Tony’s Vlog Debut!

Friday morning I had to do a Sam’s Club and Walmart run on my way to work to stock up.  They had trouble with my card, I switched out a card from an attorney that left, and took over that membership.  A month ago I got my picture taken, all was well.  But each and every time I went there, they kept trying to charge me $20 bucks as an add on, when I was just replacing an existing membership that wasn’t up for renewal until September

I was getting mad at the cashier.  I slowed my roll, realized it wasn’t her fault and quickly wanted to open up a can of whoop ass at the front desk.  She kept telling me that she couldn’t find the attorneys name that I replaced, and I kept trying to tell her “it’s because I removed his name and added mine!”  Needless to say, she wanted me to bring paperwork from the office, and proceeded to charge me $20.  I was fuming! (and later realized my blood sugar was low – a lethal combination!).

Then I went to Walmart.  This old couple was blocking the only aisle I needed and I could feel my anger coming back, when all of a sudden the old woman said “we just moved here from Central Illinois, pork capital of the world, and this Walmart is nearly as big as our whole town!”

We talked for several minutes, I could feel myself calming down and when we parted ways she said “appreciate your youth, because before you know it, it’s gone.”

So weekends for me are busy – I never really relax until night time.  I always feel like there is so much I have to get done, laundry, meal planning, cooking, etc.  Tony and I love a particular beer called Boddington’s.  I am happy that he does like another beer other than Miller Lite!  A few weeks ago we googled to see where the closest bar was that had it on tap, and were shocked to find out that an Italian restaurant 2 miles from our house carries it!

So after running a few errands, we found ourselves at this bar for lunch.  We sat down around 12:30, and sure enough, we saw the Boddington’s on tap.

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If you ever see this beer on tap, please try it.  The first sip is always the best.  We then ordered lunch – I ate 1/3 of this giant sandwich and about half the tots.  Generous portions – this plate was only $8.95!

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We spent the afternoon getting to know the owner, Vincenzo, who was born in Italy and reminded me exactly of the actor who played Tony Soprano with his voice and mannerisms.  I talked to a patron Dennis who sat next to me, who was an insurance agent.  An older couple sat at one end of the bar, so cute, and when they left they said “see you next Saturday!”  I asked what the story was with them, and the owner said they had no children, but come in every Saturday for a couple drinks and they bring him cookies from a bakery.

Usually if I start to see my Saturday hours float away I get anxious thinking of all the things I could be doing, but after that little old lady said to appreciate my youth, I didn’t feel guilty at all about spending an afternoon out with my hubs.  It was a lot of fun!  Then we came home and took a two hour nap together – it was glorious!

By yesterday morning though, I had to be a bit more productive and was at the grocery store by 9:00 a.m.  The store wasn’t crowded, it was great.  Here’s a tip to ask your deli.  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but see if they sell “cheese ends.”  It’s the last bit of cheese that they can’t slice and my store sells them for $2.49 a pound – when can you get a pound of cheese for $2.49?

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I take out spicy cheese, and then just throw all the cheese in my food processor and make my own shredded cheese.

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I used some of that cheese for brunch yesterday to make an egg white, zucchini omelet.  Tony last week “accidentally” put a can of corned beef hash in our cart.  In this month’s cooking light they had a recipe for light buttermilk biscuits – so easy they were ready out of the oven in 20 minutes.  I’ll be posting that recipe tomorrow, but they turned out great.

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I cooked up my SIL’s food and then before I knew it, it was time to go to my Mom’s concert in Oak Park. 

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They did the music of Motown and it was really a fun concert – you did great Momma!  The pushpin is where my Mom was!

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My sister and Hannah and her boyfriend made the concert too.   Here I am on the left, Hannah and Jenn.

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I kept trying to reach for Jenn’s boob in the picture, but she’s not as crazy as I am!  I didn’t care who was walking by!

Mom then took us out to Burger Boss for dinner.  This is the place that The Sandwich King filmed at a while ago that my sister went to.

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I ended up getting the Southwest Burger, hold the icky stinky raw onions please.

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I ended up getting a single patty, which was below a 1/4 pound patty, so my burger was probably only 2 ounces?  On the drive home I was thinking that the actually burger patty didn’t have much flavor, but with the chipotle sauce, pepper jack cheese and jalapenos, it was pretty good – with sweet potato fries on the side.

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It was the perfect way to end the weekend – so nice to see you Mom and Hannah! Open-mouthed smile

This plaque is at my grocery store and I’ve never even noticed it before – love the message!

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .

TONY’S VLOG DEBUT!!

Enjoy!  Make it a great day!