One hotel room, Four slices Ho Ho
Feb. 26, 2010 4:50 pm
Updated: Mar. 1, 2010 3:37 pm
College kids? How is it even possible that we are already so old as to have not just one, but two, grown (well almost) kids? Two of them...in college...at the same time. Yikes! In hindsight, maybe it would have been wise to leave a five-year age gap between babies? Anyway, my "babies" are only three-years apart, which means that in the best of circumstances their college educations would overlap by one year; reality says it will be two. O.K., we can do this...two years of budget-tightening, home cooking, vacationing in our yard. No problem!
Recently my husband had to drive 170-miles away for work, the destination being (coincidentallly) only 10 miles from the kids' college (thankfully both attend the same university) so I jumped at the chance to turn this into a "Honey! I'll help you drive!", so I got an impromptu one-night "vacation". Time to put those saved hotel gift certificates to use! But, as every good mother-of-college-kid knows, food MUST be involved! A couple of quick phone calls to the kids confirmed they were available, and more than willing, to meet for a family dinner out!
Browsing AR's daily photo voting is one of my favorite activities and often tempts me to try some of the wonderful-looking recipes; the day before we left on our little adventure I'd been inspired to try a yummy-looking Ho Ho Cake. [yes, it was as yummy as it looked!] Not wanting to waste such a delicious cake I sent hubby to the basement to dig out some paper plates & plastic forks to pack in the car, and we bundled the Ho Ho Cake into the trunk of the car. After a very pleasant family dinner at a mexican restraunt near our hotel the kids come with us back to our hotel room, where we all enjoy the four slices of Ho Ho cake while watching the winter olympic games on t.v.
Vacation is a relative term. For some, vacation might require a stay at a beachy resort, a Euro-tour, or a long and sunny cruise. I, on the other hand, couldn't have asked for a nicer "vacation" than that simple dinner with my family and a slice of Ho Ho in a hotel room!
Ho Ho Cake