Monday, June 29, 2015

Bring on Bono...

Innocence and Experience Tour: 
United Center, June 28, 2015

1.  People Have the Power  (Patti Smith song)
2.  The Miracle  (I&E)
3.  Gloria  (October)
4.  Vertigo (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
5.  I Will Follow (Boy) 
6.  Iris (Hold Me Close) (I&E)
7. Cedarwood Road (I&E)
8.  Song for Someone (I&E)
9.  Sunday Bloody Sunday  (War)
10. Raised by Wolves  (I&E)
11. Until the End of the World (Achtung Baby) 
12. Intermission (The Wanderer)
13. Invisible (Single)
14. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Achtung Baby)
15. Mysterious Ways (Achtung Baby)
16. Desire (Rattle & Hum)
17. Lucifer's Hands (I&E)
18. Every Breaking Wave (I&E)
19. Bullet the Blue Sky (Joshua Tree)
20. Pride (In the Name of Love) (The Unforgettable Fire)
21. Beautiful Day  (All that you Can't Leave Behind)
22. All I Want Is You (Rattle & Hum) 
23. With or Without You (Joshua Tree)
24. Encore: City of Blinding Lights (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
26. Encore: Where the Streets Have No Name (Joshua Tree)
27. Encore: One (Achtung Baby)

*It should be noted Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality came up throughout the show. Bono wore a rainbow flag given to him by an audience member during "Pride" and shouted, "Gay pride in the name of love!" "One" was dedicated to the people who marched in Chicago's Pride parade earlier in the day.
It was such a treat to share this experience as a family! We are all about making the most of our family time these days.  Love love love!

Emma's Taste of Philly...

Needless to say Emma has a lot to celebrate these days and we thought she deserved a great big party to close out her high school career! So we pulled out all the stops and threw a party honoring Philadelphia!

Emma’s Taste of Philly...Let Brotherly Love Endure

Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres

Novel Bites with Book Picks/Tuna and Watermelon Skewers with Lemon Coulis
Benjamin Franklin founded the nation's first library in Philadelphia in 1731. 

Green Growing Things/Cucumber Cups with Spinach Mousse and Urban Till Micro Greens
Philadelphia County’s park system is one of the  biggest in the USA covering 9,200 acres.

Eyeballs on Toast/Goat Cheese and Roasted Grape Bruschetta
Philadelphia has one of the highest densities of haunted houses in the United States. 

Hospital Food/Old Fashioned Jello Shot Syringes
Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751, is America's first hospital.

Wing Bowls/Phyllo Cups with crunchy Buffalo chicken salad, blue cheese and celery
Philly hosts the Wing Bowl, an annual chicken eating contest that draws crowds as large as 20,000.

Gobble! Gobble!/Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze and Frizzled Sage
The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.

NYC Style Bagel and Philly Schmear/Everything Bagel Pizza with Lox and  Cream Cheese
In 1880 the name “Philadelphia” replaced the name of the cream cheese being distributed out of New York to imply the product was of great quality.

Penny Pincher Veggies with Federal Mint Butter/Radishes with Mint Butter
In 1792, the Philadelphia Mint was the first Federal building built under the Constitution.

Brushes and Paints/Asparagus with Mustard Maple, Orange Tarragon & Lemon Parmesan Sauces
Philadelphia is home to more Impressionist paintings than any other city besides Paris.

 The Philly-StyleSandwich Parade
The Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef and  provolone
The Whiz Wit Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef, onion, cheese whiz
The Cheese “Steak”/portobello, green pepper, onion, provolone
The Philly Pizza Steak/chipped beef, provolone, peppers, onions, marinara
In the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, the  Olivieri brothers. grew weary of selling hot dogs and bought some beef.  A cab driver smelled their new sandwich, and asked how much? They charged a nickel and the rest is history.
 "Green Growing Things"
 We were all happy to see the weather report was nothing less than perfect on the day of our party.  We've have endless amounts of rain for more than a month and it seemed almost impossible that things could turn out this perfectly, but the forecast was blissfully accurate!  Mid 70's with a light breeze and no chance of rain. Amazing.

