Brian’s parents who normally host Thanksgiving moved to Oklahoma during the week of Thanksgiving so we ended up hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. Neither Brian nor I really cook so we went the easy route and ordered our holiday dinner from Fresh Market. It was a good move because the meal was delicious!
We had both ham and turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn soufflé, green beans, cranberry relish, and yeast rolls. Chad made scalloped potatoes and deviled eggs. Mom made lumpia. Brian made chocolate cobbler and we didn’t burn them this time. LOL. Everything was really good but the corn soufflé was clearly the star of the show. I’m not much into corn bread, but the corn soufflé was sweet and cake-like. I’m never eating corn bread ever again. Corn soufflé all the way. LOL.
Oh, and Brian’s mom left her buffet servers so after reheating everything in the oven we use the buffet servers to keep them warm. It worked out perfect. I’m thinking we may use these again come Christmas time. Speaking of, time to start planning the menu but, knowing us, we’ll probably just end up going through Fresh Market again.
Jenni celebrated her birthday at John Barleycorn’s last week. It was a subdued birthday party. We just hung out and played some Scrabble. It was the first time I’d ever played Scrabble at a bar before. I don’t generally hang out at bars, but if they offered Scrabble I’d probably visit more frequently. LOL.
Brian’s parents treated us to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse on Sunday night. It actually should have been the other way around but they insisted.
Brian and I had never been to Longhorn before. This was our first trip. They were off to a rocky start when they asked us to wait to be seated when there were several vacant tables throughout the restaurant. I’m not sure what was going on there.
We had some of their pretzels with the beer infused cheese dip while we waited for our entrees. It was pretty good. What I liked most about them is that they were super salty so I didn’t need to salt them.
I can’t remember what this salad is called. It had apple chips and bacon and a tangy dressing. It was decent, but I don’t think Brian liked it.
I took a picture of the bread because I take pictures of everything, specially if it’s a restaurant that I’ve never tried before.
We should have stopped at the salads. Alas, eating healthy was not meant to be.
Brian and I decided to keep the calories and cost down by sharing an entree.
He had the filet and the baked potato while I had the lobster and shrimp mac and cheese portion of the entree. I had a bite Brian’s steak which I thought was good, but he was unimpressed.
The food was just okay over all. If we’d been there before, I don’t think I would have picked it. It’s just not the kind of restaurant that I would go out of my way to dine at. I do think it’s better than Outback, but I wouldn’t eat at Outback either. LOL.
At least our server Damian was great. He was friendly and attentive. His service elevated our dining experience. If we ever go back, I’m asking for his section.
We had a full day of Brubakers today. First, we had grandma over for brunch. I had a waxing appointment at Beau Monde so I just picked her up from her place on my way home. Brian had our wonderful breakfast spread ready by the time we arrived.
Later that day Brian’s parents stopped by to borrow the pickup truck. We figured they would come back to return the truck so Brian made dinner for us. Donna brought the ingredients for MaMac’s peach cobbler so she could show me how to make it.
It’s actually really easy to make. I’m posting the recipe here for you guys and also so that I won’t ever forget it.
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup milk
28 oz can of peaches in heavy syrup (drain and reserve the syrup because you’ll need it later)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar
- Place butter in 9 X 13 pan. Place pan in oven approximately 5-7 minutes so that the butter melts. Remove from oven.
- Mix sugar, flour, and milk. The batter will be lumpy but that’s okay. Pour batter into the buttered pan.
- Spoon peaches over the batter. Pour peach syrup over the peaches and batter. Do not mix or stir.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour (or until done). Ovens will vary so remember to check periodically.
Our three adorable nephews — Logan (13), Eli (7), and Q (3) — spent the night with us on Friday night. The original plan was to just have Logan and Eli over and Q was going to stay with mom and dad. However, the three boys are inseparable. We were worried that Q would have a fit if he was separated from his older brothers so mom, dad, and Q spent the night with us on Friday night also.
Brian made a chicken pasta dish for the grown ups and the boys had Pizza Hut.
After dinner and swimming it was movie time. We watched Escape from Planet Earth.
The next morning we had bacon and pancakes and scrambled eggs.
It sprinkled a lithe but that didn’t stop he boys from playing with the boat.
Brian does such a good job with the boys. I’m glad that mom and dad were there, though. I’m not sure that we could have handled all three boys by ourselves. Anyway, I wish we had more time to spend with our nephews. Maybe next time we can talk Matt and Jen into letting them stay longer.
Brian got some awesome panoramic photos at the ball the other night.
Our entire family got a table to ourselves. It worked out great.
We had a great turnout. Tita Tessie said this year had the best attendance ever. Over 350 people attended. For us, I think this is the first time in eight years that our entire family has attended. It was also Jennifer Cannady’s first Filipino ball.
Here are some more of my favorite pictures from the gala.
My goofy husband (above) and our adorable nephews (below).
Mom and dad.
Eli and Brian.
Logan and Jenni.
The three debutantes.
Jenni and mom.
Brian’s barong came off before the evening was over.
Tita Rose and me.
With Tita Tessie and Tita Ellen.
With the two Jennifers. The only one missing was Jen Teves.
I still remember my very first ball. We had just moved to Kansas and I got roped into participating as a debutante. I borrowed one of Victoria’s dresses (one of Tita Lynne’s daughters) so that we wouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to buy a ball gown. Tita Esper, another one of mom’s good friends, was nice enough to volunteer her son Victor as my escort.
The dance floor seemed so huge back then. It’s amazing how things that seem big when you’re young get smaller with age. Kind of like the Big Mac.
