cindy), a nearly-impossible-to-pull-off work deadline and a handful of other barriers. But I’m back now, and HOPEFULLY IT’S FOR GOOD! (Speaking of good, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say my stand-in photo is a little more badass than a certain No. 88’s… What do you think?)

I want that Wednesdays

It’s as simple as this: I want a really great accent chair – well, preferably two – to fit in the cute little “reading nook” at the front of my living room. But it’s not really simple at all. It’s tricky to find something cute, comfortable and, most importantly, affordable.

Now if I could just up and buy something, that’d be one thing obviously (I can’t imagine this gorgeous chair comes cheap). But in an effort to not bounce my rent check, I make do with what I have – which are actually two pretty cool club chairs I inherited when my grandparents downsized.

The only problem is that the upholstery isn’t really my style, and actually it’s kind of dirty (thus the reason I’d never ever get white or off-white furniture!). I haven’t looked into it, but I imagine reupholstering something like this would cost a small fortune – and wouldn’t include the price of fabric of course.

So I guess what’s actually on my wishlist this “I want that Wednesdays” is 1. Time to find a quality furniture upholstery place. 2. Them to make a mistake and underestimate the amount of work it’d take to redo these chairs, thus giving me a ridiculously good deal. 3. Find some bad ass fabric to cover these sweet things in, and finally 4. Complete the nook look.

That’s not too much to ask for… right? I guess A COOL MILLION WOULD DO THE TRICK TOO.

Weekend Rewind: Ferris Bueller’s 25th Anniversary

Groupon celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a screening (well, three screens really) at Wrigley Field, which, if you remember, is one of the spots Ferris hits with Sloane and Cameron in the movie. It was pretty awesome to be watching such an iconic Chicago flick while sitting in such an iconic outfield. And it was all possible thanks to the Cubs sucking and not making the post-season… oh the irony.

Photo courtesy of the Aurora Sentinel. Thanks!

I know the neighborhood association always complains when there are nighttime events at Wrigley, but I’d give it two thumbs up if they’d make it a regular thing, especially if they brought the price down a bit. I never made it to a Movie in the Park this year, so this scratched that itch – minus the mosquitoes.