living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

There’s a new burger in town

We cook dinner at home a lot—a lot more now that we have a child, and a lot earlier in the evening than we used to— but our family still loves to go out to restaurants. No potential toddler drama is going to stop that from happening. (Side note: big believer over here in incorporating the kid into the family activities instead of rearranging our lives around the whims of a toddler. Selfish? I prefer to think that...

Family fiesta.

Last weekend, we loaded up the car and headed south to visit my in-laws’ house for a family reunion. And when I say loaded, I mean loaded- we’ve never traveled light, and adding a toddler to the mix means adding even more stuff. Diapers, eight changes of clothes for two days because toddlers are messy, swim gear, the boards for our bags games, extra basil and mint and oregano from my garden because I...

Sausage Waffles on a Stick.

Doesn’t that sound delicious? I didn’t really think so, until I tried it. A few years ago, Dave and Peach, our business partner, went to a restaurant inventory sale. They had some crazy idea, as usual, and ended up bringing home a couple of industrial-strength corn dog making machines. Dave tells me they retail for something like $600, but they paid maybe $25 for each of them. The crazy idea never...

Spoiled.

Cooper and I took a quick trip to grandma and grandpa’s house this weekend. They haven’t seen him since Easter, and he’s grown so much since then! So we loaded up the exersaucer, a pile of diapers and clothes and hit the road. New toys. Everybody knows that grandma’s primary job is to spoil the grandkids, and my mom is no exception. We were barely in the door and she brought out a bag of...

My Favorite Salad.

I’ve been trying to eat more healthy food. Last week, I made an effort to go home for lunch at least three days. I enjoyed a salad, sandwich and sunshine on the deck by the pool, tossing a tennis ball in the yard to keep Lucy entertained and away from my food. Here’s my current favorite salad: Here’s what’s in it: Gorgeous mixed greens from Avery’s Produce at the Lawrence...

Wanted: Quick, Easy & Healthy Recipes

I need help! Our little family HAS to change our eating habits. We eat at strange times (dinner at 9 p.m., anyone?), we often skip breakfast (especially Dave, since he pretty much skips mornings altogether), and we eat at restaurants, especially fast-food, way too often. It’s just easier and more fun. But that needs to change; not only for financial reasons but for health reasons. I know it’s a matter...

Eating For Two. (Or, Eating Everything In Sight.)

To those of you who don’t really believe I’m pregnant because at almost 26 weeks along I barely have a belly, bless you. At my last doctor’s appointment, I discovered I had gained twenty pounds. Already?! I asked the doctor if that was normal, or too much or too little. He said it was a little on the high side (!) but not to worry about it. He was thoroughly unconcerned. I’m here to tell you...

Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s

Thanks to @free on Facebook, I found out about Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s. The barbecue joint recently opened a restaurant in Lawrence, all the way over on the west side of town. Dave’s Day was Sunday, and anyone named David, Dave or Davy got a free entree. Free food? I’m all about free stuff, even if it wasn’t technically for me. And even if it meant driving all the way across town....

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