Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway

One of my favorite design/entertaining blogs is hostessblog.com and they do a lot of giveaways that I have never entered...but this one is too big to pass up. It's a huge giveaway with more than $7,000 worth of entertaining prizes from vendors like Jonathan Adler, West Elm, Red Envelope and more. It starts today and ends December 10. Go to this page to see how you can enter your name. Since all you have to do is answer a short quiz, it's worth a shot.

Grand Prize - worth over $5000!
Second Prize - worthe over $1500!
Third Prize - worth over $700!

Good Luck!

We didn't Blow Up our Kitchen!

We hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day! Duke and I made two turkeys with all the fixings for the Cranleys. We had a great time and best of all, our turkeys didn't turn out like the turkey in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! We also made the winning stuffing from Good Morning America's Stuffing contest and it was the best stuffing ever! I posted the recipe below for anyone who may be interested in trying it next year. Also, here's a pic of our neice and nephew, Conor & Julia.

Good Morning America Stuffing Contest - Winning Recipe
1½ pounds sweet Italian sausage cooked and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 extra-large yellow onion, chopped
7 large celery ribs, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 ounces pancetta, diced
6 cups day-old, finely diced French bread
3 cups crumbled unsweetened cornbread
½ cup butter, cubed, cold
1 tablespoon ground sage
1½ tablespoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup toasted pine nuts
4-5 cups chicken or turkey broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
large Parmesan shavings

Get Stuffed: Emeril's Stuffing Recipes Heat oil in large skillet on medium. Sauté pancetta for 2 minutes. Add onion and celery and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes. Mix together breads and ¾ cup toasted pine nuts in a large mixing bowl. Add cheeses and cooked sausage to the breads. Mix together with the dried seasonings. Add sautéed veggies with any pan drippings. Slowly add broth and stir until mixed thoroughly. The consistency should not be soupy, but very moist. If not, add more broth. Test for saltiness and add a dash more if needed.
Place in an extra deep 9-inch-by-13-inch greased pan. Dot the top with the cubed butter and cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes or until slightly crusted on the edges. Top with remaining toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh sage. Add shaved cheese just before serving.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Happy Turkey Day

Just wanting to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving! This weekend we'll be getting ready to host Thanksgiving for Duke's family next week. It's our first time cooking a turkey, so I'm sure that will provide some entertainment for the crowd. We hope everyone is able to be with family and friends this Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hilton Head

We just returned from a wonderful weekend in Hilton Head to visit my brother, Kelly and our new nephew, Grayson. We had so much fun and a lot of laughs. We visited several cute little towns right around where they live in Bluffton, had some great food and even played Mexican Dominos (although, Duke is never allowed to play again after a few drinks!). Their home is adorable and in a really nice community. It was so nice to go to the beach with their dogs - they LOVE the beach. Grayson is so much fun. He was smiling a lot at Aunt Sarah and Uncle Duke and even helped us cheer on the Steelers and the Bears. We can't wait to see them again! Thanks so much Adam, Kelly and Grayson.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Aunt Sarah & Uncle Duke

We went to Pittsburgh this weekend for a wonderful visit with family and to meet our nephew, Grayson Mowrey. He is THE CUTEST! He's a wonderful baby...very calm, good eater, loves bath time and loves to snuggle right up under your neck. We realized during this visit that Snuggs is going to have a major problem when we have a baby. She was VERY jealous and had to be right on top of us if we were holding Grayson. It was so fun to see my brother and Kelly as parents...they were very happy and loving every minute with Grayson.

Grayson went to his first wedding this weekend to see his uncle mike (Kelly's twin brother) get married. Duke and I were so happy to be invited. It was a great wedding. Adam and Kelly and Duke and I all left Pittsburgh yesterday at the same time (sorry Mom!) and traveled home. Duke and I are going to visit Adam, Kelly and Grayson in Hilton Head in a few weeks and we can't wait!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Breakers

After the Twin's 50th birthday celebration, my mom stayed in Chicago and came with me on my business trip to Florida and my Aunt Molly met us in Florida.

My meeting was being held at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, FL and is a place none of us will probably every be able to go to again...so I was so happy that they were both able to join me. The hotel itself is absolutely amazing and the area was beautiful as well. I had a lot of meetings, but both mom and Aunt Molly were able to relax by the pool and shop during the day and then join me at my work social events in the evenings.

We had a great time and they were great at keeping my mind off of the fact that I was missing my good friends Brian and Nicole'w wedding in Detroit.

Thanks for coming with me mom and Aunt Molly!!! Miss you guys already:)

They're Nifty and They're Fifty!

My Aunt Pam and Aunt Patti recently turned the big 5-0 (they are twins!) and decided to celebrate in Chicago!! They both came here for the weekend along with my Aunt Colleen, Aunt Kathy, friends Pam and Connie and my Mom! It was the best weekend and we did almost everything there is to do in Chicago.

