Farewell to Friends

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A stop by the park before our 6pm reservations at III Forks.

We just got home from a delicious dinner at III Forks. We enjoyed a special meal with our dearest and closest as we bid farewell to a couple leaving us for better things in Michigan. It is always wonderful to meet people you connect with. This couple has been a part of our Chicago life. We have celebrated each others’ graduations, weddings, and the birth of our little one. We wish them the best of luck in their new chapter and can’t wait to visit them in Michigan.

It was great to have a farewell dinner doing what we always do when we get together. We had delicious food and great conversation.

I ordered the Chilean sea bass while my mister had the rib eye.

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If you are a family looking for a fine dining experience III Forks is great. With a great park and water fountain nearby, your little one has a place to burn off energy before or after your meal. The beautiful indoor setting provides a lot to look at and the huge windows provide a nice relaxing element. The food is delicious and the service excellent. It was a wonderful dining experience for us, our toddler, our close friends and their one month old, and the rest of our party. III Forks provided the perfect atmosphere to celebrate our friendship and wish our friends happiness for what is to come.

Donut Vault and Mity Nice

Today, my mister and I spent our day as if it was BM.  BM is our acronym for ‘before Miles’.  After much debate on how we should spend the last day of my mister’s one week vacation we decided we would drop our little guy off at daycare and extend our vacation one more day.  We spent the day eating and walking.  We went to Donut Vault and enjoyed a chestnut and vanilla glazed donut with a cup of iced coffee.

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We walked Michigan Avenue and bought gifts for our loved ones.  We ended our day with a tasty lunch at Mity Nice where I treated myself to macaroni & cheese and a Spicy Tuna Burger.  My mister enjoyed a Fritzy’s Special Burger.

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All in all, it was a wonderful way to end a wonderful week.  What was life like for you BK (before kids)?

*all images were taken by me or my husband and are property of Yellow Loves Grey.  Images cannot be used without my written permission.

A summer ‘treat’

Tomorrow is my last day of this school year.  It has been a year of many wonderful new relationships with students and colleagues.

To end the year, I made these Pinspired treats for my students.  I think the final product looks great!  I am very happy with them and am excited to give them to my students tomorrow.

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The idea intention of these treats is to let my students know I have enjoyed my year with them and to wish them a great summer.  I chose colors and graphics that I thought  represented Summer.

If you are interested in making these here’s how I made them.

1. Gather your supplies.

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2. Attach the straws to the individual rice crispy treat.

DSC009443. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments and dip the individual crispy treats into the chocolate.

DSC009464. Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles on the bar.

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5.  Allow to dry.  Now this step took a few tries before I could get it right.  At first I laid the treats on their sides to dry.

DSC00948It looked so pretty, but the sprinkles on the bars did not keep and got pushed into the chocolate.

Next, I tried to have them all propped up during the chocolate drying process.

DSC00950Again, it looked pretty up until the rice crispies got too heavy and started to fall off the straws.

Finally, I figured the best way was to lay the treats upside down.

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5.  The final steps were to individually put the bags on each rice crispy treat, then to tie a ribbon with my note that says, “Its been a real ‘treat’ being your teacher.  Have a great summer!”

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I think this project can be used for many different occasions.  I can see it for Valentines Day with a cute note that reads, “It is a ‘treat’ having you as my friend.”  I can see it for birthdays, holidays, and as thank you treats.  What do you think?  Is this as versatile as I think?

*All photographs and images were taken by and are property of yellow loves grey.  These images may not be used without the my written consent.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Cupcakes


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For my little guy’s birthday I made cupcakes for him and his little daycare buddies.  I went with the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme.  I love how it turned out.  Because his daycare group is made up of babies and toddlers, I made “baby” cupcakes using the Applesauce Spice Cake recipe from Wholesome Baby Food.  For the frosting I  followed their Banana Glaze recipe.  The cupcakes were a hit. For the cupcake toppers I used Microsoft Word, google images search “Hungry Caterpillar”, circle hole punches from Michaels, and glued each to toothpicks.

The recipes were adapted from the recipes on Wholesome Baby Food

Applesauce Spice Cake 

3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Macintosh apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 inch square baking pan.

Beat the eggs until they drop like ribbons from the beaters. Continue beating and add the oil in a thin stream. Beat in the 1 cup applesauce and the 1 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate then mix in the flour gradually until well blended. Add the baking soda, ground ginger, ground almonds and apples. Fold together until well mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F about 40 minutes or until the cake tests clean with a knife or toothpick. Cool completely before frosting.

Banana Glaze

1/2 med. banana
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 or more c. powdered sugar

Mash banana well add lemon juice. Gradually add powdered sugar until you obtain right spreading consistency. Ice cake after completely cool.

 What did you do for your little one’s first birthday?