Our Trip to Chicago


We love Chicago. This past weekend the Mid-America Irish Dance Oireachtas (regionals) was held in Shaumsburg, just outside of Chicago. My daughter was dancing a traditional set on Saturday but many of her friends were dancing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we made the decision to spend the whole weekend. Every time we are…

Top 3 Recipes from November 2017


I realized as I looked over the top 5 recipes from this month that many of you seemed to feel like I did. That you needed simple meals and were just trying to get dinner on the table in as little time as possible. The Cacio e Pepe (click for link to recipe), pictured above…

Purposefully to a New Touchstone


Rather than make resolutions for the past few years I have chosen a guiding word that I try to focus my mind and energy on each year. My guiding word for this year has been purposefully. It was the word I chose last December to be the guiding force for my decisions and life this…

Quote Challenge – Happy Thanksgiving!


Awhile back I was nominated by the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s “I Have too Much Time on My Hands” Site to the quote challenge. (click for link to original blog post). Her blog is a little bit of everything and is always interesting. 🙂 I promised I would complete this on Thanksgiving because I thought…

Ready for Thanksgiving?


Many of you may know we don’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving. We do appetizers, dips, watch parades, and football. Because of our schedule I gave up doing the big meal several years ago on Thanksgiving day. Trying to get the meal ready on a Thursday was too much for us. Everyone ended…

The Wizard of Oz


Everyone is busy this time of year. This is part of our busyness. My son,  a ninth grader now,  has been rehearsing for his high school musical “The Wizard of Oz.” He was the Winkie General – sings “Oh We Oh” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – Reprise” was an Ozian and an…

No Electricity = No Post Today


We lost power at 12:03 am. I know because I was still awake when suddenly the television, lights and fans went off. My daughter came in because she didn’t like being the only one downstairs in the dark. We all chatted for a bit. I was able to get to sleep about 3 am. So,…

Pictures of Hors d’oeuvres for 150


We were trying to do super inexpensive yet nice food for approximately 150 people. There were no cooking facilities there so everything needed to be made ahead of time and no real way to keep things warm we went with simple room temperature or cold foods. We cut all the vegetables, meat, and cheese ourselves…

Hors D’oeuvres for 150


Yes, I am in the middle of making hors d’oeuvres for 150 people. I volunteered for this. What was I thinking? We are trying to do it inexpensively about $500 for everything including punch, sparkling juice, napkins, cups and trays. The venue is providing plates, tables, and flat ware.  This means we are doing quite…

No!!!! It’s too Early!


We have a busy weekend ahead of us. My daughter is dancing in two Feis (Irish dance competitions) this weekend in Chicago. My son has all day musical rehearsal for “The Wizard of Oz” at his high school. And the two of us have tons of work to get done before Monday. So, we do…

Football Food – Buffalo Chicken Fries


This is the second part of a cook once, eat twice post. The other day I made sandwiches for dinner. While I was cooking the chicken for the sandwiches I cooked some extra chicken breasts to make this dish for snacking while watching our favorite football game. Buffalo chicken is one thing my family loves…

Thank You to Each and Everyone of You!


Google images: Today is a big day for my blog. Today I will surpass the total number of views, likes, and visitors from 2016. Thank you to each and every one of you who stopped by, liked and commented on my blog. It truly means so much to me! I know as bloggers we try…