My biggest dissapointment of the weekend was forgetting my camera when we took the twins to Howl at the Moon. I can't believe I didn't get the events from that evening caught on tape...there was singing on the stage, shots, flashing (by a certain someone who shall remain nameless....SALLY) and much more.

We shopped, did the architecture tour, had a drink in the Signature Room at the Hancock builiding, went to Second City...I'm getting exhausted again just thinking about it. But, it was the BEST weekend and I have such wonderful memories from the celebration! Ladies...whoever took pictures at Howl at the Moon...send some to me!

Happy Birthday Aunt Pam and Aunt Patti!

Anna Gibson

I'm goign to try and make up for not posting in a while with these next few posts. There have been so many exciting things that have been happening over the last few weeks.

First our good friends Matt and Laura Gibson welcomed Anna Louise Gibson on September 25th. She is so precious and Matt and Laura are doign so well. They both seem so comfortable as Mom and Dad to Anna. I can't wait to get my hands on her again this weekend!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Grayson Mowrey

Our new nephew, Grayson is one week old today! Adam and Kelly have lots of pictures on their baby site, but I wanted to post this album on our site. Look at those hands! We can't wait to see him in October...he's going to look so much bigger!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Laura's Shower

Here's a pic from Laura's shower. More to come soon!

What a Weekend!!

We had the best weekend packed full of excitement. I was running errands on Friday when I got the call that my sister-in-law, Kelly, was going into labor. Grayson Michael Mowrey was born at 6:20 PM on Friday. He was 8 lbs. and 4 oz. and 21in!! Something tells me Adam and kelly's kids are going to beat-up our kids on the playground some day!

He's perfect and Kelly did very well. We can't wait to see them in October. Isn't he so cute! Check out more pics on their baby website.

Friday night I had a sleepover with Jorie, her mom and Emmerson and Delanie. We took a field trip to the Rainforest Cafe which was a little overstimulating for Emme. She and the talking gorillas didn't get along. We had the best time and I was so glad I could spend the weekend with them. Love you girls!

Saturday was my good friend Laura's baby shower. She looked so beautiful and we had the best time. The shower was at Laura's cousin Kate's house and we had a great afternoon. I can't wait to meet Baby Gibson. I'll post pics of that shower soon.

Sunday was our 1 year anniversary! Although our plans of going to the zoo where we got engaged were shot down by the weather, we had a great day...just spent the day together not doing any work! I can't believe it's been a year already!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cranley Scholastics

Duke and I have been working really hard at establishing a new business. Cranley Scholastics is officially up and running! Cranley Scholastics will provide a wide-range of scholastic products to schools in the Chicago area. Our product lines include caps & gowns, letterman jackets, school spirit wear, diplomas & certificates and class rings. We are very excited about this new endeavor. Hopefully soon I can post a link to our company website...that's one of our next big projects.

So Many Ideas!

I'm always finding great design and lifestyle ideas online and have been wanting to find a good way to file them away for future use. So, I decided to start another blog that's really just my way of cataloging ideas and pictures I find online. I'm always seeing cool design ideas for my dream home, cute ideas for the perfect baby shower or a really good recipe. Thought I would share them with the 2 or 3 of you who even look at this blog...ha ha!!

Here's the link to the blog: Home & Style File

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy 4th of July

Our good freinds Pete and Beth's daughter Kylie wishes everyone a happy 4th of July!

Baby Jack!

July 1st was our Nephew Jack's baptism and Duke is his godfather! It was a beautiful ceremony and baby Jack a perfect little angel. His mommy, Beas, hosted a fabulous lunch reception after the baptism with the cutest blue and green color scheme. We had a great time!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007


This is a picture of Bailey Edison. This little man belongs to our good friends Robin and Mike. Doesn't his cute little face just make you smile. The Edison's live in Michigan and we miss them so much. Hope to see you guys soon!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kelly's Baby Shower

June 9th was my sister-in-law Kelly's baby shower in Pittsburgh. She was GLOWING! The shower was hosted by my mom and Kelly's mom and was wonderful. My mom and I made these cute little baby bird cupcakes from Martha Stewart's website for the centerpieces.

Kelly and Adam are having a boy and he's due at the end of August. His name will be Grayson...we can't wait to meet him!!!

Avon Breast Cancer Walk

On June 2-3, I walked 39 miles in the Avon Breast Cancer walk in Chicago. I walked with one of my BREAST girlfriends, Kathryn Powell. It was an amazing event and I'm so glad I did it. It was hard, but also very fun. The volunteers were amazing and we had a lot of support from friends and family. THANK YOU to everyone who supported us!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


We were honored to be asked by our dear friends Jorie and Jason Oskay to be godparents to their beautiful daughter Delanie! Her baptism was on May 20th and it was the perfect day. They hosted a wonderful lunch reception and we got lots of good quality time with Delanie. We are so proud!