Monday, December 14, 2009

13-Year-Old Authors- Help their Bestseller Campaign!

The children of J's co-worker just wrote and published their first book... how cool is that?!

A note we were forwarded by the kids is below... they're asking everyone who is interested to buy a copy (or two!) tomorrow, December 15 from Amazon, so that they can have a best seller on their hands.

Our names are Owen and Dustin Schoenfeld, we are thirteen years old and we have written a book called It Isn't Just A Game.

It Isn't Just A Game is the story of two kids, Alex and Corey, who play a baseball video game. Whatever they do in the game actually happens to their favorite team The Chicago White Sox. Once they realize this, they plan their whole summer around the White Sox's schedule, hoping to lead them to a World Series title. As the plot thickens, Alex and Corey encounter crazy events and wonder if a game can really be more than just a game.

It took us a total of three years to complete our book and as most writers will tell you, it was "a long, yet rewarding project."

Now we hope we can achieve our ultimate dream, which is our book becoming a bestseller. Our best shot at this is if multiple books are bought all on the same day. The day we have chosen to take a shot at this dream is December 15th, the book's release date.

If you are interested in this book, we would very much appreciate if you would purchase our book at on December 15th. Please pass this email along to anyone on your mailing list that may be interested. This book would make a great holiday gift for any young reader or baseball fan.

Thank you so much for taking your time to read this email.

Feel free to visit us at our website:
or email us @

Here is the link to Amazon if you choose to buy it on December 15th

Thank you again,
Owen and Dustin Schoenfeld

Friday, December 11, 2009

Baked Eggs = Yummy

There is this great little cafe/ coffee shop (Julius Meinl on Southport in Lakeview) in Chicago that introduced me to the most amazing breakfast food - baked eggs! They offer several options (J likes the bacon and swiss cheese), but my favorite includes yummy goat cheese. Rather than heading out whenever I have a craving for baked eggs, lately we've been eating a ton of them at home... if it sounds good, here's how you can make them too:

Baked Eggs

1. Heat the oven to 375
Baked Eggs2. Rub some butter along the inside of an oven-safe dish (a small ramekin or bowl)
3. Crack two eggs into the dish
4. Add 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream (depending on how rich you want it!)
5. Sprinkle with goat cheese
6. Pierce the yolk of each egg 1-2 times with a fork
7. Put the dish(es) on a cookie sheet and into the oven - bake for 20-30 minutes, until the yolk is the desired level of done-ness (not sure that is a word!)

You're done - serve with some toast and enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


For the first time this winter, we're getting snow here in Chicago... not that I am complaining that it has taken so long- I would much prefer if we could skip winter all together. But, you have to admit, it can be quite pretty:

Picture from Mark Cassino

Photo from charlesimages on flickr

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Craftiness: Wintertime Drink Mixes

I'm full of ideas for what to make/ create for the ladies in my life, but the men are another story. I think guys are just harder to shop for in general, nevermind craft for!

With some family get-togethers quickly approaching, I need a plan. Quickly. I am thinking that some drink mixes to make warm drinks could hit the spot... some ideas I've found and may try to pull off:

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Friday... enjoy some weekend awesomeness!

I recently discovered the website 1000 Awesome Things and love it. Nothing crazy like winning the lottery is listed, just those everyday little victories we've all experienced. Just read through the list... there are sure to be tons that make you say "yea!" when you come across them. Some favorites of mine:

#995 Finding money you didn’t even know you lost
#959 Planning for snoozes
#953 When cashiers open up new check-out lanes at the grocery store
#840 Popping Bubble Wrap

Picture from Elizabeth Green on flickr

Wishing you an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Loving It: Snarky Wine Tags

'Tis the time of year for holiday parties and wine is a common gift to bring your lovely host/ess, but you need a way to make your bottle stand out... enter these hilarious tags from PoppTags:

Originally found via swissmiss

Love the unexpected combination of snarkiness with gorgeous letterpress. Plus, its nice to have a sense of humour around the fact that, while its not the most creative gift in the world, its likely one your friends will enjoy getting!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chandelier Love

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday (love a 4-day weekend!), I met a friend for lunch at Sepia, a restaurant here in Chicago. Not only do they have yummy food, but I couldn't stop staring at these gorgeous chandeliers they had hanging in the middle of the restaurant.


If I ever have the kind of home with a Dining Room, I may have to steal this idea...!