Another fun-filled weekend!
Nov. 12, 2012 4:36 pm
Updated: Nov. 14, 2012 8:31 am
Five years ago my siblings and I surprised our parents with a 50th Anniversary Party. It was fun planning and turned out great. Five years later I felt like we needed to celebrate their anniversary again to honor their life together and all that they
accomplished.... They did raise four great kids after all and what better accomplishment is there than that?!
We found a restaurant about an hour from our house that has become our favorite "special occasion" place to go. We've celebrated graduations - both college and high school, anniversaries, 21st birthdays, and many evenings out with dear friends at this restaurant.
The atmosphere is perfect and there are many smaller rooms that are great for private, intimate celebrations. I knew we wouldn't be able to gather the whole clan for this dinner since my older sister, brother-in-law and son all live 1,400 miles away in South
Dakota. Also my younger sister and her family were unable to attend as they already had entered a dog show in Michigan. That venture turned out super - my niece's dog became a grand champion! WooHoo for her! So, in light of that we'll excuse them for being
absent. My brother was able to make the drive from Columbus and to make it even better he called to let me know that his youngest daughter and her boyfriend also would be coming. That made 8 of us for dinner. We were put in a private dining room and given
the "royal treatment" by our servers.
It's always difficult to choose from the menu - but I almost always get a cup of their Liberty onion soup (aka French Onion Soup) and prime rib. We always order the same bottle of wine and in fact we don't even have to check the wine list; we know what the
Bin Number is for our favorite - a nice, smooth Merlot by Hahn Vineyards. Everyone likes it, except my daughter who is a non-red wine drinker. She chose an Ohio riesling and her and my brother drank that.
My daughter ordered her normal Tavern chicken, which is a stuffed chicken breast that is very good, both mom and dad ordered the coconut crusted tilapia with rum sauce. I was tempted to order that but went with the prime rib. My dad said it was the best meal
he'd ever had there so now I'm going to have to make a trip back so I can try it!
What's a celebratory meal without dessert? Pretty boring! Heck - what's any meal without dessert? Pretty boring! So, of course, even though we were all stuffed from our meals we ordered up dessert! The most popular choice was the triple-decker fudge brownie
pie. In my book if it isn't chocolate, it isn't dessert! This was plenty chocolatey so it was certainly dessert, and then some! Other choices were cheesecake with raspberry sauce, triple berry pie, and apple crisp with ice cream.
Dinner is never rushed at the Spread Eagle Tavern; usually taking two hours or more. Saturday night was no different - our dinner was two and a half hours long. The Spread Eagle Tavern was built in 1836 or 1837 and is very historical. There are also five
rooms that you can stay in. For our 25th anniversary my husband and I did stay overnight and it was very nice. After dinner, to walk off some of our fullness, we gave ourselves a self-tour. It is fun to explore and we always find something new on our tours.
This past weekend was absolutely beautiful weather and we spent all daylight hours outside, working on our yard and getting things put back together from our tree incident. There is still much to be done, but I feel like we got a few things accomplished.
Sunday, after dark, we cleaned up and headed to our Mexican restaurant. I had bookwork to do and paychecks needed to be passed out. Also - after working outside all day I did not want to cook. We also wanted to see how business was going on Veteran's Day.
We had advertised that veterans got to eat for free and I was curious to see if it would increase business. We had anticipated it doing so and had a full staff working with every employee reporting for work on Sunday. It turns out that was a smart move as
we were really busy and had quite a crowd throughout most of the day.
One of the things we got accomplished Sunday afternoon was getting our hot tub cleaned out and refilled from when the tree fell. The tree had broken the cover on the hot tub and our tub has been sitting with nasty, leaf-filled water since September. We left
for the restaurant with the heater running, heating that water up. Unfortunately it was still not hot enough to enjoy last night, but tonight it would be perfect. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided we needed more rain so we'll have to wait until tomorrow
night to finally get to enjoy the hot tub.