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Put the Kettle on....

Weekend Fun 
May 23, 2011 1:09 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 4:50 pm
It's been awhile since I wrote.  I've been busy with "real" life - good and bad.  My brother who is only in his 40's suffered a heart attack.  Lucky for him (and us who love him) he is OK, and this may be a good wake up call for him to begin a new healthy lifestyle.   I got sick again, went back to the doctor and discovered I had pneumonia - for the 2nd time in 6 months, or maybe I never got over it.  Whatever the case is - I am feeling better now and hope to stay that way!  This time around I am  taking it easy longer so maybe I truly will get better.  That really translates into:  It's lawn mowing season and I have a great excuse to get out of that chore; at least for a little while.

Now for the weekend fun!  We took our new camper and headed up to Maumee Bay State Park for a camping trip.  The main focus of the trip was so our son could spend his gift certificates he had for Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's - both stores being about 40 minutes from the campground.  We also took the 2 labs along and they had a blast.  We had the nicest weather we've had in AGES so it was great to be out and enjoying it.  The shopping trips didn't yield much bounty - he's a very picky shopper and wanted to spend his "free money" wisely.  He did see some things but decided to order online at a later date.  No problem though, we all enjoy those stores - and there's also a winery near Cabela's so we stopped there and picked up a few bottles. 

The labs got to swim some in the small lake we were camping next to so they were happy, tired pups.  Hubby and son did most of the cooking. 

Friday night my son grilled steaks for us and I made salads and whipped up a Betty Crocker box of Loaded Potato Casserole. Not bad - though it would be much better made from scratch.  Saturday night my husband grilled chicken breasts and cooked bacon on the grill.  Then he laid bacon across each breast along with a slice of swiss cheeese and we topped that off with Ranch dressing.  I made baked potatoes and salads.  The chicken was very good - we enjoyed every morsel.  We also had a fresh pineapple that we cut up and enjoyed each day.

We got home Sunday late afternoon with just enough time to clean up and put a few things away from the trip before we headed over to our Mexican friend's house for dinner.  The 9-year-old daughter has been telling us what great enchiladas her mom makes and they invited us over to have some with them.  They were very good - and different from what we get at their restaurant.  She took the tortillas, warmed them on her griddle, then stuck them in a pot of homemade enchilada sauce covering them completely.  Then she fished them out of the sauce, filled them with shredded chicken and topped them off with some kind of "soft cheese from the Mexican store".  I ate 4 or 5 of those things and probably could have eaten more!

Then the kids all wanted us to go outside and play hopscotch.  The grown-ups (aka The Parents) all said we had to digest our food first - but the little ones and my 22 year old went out to play.  It wasn't long before the little ones were all running in and exclaiming that Steve was The BEST hopscotch player ever!  So of course we all went out to watch.  We all had a great time and made plans for another get-together soon. 

We had a very nice weekend indeed!
May 23, 2011 1:24 pm
Good to hear from you Mother Ann! Hubby and I both had pneumonia for a month one summer. It was a wretched experience, and I'm sending many good thoughts and prayers your way for you and your brother. Sounds like the weekend trip was good for morale; the better you feel mentally, the faster you'll feel better physically. Hang in there, girl:)
May 23, 2011 1:39 pm
Thanks, Mangel! It was just fun to go camping with our son along. Now hopefully we'll get a trip in this summer with him, our daughter and son-in-law. That would be wonderful!
May 23, 2011 2:57 pm
Take it easy Mother Ann - you don't want that pneumonia to go for round 3 - make sure you get rid of it COMPLETELY! Rest - rest - rest - -and allow your body to heal itself. Glad you had an enjoyable weekend!
May 23, 2011 3:36 pm
You are feeling better, aren't you? That stuff pneumonia can be wicked a long time. (Voice of experience.) But, a fun weekend can go a long way toward feeling better, too. Be sure to give your brother a boot in the butt if he wanders off the healthier lifestyle. Glad he's better, though.
May 23, 2011 6:21 pm
luv2cook - This time around I have to go back for follow-up x-rays to be sure it is gone. If it isn't the dr. is going to think up some other course of treatment for me.
May 23, 2011 6:22 pm
Mike - I am feeling much better! I've noticed that the older I get the longer it takes to recover.
May 24, 2011 6:13 am
Hey Mother Ann, I am so glad you are feeling better to enjoy your camping weekend. I am so sorry to hear about your brother but am relieved he is doing much better. My dad just had a quad-bypass at the end of March. He still is up to his bad habits though, he knows what he's gotta do but he thinks he knows best!! Frustating!!! Anywho.... you always seem to have a great time with your friends and great food to boot! I want to know if there will be a hopscotch tourny soon? I hope you have a great week and it's great to hear from you, take care of yourself!!!
May 25, 2011 3:11 am
Hi dragonfly! My dad had an emergency dbl-bypass a few years ago. Funny thing he really didn't have any bad habits to begin with, but he's on the straight & narrow 100% of the time now. LOL - that is funny about having a hopscotch tourney!! I wish we would have had a camera.
Aug. 19, 2011 4:50 pm
Hi ... I was wondering if you could tell me how to properly freeze home made tamales.... I heard they were hard to make so my neighbors from Mexico made me 2 dozen of them all hot and smell like heaven... Problem there is only 1 of me... I don't want them to go to waste, so how do I freeze them properly and how long will they stay ok froze.. Any help would be greatly appreciated... They have been in the fridge for 3 days now, counting night they were made... Thanks and HugzZ from the Pacific NW.... Sunkissed..
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About Me
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.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
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.
My cooking tragedies
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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