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Produce and Wildlife

Produce and Wildlife

This weekend, we went to Marc’s parents’ house. Marc and his mom made a delicious feast of shrimps, corn, potatoes, and a watermelon/tomato/feta salad.

shrimp & cornWatermelon Caprese

She sent us off with soooo many goodies from her garden: tomatoes, carrot, zucchinis, peppers, basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, chives, dill, green beans, cucumber. All great items!

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On the way back into the city, we stopped at this place Marc had been telling me about. Trailside Museum in River Forest. This house is over 75 years old and is a haven for injured wild animals and infants who are too young to fend for themselves. When they are well again, they are released back into the wild.

Turkey VultureCoyote

I thought it was interesting they had Pokemon GO signs for each cage, next to the normal descriptions…. that’s one way to get the kids interested.

OwlEastern Screech OwlPokemon Go

When we got back home, we went to a nearby farmer’s market and picked up a few things, but most importantly: the most delicious bloody mary mix I’ve ever tasted and some spicy dilly green beans, to drop into the bloody maries.

blood mary mix + spicy dilly beans

4th of July

4th of July

This weekend had absolutely perfect weather. We’ve been talking about going camping, for months. Marc has all the gear you could desire to make this happen, but we never use it. Aside from girl scout camp when I was around 10, I can’t say I’ve ever really been camping, as an adult. So, I suggested we do a dry run in his parent’s backyard. And let me tell you, it was so much fun.

Earlier in the day, we went for a bike ride in Busse Woods.

Map of Busse WoodsAnother map

Click here for a nice little video I can’t figure out how to embed.

Back at the house.. I set up the tent all by myself, which I am extremely proud of, even though it’s made to be easy.

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We made carrot dogs, ceviche made with hearts of palm instead of fish, and potatoes. But we didn’t eat until late, so I have no photos of the food.

I can’t wait to go camping for real, there are about a million nearby places for real cheap overnight stays.