What Dreams Are Made Of

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 24, 2011

I apologize in advance if the Lizzie McGuire song is now stuck in your head.

There are just some weekends where everything falls into place. You can’t seem to do anything wrong, your world is spinning in the right direction and in general, things are just going your way.

This wasn’t exactly one of those weekends, but it was still pretty darn good great.

Let’s start with the not-so-great so that the story has a happy ending. On Saturday we took our car to get its 60,000 mile check-up and found out we had some very wallet-unfriendly repairs that needed to be made. Immediately.



But once we got over the initial shock, we decided that instead of lamenting our empty pockets, we would make them emptier by sharing a nice dinner and a movie. Yes, I recognize the flaws in this logic.

We went for dinner at Pine Yard, an oldie but a goodie from our college days in Evanston. We started by sharing the egg drop soup. The small size comes with enough for one and a half cups each. It never fails to satisfy. We also split an egg roll.

For our entree, we went with the Three Delicacies, which comes with beef, shrimp and chicken surrounded by stir-fry vegetables. It’s by far our favorite dish on the menu for the variety!

We enjoyed it with white rice and a fortune cookie that said, “The bigger the wallet, the bigger the need.” Now I don’t know about you, but I feel like it was trying to make me feel better after receiving the invoice for the car repairs. Thanks, fortune cookie.

After dinner, we saw The King’s Speech. An excellent movie – I highly recommend it!

Overall Saturday was a roller coaster, but Sunday more than made up for it.

You know what I’m talking about. Now this is what dreams are made of, my friends.


Words can’t express the celebration going on in our household. I may have grown up in Minnesota and now live in Chicago, but my roots are strongly tied to Milwaukee and therefore the land of the Cheesehead. Case in point: my game day lunch consisted of a turkey and gouda cheese sandwich, with Flatout Four Cheese EdgeOn Crisps as my accompaniment.

Such a gouda meal after a five mile run. πŸ˜‰

The NFC Championship was thrilling to watch, with a nice brewskie, of course.

Plus plenty of popcorn.

I am proud to be a Packers fan – and I know there are plenty of bloggies who agree.

Looking forward to an exciting match up against the Steelers on February 6, not to mention those crazy million-dollar commercials. It’s going to be a great weekend!

Question: Are you a football fan? Who will you be rooting for on February 6?

Out of all the other sports, football is by far my favorite to watch. It’s all about what you grew up with, I’m sure, but I fondly remember spending childhood Sundays in my Minnesota basement with family, cheering for our favorite teams.


{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica January 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

What a tasty looking dinner out! The egg roll looks so good. I haven’t had one in ages. Sorry to hear about the car repairs :( They never seem to be cheap…. And congrats on the win! I will be rooting for your team in the superbowl. Having gone to school at Penn State and having married an Eagles fan…I had to choose sides. Clearly, I choose the Eagles…so I could never root for the Steelers ;). Enjoy your week


2 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’m so excited that you’re going to be rooting for the Pack!! :)


3 Jessica January 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I want your sandwich. That is all.



4 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

Haha, come on over next time. πŸ˜‰


5 Lauren January 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Ah, I am a HUGE Eagles fan but sadly, my birds fell victim to your packers. Good game and I believe you guys have a well deserved place in this Superbowl. Since I absolutely despise the Steelers, my money is on you guys!!


6 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

Thank you, Lauren!!! :)


7 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Lizzie McGuire! Never saw the movie, but I used to adore the show! And I loved the theme song, though I can’t seem to remember the words at the moment! How did it go again? Remind me, cause otherwise this is gonna bother me until I remember it!

Aw, sorry about the car repairs! Car repairs suck! It’s like, everytime you get something fixed, you gotta go right back in and get something else fixed as well! Such a money drainer! Boo!

Good choice going out to dinner! Sometimes nothing else will do to cheer you up, so you just have to go out to eat, and then everything’s okay again! Food looks good, love the fortune cookie!

Glad your team is going to the Super Bowl! Looks like you sure know how to celebrate!


8 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

Shoot! Sorry, I missed your giveaway. :( It looked great! You know, I honestly can’t remember the Lizzie theme song, either! I’ll have to look it up on YouTube, haha!


9 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

P.S. Giveaway on my blog for a Kitchen Herb Value Pack from Hometown Seeds, so if you or any of your readers are interested, drop by and leave a comment!


10 Heather January 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Oh girl. I’m sooooo bummed about the Bears but Cutler just did NOT live up to his potential!!! Total stink! Not sure who’ll I’ll be rooting for but we’ll be watching for sure!

Bummer about the car. Not fun when expenses sneak up on you like that!!!


11 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

Yeah, I was not sure what to think about Cutler. He seemed like he was whining on the sidelines! Oh well – if it were anyone but the Packers, I would have been cheering for them. So…now that you know that, will you cheer for the Packers since they are playing the Steelers? πŸ˜‰ Haha!


12 Gena January 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm


Ok I’ll admit something: my Packers zeal is mostly by proxy: M is a diehard. But I’ve gotten REALLY committed to them this year!


13 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

By proxy or not, I’m thrilled that you are committed!! :) Can’t wait – GO PACK, indeed!


14 VeggieGirl January 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I’m not a football fan (except for Tom Brady), nor am I a Hilary Duff fan, haha.


