**First things first, if you haven't heard by now, the new end of the world has been rescheduled from December 21, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Yes, that's right, Google Reader is shutting down. I don't know about you, but I've been keeping up with all my blogs, and Perez Hilton celeb gossip, with reader for years. To make the transition smooth-ish, jump on over and follow me on Bloglovin!**
Moving on, another highlight to note is that A is 11 months old today. As in one month away from her 1st birthday. Exactly one year ago today, Ashlynn and I were getting showered by our loved ones.
Her birthday party invitations were dropped in the mailbox this morning and planning is in full swing. I've already taken down the St. Patrick's Day gear and plan on getting some of her things up in the meantime, doubling as "Easter/Spring" decor since I don't have too much stored for the Easter holiday, and having to swap decorations every two weeks (St. Pats, Easter, Birthday) seems too exhausting.
Also, we had a great weekend. Our party ended up being pretty low key, but fun was had by all who came. Ashlynn had a busy day of running around with her walker.
I made some different treats for this year. Not having a working kitchen (since we had no floors) made it impossible for me to have time to make Irish Potatoes or homemade mint chocolate cupcakes. Instead I made some chocolate covered mint oreos and some good old boxed yellow cupcakes with store bought chocolate icing with a few drops of mint extract added, topped with Lucky Charms... natch.
We finished off the weekend by celebrating St.Patricks Day with avocado pancakes for breakfast (Ashlynn ate two), some Guinness bread baked by the Gilbert Girls, and some baked roasted garlic chicken with fried cabbage, onion, and baby carrots. I grew up having corned beef and cabbage every single year, so I'd like to find a great non-beef recipe we can start as a tradition. This one was made up on the fly, but it was delicious. We all cleared our plates, even Ashlynn!
I hope everyone had a fun weekend and that the holiday hangover, or just regular hangover - you pick, isn't treating you so rough this Monday morning!