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Sarah Kline  Blogger, glutton, vintage junky and avid home cook


Renting a van today and visiting special places from my family's past (swipe ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป).
My mom's school (Northwestern University), North Shore and my brother and I in our first Evanston place.
Next stop, Kenilworth and Wilmette.

Looks like our @Hamiltonmusical ship is about ready to sail, and seeing this show with all our cousins (swipe ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป) made it all the more memorable. What a SHOW.

Looks like in Chicago, nothing's done small, least of which skyscrapers, deep dish pizza or Caesar salads (swipe ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป). Me like-y.

Chicago, let's get this party started.

What's more foolhearty -- trying to drive into Wrigleyville during a Cubs game or handing me this bag while stuck in traffic?

There's something about a newly minted teen in a frothy white tutu and a 9 month old in a billowing white dress, dancing and clapping in unison that makes my heart go pitty pat.

One of my favorite parts of this birthday weekend was the scavenger hunt Charlotte went on for her birthday present.
After many stops, we ended up at Tiffany's where she picked out a necklace.
Seeing her face when she figured out where we were ultimately headed was ๐Ÿ˜ + ๐ŸŒˆ.

Scenes from a birthday dinner: steak frites and salad followed by peach blackberry crisp on the porch. Enjoying a homemade treat and lighting birthday candles in ice cream because they started to melt in still-warm crisp.
And then sending leftovers off with neighbors and friends.
Happy birthday, my beloved!
Chicago, here we come.

I thought I was crafty until I saw what that really means--like making two custom oversized birthday piรฑatas out of recycled Amazon boxes and leftover tissue paper (swipe ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿปfor side view). Well done, birthday girl-- you amaze me daily.

Birthday breakfast at Pip's.
Within seconds of walking in you can see what's happening at every table.
Simple arithmetic.
# of donuts ordered divided by # in party. How's it going to work out?
Pity the fools with too low a 1st number and anything higher than 3 on the second.

Happy 13th Birthday, my beautiful daughter.
You bring such joy to our lives.
Big fun ahead!

What do you bring to a cocktail party?

I could've brought rose, or cheese and crackers, but this time I thought I'd make Prosciutto, Brie and Pesto pizza cut into bite-sized pieces...
Because fat, salt and crunch are my three amigos.

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