celebrating saint patty’s

I had a wonderful meeting with Jill from Events by iCandy this evening.  Their showroom is such a wonderland!  Not to mention that Jill did an awesome job of helping me choose the pieces I wanted to rent for the wedding.  I can’t show you everything I picked but here’s a peek at one of the showrooms:

 

 

Of course it’s St. Patrick’s Day today and while I’m not a big green beer drinker, when the man who delivers mail to our office called me out for not wearing green I knew I had to do something to celebrate.  Naturally, my mind when right to food.  For dinner, Todd and I made a shepherd’s pie, one of my favorite dinners.

 

These beauties were prepared using an adapted version of a Food Network recipe.  Here’s how we did it:

 

1 box instant mashed potatoes (prepare one envelope)

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 carrot, peeled and chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup beef stock or broth

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 tablespoon parsley (fresh or dried)

Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions.

While potatoes cook, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill baking ramekins with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top ramekins with parsley and serve.

I love the texture of the mashed potatoes on top of that meaty goodness, so delish!

For dessert we munched on Irish-inspired cupcakes (vanilla w. Irish buttercream frosting and dark chocolate with mint frosting) from Nantucket Bakery and one of their special Guinness Wafers.  I don’t really know what the Guinness Wafers were but they were good kind of like really dark molasses cookies.  I love visiting Nantucket, everyone there is so helpful and their bread (and treats!) is always the perfect complement to whatever is cooking.

 

 

Now we’re just unwinding with our favorite Thursday night shows, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.

 

Happy St.Patrick’s Day, I hope it was lucky!

 

P.S.  Can anyone explain to me exactly what corned beef is?

 

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

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berry break

This morning I decided that I wanted to wear a skirt or dress to work because the forecast was calling for spring.  Well, I made the not insignificant error of wearing a never-before-worn skirt to work today.  When I was getting ready this morning it looked great but as the morning has crept on my hemline seems to keep creeping up.  This happens every tme I wear a skirt to work!  I think I give up.  No more skirts without tights or leggings.  Thank goodness I have a cardigan to drape over my legs while I’m sitting at my desk!  Oh well, you live and learn.

Today is so nice again.  I just ran to the bank at the start of my lunch break and it was 63 and sunny.  I know that it’s old lady-like of me to talk about the weather but this weather is worth talking about.

I’m now enjoying a lovely combination of yogurt and fresh blackberries.  A perfect warm weather combo.

 

After work today I have my second meeting with Events by iCandy, a fabulous local rental company that we’re using for the wedding.  I’m going to pick out some apothecary jars for our candy bar and maybe some silk flowers for our flower girls.  I can’t wait to go back there, their showroom is amazing and packed with beautiful things!

If it’s still nice out after the meeting I’m going to try to go on a short run.  And then pack.  I mean it today.

What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve made at work?

draft day

After work I went straight to Power Vinyasa class at The Funky Buddha.  Cindy was teaching tonight and her classes always make me sweat – a lot.  Tonight’s class was no exception and I left sweaty, stretched and worked out, in such a good way.  We tried a few new (to me) poses tonight including cougar and flying frog.  Tried is an important word here, cougar was one thing but flying frog was quite another – maybe next time!

When I got home there were three packages waiting to greet me.  One was a wedding gift, the other a thank you gift from the bridesmaids dress company (side note:  I should really be thanking them, they’ve been AMAZING to work with.  If you want to work with a great team, get in touch with Anna Elyse Bridesmaids, they rock!) and finally, a package sent straight from Canada.  What was in this package from the north?  My latest etsy.com purchase, a custom hanger for my wedding dress made by My Amber Coloured World.  I had no idea what I was getting today because her service was so stinking fast!  I adore the hanger and can’t wait to hang my dress from it.  Amazing work Amber, thank you!

Todd’s friends were already here for the draft which meant that I basically had the house to myself.  I know that doesn’t make sense but it’s so easy to curl up on the couch next to Todd when I get home from work and waste the whole evening away together.  Needless to say, the draft took precedent and I was left to my own devices.

We ate so much food over the weekend and all I wanted was something green, believe it or not!  Normally vegetables aren’t a priority but I love green beans and we happened to have some.  To round out my dinner, I scarfed down a whole bowl of Garrett Chicago-Style popcorn that my sister brought me back from Chicago when she was in town this weekend.  I swear, that popcorn is the most amazing thing.  Even a few days out and mildly stale, it is so delicious!  The caramel corn has a slight burnt flavor to it and the cheesy popcorn is so cheesy and it stains your fingers orange, who could as for anything more?  I just love it!  We used to stand in line for hours just to get a bag of this stuff, it’s so worth it.  Thanks for the treat, sister!

The rest of my night was divvied up between watching Bones, tidying up our room and blogging, of course!

 

What treat would you stand in line for hours to enjoy?