Hello, and a top ‘o the mornin’/afternoon to ya!
For those of you wondering where the Irish slang comes in, I hope you are wearing green today to avoid getting pinched by strangers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I am thrilled to report it is a warm and sunny one for once up here. Okay (at 18 degrees), maybe we will just stick to sunny.
Regardless, the snow is finally starting to melt which makes me very happy!
This weekend went by in a flash, but when does that ever not happen? Although it was crazy there for a bit, I did enjoy some much needed down time last night with the fur kids.
I have just been told we are planning to cook a traditional Irish meal for a small group of people tonight, so I guess I better boogie. Plans to hit the gym, the grocery store and get ready for cooking dinner ensue!
Before I leave, I wanted to quickly share my weekend with you. It was filled with yummy meals, celebrations, and time with friends, so I figured it would be a great way to kick start this Monday into marvelousness. (<-Thanks for the link-up, Katie!)
Scott had a busy Saturday morning and talked me into joining him on a few errands. My morning and time in the car can always be paid in full with Starbucks.
(Blonde roast with skim milk and brown sugar + whole wheat egg white turkey bacon sandwich.)
I returned home around lunch time and spent the afternoon getting the house ready for possible visitors. We had some fun friends in town for a very special game… HOOPER’s Birthday!
Every year, our mascot hosts a birthday party at a game and invites a handful of fellow (crazy) NBA mascots to join the party. As you can imagine, they usually cause havoc and it becomes a very entertaining game to watch.
We didn’t end up doing the halftime show with the mascots this year, but here is last year’s performance. Easily the most fun halftime of the year!
The game was a loud one and although we went into overtime, couldn’t pull the W. Eh, you can’t win ’em all.
Eventually, I found Scott and a small group of us went out to dinner to celebrate a fun weekend anyways.
We went to Rochester Mills Beer Co. which doesn’t sound like an ideal spot for dinner, but it really was. They are first and foremost a brewery, but also provide a wide variety of quality meals on their menu!
(Crab stuffed sole with quinoa, jasmin rice, and asparagus.)
Over dinner, Alex and I enjoyed the company of Scott’s friends and continued our night down the street at some local bars.
(You can always count on Scott for an awkward photo with friends.)
Sunday also was a bright and sunny one! Although I ended up listening to my body to sleep in and missed church in the process (fail), Alex came over afterwards and picked me up to join the boys for lunch in Troy.
One of them had an anniversary present to buy for his wife and we totally talked him into a Pandora bracelet with the prettiest sparkly heart charm. If there are any guys reading this, you really can’t go wrong with that gift idea for any woman in your life. I have yet to own one (<- hint, hint Scott) but both my sister and mom love theirs, which makes it easy for me to add to their charm collection around the holidays.
We grabbed lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, and I loved the ambiance of this location. It had been ages since I had been in one and adored the herb wall displayed right in the middle of it!
Since Alex and I have extremely similar palates, we almost always end up splitting our meals and did exactly that with the pear and gargonzola thin crust pizza.
It was great, and I also loved the salad that showed up on top of it. (We’ll take payments for our shopping services in food, thank you.)
After running around for a bit, we made a savory stop at Sweet Island Yogurt in Downtown Rochester.
Please tell me you find that sign as hilarious as I do. I died.
We went right for the flavors and I gravitated towards the mint chocolate and cookies and cream swirl without hesitation. Anyone who knows me knows that is the automatic answer here.
(Mint chocolate + cookies and cream frozen yogurt topped in strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon streusel and Andes mint crumbles.)
Don’t mind if I do.
We made it back to the house right before 5 p.m. and I figured it was time to play with the fur babies for a while.
I’m not going to name any names, but one of them in particular can’t stand not being the center of attention and plops down between anything that is going on at all times.
The bed, the couch, the floor… wherever you go, there he is.
I enjoyed the second part of our CPK lunch for dinner since we were too full to eat it earlier. It was the Vegetable Salad and was quite delicious!
Scott was busy crossing the border and back for a dunk show in Canada, so I spent the rest of my night unwinding and getting ready for the week.
I am really looking forward to celebrating Scott’s favorite holiday tonight!
What about you?
Anything exciting on the agenda?
Anything fun on the menu?
Have a great rest of your Monday!