Monday, March 28, 2016

A great Easter Weekend

One of my very favorite things to do on most any Holiday is to cook a big dinner, and it's even more fun when we have company!  Rich is not a big fan of a house full of people, but doesn't mind a few couples.  So..........On Saturday we invited our friends Nathan and Krystal, and Buddy and Diane to join us for a late afternoon dinner.

Traditionally, Ham has always been our favorite choice for the Easter Dinner.  So when both couples asked what they could bring, I told them my menu for the day was ham and all the fixin's.............Buddy got back to say that Diane could not eat Ham- so he would bring some chicken for her.  No way - I told him we would do a Turkey instead, and said he'd bring the sweet potato casserole.  Krystal brought the dessert.  And............they also brought our favorite little canine companion, Miss Ava!

Dinner was excellent! I did both a Turkey AND a Ham, mashed potato and gravy, sweet potato casserole (Buddy), stuffing, green bean casserole, carrots, cranberry sauce and biscuits.  Cookies for dessert. And while Nathan and Rich opted for the beer, and Krystal the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Buddy and Diane and I enjoyed a glass of White Zin.   We enjoyed the food and laughter and the company of good friends made the day extra special.

Easter morning we slept in until about 8:00, which gave the Easter Bunny plenty of time to leave his treats!  Rich got a basket with  2 Godiva Chocolate bunnies, a candy bar,  chocolate covered cherries, jelly beans and peanut butter cups.  I got a homemade card ( precious and special!) and a box of chocolate/nuts.

We had dinner plans with our friends Nick and Tonyia in the afternoon.  We arrived at their place just after 1:00, and just sat and talked and caught up on what's been going on.  Rich checked out the car that Nick is restoring, and we both checked out the completed room with the Hot Tub and the finished Tiki Bar.  They have done so much with their yard........It's almost like being in the Florida Keys! Even have the beach!  Only thing missing is the water.

Tonyia had some RumChada cooled - and I enjoyed my very first glass!  Loved it!  And thank you Tonyia for the bottle to take home!  Another friend told me to mix it with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey - so one of these days soon, I'll give that a try!

Dinner Reservations were for 2:30 at the Palm Diner in Sebring.  The place was packed!  So glad we had reservations, as we were immediately seated at our table.  They did not have their full menu - but had a great selection of dinner choices!

 Rich opted for the soup, while the rest of us had a salad. Having had Turkey and Ham the day before, both Rich and I chose the Chicken Cordon Bleu, as did Tonyia, each selecting our potato and veggie of choice. But Nick stuck with the Turkey and stuffing! Biscuits and cornbread completed the meal.  Dessert was also included, and we all opted to get it "to go"!   The food was very good, and the service was excellent.

Back at Nick and Tonyia's the guys turned on the TV ( and I think they both almost fell asleep!!!).. Tonyia and I played a little Mexican Train before we called it a day!  It's been a while - but it was nice to spend the day with good friends.  Thanks you guys!  The Palm Diner was a perfect choice!. And thanks again for the Rum Chada!

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