After we figured out who had done the wonderful house decorations Kayla helped me put together Illinois' scrapbook page. (I'm going to be gone tomorrow with my Mom and Shell and Kayla had asked about helping me with it again like last week, so wanted to make sure she got the chance.) I have to say, every time I see them I love our license plates a little more. Illinois has been a lot of fun this week. And yes Beth, they are STILL playing with the fans. It's only 40 degrees and raining but my kids are fanning themselves...
Tonight I made one of the most famous Illinois dishes - Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. I found a copycat recipe online for Uno's Deep Dish which is what I most associate with authentic deep dish pizza. According to Uno's website: The Uno® story begins in Chicago in 1943 when Ike Sewell developed deep dish pizza and opened a new type of restaurant at the corner of Ohio & Wabash. It was here that Ike served a pizza unlike any that had been served before. Buttery 'out-of-this-world' crust that had a tall edge like a fruit pie. He created a recipe that combined authentic Italian spices and quality tomatoes with more cheese than people could believe and then baked it for nearly an hour. When people tasted it, they wanted more of the same and the lines have been forming ever since to get into the restaurant.
So we of course had to give it a go on our own. While Noah still claims that the Pizza Hut pizza is his favorite, no one here will ever say no to pizza, so it was a hit. And Grant, who grew up on it, claims that it was a very close second on the original. I'll take it!
With the pizza we decided to watch "Rookie of The Year" which is about a boy who becomes a pitcher for the Chicgao Cubs. I love this movie and the kids are sitting here giggling watching it right now. They are watching and enjoy the State Snack of Illinois as they do, popcorn! I take my popcorn pretty seriously around here, so this is fresh off the stove, made in my pan that I ONLY use for popcorn. The one that never gets soaped. Yes, very serious about popcorn.
Well, birthdaying it up with my Mama and sister tomorrow, think Grant and the kids have activities of their own planned. Not sure if I'll get a post up or not, we'll see how the day goes. So until then...
Illinois Fun Fact of the Day: The 4 stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World's Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.
Playing at the Mall
I am so loved
Helping with the scrap book page
Illinois is done!
Presents and cake too!
Deep dish ready for the oven
That is one DEEP dish!
And one yummy looking inside
Popcorn and a movie - I love Friday nights!