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Put the Kettle on....

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. 
Nov. 13, 2012 10:38 am
How nice of you to and for you to have parents to take and celebrate their life together :) It sounds like a wonderful place to have the family meal at. Glad to hear the restaurant is doing well! Glad you are getting things back together after the tree damage. I'll be doing the same after the young hunter gets done with last night's mercy kill. Restoring order in my kitchen that is :)(:
Nov. 14, 2012 3:20 am
Cat, Thanks! Do you (or your son) process the meat yourself? My husband and son have done that with the last couple deer they have gotten. They did it right in the kitchen and it did make a mess! A positive out of your son's deer is that it will be very good meat, nice and tender.
Nov. 14, 2012 8:31 am
Oh yes! We process our own. The first time I did that I didn't eat meat for 3 days. I'm better now. I supervised and my son cheerfully processed his deer than went back out in the afternoon. He wants to get another deer. I'm not so thrilled as you are right, it makes for a mess but we got quite a bit of meat from the deer. I was surprised since he wasn't legal sized. I am glad Ryan found him coming back from his stand. That poor thing would have suffered all night till the cold got him.
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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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