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Put the Kettle on....

Let the Fun Begin!! 
Apr. 6, 2012 4:38 am 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2012 3:47 am
Spring Break!  Oh how I love those two words!  At the school I work at it is usually the last week of March.  Most years the weather is still cold and snowy; or at least cold and muddy.  This year we have had such great weather I was looking forward to a nice Spring Break.  As it turned out it was a little chillier than it had been the previous two weeks, but the sun was a-shinin'! 

We started my break off with a dinner out at the Mexican restaurant with Kristal and her husband, Jake.  What could be better than a couple margaritas with a fantastic dinner?!  Sunday evening we went to our Mexican friends' house for dinner.  Marisela made her delicious chicken enchiladas and she also made horchata.  I had never had it before and wasn't even sure what it was.  They described it to us as rice water with sweetener in it.  Sound appetizing?  Not to me, but to be polite we both said we'd try a glass.  Wow!  It is very tasty - now I see why their kids kept coming back for more!  It was made from rice that was cooked for an hour or more and then blended in the blender to a "mushy" consistency. Then she added some of the water used in cooking and a can of condensed milk (at least that's what I would guess it was), and some vanilla. I really enjoy going to their house - we are constantly being introduced to something new from their culture, and they really are proud to show us.  It goes both ways - when they come to our house we try to show them something new.  The oldest child, Jeanette (who is 10), especially loves to learn new things. 

Monday I had my "tea and cookie" friend over for a nice long gab session.  We always have so much to talk about.  Her son and Steve have been friends since kindergarten.  He just bought a house so she had plenty to tell me about that adventure and of course, my Steve is on his own adventure out West.  She had brought along her walking shoes in case we decided to walk and talk instead of eat cookies and talk.  Hmmm.... the cookies won out by a unanimous vote. 

Tuesday Kristal and I headed to Volant, PA.  This trip was not only to do some shopping in the fun stores in Volant, but also I was on a mission.  I am going to the Buckeye Bash in June and wanted to find some of the Coco Vino wine (that's the chocolate wine I found a while back at the winery in Volant) to take with me.  Luck was on my side - they had plenty - so I picked up a couple bottles so all who care to taste it at the bash will have their chance.  On the way home we found a restaurant with good old-fashioned home-cooking.  We had stopped just to have a little dessert, but ended up with a full lunch instead.  When we walked in the door the yummy smells hit us and talked us right into having a meal.  One thing I've learned is - don't argue with the tantalizing aromas of good food - just go with it!

Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny day and we had plans! Jon had the rest of the week off and we were starting his time off with a trip to the West Side Market with Kristal and Jake. Jake had never been there so it was fun to show him all the great things there are to see and buy.  Among other things we bought some "flavored" sausages for our planned camping trip. We got one each of a beer marinated one, lime/cilantro, spinach/feta chicken, and a plain chorizo. A trip to the market always includes lunch at Great Lakes Brewing Company. As we sat there enjoying dessert (A piece of triple chocolate cake) we decided it was too nice a day to just go home. So.... we headed off to the zoo! What fun that was! It's always a fun time when you take your kid to the zoo; even though my "kid" is almost 27 years old.

Thursday morning we loaded up our camper and headed to Mohican State Park.  What better time to begin the camping season then Spring Break?! Thursday night there was only one other camper in the campground and Friday night was the same. Saturday the place really filled up. I believe there were about a dozen campers! This was a true camping experience as we had no cell service so we were completely by ourselves with no contact with family. Jon spent some time flyfishing while I read. Suzy got plenty of walks and even managed to "sneak" a swim or two in the river. Our site was right on the river so we had ducks and geese to watch, and even a great blue heron. Our evening meals were nothing too fancy this trip - grilled chicken one night, steaks, and our sausages from the West Side Market. Those turned out to be pretty darn good; especially the spinach/feta chicken one. Note to self: Buy a few more of those next trip. Before we packed it in on Sunday we had chili dogs. Not just any old chili dogs - but huge German franks (we bought those at the market, too). The chili was a batch of the winning chili from my school's chili cook-off - Black and Gold Thai Chili. That is my new favorite chili. The secret ingredient is a bottle of sweet chili sauce. Jon likes his topped with sour cream and cheddar cheese. I'm good with just the cheddar cheese.

After the camper was unloaded and we settled into the hot tub for a relaxing soak, we had to agree this Spring Break was all I could have hoped for.  We had good food, fun times, and plenty of relaxation time!
Apr. 6, 2012 5:08 am
Yum! The food sounds fantastic and your Spring break sounds like it was fun and relaxing. Funny, I was thinking about spring breaks just yesterday. Only I was thinking of how I seem to fill mine with projects. I'm learning more about the vineyards in this area so if you make it thru this way we will have to take the tours! I'll take a break for those :)
Apr. 6, 2012 5:19 am
Cat, who knows - maybe we'll just take a trip out your way one day specifically to tour with you! Wouldn't that be a blast! The days before my break I always mentally list all the things I'm going to get done, then break comes a long and I decide to just play instead. :)
Apr. 6, 2012 12:42 pm
Hey Mother Ann, looks like your spring break was a blast. Our kids only have off Friday and Monday ! Not the way ours use to to be growing up ! Have a Happy Easter and a relaxing spring break .....what's left of it ! Take care.
Apr. 7, 2012 3:47 am
Hi Dragonfly! Somehow I really lucked out this year - a whole week off, and I get Friday and Monday off this weekend! My next blog will be about my Good Friday adventures. You have a great Easter as well.
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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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