09/28/12

Meat Lovers Spaghetti Sauce

 

If you are hosting a large group of people and looking for a great recipe to feed them all, or you are planning ahead and want to have a yummy, savory meaty sauce on hand for busy school nights, this is the recipe for you.  This recipe is another reason to love Fall!

Meat Lover’s Spaghetti Sauce

Fry in a large Dutch Oven:
6 to 8 slices baconBrown:
24 Ounces Ground Beef (or blend of Meats, if desired)
1 large Onion
2 ribs celery, chopped
Season salt to taste

Stir in:
1(18-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1(14-ounce) jar artichoke hearts (optional)
1(14-0unce) can italian style stewed tomatoes
1(6-ounce) can tomato paste
1(2-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)
1 cup red wine

Add:
2 t black pepper
1 t oregano, crushed
1 t basil, crushed
1/2 t (or more!)ground red pepper
1 bay leaf

Simmer:
For one hour or to the desired consistency, stirring occassionally.

Taste:
Occassionally to make sure you have desired seasoning.

Discard:
The bay leaf and spoon the sauce over pasta of your choice.

Don’t forget the Parmesan Cheese!

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09/26/12

Favorites From Pottery Barn Teen

Metal Wall Letters

Arrow Marquee Wall Light

Austen Wood Veneer Pendant

Favorite Tee Sheet Set

I love Pottery Barn Teen for every room in the house. Love the stop-sign red letters for an upstairs hallway or kitchen. What about Arrow Marquee Sign for a little wall near a mudroom or above a window in a little guy’s room or maybe even over the powder room door – how fun! Adore those bird’s nest light fixtures. Great for a powder or over a desk in a child’s room. My Favorite T-Shirt Sheets look super soft and cozy especially now that the weather is getting chilly. What a treat it would be to climb in under those every night! Especially love the grey and orange.

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09/25/12

Cliffwood Farm – Time for Horseback Riding!

Have you ever wanted to learn to ride horses or improve your skills in the sport? Cliffwood Farm, located in the beautiful countryside of Richmond, IL, now offers hunter/jumper riding lessons to people of all ages and riding levels with their experienced trainer Carli Curtis.  Carli has competed up to the Grand Prix level and is very versatile teaching hunter or jumper riders and horses. You don’t need your own horse to ride; you can learn on one of the Farm’s trusted lesson horses.  Cliffwood Farms has a wonderful pony for young children to learn on as well as horses for adults to ride.

Lucky for us, Cliffwood Farm is generously running a back to school promotion for discounted riding lessons if you mention Market Square Musings. Your 1st riding lesson is only $20! Call today to schedule – 815-678-7000.

Check out their website at www.cliffwoodfarm.com for information on boarding, training, horse shows and other events at Cliffwood!

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09/24/12

Oktoberfest Benefit – The Gorton Children’s Drop-In Center

 

Grab your family & friends, and hit one of the best fall events on the North Shore! Rated as one of the area’s parties NOT to miss, plan to attend the 2012 Oktoberfest benefit to support the Gorton Children’s Drop-In Center!
WHEN: Friday, September 28th
TIME: 7:00 – 11:00 PM
WHERE: The Lake Forest Club (554 N. Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest)
TICKETS: $75 in advance from www.gortoncenter.org or $85 at the door
DRESS: Casual
FEATURED AUCTION & RAFFLE PACKAGES:
  • COSTA RICA: 6 days and 5 nights of fishing, surfing and rustic adventure at the Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort
  • DISNEY WORLD: Family of 4 will head to Orlando for 3 days in the Disney Parks and 1 day at SeaWorld, including 4 nights at the Residence Inn Orlando
  • 2 VIP TICKETS TO ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
  • PRIVATE BEER LOVER’S DINNER FOR 6 – Private party at Inovasi, including 6 unique courses paired with 6 special brews from Lake Bluff Brewing Company
  • 4 PASSES TO BMW CHAMPIONSHIP AT CONWAY FARMS
Can’t attend but would like to support this great cause? Please make a contribution to help support the Drop-In. Donations can be mailed directly to the Gorton Children’s Drop-In Center at 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045.
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09/21/12

