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A Great Weekend - and I Actually Cooked! :) 
Jun. 1, 2014 6:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2014 2:58 am

Things have been pretty busy around my house of late.  Between Annie the new puppy and daughter, Kristal, moving there hasn't been much time for home-cooked meals.  Lucky for us we have the restaurant to go to for those nights when we just don't have the time to cook.

This weekend was one of those weekends that was filled with lots of fun times with friends and family, and even just the two of us.  Friday night we headed to the restaurant and met friends, along with Kristal and Jake.  After we enjoyed a great Mexican meal on the patio we went down to the "dog club" so Suzy and Annie could take a swim in the lake.  It was Annie's second trip to the dog club and she is fast learning that being a "club puppy" is very cool.  Suzy knows where we are headed as soon as the car starts heading in that direction.  Our friends have two children, ages 6 and 3, who thought Annie was a bundle of fun.  Annie thought they were pretty fun, too.

Saturday morning Jon got up early and took Suzy and went fishing.  They only spent a couple hours on the lake, so I stayed home and did my chores.  I felt very responsible while doing my laundry, changing bedsheets, cleaning the bathroom, and grocery shopping.  Once I finished the necessary chores I drove around the corner and picked Kristal up so we could make chocolate dipped strawberries for the trip to the winery later in the afternoon.  There was a fire in a neighboring town in March that destroyed half the town and the local winery was holding a fundraiser to help re-build the town.  There were food trucks, live entertainment, and delicious wine.  Kristal and Jake, myself and Jon, and my parents loaded up the cars and headed out for an afternoon of fun and relaxation.  The sky was the most beautiful blue, we couldn't have asked for better weather.  The first entertainer was a man who we've heard sing many times.  Jon went to school with him and they were really good friends.  He's great to listen to while sipping on a glass of wine.  We were very lucky to snag a front-row seat.  It was a pleasant surprise to see the improvements made to their outdoor seating area.  There is now a duck pond with six ducks and a water fountain!

This morning Jon and I got up early, packed a cooler, and headed to the lake.  Jon was planning on fishing and I had my Kindle.  I was planning on soaking up some sun while reading.  We both had success!  Before we left I loaded my crock pot up with a rack of ribs.  I made up a rub and slathered them with the rub.  When we got home dinner was ready.  The ribs were "fall off the bone" tender and delicious!  I made baked seasoned potato wedges to go with them and we finished off some baked beans and macaroni salad we had left over from the last meal I cooked several days ago.  I found a frozen key lime pie in the freezer and that made a fantastic dessert. 

Tomorrow I'm going to cook another meal - this one is going to be catfish; freshly caught today by Jon.  I found a recipe for corn fritters that was my Great Grandmother's recipe; maybe I'll try making those, too. 

Jun. 2, 2014 4:39 am
What a lovely weekend!!!!
Jun. 2, 2014 6:25 am
A great weekend had by all. Your meal sounds wonderful!!
Jun. 4, 2014 2:57 am
Heather - thanks for stopping in. I love weekends like this one. :)
Jun. 4, 2014 2:58 am
manella - Just the fact that I got to cook a meal (2 in a row actually!) made this a wonderful weekend.
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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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