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It’s the holiday season

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

We hope everyone had a happy and enjoyable Christmas. I meant to write before the holiday about our Christmas Eve extravaganza but time got away from me. This year, Chef Mark decided to have a formal multi-course meal, rather than our usual buffet-style feeding frenzy. I was against the idea at first because I knew it meant that Mark would be in the kitchen the entire time, preparing the series of courses, instead of sitting down and eating with the rest of us. His reply was, “You know me. As long as everything tastes good, I don’t care.” How can I argue with that? We had the usual appetizers; Mom made her famous shrimp dip, cheese ball, and fried shrimp. Mark also made crab cakes and baked clams. Everything was so delicious and we all ate so much that I was afraid we would not have any room left for the big meal. The first course was fish salad (made by Mom – so good!), followed by shrimp bisque. Mark made the bisque from scratch and he started the whole process two days prior. Next course was linguine with clam sauce, one of my all-time favorites. The main course was hazelnut-crusted trout served over asparagus spears. Everything was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Chef Mark truly outdid himself, as did Mom. It wasn’t just about the food, though. We all received really awesome gifts from our Secret Santas, too, but the best part of any holiday is spending it with our families. That time spent is way more valuable than any gift we could ever get.

Posted by Francesca

Happy Birthday Frankie!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Frankie, originally uploaded by FrancescaM.

My little brother turns 28 today. Let’s read that again: my LITTLE brother turns 28 today. Oh boy, I’m getting old…. but you’re catching up to me, lil bro. Happy birthday! Love ya!

July fishing trip photos

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

For Uncle Daniel, originally uploaded by FrancescaM.

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Journeyman arrives at the end of the road

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Seriously, America, why didn't more people watch Journeyman?? The series finale just ended and I am still in denial. I refuse to believe that this show will not return. It's so good! Oh, but it's ... [Continue reading this entry]

He can swallow it whole

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Mamas, don’t let your puppies grow up to be cowboys…

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Doggy mosaic, originally uploaded by FrancescaM.

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Costa Rica itinerary is set

Friday, December 14th, 2007
Our trip is about a month away and just this week we finalized our plans. We are flying into and out of San Jose, spending one night there when we arrive, as well as the night before we fly ... [Continue reading this entry]

It’s over

Friday, December 14th, 2007
Today was my last day. Those of you who know what I have been doing the last 3+ months know what I'm talking about. Part of me is sad but, more than anything, I am exhausted. It ... [Continue reading this entry]

Dad on Almost Italian

Thursday, December 6th, 2007
Making meatballs and gravy. Check it out! Posted by Francesca

My ongoing love affair

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
I love hockey. I have since I was about four years old. I wish I could explain what first drew me to the sport at such a young age. All I can remember is shooting a tennis ... [Continue reading this entry]