Dying Easter Eggs with Food!

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So Liam, my 5 year old, saw this on Creative Galaxy which is a cute kids show on Amazon Prime. Of course we had to try it! We used coffee, turmeric, onion skin, frozen spinach and beet juice. It’s a great science experiment to get kids involved and to show them what else foods can do! We had so much fun!

The only thing is it takes a lot longer to dye the eggs than traditional food coloring. We actually let them soak for an entire movie length, so about 2 hours. You can let them soak for even longer to get more color if you want, just know ahead of time that it’s a long process. But afterwards you can let your kids decorate them! Liam enjoyed writing on them with crayons and putting stickers on. So, if you are interested in this fun craft, here is what you need to do and what you’ll need…

Notes: Beforehand we wrote on some of the eggs with a white crayon. We also wrapped an egg with a rubber band to get different effects.

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What you will need:

Hard boiled white eggs
Vinegar
Glass or plastic cups
Cookie sheet for drying (or you can just use your egg carton)
Food for coloring; we used brewed coffee, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, beet juice from canned beets, frozen spinach and the skin of a sweet onion.

Spinach: boiled for an hour and then drained into a colander over a glass cup
Onion: boiled for an hour and then drained into a colander over a glass cup
Coffee: brewed from the morning pot
Turmeric: 3 tablespoons stirred into a cup of water and then boiled in the microwave
Beets: easiest one, I just opened a can of beets and poured all the water into a glass cup.

Once you have all your colors in their cups, pour in 1 tablespoon of vinegar into each. Now you are ready to dye your eggs! Carefully drop an egg into each color and let soak until they have reached the desired color.

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Above are the 5 eggs we did. Starting from the top and going clockwise is coffee, spinach, onion skin, beet juice, and turmeric.

Here’s Liam having so much fun!

And the final, finished product 🙂

Have fun and Happy Easter!

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Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage

I can’t believe I’ve been married for 5 years! My husband is awesome, he’s the love of my life, father to our son and provider for our family. Liam spent the night at my parents so we were able to have a night out on the town and not worry about anything! It was long overdue. We had a great time, drank some fantastic cocktails and ate some pretty darn good food. First, I’ll start with what I wore…

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Shirt- Old Navy blouse with little bowties on it!
Jeans- Old Navy black coated Rock Star skinnies
Shoes- BCBG black stiletto booties from DSW
Clutch: LuLu Townsend in gold alligator, also from DSW

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I loved this shirt because it fit me well, was flowy and sexy and the bowties I could not resist! So again, yes, I’m obsessed with Old Navy right now. Go check it out! The clothes are cute, comfy and inexpensive. And no, they are not paying me to promote them 😉

Moving on to food. We had dinner at a place called Gather in Lincoln Square. The picture below is of Whipped Ricotta served with baguette. We ordered this for an appetizer and oh my God! It was so freaking delicious, everytime I took a bite I literally moaned. So, so good.

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For our entrees, I had the Diver Scallops (picture below) and Ferro had the burger which is what they are known for. Everything was so good, I really have no complaints. Their food is all fresh from local farms, which I love. I stuck with wine for dinner and had Pinot Gris which was great, and Ferro had an Old Fashioned and some other drink which I cannot remember. I will definitely return!

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We were really full after dinner so we did not order dessert at Gather. Afterwards, we went to a bar called The Violet Hour. It’s very popular and in the Wicker Park neighborhood. If you are ever in Chicago for the evening, check it out! Great atmosphere and drinks. We did have to wait in line for about 40 minutes, but I’m a chatter box so it didn’t seem like it at all. The picture below is of a Belgium Waffle served with melted Nutella for dipping, sooo good and the perfect dessert! I ordered a Whiskey Smash to drink and Ferro again ordered an Old Fashioned.

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The Violet Hour is somewhat of a speakeasy bar. No sign on the outside, just a mural on the wall with a yellow light above the door that you don’t even know is there. It’s very dark inside, tall ceilings with chandelier lighting and velvet curtains. The mixologists are all well known and are very good at what they do. It is a bit pricey, though, so a good special occasion spot.

Thanks for reading about our night and how we celebrated! I’m sorry if it was boring but I love hearing about good restaurants and new places to try so hopefully you enjoyed 🙂 Peace and love to all! Bye!