Toast Tech Covers for the iPad

Market Square Musings last featured Toast’s fly-fishing iPhone cover in June.  Since then the company has been hard at work creating its latest design – covers for the iPad!  Toast laser cuts and etches each elegant wood veneer for the iPhone and now for the iPad.  The veneers are beautiful, natural, customizable covers that add protection without adding bulk.  Backed with a great 3M adhesive, they are removable and reusable. All Toast products are crafted in Portland with renewable energy and we donate 1% of our sales to protect and restore our planet.
Toast’s online store, www.Toastmade.com, allows you to add custom text to your veneer or even submit your own artwork or logo for custom etching.  They are continuously adding new original designs and recently added bamboo to their list of wood choices.  And, for the lucky ones who will be purchasing the new iPhone 5 soon, Toast will have iPhone 5 covers available for purchase next week!
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09/20/12

Parker & Rain Bar Cart Trays

These barcart trays from Parker & Rain are the perfect way to add a little oomph to a room.  With patterns like Canary Yellow Bamboo, Union Jack and Serveware there is something for everyone and every taste.  No doubt these trays will dress up a barcart, but why stop there?   They would also be a perfect addition to your dresser or bathroom to display your jewelry or as a pop of color to a book shelf – really, so many possibilities.

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09/19/12

Lisa Cotten at The Lake Forest Shop. September 25th – 26th. Don’t Miss!

We are so excited that one of our favorite jewelry designers is coming to Lake Forest! Lisa Cotten has been creating the most beautiful bobbles since 2005. Her collection has been featured at Material Possessions in Chicago and Maze Home in Winnetka and is debuting at The Lake Forest Shop this Fall. We can’t wait for her trunk show on September 25, 26 – We promise, it is a show that you will not want to miss. Mark it down in your books, girls!

Lisa’s studio is in Winnetka so of course we love supporting a local gal. Amazingly, this former model and mother of four has found the time to create an stunning collection designed with the finest precious stones sourced from Thailand, India, Brazil and beyond.  You are sure to fall in love with the line. I especially adore the Bubble Rings and Europa Hoop earrings and Rings. Oh, and I’d love the blue Indra Collection Earrings too. Honestly, anything in her line is fabulous for day and night – everyday and special occasion. Which makes it totally a smart purchase!

See you at Lisa Cotten’s Show at The Lake Forest Shop on September 25 and 26th!

 

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09/18/12

On My Wish List. Maggie Meiners Photographs.

One of my favorite things to find on other blogs are new artists, photographer’s, painters, sculptures etc. Creative people making beautiful images that I might not have ever known about had it not been for that particular post.

Maggie Meiners, a local photographer, just happens to be one of our very favorites. She has been showing her photographs for years in and around Chicago but her most recent exhibit was undoubtably the best in our minds. The images took my breath away. They have the perfect combination of vivid colors, a little sparkle and a touch of mystery. Every image has an undeniable nostalgia. She tells a story but leaves us wondering. Each piece has classic elements but with it’s own quirky twist.

A Maggie Meiners photograph is surely on my Christmas list this year (Mom, Joe…are you reading?). I’d really love the entire series but one would do me just fine. Wouldn’t the tennis player be fabulous in an otherwise formal dining room? Kiddy Cocktails is just the thing for a bare living room wall, right?

Everyone has empty space in their house just waiting for the perfect thing. I think you’ll find Maggie’s images fit perfectly in any happy home.

For More Information: maggiemeiners@gmail.com 773.383.9197 www.maggiemeiners.com

You may remember we also love Maggie’s silhouettes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09/17/12

Frye Boots for Fall – Dorado Riding Boot

 

I love these Frye Dorado Riding Boots for Fall.  I remember when I first saw these on our stylish friend, Meg, a couple of years ago and I had a “must have” moment.  I love the double buckle and the equestrian appointments.  These perfectly compliment a pair of dark skinny jeans or your favorite fall skirt.  With over 15 colors to choose from in this style, the only question is, how many pairs will you need?

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