Anyway, the dance floor was like a postage stamp on Saturday night. There was barely any room to move. Maybe it’s not just my imagination. Maybe the dance floor really did physically get smaller to allow for more tables because of this year’s record-breaking attendance.
The dancing went on all night. Here’s a picture that Brian took.
Tita Tessie hired The Source. They played lots of contemporary music and did a great job overall. Even when they were on break though, the dancing never stopped. At one point, Brian and I got pushed toward the stage when a line dance broke out. This one woman who I’d never met before (who may or may not have been intoxicated) fell backwards at the edge of the dance floor and grabbed Brian’s jewels. I asked Brian afterwards if that woman copped a feel and we both laughed at the thought. Of all of the places she could grab to steady herself, she decided to grab his crotch. LOL. Brian said she seemed pleasantly surprised rather than startled when it happened. It was more like, “Ooh la la!”
I had forgotten how much fun the balls can be. They used to bore me to tears when I was younger. Now that I’m officially one of the oldsters, I actually enjoy myself more. That could be because I can drink now. That always helps.
Brian and I danced a lot. I’m glad that I brought dancing shoes. I never would have made it halfway through the night if I stayed in my WH|BM heels. By 11 pm we were both danced out and were ready to call it a night. Having both done some drinking, we were grateful to live just around the corner from the Marriott Hotel (yet another unexpected perk of living in the wrong part of town, or so we thought when we originally bought our house; our house is really growing on us though).
Check out my Annual Filipino Ball collection on Flickr for more pictures from the 26th Annual Filipino Ball and previous ones. Enjoy!
Mom went to brunch the other day with an XS sticker still on her top. She had no idea it was there. I didn’t notice it until after brunch. LOL.
Here are some pictures from our Father’s Day brunch at Granite City.
Grandma and David
My Eggs Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Bloody Mary and Mimosa
The Dessert Tray
Granite City capitalized on Father’s Day by charging $2 more for their regular Sunday brunch which is usually $16.95 (had no idea it was that much). It would have been cheaper to go to Legends. LOL. Even Hereford House only charged $17.95 for their Sunday brunch on Father’s Day. We’ll know for next time.
Other than the price, the food was pretty good. Granite City offered several options, including salmon (which was good, but not as good as Newport Grill’s salmon). The only thing I missed was rice. I guess I could have gotten rice if I had some of their jambalaya, but mom said it was spicy. I enjoyed what I had though. And we had wonderful company.
The dad’s seemed to like their presents. We got Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain’s Summit Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray] for Brian’s dad because he really loves Star Trek. I had gotten it as one of Amazon’s gold box deals and got a heck of a deal on it. I love, love, love Amazon gold box deals! As for my dad, we never know what to get him so we settled on a Visa gift card.
For Brunch next year, Brian and I decided that we can save money by serving brunch at our house instead of going out to eat. We just have to remember not to throw a party the night before so the house isn’t a mess. LOL.
Brian’s birthday is on June 13. Grandma’s birthday is on June 19. Ever since Brian was born, they’ve always celebrated their birthdays together. This year is no different.
Brian took Thursday off and took Grandma out for birthday lunch. The two of them went to Brint’s Diner because that’s where Grandma wanted to go. I didn’t get to go because I had to work yesterday. Plus, it was a good opportunity for grandma-grandson bonding time.
Brian had biscuits and gravy and hashbrowns.
He said his biscuits and gravy were good. The large homemade biscuits were light and fluffy, not dense. The hashbrowns were just your typical hashbrowns. Overall he thought it was just okay. He was glad that they served them breakfast though, because they quit serving breakfast at 10:30 AM. He and Grandma arrived around 11 o’clock, thinking that the restaurant served breakfast all day.
I’m not a huge fan of Brint’s Diner. I’ve been there a few times with Brian (it’s been several years though) and the times that I went it was just okay for me too. Some people really like it though. Check out Urbanspoon for more reviews.
The main thing is that Brian had a great lunch with Grandma, and I think Grandma had a great time too!
Brian and I worked with his brother Kevin and our sister-in-law Kasey to throw a nice anniversary party for my in-laws. Brian’s father David is a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Museum of Military History (KMMH) in Augusta so we were to use their facility for the party. Brian put Kevin and Kasey in charge of decorations and then Brian and I were responsible for the food.
Since neither of us are great cooks, we naturally outsourced our portion. We’d had used Tuffles Catering at my work for some of our events so I was familiar with them already. We splurged a little on the catering (slightly going over budget), but how often do you get a chance to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary these days?
The menu we put together consisted of salad with mixed greens with apples, feta cheese, sweet red peppers, walnuts, and red onion; chicken teriyaki (everyone seemed to really like that one); roast beef; rice pilaf; and green beans (which were surprisingly very good — even better than the ones I’d had at work). Truffles also provided rolls and butter to go with the meal, and cookies and brownies for dessert. The cost of the catering also included iced tea and lemonade.
We ordered catering for 35 people, but I think Truffles gave us extra food because even with JD present we still had plenty of food left over. LOL.
Here are some of the pictures of the food.
Rice Pilaf and Green Beans
Thanks to Denise at Truffles for coming to do the delivery and setup for our event.
Thanks to the guys for setting up the tables and chairs and thanks to Kasey for providing table covers and decorations. The tables looked very nice.
Here are some more pictures from the event.
Here’s a picture of Donna and David opening the anniversary present they received from Cousin Tracy before everyone showed up.
They seemed to have a great time. Brian and I did too. We hope that everyone else did as well. Thank you so much to everyone who came and celebrated David and Donna’s special day. See you all again in 10 years!