Sunday, November 1, 2009

Food, Friends and Trick-or-Treat

This was a great weekend. Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but we were also able to visit with some good friends of ours. Erin and Amanda are friends of Jason's from high school who happen to live 4 hours north of us. We haven't seen them since July. With crazy work, school and social schedules it has been hard for us to meet up in the past few months. This weekend they were able to make the drive down and spend Halloween with us. It's nice to see familiar faces from our Ohio lives.

They arrived Friday evening, which we spent relaxing at the house. Saturday morning I made my new specialty: apple pancakes served along with some bacon. They were quite the hit! Superb! After that Amanda and I treated ourselves to a day of pedicures and shopping while the boys took their guns to the shooting range and then "pumped some iron" at the gym. Afterwards, we took them to our new favorite restaurant. The Flying Saucer is located in downtown Houston. They have tasty German and American fare and a beer list that would intimidate even the most avid of drinkers. Jason and Erin both had sampler trays of beer, as well as a few pints. We feasted on fluffy, gigantic, homemade sourdough pretzels followed by a bratwurst platter. Dessert was a molten lava chocolate cake topped with raspberry drizzle and vanilla ice cream. We were splitting at the sides by the time we left. I was a little bummed that we left for our lunch/dinner so late because I was afraid I would miss the Trick-or-Treaters. I love passing out candy to all the little princesses, witches, superheroes and ghosts that happen upon my doorstep. Luckily we made it home in time to pass out candy for about 30 minutes.

I had bought two huge bags of dum dums, hoping to give each kid a few. We missed the bulk of the trick-or-treaters, so I ended up giving them all a pretty big handful! It's funny how few children actually say "Trick or Treat" or even follow up their reception of my candy with a simple "Thank You". Also, I noticed that some parents chose to follow their children in a car, rather than walk with them. I can honestly say I have never seen that before! Why not get some fresh air and spend some quality time with your children by walking door to door with them? But, there were still a good amount of parents dressed up in costumes escorting their children around the neighborhood. One of the houses around the corner had a firepit roaring outside and were offering hayrides to passersby. The hayride drove past our house and I held up my bag of candy in hopes that the kids on it would want some. Instead, they started throwing candy at us! I'm not quite sure that's how it works, but we ended up with some chocolate treats. When it was all said and done I was able to get rid of about 3/4 of the dum dums I had purchased. Now I will have to take them to work, or else Jason and I may end up snacking on these tasty little suckers every night for dessert!
(Flippy in his Halloween costume!)
Sunday morning saw us sleeping in, even with the time change. Jason and I treated Amanda and Erin to quite a breakfast feast! We made a delicious egg scramble with peppers, onions and cheese, served along with bacon, pineapple, oranges, and cinnamon rolls! Yum! We took the pups on a walk afterwards to burn off all of that food. Today is incredibly clear, crisp and blue. The sun is shining, and not a cloud in the sky! We encountered a little boy on our walk who fell in love with Charlie and Flippy. We let him pet them for about 10 minutes before his mom told him that we had to go. He gave them both a big hug and kiss before we went on our way. I was amazed that he wasn't scared of Charlie! It's not that Charlie is mean, it's just that he usually intimidates small children. But not this little guy! After our walk Erin and Jason hit the driving range, Amanda chose to take a little nap, and I watched some football.

I love to cook (if you couldn't tell by reading this post), especially when we have company. I baked Jason some peanut butter cookies earlier this afternoon and right now I have a quiche lorraine baking away in the oven! Hopefully I will still have time to experiment in the kitchen once the baby is born. This week ahead is a busy one for us. Work as usual, but also getting ready to go back home to Ohio for a long weekend. We haven't been home since last Christmas, so we are both very excited to see all of our family and friends!

I hope you all had a great Halloween!



  1. The quiche lorraine looks

  2. Wow! You do like to cook! That is great. I am glad you had a fun Halloween and enjoyed visiting with friends. We went to the Flying Saucer this weekend, and loved the big pretzels!! Jesse told me that he heard about that place from Jason. We had such a fun time in downtown.
    Take care,


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