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What to Blog, What to Blog, What to Blog?

Jul. 28, 2009 11:47 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2009 8:14 am
Well, its been a long 6 days. My 2 sisters, brother, grandmother, and neice are about to leave to drive back to Texas. Lots of fun and lots of cooking. They were so WOWed by all the food that I decided to make a blog about my time with my family. FYI: I really do feed my kids 3 meals a day. My family on the other hand usually don't eat breakfast so we had a lot of brunches. Here it goes...

I was expecting my family to be here late at night. It turned out they came at about 4:00 PM. I was warned before hand so I made sure we had enough food to go around for dinner. When they finally showed up, they checked out my house and of course the garden and potted plants. After some mandatory OHHHs and AHHHs, we finally sat down to eat. Here is what I made:

Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Garden Penne (Used home grown yellow squash, zucchini, and red onion from my garden)
Peanut Butter Bars I

We all finally settled down and my sisters and brother went to their hotel rooms while my neice and grandma stayed here to spend the night. Of course, my oldest daughter and neice stayed up to the wee hours of the night which led to some grouchy kidlets at the party.

Party Day! Before we get to that, I made breakfast/brunch. Here is what was served:

Norwegian Pancakes - Pannekaken
Sauteed Apples (Used as a filling)
Homemade Blueberry Filling (4 oz cream cheese, 4 oz sour cream, 2 T sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1/2 can of blueberries (10 oz), and 1 tsp lemon juice. All measurements are estimated.)

I knew that my husband and brother would want a snack before we left for the party so I started some sandwich meat the night prior. This was the optional prepared lunch:

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip (With broiled French bread with mixed provolone and mozzerella cheese)

Before the party, I was frantic to get everything prepared. I made a lot of food and goodies so I spent most of my time in the kitchen while everyone else did their own thing. We got pizza from the bowling alley and a few orders of French fries. Also, I made the Castle Cake (previous blog so I won't put that on here), cupcakes, and 3 types of dips:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Cupcake = The BEST Cupcake. Ever.
Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting

Jalapeno Popper Spread (Greatest dip in the world!)
Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips (Wasn't really eaten at the party)
Carla's Fruit Dip (Served with cantelope, strawberries, and oranges. Somewhat eaten at the party but I think most guests really wanted the cantelope and strawberries.)


We didn't have dinner because everyone was so full from the party. Also, my MIL, BIL, SIL, neice and nephew drove back to the house and checked out the garden and landscaping that we've been doing. They were quite impressed even though its not finished.

Started the day off with a late brunch and my favorite danish on Allrecipes:

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

For lunch, my grandma made:

Chicken Adobo (I am incapable of making this dish like my grandma so I sat most of the time watching her and taking notes while she prepared and cooked my favorite Filippino dish.)
Steamed green beans fresh from the garden.

After lunch, we went exploring a hidden waterfall on one of Camp Dawson's training area.


Can you imagine that this is about 5 miles from my house! You can also go behind the waterfall, jump from the top into about 12 feet of water, and go kayaking down the stream to the waterfall. Nobody did go swimming because it was cold but imagine how fun that would be on a hot summer day.

For dinner, we had mostly leftovers because I couldn't fit anything in my fridge. An interesting thing I learned from my neice is that Annie's Fruit Salsa topped with Carla's Fruit Dip tastes really good together. YUMMY!

Started the day off with another brunch:

Blueberry Cream Muffins

After brunch, we went to an antique mall and explored for a couple hours. I found a gag gift for my husband's next birthday.  :)  Its a Playboy magazine that was published on his birthday month (June) and year (1966).  :)  

We all finally got hungry so we went to Red Lobster for an early dinner. I ordered the Cajun Chicken Alfredo (so good). For appetizer, I shared some of my Coconut Shrimp (so good). I also tried their fondue because one of my sisters ordered it for her meal. It was so good and would like to replicate this very soon.

After eating, we hit the mall because my sisters wanted to buy some school clothes for Josceline and see what a mall would look like in West Virginia compared to DFW Metroplex malls. Also, I bought myself some clothes from NY&Co because I was in desperate need of clothes without mud stains.

I finally caved in and made my all time favorite breakfast item today:

PW'S Eggs Benedict
Pigs In a Blanket (For the kidlets. Also, this is my mom's recipe.)

The original plan for today was to go to Cooper's Rock and hike around the trails to find Rock City. My brother had some type of throwing up spell, husband was off work but sleepy, and one of my sisters was also tired. In the end, brother kind of stayed seated all day, my sister and husband napped, and my other sister and I watched scary movies during the day.

For dinner, I went all out with my favorite chicken recipe off of Allrecipes:

Chicken Cordon Bleu II with fettuccine and carrots.

Today is the day my sisters, brother, and neice starts to drive home.  :(  I made Blueberry Cream Muffins and Easy Cream Cheese Danish for them to take and snack on. My grandmother is flying back later on because of, ummm...ya...I won't get into that.

It was a very stressful week so I'm glad and sad to see them go. My family is driving down to see them during Thanksgiving break so we will see them soon.
Jul. 29, 2009 5:05 am
Sometimes, reading these great ideas really inspires me; however, they also intimidate me, somewhat. I am in the process of thinking of dishes that I can make ahead for the freezer to make it easier for my husband, and daughter (who, she and her two little girls came to live with us after the sudden death of her husband in March, 2008) while I fly to FL to help another son and his wife after the birth of a second child. Last month, I did this and made a couple of chicken pot pies that could be heated using the puff pastry atop; I, also, made two meatloaves, and shepherds pie and quiche. I guess I could do some of the same things, but would love to make a change for them. These things that I did last time are great standbys. (I plan to leave Aug. 3rd, possibly for about a week.) If you have any ideas for me, I would love to hear them. jlslvan@gmail.com Thanks!
Jul. 29, 2009 5:15 am
This inspires me, but, today, I am also overwhelmed. I will be leaving for FL to help my son and his wife, who just had their 2nd baby; I am trying to think of meals that I can make ahead for my husband and daughter for while I am gone, just to help them out a bit. (Our daughter and her two little girls came to live with us after the sudden death of her husband, in March, 2008.) Last month, I did this for one week; I made a couple of chicken potpies that could be heated using puff pastry atop, shepherds pie, quiche, two meatloaves; would anyone have any other ideas for this time; some of the same things are great standbys, of course. I plan to leave Aug. 3rd, for about a week. jlslvan@gmail.com Thanks!
Jul. 29, 2009 8:14 am
What a wonderful visit with the family! And I love the waterfall photos- thanks!
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