Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with their families! We traveled to spend the holiday weekend with Hubs' family as we have for the past four years in a row.  His mom made a delicious spread that included a few of her signature desserts .
We also indulged in a few of our favorite traditions which include:

Going to the movies with my friend Jess on Thanksgiving Day (though we don't always dress like ketchup and mustard)

Black Friday shopping with Mom at Joann's Fabrics
Getting haircuts from Jess (Trudy got her first and behaved perfectly!)
Dave and Dad stopping by the weekend car show
Watching the Iron bowl
Watching a family movie together

This weekend has given us cause for so much thanks and we are looking forward to continuing the same traditions next year. Now to start a diet so I can indulge in Mom's Christmas cookies next month!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving at SCS

We brought our little turkey to the family lunch at SCS. It was fun to catch up with everyone and the food was great as usual!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Rock Box

Trudy cries if we put her in sand or water so our solution was to put rocks in her sandbox. She'll play in it off and on for hours. Whatever works!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Old CookStove Restaurant

A restaurant may be in a prime location, but without excellent food and service it's not going to enjoy booming business. Conversely a restaurant can have an inconvenient location, but lure plenty of patrons to its locale with the exceptional fare and staff. The latter is the case with The Old CookStove restaurant in Danville, Alabama. Owned and operated by a community of Mennonites, the restaurant is bursting at the seams during its limited business hours despite the fact that its location is not advertised. The Old CookStove relies solely on word-of-mouth advertising and doesn't even boast a website!
Seating is family-style and if you arrived during peak time you might find yourself seated at a table with strangers. Don't worry though, they have custom-built, wooden dividers that attach to the tabletops so you don't have to make conversation or watch others eat. Hubs was grateful since he's not a people-person, but my dad would have been happy to chat it up throughout the meal. :)
Each buffet-style entree is homemade including the freshly baked bread and churned ice cream.
I'm writing this post while our experience is fresh in my mind (and the food is fresh in my tummy) so let me see if I can remember everything they served:

Main Dishes:
Chicken and Dressing
Fried Chicken
Spicy Sausage
Carving board Ham and Turkey
Fried Chicken Livers
Chicken Casserole

Sides (in addition to a full salad bar):
Hashbrown casserole
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Lima Beans
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans
Pinto Beans
Black-eyed Peas
Brussel Sprouts
Home-baked bread
Biscuits with homemade jams and jellys
Cranberry sauce
Fried Corn
Fried Okra

German Chocolate Cake
Coconut Cake
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Cobbler
Various Fruit Cobblers
Banana Pudding
Churned Ice Cream
The staff was friendly and efficient despite the crowd, and their traditional Mennonite dress added to the atmosphere. Cost for this all-you-can-eat buffet is $9.99 per adult so you really get your money's worth! If you're ever in north Alabama on a Friday night or Saturday and would like to be completely ruined for eating at chain "country" cooking restaurants, shoot me an email and I'll give you directions to The Old CookStove!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Izzy comes to visit

Izzy the Shih-tzu stopped by to visit and brought her people with her. She fell asleep with her eyes open at one point.

Trudy was happy to see Jake! For some reason she never has to warm up to him. Maybe because he shares the same build and coloring as her daddy? I dunno, but whatever it is she loves her Jakie and wants to know when he's coming back!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hanging with the Spellmans

Trudy and I spent the afternoon and evening with Jeremy, Julie, Noah, Nate, and Madeline while Dave was putting up siding on our house...actually just prepping it for siding. Who knows when the old neighborhood eyesore will actually have siding on it, but there will be much rejoicing from our neighbors when it happens. Anyway, we had fun snacking, playing, and catching up. I hadn't seen Maddie since she was a newborn and enjoyed feeding her baby food (since Trudy pretty much refused to eat the stuff) and watching in wonder as she mellowed out with her dad for TV time. Where do you order a baby like this?

Friday, November 4, 2011

First Carousel Ride

Mom, Trudy, and I enjoyed a girl's day out at the mall (ie I shopped while mom played with Trudy) where she enjoyed her first carousel ride. She liked it so much that Gigi let her right several more times.