>What a weekend

>And so it is back to reality.

What a great weekend. Busy but great. It all started at 2pm friday when the Coalmine closed down early for the holiday. Friday night was dinner at our favoritest local Asian Restaurant, we had our usual sushi for the hubby and Tangerine Chicken for me.

Saturday was the easiest of the days. We did our duty and volunteered for our Greyhound Adoption group in the morning. Ran our usual grocery errands to pick up the last minute monday bbq stuff, and then in the the afternoon we decided to uncover the pool. Can you say GREEEN.

Sunday was more pool cleaning, some plant shopping, some plant planting and then our annual Fabulous trip to The Cheesecake Factory for the Hubby's Birthday Dinner! Although there was a 45 minute way for our table of 3 it was well worth it.

The hubby had
JAMAICAN BLACK PEPPER SHRIMP

Sauteed Shrimp with a Very Spicy Jamaican Black Pepper Sauce.
Served with Rice, Black Beans, Plantains and Cooling Mango Salsa

I had
SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH STEAK DIANE
Medallions of Beef Steak Covered with Black Peppercorns
and a Rich Mushroom Wine Sauce.
Served with Mashed Potatoes and Slow Grilled Onions
Paris Bistro-Style! Sauteed with Whole Cloves of Garlic, White Wine,
Olive Oil, Fresh Basil, Parsley and Tomato.

And our Friend Had
SEARED TUNA TATAKI SALAD
Pacific Albacore Tuna Lightly Seared and Served Rare with Avocado, Tomato and Mixed Greens Tossed with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Then it was on to the Cheesecake portion of the meal. The 3 options we went with were –

SNICKERS® BAR CHUNKS AND CHEESECAKE
Snickers Bar Baked right into Our Creamy Cheesecake and Topped with Fudge and Caramel

30th ANNIVERSARY CHOCOLATE CAKE CHEESECAKE
Two layers of our Original Cheesecake and Two layers of our Creamy Chocolate Fudge Cake filled with Chocolate Cream and finished with Crunchy Pearls of Chocolate.

VANILLA BEAN CHEESECAKE
Layers of Creamy Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Vanilla Mousse and Whipped Cream.

This brings us to Monday the busiest and craziest of all the days. It all started at 6am when the hubby had to wake from his slumber to throw the pork butt in the smoker. Next out of bed was me to get myself ready for 2 Memorial Day Parades. As none of you may know I recently rejoined (after a 2 year abscence) a local marching band.

After 13 years of playing the Glockenspiel I took some time away due to some personal issues with some unpersonable people. Last fall I decided to go back after the President of the group had emailed me and asked me to return as the Drum Major was looking to step down after many years and they wanted to groom me to be the next Drum Major. So of course I said yes. Who wouldn't want to stand in front of a group of men (and some women) and wave a big stick!

The morning started with Breakfast and then on to lead the Hometown Parade. I have given up the Glock and now play the Flag. After the hometown parade we bussed it over to another town as is tradition and marched in their parade.

Now is when the fun begins. After the parades it was time to head home where the hubby was tending to the Pork Butt, Ribs, Chicken, and Beans he had piled into the smoker all morning. The afternoon and early evening was spent with some great friends, great Food (thanks hubby for all the hard work), and of course some Booze! Then for dessert we had some awesome Red Velvet Birthday Cupcakes, and homemade Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Then it was bed time and now work……

I know this was a long post I will try to be better about posting more often. Life just sometimes gets in the way.



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