Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Paddy's Day

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day in the comfort of our home and the comfort of our sweats last night.  To get in the spirit, I made an Irish dinner...including Drunken Leprechauns (the drinks, not the tipsy little guys).  Last Saturday, we went up to Grand Rapids for a date...totally forgetting about early St. Patrick's Day celebrations and all the people.  We went to Hop Cat for a late lunch and had a front-row view of the largest St. Patrick's Day street festival in Michigan.  It was over two city blocks long and jam-packed with 20,000 people wearing green and drinking green beer.  They started at 7 a.m. with kegs and eggs.  I don't think most of them will make it to closing.  After lunch and drunk people watching, we went to The Pyramid Scheme for some pinball and I'm happy to announce that I beat Matt in our first two games...and then he warmed up and killed me in all our other games.  Oh well.  We stopped at the casino on the way home and I did have the luck of the Irish when I hit a $60 jackpot and then another $15 jackpot, though!

Shepard's Pie, Buttered Cabbage, & Homemade Bread

Drunken Leprechaun:  sour apple schnapps, coconut rum, & pineapple juice

Yum!  Shepard's Pie:  ground beef, corn, peas (yuck...I picked mine out) topped with cheesy mashed potatoes

Chocolate & Pistachio Pudding Parfaits