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5 for Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

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Taking a break from the books this week since it’s St. Paddy’s Day! I’m not Irish, but sometimes I celebrate like I am. ūüôā

Here are 5 of my St. Paddy’s Day Faves:

  1. Food:

    • Creamy Reuben Soup – I made this for the first time on Wednesday. My husband devoured nearly 3 bowls of it! (For the record, I loved it, too.) Okay, so Reubens are not technically Irish, but the corned beef and sauerkraut (cabbage), makes me feel like Reubens kind of are… ¬†Besides, a local bar always makes a version that Rob always dreams of this time of year. I wanted to see if I could do it justice. The verdict? This one might be better. Make it no!¬†Side Note: I never really had a Reuben sandwich until I met Rob. He and his parents always ordered them when we ate out!
    • Corned Beef and Cabbage – Truth be told, this is not a traditional Irish dish either! It’s more Irish-American. This was our go-to recipe every year, a few years back. I don’t think I’ll be making it again, though. The Soup has won out for eternity.
    • Irish Bread – I think Irish Soda Bread might be Irish-American, too. I don’t remember ever having that when I was in Ireland.I do miss their brown bread, though! Maybe I’ll have to try whip up a batch of that next year. Anyone have a fave recipe?
  2. Drinks:

    • Guinness – People think that Guinness is such a heavy beer because it is dark and maybe also because of the foamy head.¬†While it may be heavier than the lager you are drinking, Guinness really isn’t as think or full-bodied as you¬†may¬†think it is. There are several stouts that have much more flavor and richness than Guinness. So give it a try! Sometimes, I’ll drink a Guinness when I want something lighter – it has so¬†fewer¬†calories than many other beers! Plus, there are so many concoctions you can make, including the Black Velvet in this post.
    • Whiskey – I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but my husband and friend Jen tend to like Johnny Jump Ups (a shot of whiskey in cider). But we did do a tasting while in Ireland. So much fun!
    • Irish Sangria – Want something a little nontraditional and fit for the beautiful weather we are supposed to have this weekend? Try the Irish Sangria in my Sangria post!
  3. Entertainment:

    • Irish Music – You can’t easily¬†find trad¬†in the U.S. but when you do, especially on this special day, it’s wonderful. We love the music at St. Paul’s FREE Irish Fair every August. And we go to see¬†the¬†non-traditional, but always fun Gaelic Storm whenever they are in town!
  4. Memories:

    • My friend Jen and I started a tradition when we backpacked Europe after college to find an Irish Pub in every country. My husband and I carry on this tradition to this day whenever we travel like we did here, here, here,¬†here, here and here.
    • Almost two¬†of those 10 weeks¬†backpacking in¬†Europe backpacking were spent in Ireland. I was most at peace in Dingle. I still remember that day and the calm I felt on the boat while in search of a the view of Fungie¬†the dolphin. Although, hanging with my friend Colm in¬†Dublin and Dundalk¬†was wicked fun!
    • Then we took a family trip to Ireland with Rob’s parents in 2012. Here’s a link to my last post¬†about that wonderful¬†trip. If you scroll down to the bottom of that post, you’ve got a link to all of my posts about that trip on the bottom. We were chauffeured around The Isle by Ray with Walk with Me¬†and made some friends with locals in Dublin. {Hi Ross!} We do need to plan a trip back. {Sigh.}| I haven’t seen the south yet!
  5. Lastly:

    • Our very own Shamrock:

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

What is your favorite thing about this holiday?

Cheers~
Carrie

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I Wasn’t Going to Do This…

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I wasn’t going to post this…

Because it was such a personal family event…

But it was so much stinkin’ fun!

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After 8+ years with his girlfriend, on Friday the 13th, my brother {and only sibling} finally got hitched.

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And he couldn’t be happier…

That is a classic JR smile. And he is actually about a foot taller than his bride. Danielle is standing on a chair in that shot!

I swear I was the only bridesmaid without a tattoo! ūüėČ

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At least my hair turned out smashing…

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Shout out to 9th Street Salon!

There were so many perfect little details about this event…

Like the fact that my nephew {their only son together} was the one walk Danielle down the aisle. What a special way to finally tie their family together. In fact, her three kids from a previous marriage were also in the wedding. They’ve all lived together for a number of years. So at this point, the marriage¬†was just a formality… And a reason for a big party!

We only got one shot outdoors because it was so freaking cold! The guys were kind enough to lend us their jackets and, boy, that made a huge difference!

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Since the wedding was at noon and the reception not until six, we all got on a fancy bus and made a few stops.

I was highly impressed with White Dog, Black Cat Cafe, where we stopped for lunch.

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It’s one of JR and Danielle’s favorite places, where they’ve taken us in the past.¬†But how on earth the crew took care of this many people so efficiently impressed me. The food was prompt and tasty and after a bottle of wine, all was right with the world.

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I hadn’t been to the Riverside Ballroom¬†in years and almost forgot how big it is…

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With 270 in attendance, it kind of had to be!

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It was a traditional Northeast Wisconsin Chicken and Tips Family-Style dinner. And although there were a few desserts on the table, there was cake, too!

Including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake…

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JR was a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when he was a kid. Since the Heroes in a Half Shell have become popular again, JR passed that love down to his son. Here they are in the photo booth!
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We’ll come back to that photo booth in just a bit…

But there was dancing:

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Mother-Son Dance

Now you can see the height difference between the bride and groom:

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The band was phenomenal – the music teacher at Danielle’s daughter’s school!

She even joined them to sing a song…

IMG_1491There was a lot of catching up with cousins…

{I have 30+ first cousins! And they have 40+ kids between them.}

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And some selfies may have been taken…

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Now back to the photo booth…

JR and Danielle were so lucky to have their friend Rob take professional photos for the wedding. He and his wife¬†also manned {and womanned?} the GB Photo Box¬†photo booth. I’ve been to weddings that have had photo booths before, but this one was the best by far! The quality of photos was¬†so much better.

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The last time these three cousins had a photo together was at another wedding 13 years prior!

The backdrop was classy. There were props to make it fun. There was room to fit more than half a dozen people in each¬†shot! And the fact that the photos are printed with¬†“JR & Danielle ~ February 13, 2015” on the bottom make them the best wedding favors ever. Memories captured!

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More shots with cousins!

Each strip of photos printed out two copies Рone for you and one for the bride and groom. I saw the photobook that was put together the next day and, by far, this one was my favorite!

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My only regret that night? Not getting more photos! I wish I had¬†more photos¬†taken with¬†all of my cousins, my grandma, my aunts and uncles, my niece and nephews, my parents and most importantly – the bride and groom! Can we have a do over? I’d like to go to a party like that again.

Congratulations, JR and Danielle.

Wishing you many great years to come!

Cheers~
Carrie