Getting out of the Kitchen and Preparing for Paris: Money

Hello! (or bonjour as I’m now accustomed to).

Paris has a place in my heart, and has since my lovely professor Mme. Gronhovd at Gustavus basically gave me a wake up call and said, “you really can’t be a French major and not go to France!!” To which I reluctantly signed up for a semester […]

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Date night at Travail

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Neighbor Dave and I enjoyed a great night at Travail a couple weeks ago. We got a ten course tasting menu to share for $65 on Tuesday night (which is one of two date nights per week Travail hosts). I’d highly recommend you check out their restaurant- the food was surprising, the chefs’ skill amazing, […]

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My mom says I didn’t eat eggs from the first time they showed up on my High Chair Tray.

My food memories run deep. From the homemade apple bread I didn’t like, because it had hidden cheddar cheese …

…to the Tortilla pie I did (and so did everyone else at the table- except for my mom- so she made it at least once a week. She won’t touch the stuff now and never […]

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The New Lifestyle

Musings on the changes we’ve made here at the Antila household (compared to one year ago).

Purchased > Homemade (Buy > Make)

Eat out > Eat in

Pay for it > Do it ourselves (like cleaning or shoveling or lawn mowing)

Follow someone else’s rules > Make the rules

Rote > Creative

Normal > Experiment

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Catalysts at Christmas

 

You know it’s Holiday Season when:

You trade shoes for slippers (and out for in) You trade Steak for Soup The browns and golds of fall turn into greens and reds of Christmas (or blues and whites of Hannukah)

I love this time of year too!

Neighbor Dave and I broke out the […]

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Thanksgiving Primer II

Like most anything else, if I break a big big thing down into smaller pieces, it doesn’t seem so unwieldly. Thanksgiving is like that too.

I like to think of Thanksgiving in three parts. Part One is to figure who is coming, and what (and how much) we’ll have to eat.

You can learn all […]

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Viili and Yogurt Making Follow Up…

You read about my adventures getting a Viili starter earlier this month… so how did that turn out, anyway?

Well, as I am prone to do, I thought I would outsmart the way everyone has always made Viili and instead follow the method I’ve been using to make regular yogurt. (Meaning, I’d boil the […]

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The Desperate Search for Viili

Yes, I am a nut case!

I’ve been making yogurt, and making mistakes making yogurt.

Not only does Neighbor Dave wave off my science experiments of late with a smile, but sometimes he actually has a great idea.

Like the idea he mentioned in mid August when I started the crazy yogurt making experiment.

He […]

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It’s July, where have I been?

Sometimes, real life happens… I’ve missed blogging in the past couple of weeks!

 

Three years ago today, I married Neighbor Dave. What can I say, he is the absolute best.

When we were newly dating, I found this picture of him online.

It was from a business conference website.

I doctored it up […]

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Serv-Safe, Lunches, Bronze- Another typical Monday

Good morning and happy Monday to everybody! Happy belated Mother’s day to you Moms out there.

For those that missed it, there is a love letter to my mom on the Minneapolis Star Tribune website from Saturday 5/8. I responded to a tweet from Bill Ward, a reporter who covers local stories and writes […]

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