Sunday, March 19, 2017

Time Flies......

WOW - Can't believe it's been nearly three weeks since I've updated here!   And not a whole lot going on.  I've been trying out more new recipes; some good, some, not so good.  The Pineapple cake was quite good, as was the new Shrimp Scampi recipe.........However the White Trash Hash.......... well let's just say it was more trash than anything else!  Not one we'll make again.   Other than that, just the same old, same old......... cooking , baking, cleaning, laundry, groceries, weeding.

I finally broke down and got my hair cut.  That's something I've been going to do for better than a year.  Had enough cut off that I can have it donated.

 And Rich got another new toy, a Remington RM1025P Ranger 10-Inch 8 Amp 2-in-1 Electric Chain Saw/Pole Saw Combo.  Extends to 10 or 12 feet - so he can now trim the tree out back by the boathouse.   

Only been out to dinner ONCE in the past three weeks!  Met up with Buddy and Diane at the Hibachi this past Tuesday.  

On Friday, Rich and I decided it was time to get out for some entertainment, so we headed to Orlando. A quick stop at McDonald's for a late lunch on the way, since dinner wasn't until after 8:30 that night.  We got a good deal through MyMVP Collection on a room at the Clarion Suites Maingate in Kissimmee.  Very very nice hotel..................We ended up with an upgrade, with two queen beds, a sitting area w/sofa, and desk, microwave, refrig, and a huge bathroom for just under $69 for the night.  Regular price ( including the  morning buffet) would have been about $100 more!

The morning buffet included eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, bagels, fruit, cereal and more with  table and bar seating in the immediate area, and huge outside seating area, and more tables set up in the lobby.  Very impressive. 

The hotel was immaculate inside and out, with the grounds maintained very nicely.  Huge pool and sauna, and shower pool, with bar outside.  Hotel is 100% smoke free, with a couple of smoking areas set up outside. 

It was about a 20 minute ride into Orlando to the Treasure Tavern, just off International Blvd, arriving about 7:35 for dinner and show that would begin at 8:30.  They seated us about ten to eight, and we were so glad when they gave us table 8, which is where we sat our first time here.   Ruby was our Jewel (waitress, singer, dancer) for the night and we ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio for the night. 
( Well - Rich had one glass, and I finished the bottle.   Below are tons of pictures of the show - which was absolutely excellent, once again. 

Below:  Checking in...  our waitress, Ruby,   Madam Gretta and here Jewels opening number, and the first act of the night - the hula hoops.  Excellent. 

 Audience participation, and Jinx, the special "jewel" joins in.  ( She is hilarious!, along with a few guy's ( comedians).

The  Russian acrobat/contortionist,  singer, and more laughter with Jinx.  By this time they were beginning to serve our meal.(as the show continued) Mushroom and Brie soup, salad, main course ( I had chicken, Rich had Surf and Turf) and cheesecake for dessert.  Food was OK......

The magicians were fantastic.  That woman must have changed her entire outfit, shoes and accessories included at least 10 times in just a matter of seconds.  The guy too - different pants, jacket, shirt in a matter of seconds.
 And then just more singing, dancing, laughing and clapping!  The entire show was excellent.

  And then we headed back to the hotel and it was after midnight before we got to bed.

Got home today, early afternoon, unpacked, showered, took meat out of the freezer for dinner, and started baking.

Tomorrow we are meeting up with Rich's friends from high school over in Wauchula for the day, and I am bringing dessert.  Rich had made another batch of his tagalogs, but we were down to the 1/2 dozen.  So I made up a batch of brownies with peanut butter icing, and a couple dozen oatmeal,chocolate chip cookies.    Looking forward to seeing Cliff and Carlene !

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