Wednesday, December 17, 2014


This afternoon I walked Lu and Fitz over to the new grooming shop around the corner to get their nails trimmed.  Lu was particularly chipper about the outing and since her tail was wagging like crazy I asked the groomer to see if she would let him give her scraggly coat a spruce.  We'll she loved getting her haircut so much she came out looking like a totally different dog. She even went under the blow-dryer.  She looks sort of looks like an irresistible rodent...or maybe a micro deer. So this is for you, Mom...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Looking for Santa...

Fitz is gearing up for his first Christmas at home.  Every time is ask him if Santa is coming he looks out the window like he is waiting to see an old friend.  Our holly-jolly puppy is too darn cute!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pasta Dinner...

Last week-end we want to get a little Frig fix for the holidays!  I whipped up some Spaghetti all Amatriciana, Caesar salad, fresh bread and assorted antipasto while the Frigs made a batch of their famous Pizzelle cookies. We shared a bottle of wine and a very leisurely family-style dinner before heading to the Morton Arboretum to take in their holiday illumination display.  It was a festive way to spend an evening! 

O Christmas Tree...

Each shining light
Each silver bell
No one alive spreads cheer so well

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You'll ever be unchanging

Monday, December 1, 2014


The Shamrocks enjoyed their annual banquet this evening where Finn received his varsity letter.
This is a pretty huge honor for any freshman on its own, but Finn also received the Coach's award for his adaptability, work ethic and positive attitude.  He has our entire family bursting with pride!  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: Dish of the Day...

I love having a wacky array of Thanksgiving side dishes and my menu this year featured everything from dim sum dumplings to bourbon Brussels sprouts. While our mashed potatoes with panko and Parmesan were out of this world and our locally sourced turkey was the star of the day, I have to say that my favorite side this year had to be this super simple confetti corn!  It is filled with so many things that are bad for a person you just know it had to be good!  

Confetti Corn

10 bacon slices, chopped
8 cups fresh sweet corn kernels (about 7 ears)
1 Large white onion, chopped
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
12-ounces cream cheese, cubed
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 Cup snipped fresh chives

Cook chopped bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Set bacon aside.

Sauté corn, onion, and bell peppers in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 6 minutes or until tender. Add cream cheese and half-and-half, stirring until cream cheese melts. Stir in sugar, salt, and pepper. Top with bacon and chives.

Leftover Day...

No shopping for us on Black Friday!  We all look forward to snuggling up and hunkering down with our friends on leftover day!  We  wore our pajamas and ate as many Thanksgiving leftovers as we could while watching five movies!

Leftover Day Films 2014:
Swiss Family Robinson 
Adventures in Babysitting
City Slickers
Troll 2
Moonrise Kingdom
Even though we enjoyed our Thanksgiving scraps all day long, no Leftover Day is complete without a midnight pizza delivery!
This truly is one of the best days of the year!
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