15 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

Haha! Well then I suggest just forgetting about this post all together. :)


16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I still love you :)


17 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

Haha, I still love you, too. :)


18 Jenny January 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Wow egg rolls and stir fry?! Sounds like a perfect day to me :) Plus you can never go wrong with popcorn πŸ˜‰


19 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

SO true, Jenny! :)


20 Miles&Manhattan January 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

UGH about the car, but love your logic of din and a date to make it better :) that’s how we roll :)


21 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

Totally how we roll – and I wouldn’t have it any other way! :)


22 Olivia January 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Just found your blog over at hungryhungryhippie’s! I love it!! I’ll be checking back frequently and feel free to check out my brand new blog too:)


23 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

Thank you, Olivia! I will definitely check yours out!


24 Melissa @ TryingToHeal January 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh you football fan you. :) that eggroll looks super tasty though!


25 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

Haha, I know you think I’m craz-ay. πŸ˜‰


26 Salah January 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’m not a huge football fan, but my boyfriend LOVE the packers so I’m cheering for them since my other team is already out (New Orleans)


27 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

Yay! That’s all I need to know. πŸ˜‰


28 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

i grew up in a PACKER football-loving household! we watched the games every weekend – my dad would sing the monday night football song with me and my sister. i am SO PUMPED that we’re going to the superbowl and that we beat the bears to get there! :)


29 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

Yes, Sarah!!! That sounds exactly like my family. :) GO PACK GO!


30 Sam January 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

1) I saw the Lizzie McGuire movie in theaters and would see it again tomorrow! Paolo…le sigh :)
2) Pine Yard – What a nostalgic place…parents’ visits, dates, girls nights…all attributed to my senior slump!
3) J-E-T-S…no no no :(
4) Still thinking about Pine Yard…sesame chickennnnnn


31 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

1) I heart you. :)

2) I miss it!

3) Aww… :(

4) Come to Chi!


32 Jess January 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I love the Lizzie McGuire reference, and I really liked The King’s Speech, too- such great acting!


33 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

Glad you liked the reference – although now the song is stuck in my head again, haha! :)


34 Bec January 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Glad your weekend ended on a better note then it started :) Hope you have a fantastic week!


35 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thanks, Bec!!! You too.


36 carolinebee January 25, 2011 at 7:51 am

GAH i didn’t even caaaare about football before i moved here- but obvi the Pats (aka Tom Brady/Beiber) stole my heart!!! SO close!! O well, i’m still pumped for the superbowl (aka superbowl parties)….and i like bball more anyway ;D

I’m so with you on the continual spending….flawed logic but it just feels right πŸ˜€ Love ya lady!


37 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’ve been meaning to say “HEY!” because you are back in my life and I am so happy about this fact! More to come. :) And wait…you’re a basketball fan? I never would have guessed that! πŸ˜‰ Love ya, too!


38 Maureen January 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Sorry to hear about your vehicle woes . . . but yes, the Packer victory was sweet! They made me a little nervous at the end – there was no way I would have made it through overtime!

Take care,



39 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

Agreed!! So glad they could pull it off!


40 Alexis @ There She Goes January 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

I miss Lizzie, I really do :)


41 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:43 am

Haha, me too! I loved that show. :)


42 natalie (the sweets life) January 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

YESSSSS blogger packer fans unite! I’m still so pumped and literally counting down the days until February 6th!!!


43 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

Me too! It’s going to be amazing!


44 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I don’t watch football, but my husband was very excited that Green Bay made it.


45 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

Glad to hear he was excited!!


46 elise January 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

hoorayyyyyy packers :) so excited. aaron is such a stud.


47 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

Totally!! :)


48 Rachel January 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Packers, huh? I am a huge Steelers fan and can’t wait for the superbowl! It should be an awesome game. Let the best team win :)


49 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

You are, are you? Well then… πŸ˜‰ Let the best team win!


50 BroccoliHut January 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I loved The King’s Speech too! It rekindled my interest in linguistics.
Totally not a football fan, but considering I used to live in P-burgh, I’ll be rooting for the Steelers.


51 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

I agree with you re: King’s Speech. The Steelers? Not so much. πŸ˜‰


52 Natalie @ will jog for food January 26, 2011 at 7:12 am

I’m a Dolphins fan for sure….but I think I will route for Green Bay since the Steelers fans I know are annoying, hahaha.

We do the same thing! Have a bad day, go eat out! πŸ˜‰


53 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

So happy to hear that you will be cheering for GB!! :) And I like our bad day, eat out style!


54 leashieloo January 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

That’s an enticing photo of that eggroll. I could reallyyyyy go for one. Like NOW.


55 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

Me too! :)


56 Eates-a-Lot January 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

Good Luck in the Superbowl!!! From a Stiller girl!!!
It should be fantastic game…

We are on the stairway to seven!


57 Jenn (eating bender) January 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

Haha, thank you! You too! :)


58 Laura @ prettylittlewords January 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Oh no, Jenn!!! I grew up in Chicago, lived in Madison for five years, just moved back to Chicago and I am STILL a Bears fan!!! You hurt my heart….hahahah, just kidding…sort of…


59 Jenn (eating bender) January 31, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Haha, I understand how you feel, Laura! I was born in Chicago, spent most of my life in Minnesota and now am back in Chicago. And yet…my dad (a Milwaukee native) has me brainwashed. :)


60 CaSaundra January 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

I am not so much a football fan, but I’ll look for any excuse to get with friends and cook/eat some good food! :-)


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