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I Feel Like Some Kind of Party Animal! 
Feb. 12, 2012 11:04 am 
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012 12:42 pm
Hubby and I had a busy weekend - it was a party from Friday until today!  Friday evening we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant our friends own - Acapulco Mexican Grill.  We weren't planning on partying.  We were just going to eat and see if we could "borrow" our adopted  Mexican grandchildren.  I hadn't seen the little cuties for a while and I missed them.  I also had to ask our friend if he could make me a pot of his delicious Mexican Guacamole for a luncheon we're having at work on Monday.  We ordered a drink and I asked my friend to make his guacamole for me.  Of course he said he would.  His kids weren't there - turns out their aunt wasn't working so she had taken them home with her.  But, we could go pick them up after we ate if we wanted.

While waiting for our food to arrive a couple that we have been friends with for years walked in.  Of course we asked them to join us.  Let Party #1 begin.  Jack is a really funny guy and when he gets going with his stories I laugh until my sides ache.  Friday night was no different.  He had recently been to Florida to hunt alligators with a guide and his story was very funny.  It involved a cooler with the gator head in it and how he managed to not get arrested.  Anyways - by the time we had finished eating and catching up with our old friends it was too late to get the kids.  We'll get them another night real soon.

Saturday morning we awoke to a snowstorm getting underway.  We've had a really mild winter so far here in Northeast Ohio.  That changed yesterday.  My nephew was home from college for the weekend to meet the new puppy his family just got so my sister decided it was also a good time to celebrate Nate's birthday.  We left our house just after noon for Party #2.  This is the same sister's house we go to for Thanksgiving. The one where the power went out before dinner was ready and how she carted her turkey halfway across town to finish roasting.  There's always some little twist to any get together she hosts, it seems.  Yesterday it was the journey that had the twist to it.  Ten minutes down the road (it's about a half hour to her house) it became white-out conditions; and the cars up ahead of us on the highway were at a dead standstill.   We come to a stop about 50 yards from an emergency access turn around.  We figure there's some sort of accident.  I know my daughter and parents had left her house and could very well be ahead of us somewhere.  I call my dad's cell phone to be sure they're ok.  Yes, they are.  In fact, they had taken a bit of a different route and had tried to get on the highway only to find the entrance blocked due to an accident.  They were well on their way to the party.  Not us.  We're just sitting there watching the backend of a semi.  Jon decides he can drive on the berm up to the turn-around, make an illegal u-turn and go back the way we came and use a few back roads to get there.  So, we arrive to the party about a half hour late, but all in one piece.  We had a great lunch.  Little Sis made some really yummy appetizers and we had ham and various sides for the meal.  My nephew had picked a spice cake with caramel icing for his birthday cake.  A yummy meal and a good time with family.  But - we had to leave. We were hosting our annual neighborly get-together with our 2 neighbors so I had to get home to prepare my reuben dip for Party #3.

It is 4:30 and we head down the highway.  The other side is still closed!  There were cars and trucks everywhere and tow trucks were busily hooking up crashed vehicles and hauling them away.  We turn on the radio to news and hear there had been over 25 vehicles involved in various crashes.  There were people taken to the hospital via ambulance but unbelievably there were no life-threatening injuries.  God was looking over this stretch of highway for sure.

Later in the evening our neighbors arrive bringing yummy desserts and wine.  We live pretty rural and on a dead-end street so there aren't a lot of houses nearby.  These two neighbors live fairly close but we are separated by a creek.  One neighbor can walk to our house, the other has to drive - and driving takes a good 5 minutes at least.  If there hadn't been all the snow they could have walked across the "bridge" (it's really only a steel beam) and been here in about a minute.  Anyways we spent several hours catching up with each other and munching away until we were stuffed.  These are great people and through the cold months we really don't see very much of them, so this has become a fun tradition. 

This morning we got up and spent the morning just lounging around.  I made a batch of Mexican White Cheese Dip for the luncheon tomorrow and later on we'll go pick up the Mexican Guacamole my friend made for me. If I'm lucky I'll get to see the kids.   Who knows - that visit could turn into another party! 
Feb. 12, 2012 1:37 pm
Rueben dip? Guacamole? White Cheese dip? Where are my chips?! LOLOL Our winter has been mild too. Tomorrow will be the first "real" snow we have had this winter. Glad you had such a lovely partying good time:)(:
Feb. 12, 2012 2:04 pm
Some of the best get togethers I ever attended were impromptu. The snow made it here Friday night into Saturday morning, but it has been so warm here it really didn't stick. I am grumbling because it is in the 30s and I'm chilly - I've taken a liking to 45+ winter weather! Sounds like you all had a fun weekend.
Feb. 12, 2012 3:46 pm
Your weekend sounds like a great time. We got a good amount of snow yesterday, but today we ventured out and took our 3 yr old to a skating birthday party. We had fun on the ice so we were party animals of sorts too. I'll have to try your favorite Mexican restaurant if we're ever in the area. We have Nuevo Acapulco here, and that is our favorite restaurant! We went there for our first date, and they have the best margaritas. Is your white cheese dip recipe from AR?
Feb. 13, 2012 3:13 am
Hi Cat! I guess I could also say I had a "dippin' good time"! Can't wait for lunch today and dig into all the wonderful dips and desserts!
Feb. 13, 2012 3:14 am
BSM, I'm like you; I've gotten used to mild weather. This morning's 15 degrees is waaayyy too cold for me!
Feb. 13, 2012 3:18 am
Loves2Cook - my cheese dip recipe is my sister-in-law's, tweaked of course! Have you ever eaten at Maya's in Berea? We used to eat there after my son's baseball games; either there or Cornerstone Brewery.
Feb. 14, 2012 6:36 am
Glad to see you had a great weekend Mother Ann. Make sure when pick up the guacamole you have a margarita on the rocks with an extra shot of patron and some extra salt! By the way glad you made safely to and from home over the weekend, those white outs can be buggers! Hope Steve is doing well as well as the family. Take care!
Feb. 16, 2012 12:42 pm
Hi dragonfly! Everyone is doing fine, thanks! We had tea when we picked up the guacamole, usually we'd have a margarita, but they do not have a liquor license for Sunday so tea it was. :)
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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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