oh bacon.

you fill + fill your weekend with plans, and the next time you open your eyes ..it’s monday. shoot! thankfully, the underestimated snow storm that made its way through iowa this weekend has caused my office to delay opening until noon today. [I think I can drink enough coffee + ready myself to take on monday by noon].

so back to the jam-packed weekend ..

a snow storm was rumored to hit des moines at 5PM on saturday, continuing through sunday. and leaving behind it over a foot of snow. but we would not let it ruin our plans ..the show must go on! 

we had tickets for the blue ribbon bacon festival. it is exactly what it sounds + quite the spectacle in des moines. they had so much to see + do, but more importantly ..restaurants from all over the metro serving their finest bacon creations. I could not believe my eyes + ears. the creativity was impressive. and although, I’m not the most adventurous foodie ..when in rome.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: grilled cheese on a stick with bacon + spicy chili, made by the cheese shop of des moines. below: bacon banana scotcharoos, made by gusto pizza.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon ice cream, made by the machine shed. below: a handmade ice cream sandwich molasses bacon cookies + vanilla ice cream, made by thelma’s treats.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon-wrapped pork wings, made by big city burgers & greens. below: bacon nutz [bacon-wrapped bacon sausage], made by big fork brands.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

we had so much fun and will certainly be going again next year. this is a must-attend in my book.

I hope all of your weekends went by at a much slower than mine. and were filled with fun, friends, entirely too much food grazing, a little super bowl action, and A LOT less snow.

happy monday.

 

currently ..

I’m thinking about how much fun I had yesterday. so much, that I’m paying for it this morning. [will I ever learn?].

[J]’s parents & little sister came to visit.

we planned on an early, casual dinner. at a german beer hall, downtown des moines. the {hessen haus}.

what began as an innocent family gathering took an adventurous turn.

with this ..

das boot hessen haus

das boot [J] hessen haus

we ate scrumptious, traditional german food.

and then ..we discovered the restaurant was once a train station. the tracks are still live. and when a train goes by $3.oo apfelkorn shots [a german apple schnapps]. so we had to take part ..

train shots hessen haus

[the blurry photo really demonstrates how I was feeling at that moment]. 

we continued our extravaganza.

royal mile des moines

until the wee hours of the morning.

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after four hours of sleep ..

we got up. discovered our car battery was dead. [love car problems]. had breakfast at our favorite spot {the machine shed}. which made everything all better.

and now we’re prepping for our next round of guests. coming on thursday evening!

[lesson learned: cocktail, water, cocktail, water. I’ll thank myself the next day. and I’ll learn eventually].

happy tuesday.

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manic monday.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I took a road trip to des moines, IA. the trip was planned on a whim. and a nice little escape. until our drive back to chicago on saturday night ..5 hours in a “wintery mix” [aka: freezing rain & snow]. watching cars drive right into the ditch does nothing for my heart rate ..but thanks to [J]’s driving, we arrived safely.

on sunday, [J]’s brother gifted us round two of our christmas present – the installation of our remote start. [if you live in cold temps, these are invaluable!]. I can now start the car from the comfort of my nice warm bed. if I wanted to. while his brother was hard at work, we were enjoying #SundayFunday. someone’s gotta do it.

scenes from the weekend ..

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beer glassI chose to drink beer from our {not-so-dainty} wine glass. what can I say ..I like stemware!

yay giveaway!you like them too? I’m giving away a pair on {TheDailyTay}’s blog. [BONUS: there are 15 other bloggers giving away some serious goods]. what are you waiting for? go! enter!

SONY DSC[I learned how to multi-task: playing with dog & baby simultaneously. boooom!].

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and last but not least, a quick shout out to kirsten @ {objets d’envy}. the first piece of jewlery [J] ever got me was from her. and I’ve been in love since. so, I got my mom’s christmas present from her. when I received the sparkle in the mail, I contemplated keeping one of the two pieces. but guilt set in. so she got both!

necklace earringsnow off to the land of productivity. at least, I hope. my to do list could stretch to the moon, wrap around 8x’s, and come all the way back. impressive. especially for someone without a paying job.

happy manic monday.

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