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Wanting to Squeeze In Some Autumn Fun before the Chicago Cold Set’s In? Here’s Our List of Local Festivities!

WHY Square Dance?

Dancing can be magical and transforming. It can breathe new life into a tired soul; make a spirit soar; unleash locked-away creativity; unite generations and cultures; inspire new romances or rekindle old ones; trigger long-forgotten memories; and turn sadness into joy. On a more physical level, dancing can give you a great mind-body workout. Researchers are learning that regular physical activity in general can help keep your body, including your brain, healthy as you age. Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals that encourage nerve cells to grow. And dancing that requires you to remember dance steps and sequences boosts brain power by improving memory skills.

Of all of the dance forms available, square dancing is probably the easiest to learn and enjoy. You are led by a caller, who calls out the steps to perform. You walk briskly to modern music, interacting with your seven fellow dancers in the square. The experience is sheer joy as you lose yourself in the music and the physical interaction with the others in the square.

Benefits Abound
Like other moderate, low-impact, weight bearing activities, such as brisk walking, cycling or aerobics, dancing can help:

  • strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints
  • tone your entire body
  • improve your posture and balance, which can prevent falls
  • increase your stamina and flexibility
  • reduce stress and tension
  • build confidence
  • provide opportunities to meet people, and
  • ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and depression

So if you’re tired of the treadmill and looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy, it might be time to kick up your heels!

Square dancing in the Chicago Metropolitan area will be moving into high gear starting in September. Lessons will be provided at most of the 20 square dance clubs in the area. These lessons are typically only offered once a year and they start in September. The initial lessons assume you know nothing about square dancing, but will have you dancing already in the first session. To find the closest location to learn how to dance, contact Bill or Andi at 630-529-9869.

Amateur Kitchen’s Peanut Butter Cups

A creamy peanut butter filling surrounded by chocolate makes this a classic Halloween treat even you can make in your own kitchen.

SONY DSCView the How-To Video Here

Peanut Butter Cups
Prep: 5 min; Cook: 4 min; Inactive: 45 min
Ingredients (12 servings):

  • 14 oz chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened

Preparation:
Place cupcake liners into cupcake pan. In a bowl, melt 7 oz of chocolate chips by placing bowl in microwave for 30 seconds. Take bowl out and stir. Repeat process until chocolates are almost completely melted then let residual heat continue to melt them, about 90 to 120 seconds. Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, spoon in chocolate evenly on bottom of cupcake liners. To move chocolate to sides of liner, gently tap cupcake pan on countertop. Place into freezer for 15 minutes to allow for chocolate to harden. While chocolate is hardening, beat together, in a large bowl, the peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter.

After first layer of chocolate has hardened, spoon peanut butter over top of chocolate evenly, about 1 tablespoon per cupcake liner, again tapping the cupcake pan to spread out peanut butter. Place back in freezer for additional 15 minutes. After peanut butter has hardened repeat process of melting rest of chocolate chips and evenly distributing melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture and tapping it to fully cover peanut butter. Freeze for another 15 minutes,
then remove cupcake liner and enjoy.

*Can be enjoyed with semisweet, bittersweet, milk or even white chocolate.

 
jen-maria-rev-blogAmateur Kitchen is a mother-daughter team who shares a passion for food and a love for spending time together. For as long as she can remember, Jennifer loved to cook. As a child, her Sunday morning memories consisted of her grandma and Aunt Sue cooking up a delicious homemade meal for the whole family. She’s enjoyed culinary arts her entire life, and now that her daughter, Maria, is old enough, Jennifer created Amateur Kitchen as a way to pass along unforgettable memories and the passion she’s developed for food to her daughter.

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Amateur Kitchen’s Chicago-Style Dog

When visiting Chicago, you will find street carts serving the ever popular Chicago Dog with the works. An all-beef hot dog served on a poppy seed bun and not to mention the other 7 ingredients on top.

Chicago Dog
SONY DSCCook: 5 min; Prep: 2 min
Ingredients (1 serving):
Vienna Beef hot dog
poppy seed bun, steamed
classic yellow mustard
pickled relish
white onion, finely chopped
fresh tomato
kosher pickle spear
sport peppers
dash of celery salt

Preparation:
Place the hot dog into simmering water and simmer until the hot dog reaches an internal temperature of 170-180 degrees. Assemble the “Chicago Dog” by placing the hot dog into the poppy seed bun and placing the remaining ingredients onto the hot dog. Enjoy!

 

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Amateur Kitchens is a mother-daughter team who shares a passion for food and a love for spending time together. For as long as she can remember, Jennifer loved to cook. As a child, her Sunday morning memories consisted of her grandma and Aunt Sue cooking up a delicious homemade meal for the whole family. She’s enjoyed culinary arts her entire life, and now that her daughter, Maria, is old enough, Jennifer created Amateur Kitchen as a way to pass along unforgettable memories and the passion she’s developed for food to her daughter.

Dasher Does Downtown

by Alan Jania

We had a wonderful book signing at the French Market in downtown Chicago at 131 N. Clinton St and will be back for another book signing Saturday, December 15 from 11am to 2pm. Along with us will be a five-piece brass ensemble playing our new hit recording of Dasher, The Dependable Reindeer along with Christmas carols and songs.

For the full story behind Dasher, the Dependable Reindeer, click here.

To enter to win a copy of the song Dasher, the Dependable Reindeer, click here.

(by Christina Canright) Parents and onlookers crowded into the concourse between the Ogilvie Train Station and French Market, where Children’s Book Author Alan Jania read his story The True Tale of Dasher, and the Skinner West Elementary School chorus performed holiday songs. 

(by Christina Canright) Children’s Book Author Alan Jania signs his new children’s Christmas book The True Tale of Dasher for Lorraine Reese at the French Market in Chicago.

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