Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27 in Illinois history

Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois on June 27, 1844.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Happy Hour: tips for the dieter/drinker

We don't want to get in the way of anyone's good time, and our track record on this blog proves it!

But, it's still a brutal truth that too much of a good thing can really take a toll on your figure!

Brace yourself -- this has to be said:

That was unpleasant.

But, help is on the way!
Okay! We can live with that! Besides, drinking plenty of water is good, anyway, right? Plus, we should add that plenty of exercise will help burn off those calories, too. So, with water, good nutrition, exercise, a few drinks can be part of a healthy lifestyle!
Failing that, here a few additional options:

Sometimes a Thin-N-Tonic is a necessary evil. Doesn't quite take the edge off as well as its more famous cousin, though. Oh, well!
You don't have to fall off the wagon completely -- maybe just hop on and off from time to time.
We'll drink to that!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Happy Hour: A Patio Supper

Nothing says "summertime" like a cookout. Hungry for some barbecued chicken, potato chips, and roasted corn? How about a chocolate sundae?

Well, here's the 1-2-3 steps for the "Easiest Patio Supper":

Oh, and don't forget the drinks!

You'll be a hit!

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14 in Rogers Park History

Mundelein College merged with Loyola University Chicago on June 14, 1991.

Also on June 14: the cornerstone of the Rogers Park Women's Club clubhouse laid in 1916.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Happy Hour: how to be a successful host in an instant!

Hosting a successful event can stress you out. Well, worry no more . . . here's how you're going to do it:

Even if you're called upon to entertain without notice, you can do it!

See, you're already about to have fun!

What should you have "at hand" to pull this off? Here's a checklist:

And, there's more:

All stocked up? Ready to go? You betcha!

Next week we're going to put this training to work with a Patio Supper!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10 in Illinois history

Illinois was one of the first three states to ratify the 19th amendment allowing women's suffrage on June 10, 1919.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8 in Rogers Park History

Elizabeth Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago dedicated on June 8, 1930

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday Happy Hour: for the advanced bartender

If you're like us, you read about the latest drinks that they're hyping at the trendy clubs and your head spins. How could the hobbyist bartender possibly keep up with it?

Well, like they say, practice makes perfect.

And, sometimes you have to start at the very beginning. Here's a drink to start with, and once you have mastered this, you can move on to more advanced drinks:

Okay, so ice and scotch. Got it!

Here's something a little different:

Actually, this one is a little easier to follow. The twist is optional!

But, what happens if your guests don't like scotch or gin? Try this:

Did you get that? Here's another variation on this theme:
You're probably getting the hang of it by now.

Here's a secret: you can make a drink like this out of any kind of liquor.

Now you're ready to graduate to the next step: follow these recipes with whatever liquor you prefer. Then add soda or tonic or water -- voila! Suddenly you have some drinks that everyone enjoys: gin and tonic, vodka tonic, scotch and soda, bourbon and branch. Or, add cola to get rum and coke!

Now you're pouring 'em! Go knock them dead!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June in Rogers Park history

Thillens Stadium, at Devon & Kedzie, open in June 1938