Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On the Pitch and On the Path...

 We've been traipsing all over the place to watch Finn's summer league games with his Saint Pat's teams.  All four of us  headed to Oswego last week and could not be happier that we are all together again!

Funny Bites

Last week-end The Day Nursery hosted a fab progressive party  featuring  an array of accomplished comics, cocktails and my comedy inspired fare.  I managed to get through a little kitchen crisis...a village wide power surge tripped the emergency gas shut-off in The Day Nursery kitchen and no one there knew how to re-start it. While it is nice to know the state-of-the-art fire prevention system works beautifully, it was less then ideal to end up with no heat: no oven, no griddle, no burners (to deep fry samosas, steam dumplings, grill sliders, and heat the mac and cheese and pulled pork). After about 20 minutes of panic my amazing Emma was sent flying through the streets of Oak Park to gather up my induction burner, and then back out again to get the electric griddle! She was a total hero! In the end everything went smoothly all went smoothly and our amazing kitchen crew pulled it off with the guests not noticing anything was amiss.  It was a truly unique way to spend an evening and everyone seemed to have a ball! 
The SNICKER/snickerdoodle shortbread. mango chutney mousse. apricot. pistachio. micro parsley 
The GIGGLE/ roasted corn. pickled shrimp. poprocks. micro scallion. cups 
The LOL/tortellini. lollipop. lemon. parmesan, basil 
The BELLY LAUGH/pork belly. toast. orange bbq sauce. pickled onion. 
The TITTER/fried chicken breast. cinnamon. waffle. maple. molé cream
The CRACK-UP/egg. yolk. deviled. sriracha. chives. black sesame. crispy shallot
The TEE-HEE/ tea dumpling. spinach. ginger. lemongrass.  golden garlic. sweet. spicy 
The CHUCKLE/ cheeseburger. sliders. quick pickle. roasted red-pepper ketchup 
The SNORT/pulled pork. mac n’ cheese. bacon. Blue Cheese cup
The SLAP HAPPY/wonton. potato. pea. onion. tamarind. curry. spicy indian flavors 

Monday, July 6, 2015

A glimpse of Emma and Elise...

Updates from Emma are proving to be an afternoon highlight for me!  Yesterday my girl shared this awesome picture of herself hanging with Elise in front of the Arc de Triomphe before making me have dinner envy with this photo of her homemade dinner!  A fresh and smoked salmon tart; she said it was totally delicious!
Today Emma sent me a quick update to let me know she is totally worn out (in the best way) from walking all over Paris.  Apparently she and Elise visited The Louvre, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, Shakespere & Co, and the Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville! She is in love with everything she has seen and cannot wait to enjoy another well earned dinner!  I am loving living vicariously through my daughter at the moment.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Nothing Says 4th of July Weekend...

 ...more than a big ole platter of meat!

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Dreams do come true!  Our girl is Paris bound and we could not be more excited for her.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wicker Park Wanderings...

We spent the day hanging around Wicker Park today gathering fun treats for our French friends and I just loved seeing these two hanging out in the big city together.  They are so grown up!

Flowers Around My Yard...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Evening Out...

When Finn plays with the varsity squad at St. Pat you can certainly tell he is growing like a weed!
They brought home a duo of wins this week. Go Shamrocks!
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