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How Was Your Weekend? 
Jan. 10, 2011 1:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2011 3:07 am
This weekend was a busy one for me, and fun as well.  My husband and son were in New York for a hunting trip which left me home alone Friday night.  I built a fire in the fireplace, found a good book and just relaxed.

Saturday morning my daughter called and said she was finally feeling better.  So, she brought her cocker spaniel, Maggie, over and we made the Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats off this site for all of our pooches.  Sort of a "Belated Birthday" treat for Missy, my 12 year old chocolate lab.  While we baked and talked, the three dogs played and rough-housed.  I think Missy is still exhausted!  We rolled out the dough and used a cat-shaped cookie cutter, as well as a bone, heart, and star shaped ones.  They looked and smelled good enough to eat!  My Missy and Suzy keep going to the container asking for more. 

My husband got home late Saturday night full of stories and exhausted.  This hunting trip was with the Hunting Club our son is President of at his college, so 5 of the hunters were young men (19-22 yrs.old) .  The adviser and my husband were the "old guys".  They were hunting in Canandaigua, NY.  Always thinking of me (Hee!hee!), my husband brought me home 2 bottles of wine.  He knows better than to be in an area loaded with wineries and not bring me home a bottle or two.

We had plans to go to our friend's (who happen to also be my husband's cousin) house for dinner.  I was to bring a dessert, so I made this Pineapple Upsidedown Cake.  I had never made one before, and I made it in my cast-iron skillet.  While it was baking I was a little concerned I may not get it to come out of the pan all in one piece.  I shouldn't have worried. It popped right out and was a huge hit.  Our friends made an Irish meal, the husband is Irish and loves to cook.  We had Gaelic Steaks that were delicious - I loved the creamy sauce we poured over them with all the onions and mushrooms!  He made colcannon, which I'd never had and I loved.  It was a mashed potato and cabbage casserole - that's the best way I can describe it. He said that at Halloween time you use Kale instead of cabbage, I'll take his word for it as I have no idea, I just know it was good.   And, then we had peas to go with it as a veggie. 

For our "entertainment" in the afternoon - Tim pulled out his stock of bourbon (7 different kinds) and we tasted each one and rated from best to least-liked.  It is amazing the difference in taste in bourbon. Without tasting them all at once like that, I had no idea how different they could be.  We all pretty much agreed on the order of like/dislike and also the more expensive ones were definitely the better tasting ones as well. 

By the time we finished dinner and dessert, we pretty much just rolled on out of their house and headed home.  I got a call from my husband today while at work - he's still full and doesn't really want much for dinner.  I'm real glad, because I feel the same way...  
Jan. 10, 2011 4:19 pm
Good food, good friends, and good booze....Sounds like the PERFECT weekend!
Jan. 10, 2011 4:41 pm
Hey Mother Ann, it sounds to me like you had a well rounded weekend. You had your "Me" time which I wish I could have just 5 min.'s to myself but hey. Then you had your "Girls only" time with your daughter which is always good for either good food or good gossip and then you had your "Couples"time with the Hubby and friends with some good booze!! My weekend consisted of food shopping, laundry, CCD, and more cleaning! I'll trade ya!! I'm glad you had a good weekend ; )
Jan. 10, 2011 4:55 pm
Oh, you sound like you had so much fun! I just ran to the store before our winter storm hit then watched our football team lose on Sunday. Not quite as fun as your weekend sounded :)
Jan. 10, 2011 8:08 pm
MA, love that you had a great weekend!! Mine no so... but would love to settle down with a good book, some cook/gossip time, and some visiting!
Jan. 10, 2011 8:09 pm
Happy Monday MA I had a very low key weekend. I barely got out of PJ's on Saturday and watched the 1st season of Greys Anatomy on Netflix yesterday. What a Terrific weekend you had!! How Great is that? Gotta love that cast iron!Glad your cake turned out and the casserole sound devine! Thans for sharing. Salad for dinner tonight? LOL Tootles:)
Jan. 11, 2011 3:05 am
dragonfly22, I remember when I used to wish for just 5 minutes to myself! I'd go in the bathroom and close the door; usually I got about 30 seconds before someone discovered where I was! LOL.
Jan. 11, 2011 3:06 am
Stevie crazycook, Sorry your weekend wasn't so good. Hopefully you'll get a chance to settle down with a good book soon!
Jan. 11, 2011 3:08 am
Patty Cakes - Ithought my Saturday was going to be spent in my pj's just reading but then my daughter called - that was a nice surprise! I think we should have salad every night for a week, but.... I have chicken thawed for Sarah's awesome chorizo chicken cacciatore, so that's dinner tonight!
Jan. 11, 2011 7:17 pm
Your weekend sounded like so much fun! I agree with DragonFly; you had me time, daughter time, hubby time, couples time, and; I love this, booze time. You're living the "Good Life" girl!
Jan. 12, 2011 7:22 pm
I like the bourbon tasting idea. I'm not civilized enough for a wine tasting. Bourbon= good times and good friends over great food.
Jan. 13, 2011 3:07 am
I liked the bourbon tasting, too. And, strangely enough, even after a few tastings of each - they still tasted different! Or at least I thought so! ;-)
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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