Ohio History Connection~Cheap Date Idea

Because my mom and I answered three trivia questions correctly at the Ohio State Fair, we each one a free ticket to the Ohio History Connection! Although, at $10 a pop, it is still an incredibly reasonable way to spend an afternoon! M and I went for a lazy Sunday afternoon and we checked out (nearly) the whole thing!

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The Ohio Village! ohio history connection~cheap date idea~thecomynspace.com ohio history connection~cheap date idea~thecomynspace.comA battle flag from the 45th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This exhibit was incredibly moving – you can see several battle flags from various drafted and volunteer regiments from Ohio.
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What I Read: August ’14

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez: Given how much I love Isabel Allende and Christina Garcia, I’m surprised I’ve never picked up anything by Julia Alvarez. Following four sisters from childhood to middle age, Alvarez builds an evocative world for these vibrant characters to inhabit. Definitely something I’d recommend!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: I found the first 50 or so pages of this to be a real slog (really, do we need to harp on childbirth=only reason a woman might feel valid? No, no we don’t) but once the magical realism elements came into the narrative, I feel for it. Ivey makes you feel the hard winter that is the Alaskan frontier, which was just want I needed for a day at the beach. I’m really glad I read this!

Ready for Anything by David Allen: The follow up to his Getting Things Done, this is 52 short essays that tell different stories, tips and offer encouragement for his GTD theory. I blazed thru this and am eager to gradually add some of these techniques into my daily life.

What I Watched: Boyhood, Guardians of the Galaxy, Breathless, The Stepford Wives (1975), The Great Gatsby (2013), Burke and Hare, Girl Most Likely, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Traffic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Rush

Family Vacation 2014!

We just got home from an epic road trip/family vacation! We left here early on a Saturday morning and drove up to Chicago. We hung out with some of our best friends L & B, and played the infamous ‘Train Game’ (actually it’s this one). Another couple, G & R, generously drove in from the city and meet us for drinks, dinner, and dessert. L & B  suggested we go a newer restaurant in Westmont, Neat. They had a fabulous beer selection and the pork belly steamed buns are amazing.family vacation 2014~thecomynspace.com

my delicious pork bahn mi + fries

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 the only photographic evidence of our awesome evening

Bright and early, we drove to Madison to spend lunch with even more friends! J + P just welcomed a new little one so M and I (v. selfishly) brought Culver’s for lunch, walked their sweet dog and got newborn baby snuggles. We headed back down the road towards the cabin in Northern Wiscosin to meet up with M’s family who were a few hours ahead of us on the road. Sunday night we just cooked dinner and caught up. The next day, we drove into Duluth to walk around and take in the sights (and introduce this Lower Midwesterner to the city haha)

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 lichens in duluth

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the USS Bayfield outside the Lake Superior Marine Musuem

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lovely aunt c caught taking pictures

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waiting for the trains

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brothers in law

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driftwood along lake superior

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fitgers brewery in duluth
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campfire + magic

We made Thai Beef for dinner and then we had our first night of s’mores. There was a nesting pair of bald eagles so we also spent a bunch of time watching them and even walked up to check out their nest. The next day, we went into Bayfield and did some shopping and well as checked out their Maritime Museum. There was an epic playground right by the shore. I looked all over for some candles made less than a mile way on Madeline Island but I ended up finding them at a small general store 60 miles away :-)
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uncle time!

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sibling time!

We spent one whole day on the beach but Lake Superior is (always) too cold to really go swimming but somehow I managed a sunburn anyways :-) We left the next morning for the return two day drive with another stop off in Chicago. We had dinner with M’s best man, J, at one of our old favorite haunts in Uptown and brunch with another one of our very good friends.  Knowing we’d need to take a break, we stopped off in Indy for a few hours. There is a cool state park downtown and we walked thru the Indiana State Museum (didn’t pay for the exhibits because we were in a 3 hour parking spot).

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All in all, it was an epically awesome 1800 mile trip filled with so much goodness, friends and family. We’re already talking about next year!

Buttermilk Pie

This pie. We were watching the Mind of a Chef when Chef Sean Brock made a buttermilk pie. M turned to me with big eyes and asked if I could make one. So I hunted for a recipe and give it a shot and boy am I pleased with the results. Not only does this come together super fast but it is incredibly sweet and just plain delicious. Make one, you’ll thank me!

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You’ll Need:
Your favorite pie crust, for one crust- rolled out and placed in a pie pan, crimped (put it back in the fridge while you assemble the pie)
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) butter, melted
1/4 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk

You’ll:
Preheat oven to 350. In a clean bowl, whisk together the three eggs for a 1 minutes or two. You want the bubbles to stay and the color to begin to lighten (this keeps it fluffy-don’t skip this step!). In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour and salt together. Add into the eggs in two additions, whisking to ensure sugar mixture is well incorporated. Add in melted butter, lemon zest and lemon juice, whisking to ensure they are well incorporated. Stir in the buttermilk.
Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 40-50 minutes. The top should be browned and it should jiggle like Jello in the middle (not liquid but don’t over cook it).

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

This is one my favorite ways to use butternut squash! I cannot believe I haven’t shared this here before because this little gem is a fall staple and great warm dinner.

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You’ll Need:
4 cups cubed and peeled butternut squash
1 tsp olive oil + cooking spray
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
8 oz uncooked pasta, small shapes are the best
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup 2/% milk
1 tsp flour
2 large egg yolks
2 oz blue cheese crumbles (about 1/2 a cup)
toasted walnuts, for topping
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You’ll:
Preheat oven to 425. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and add squash. Spray again and add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Toss to coat and bake until fork tender, about 25 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and keep warm.

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add olive oil and swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic, sauté 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup milk, remaining salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup milk, 2 egg yolks and flour. Slowly add egg mixture to pan, stirring with a whisk. Once all mixed, add in blue cheese, reserving a few crumbles for the top. Cook 5 minutes, until thickened, stirring often with a whisk. If there is room in a pan, stir in butternut squash and pasta, stirring to combine. If there isn’t room, toss in a large bowl. Toss with reserved cheese and walnuts, if using.