 "Novel Bites with Book Picks"
 "Brushes and Paints"
"Hospital Food"
 Emma's sweet table included traditional cake and an assortment of Philly inspired cookies and candies. Adorable!
 Family and friends came from near and far to honor our girl, her accomplishments and her bright future at Temple University.  It is heartwarming to know we have so many extraordinary folks in our lives!  We are one lucky family!
Boys in the backyard.
Two Philly cheese steaks and one very handsome family.
Emma and the LGC beauties!
Friends with a capital "F."
 Only after the crowd started to thin did we remember to take some group pictures and this one is one of my favorite backyard photos to date.  That is quite a crowd!
It was such a treat to have my brother and his beautiful family join us for the day and I loved seeing my Aunt, Uncle and cousin make the trip in from Ohio, too!

Instant best friends. Seriously.

As dusk fell we pulled out the fire pit and folks sat around laughing and chatting into the wee hours of the morning! I am ever so grateful Emma gave us such a grand reason to celebrate in style! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer League...

 After a fantastic team buiding trip to Fun City in Iowa, Finn and the rest of the Shamrocks were ready to start their summer league games.  Finn is looking fierce and he is feeling very good about the way the Varsity team was playing in their first game last night.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cuddle Time...

My favorite cloudy day cuddle bugs.

Father's Day Hugs...

Yesterday we treated Leif to a much needed family focused father's day.  We headed into the city to have some BBQ at Lilly's Q before taking in Pixar's new film Inside Out.  It was a cozy day and perfect way to celebrate the man who always goes the extra mile for his kids!  we all think he  is dreamy.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


 Last night Leif and I had the chance to celebrate science and our friend Caryn's 50th birthday in the Party Room at Skrine Chops!  She sells laboratory supplies and my friend Aim transformed her wares into some seriously stunning scientific decor.  I consulted on the menu offerings and I have to say our edible science experiments are totally adorable. I have never seen beakers look so breathtaking!
 The Scientific Sextet forced guests to assemble an odd little tray with melon balls flavored with a array of savory garnishes including balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and cucumber water.

I was completely thrilled to see Sop stationed near her beloved bacon, but our science expereiment took thinks to the next level by enticing guests to drizzle a slice with caramel sauce, fried onions an rosemary.  The experiment results were totally delicious!
Bubbles and Blue tried the uncanny yet undeniably delicious theory that potato chips, blue cheese and champagne are the best of friends.  I just loved seeing folks slurp champagne out of a pipet!

 Human IVF receptacles are made for classic combinations; in this case we used them to house the science behind a classic food combination...PB&J! 
 Happy birthday Caryn and cheers to Aim for putting together such a perfect party for a well deserving friend! So much fun.

Another Prom...

 This year's garden party themed Seniors' Senior Prom was right up Nancy's alley.  Our 2013 prom queen donned her crown and made a lovely display for the lobby area featuring her flower fairy tree and assorted dried flowers.  She treated us to a lovely dinner and twirled with her king and her son before the new king and queen made their debut!  This was our third time attending the prom at the Oak Park Arms and we especially love going to see all the residents in good spirits and sporting their finest clothes.

 Senior Prom 2013 
Senior Prom 2014 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Birthday Boy....

With each passing year we have more reasons to love and celebrate this guy!
Happy birthday Leif!

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Abe Froman...

By tracking the baseball game happenings in the beloved movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, researchers determined the Cubs game Ferris and friends happened on June 5th exactly 30 years ago today! In honor of this iconic Chicago film I served up an ode to Abe Froman (The Sausage King of Chicago) this week-end.  The dish featured a stunning polish sausage, cranberry, crispy shallot, mustard, flake salt and frizzled rosemary. Fun and Delicious.
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