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Retro on Roscoe

August 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Cousins! Halle & Quinn

Halle, Brian, and Jill

Ed giving Quinn a drink (that he doesn’t want)!

Bridget, Maggie, Conor and Liam trying not to fall off the hammock.

Rory, Jill & Halle

Halle said, “Rory is cute!” She was having a great time playing with him.

Conor didn’t want to smile. He was busy eating his pineapple!

Cousin playing beer pong …..

…. and sinking it in Chad’s cup, to his astonishment!

This is at least the 6th year that I have gone to the Retro on Roscoe street festival. Chad and Jen had their annual party and we came and went from the festival. Dallas and I were more than a little bit tired from the Crosby’s opening the night before, so we were way more chill than previous years. We still had a great time, though. Like other years, there was a lot of beer pong being played in the garage. I played 2 games, but not very well. At the fest, there were a lot of 80s cover bands playing. One crazy thing this year is that Roscoe Village Neighbors association is now asking $10 per person to get in. It all goes to a good cause, the schools and improving the neighborhood, but wow, that’s double what other street fests charge. At about 8:30 I was so done! I went home and couldn’t even watch one TV show without falling asleep. Long day! (And long night the night before!)

Previous visits to Retro on Roscoe:

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Jen and Chad’s Annual New Years Eve Party

January 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Quinn & His honeys, Bridget & Maggie

Jerry, Chad, Brian

Dallas & Rachelle

Jill and Jen’s mom, Nancy/Nana

Quinn modeling the hat he made

Brian & Halle (she was distracted by the kids behind me!)

Cousin & Kristin

Catie with daughters Bridget & Tess

Jen’s parents, Terry/Cappy and Nancy/Nana, with the kids in the play room.

Fitz, Cousin, Kristin

Quinn, all set to ring in the new year!

Jen, Kristin, Loden

Ed, Cousin, Trent, Chad, Brian, Dallas

Jill getting in on the fun!

This was the 7th year in a row that we have gone to Jen and Chad’s house for New Years Eve. As has become the tradition the last few years we went to this party early and then went to a second party later. It was fun to see everyone, visit with friends, eat and drink, and play with the kids. I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for the parties and Dallas make ahi poke, which reminded everyone of Hawaii.







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Limey’s Going Away Dinner (That Danny Cooked)

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments


On Sunday Danny invited a bunch of friends over to his house for football and dinner. This was one of Limey’s going away events. We couldn’t just have one party for him when we heard he has to leave, we had to throw a whole series!

During the games Danny made dumplings and flatbreads. One of the dumplings was filled with short ribs and the other had potatoes and bacon and a side aioli that made it taste just like a loaded baked spud. So delicious! There were three kinds of flatbreads – a Mediterranean one with a kalamata olive tampanade and feta, one with roasted tomatoes and pesto, and one with sausage and caramelized onions. These were all delicious too, but I especially liked the Mediterranean one.

There were Bears fans, Packers fans and one lonely Cowboys fan at the party and everyone’s team won, so everyone was happy. Although, I would have been happier if the Bears had lost. The weather was nice enough, so we were outside for a while. Quinn and Halle provided the entertainment for the party. I’m not sure Danny and Caroline’s dogs, Maggie & Duff, knew what to make of them, but they better figure it out because they’ll have a baby in the house in just a few months!

For dinner Danny made shrimp and grits. This was the second time I’ve had his shrimp and grits and it’s so delicious. The grits are so rich and creamy. I don’t know how he does it. Actually, I do, but I don’t like to think about it (cream, cream, cream!). Danny also made macaroni and cheese for the kids, which was a big hit with both the kids and the adults.

For dessert, I brought over White Russian cupcakes. I thought they combined two of Limey’s loves: Booze & Sweets. They turned out alright, but not as awesome as I’d hoped. Not as awesome as the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes I’ve made (here, here). Danny also made beignets with chocolate sauce.

Somehow we rolled ourselves out of there at the end of the night! I’m not sad about saying goodbye to Limey yet because he’ll be here for a while and we have at least one more goodbye party to go to.

It should also be noted that it took us 12 whole minutes to get to Danny & Caroline’s house in Oak Park from our house. I think their house seems far because it’s not even in Chicago, but we live so far west, it’s so fast and easy.

Finally, I almost forgot, Quinn made us this Halloween decoration. It’s a drawing of a scarecrow. I think he has glasses? What a nerdy scarecrow. He told me that I had to hang it by our stairs, but I have it on the fridge:

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