 

 

 

Celebrating the Big 3-0 in Las Vegas

It’s official, I’m 30. Geez. No big deal really. I feel great. Ok, maybe just good 😉 But I celebrated in a great way, that’s for sure! My husband and I took a long weekend to Las Vegas. This was my 4th time there and though it was a blast, I probably won’t be returning anytime soon. I. Am. Exhausted. To say the least. It literally overloads all of your senses; your vision- obviously, there are lights and huge buildings everywhere. Your smell- mostly cigarette smoke. Your hearing- ding ding ding of slot machines and thump thump thump of loud, bassy music. Your touch- the sun is hot as hell. And my favorite! Your taste- the food is amazing! My husband thinks I’m crazy, but even eating at Subway or Starbucks. The food just tastes so good to me here. They probably do something to it. I could eat and drink here all day (and night) long…

We stayed at Encore which is part of the Wynn. Definitely one of the best hotels I’ve ever been in and would stay here again if I ever return to Vegas. Yes, it is off the strip a bit, but I actually prefer that. The strip is loud and dirty and you encounter some very odd characters. However, the strip is something to see at least once, especially the Bellagio fountain at night and other hotels, but other than that, you can pretty much stay in your hotel. They all offer so much and are huge. Encore is beautiful, very upscale, and everywhere you look, from the floor to the ceiling, you see something stunning. Here’s a picture of the bathroom in our room…

Amazing. I wish it was mine. I’m sure every woman does. It also had a separate tub and shower. And here is the hall where you wait for the elevators…

So pretty! We were on the 57th floor and here was our view at night…

But enough of the hotel, onto food. I didn’t take that many photos of the food I ate, unfortunately, but I can at least talk about it. First, we had lunch outside of the Wynn at a place called Terrace Point Cafe. I had a chicken salad sandwich on a homemade croissant. Delicious! Here it is…

Just look at those layers! I will challenge myself one day and make croissants. It was so good I ate every last bite. For dinner we ate in our hotel at a restaurant called Botero. Very good and very expensive. First we ordered Ahi Tuna Tartare which was amazing. I ordered a Petite Filet for my main course that was $50 and then a side of asparagus which was $12. Everything was so tasty, just double the price of what you would get here in Chicago.

We then spent that night at one of Encore’s nightclubs, XS. Very fun, very crowded. We saw Diplo and was surprised to see Pauly D from Jersey Shore hanging out in the dj booth. Going out was the highlight of the trip for me. I wanted to drink, which we did a lot of, and party, which we also did 😉

The next day was Mother’s Day and we went to the Buffet in our hotel which offered a Mother’s Day brunch. Seriously, so much different types of food, I was overwhelmed. From pancakes and eggs and waffles, to Asian cuisine and Sushi, to Italian sausage and pastas, to Mexican, etc. My favorite, of course, was the dessert section. Here is what I enjoyed…

I’m surprisingly not a huge fan of macaroons. The yellow one was lemon which was good, but the purple was grape and kind of disgusting. The cupcake was cinnamon with cream cheese frosting and decorated with glitter sugar and an edible white chocolate square. And lastly the pie was my favorite. Banana cream filling with whipped cream and shaved coconut. Yum! After we ate we relaxed by the pool enjoying cocktails before getting ready to walk along the strip.

For dinner, we were done spending double the price on everything. I found a Mexican restaurant in New York New York called Gonzalez Y Gonzalez. It was a nice change of pace and scenery. No photos, just typical, delicious Mexican food.

After dinner we went to a hookah lounge called Azuza. It may come as a shock to some people but my husband and I smoke shisha regularly and even own a hookah. We saw this place had good reviews on Yelp so we checked it out.

I apologize for the bad photo, it was really dark in there which was nice for us. The hookah itself was just ok, we got the Blue Mist flavor. We also ordered Turkish coffee. If you like coffee and have never had it, get it sometime! It’s really good, strong and is perfect when you are smoking.

Next, we went to Cosmopolitan. Such a beautiful hotel! Here is a picture of the chandelier bar…

Doesn’t do it any justice. It is so pretty and sparkly in person. And of course, the Bellagio Fountain…

 

We almost stayed at Bellagio and I’m glad we did not. We walked through there and it is so crowded! And too many kids. Of course it’s beautiful and the shops are great and I’m sure the restaurants are fantastic, but not for me.

And lastly, I wanted to go to Sugar Factory in the Paris hotel to get a birthday dessert. We shared the Drunken Sundae which is chocolate and Baileys gelato that they make in-house, topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, pecans and brownie bites. Holy deliciousness! A perfect way to end the day and trip.

If you have never been to Las Vegas, obviously I recommend it. It is not for everyone, I know some people do not like it, but there is so much to do besides party and gamble. We actually did not spend a dime on gambling. But we ate and drank good 😉

I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip! Now it is time for me to come back to reality…