I had such a great day off yesterday.  I was able to sleep in a bit and enjoy my coffee and half an egg bagel while I blogged before heading to my Mom’s house.

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I mainly ate the egg with cheese – the bagel was bought last week and sat in my car for a day before I remembered to bring it in.  It was pretty stale. Sad smile

I went to my Mom’s house to pick her up for lunch.  We tried to get a picture together, but my head was so big in all the pictures – it just made us laugh!

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We headed to Oak Park to wait for my daughter Hannah to get there on the L.  My Mom and I had time to thrift at a consignment store.  My Mom always thinks I look good in hats – I don’t think so though.

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I am not the biggest fan of consignment shops because I still think the merchandise is overpriced.  Check out this t-shirt – it was $99!

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Hannah texted she was a couple stops away, so we met her at the exit.

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Then we headed to Scratch in Forest Park.  Super cute place, the server was excellent. 

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My Mom said her friends said not to miss the macaroni and cheese – we split a small for our appetizer.  I can’t imagine what the large would look like!

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Super creamy with a crunchy bread crumb topping.  It’s hard for me to ever pass up a macaroni and cheese though!

And after all my drooling for the past several days for the Fire Burger, it did not disappoint!

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Here’s the deal though.  the toppings made this burger – the cherry peppers, roasted jalapeno and poblano with the spicy cheese sauce – to die for.  The more I thought about it though, the burger part was . . . just okay.  The server said that they make their own burger mix with brisket and beef – mine was supposed to be a spicy Italian sausage patty, but it tasted just like a regular burger.  She said because of the type of meat they use, you can’t order to temp – she explained that the burgers are cooked to medium – medium/well, but will still be juicy.  Mine wasn’t that juicy.

That being said – the toppings were wonderful – I had salt and pepper chips on the side instead of fries.  What was amazeballs though?  The mustard!

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I don’t know if you can see in my basket, but the mustard was very vinegary and peppery.  I’ve decided I need to make this mustard at home, I have no idea how yet, but that may be a football Sunday project for me. Open-mouthed smile

We then dropped my twin sister off back at work – wish you could have stayed out with us!

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My boob looks really big in that picture – ha!

I texted Tony my meal and these were his comments – made me laugh Open-mouthed smile

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He wouldn’t have touched either thing I got with a ten foot pole.

Then we headed towards downtown LaGrange – a couple thrift stores and some cute shops – it’s really a nice downtown area.  I know where to go now if I need any glassware!  Most of them were priced .85 cents, which seemed a bit odd to me.

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I almost bought these twin dolls – one for me and one for my sister – why do they have mustaches though?

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And Skippy, there were so many snowmen – I kept thinking of you!

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And Shelley – I am kicking myself for not buying this yard for you – only .25 cents a skein (spelling?) – but I know nothing about yarn and it could have been all crap.

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And Rhonda, totally thought of you when I saw these cast iron door stoppers – a bit pricey at $75 though!  (p.s.  I miss your blogging and recipes!)

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We went into a children’s store and they had bins and bins of tiny things – not even sure what they were for?  The bin of babies was kind of creepy.

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And before we knew it, it was time for Hannah to get back on the train to go home – it was great seeing you and thanks for taking the day off to spend it with Nana on her birthday!

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It’s getting darker earlier these days – by the time I drove home and I got dinner started, it was already dark at 7:15.  Makes for interesting grilling!  I grilled up two chicken breasts and added some of the copycat Rudy’s bbq sauce.  And I heated up some of the leftover risotto – quick and easy dinner!

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The Monday night football game was a blow out, so Tony only watched the first half.  Lori, you must be happy about last nights game!   Then we caught up on some stuff from the DVR – Ray Donovan is getting so good!

So if you guys could just talk to my bosses for me and tell them I’d like to take every Monday off, I would appreciate it!

I am looking forward to getting back into my workout and eating routine – it’s been off for the last few days and I need to reign it back in.  (is it rein or reign?  Helen, you would know the answer to that one I think!)

Thanks for the compliments on the new layout – I do like that the comments are at the end of the post so you don’t have to scroll up.  It’s just a basic form so I’ll be working on a new header, etc. in the next several days. 

Alright, time to get my gym bag packed and my food together – make it a great day!