Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Things to do with Your Dog in Chicago: Grilled Cheese and Family Walks

 We actually aren't used to having so much excitement with a real live SuperHero living in our midst, so it has been nice to fall back into our regular routine with our two pooches.
Miss M and I have a long-standing summer tradition of going to the Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. It dates back to when we were Bachelorettes together. Though with market season over, we have begun our winter traditions, and we even let Mr. B and E join in:
 Sunday mornings we all take a family walk together. Mr. B brings his backpack and we stop by our favorite bakery: La Farine .Plus, what could be cuter than a pooch with a roll of french bread sticking out of his backpack?
 We pick up bread, and often a fresh-baked pie from Hoosier Mama. The pooches just like to check out their own smiling faces:
 When we come home, E makes flights of mini-grilled cheese that we eat with soup and apple cider. Miss M especially likes watching the fire:
We miss all the summer action, but it is fun to have some winter traditions too. Anyone else have any good winter traditions with your pooches?

18 comments:

loveandaleash.com said...

Gosh, winter feels a long way off here, where we're having 80 degree days and evening thunderstorms. We're excited to make new winter traditions in our new home -- they won't involve many fires or very much sledding though!b

Sam said...

We don't have too many winter traditions here - just lots of horseback riding. Although, grilled cheese and soup on a cold day sounds delicious!

Sam

Kate said...

Mr. B needs a beret when he's walking around with that french bread. :)

We don't have too many winter traditions either - at least none other than staying as warm as possible!

waldobungie said...

Yum! My mouth is watering for that La Farine bread and that pie! We have definitely "borrowed" your grilled cheese and soup tradition but have yet to find bread as tasty as La Farine! :)

Sarah said...

We work on our cuddling skills. A lot!

Kim @ Yellow Brick Home said...

Aw, this reminds me of our Sunday afternoon with you guys. E's grilled cheese is yummy and nothing beats Hoosier Mamas!

After the holiday season, I hope we can take weekend mornings to relax a little more around the home and just hang with each other and all 3 furry kiddos.

Rachel said...

What a beautiful fire Miss M is sitting in front of. I'm with her... what a great way to relax! And your grilled cheese sandwiches sound fantastic! I do miss the summer, but there is something nice about staying warm and relaxing inside in the winter. Also, I find that when we bundle up and head out for walks, there seem to be less people on the trails and all and we are able to do more things :-)

Kimberley said...

This will be our first year with a dog, and we are excited about making some traditions of our own. we love being outdoors, and although its getting a little chilly, we will remain doing outdoor activities.
I love these pictures, and I cant believe she will walk around carrying french bread without going crazy for it. Tripp would be going around in circles to try to devour it.
:)
Kimberley and Tripp
www.hatethedeed.blogspot.com

smorale74 said...

bundling up in snow pants and heading to the dog park for games of fetch with snowballs. dogs love it! and then warming up with snuggles on the couch under lots of blankets!

Vicki said...

I love long walks in the winter with Makai! He loves getting bundled up, and of course loves the "warm you up" rubs he gets when we're back at home.

And I'm about to steal your mini grilled cheese tradition, that sounds so cozy and perfect.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

What a fun idea! I love the doggie backpack for baguettes--I'll have to look into that one!

Our favorite things to do in the winter are the same as our favorites in the summer--hikes and road trips! It's even a bit easier in the winter, as you don't have to worry about dogs in hot cars.

The Polite Fox said...

I just got really excited about this since you mentioned La Farine! We used to go there when I lived on Huron. It's probably best that I live far away from there now, as I would come home with a grocery bag of baked goods (I wish I were exaggerating).

Anyway, now that we have a fenced in yard, I am looking forward to snow with the dogs!

brooke said...

I wish we had a fire place! Looks so cozy and a great place to snuggle!

Tucker The Crestie said...

I feel warm and cozy inside just looking at those pictures! I'll get back to you on the winter traditions once it drops below 80 degrees! :)

pittiefullove said...

let me just say that I am hugely impressed that no one (Mr. B or Miss M) went after that bagette!!! I usually can't wait to get home and wind up ripping the end chunk to eat, and i'm human and have (some) self control!
This will only be our 2nd winter with Knox, so I'm excited to see what traditions start to come up! :)

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

I never knew about the fireplace! love it!

houndstooth said...

That fireplace is gorgeous, and I love Mr. B's backpack with the bread! Too darned cute!

I love winter hikes! It turns out that it's not that cold once you start moving around. Coming back home and curling up together is always nice, too. I'm really hoping we'll be able to make Rock Cut State Park this year.

Two French Bulldogs said...

we love the bread in your backpack, BOL
Benny & Lily

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