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Happy New Year!


My poor little abandoned blog… I haven’t forgotten about you! We didn’t deck the halls or get holiday cards out this year, but Shamrock said he still wanted to wish you all “Peas” on Earth. He got a new set of Peas in a Pod for Christmas. He loves to take the peas out of the pod and nibble on them.

Cheers to a Happy New Year!


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


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?


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the pooches. But this time of year, there is a lot of hibernating going on…

I got the pooches these little dog beds around the holidays because they were on sale for around $10. Rob said they were too small. Technically, he was right. But the larger sizes started at $25/each. And I figured when they curl up into their little sleeping-dog-crescent-shapes…

It ¬†took a long time to try to get Sham to get into his little bed. Training treats didn’t even really work.¬†Until one day, I put the bed under my desk while I was working:

shamrock-bed-3He still loves the butterfly pillows his Auntie Sally gave them (pictured left), but now we’ve got little beds and pillows in the office, the living room and in the basement. Sham is a little protector (just ask Auntie Sally!) and needs to follow me nearly everywhere. He’ll have a place to sit no matter where I am… He might even fall asleep…

shamrock-bedMaybe one day, he’ll cover his eyes with his paws like The Jean does sometimes…

Happy Saturday!


Pup Cup


Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Last weekend, while daddy was out of town, Sophie and Sham got their first Starbucks Puppuccino. It’s not on the menu, so you just have to ask. I believe they are free. {Which, if that is the case, that means that a medium Americano is about a dollar more at Starbucks than Caribou. And it takes 20 minutes to get through the Starbucks drive-thru line! DOH!}


The puppuccino has no caffeine. It’s just a bit of whipped cream in a cup. I, personally, would rather call it a Pup Cup!¬†Needless to say, they were enjoyed.


But see Sophie up there^^? 

She tipped her cup upside down and made a mess on the seat!


Sure, she licked it clean; but¬†the seat’s a little crusty now. What would you recommend using to clean it?

Happy Saturday!

Diablo is Back! {The story of cats}


Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Last weekend, while Rob was out of town, Shamrock started barking loudly at the front door. No one had even rung the doorbell. I went to the door and peered out. No one there. I went to the dining room to look out that window… AHA!

It was Diablo!IMG_6817

Diablo’s owners never did return our call. So we figured that they are okay with him roaming the neighborhood. I actually saw him earlier that morning when I went on my run. He darted out of our driveway toward his house {presumably}, but hid behind the curb at the intersection, with his little ears seeming to peer apprehensively over the tall grass of our neighbor’s yard. I just said, “Hello!” and went on my not-so-merry way. {It was a hard run.}

When Diablo spotted me in the window, he came towards it. Even when I put a chair up to the window so the dogs could see, he didn’t seem phased by their barks.


I did not grow up with cats;¬†so I’m not sure how to take care of one. I mean, that litterbox stuff and all that. I do like kitties, but learned I was allergic after countless sleepovers at the neighbor’s place as a kid. My eyes swell up so badly. I have since learned that I can usually be around them as long as I make sure not to touch my face after petting them!

Diablo made himself at home…


Seems quite comfortable on our porch, no? Our dogs are semi-used to cats. I say this because Rob’s parents used to have a cat named Westie. Whenever we’d go to visit, Sophie would¬†play with him. They’d use their paws to box! It was so adorable. Until one day, when Westie passed away. The next time we went to visit, Sophie went into the house and immediately went looking for Westie – under the bed, in all of his hiding spots. When she came into the room where all of us were catching up and just started whining, my heart broke. ūüė¶

Rob’s parents now have Abby, with whom Sophie does not play. Instead, Sham terrorizes her. As he does our friend Sally and Ryan‘s cats when we visit them! I *think* he is just playing…

Still even if Diablo was trying to ring our doorbell to come in and play…


I’m not sure if I want to find out if Sham is just being playful or not!

Happy Saturday!

The Buggles!


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Sophie and Sham hosted some friends this past week.

Look at these a-dog-able little Buggles!

Cleopatra is the shy tri-color Cavalier. At the beginning of the week, it was hard to coax her out her kennel.


Though nervous, she soon warmed up. What I find absolutely darling is that her markings make her look like she is always angry with you.

But she most certainly is not! She’ll give you that look even while she wags her tail or you give her a treat. My heart is melting. ‚̧

Her older brother, DaVinci, is much more social.


 He sat on my lap all Sunday morning and snuggled!


I used to call DaVinci my make-out buddy when my friend Sally picked him up ten years ago. He’s always got that tongue hanging out and loves to give kisses.¬†Some things never change!

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Rob spent one weekend morning with the kids in the backyard. Look how green everything is starting to get. Yay, spring!


I adore that photo, especially DaVinci’s pose because that is classic him. I just wish we could see Clea’s head!

I got a few close-ups instead:

We had such a nice week of weather, that DaVinci’s favorite thing to do quickly became lying underneath our hammock {and, often, drifting off to sleep}.


Oh how I will miss the Buggles. Until next time…

Happy Saturday!