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Fun Weekend and with Friends

Posted on October 18, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

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It was great catching up with everyone this weekend. Between everyone’s busy schedules and traveling, it’s been difficult to get together. However, the stars magically aligned this weekend and we were able to catch up with our #vacaywithjayjay travel pals.

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We started out at Oak & Pie on Saturday night. We all met up for dinner in honor of Reniece’s birthday.

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I know I look sloppy compared to my posh pals but I pretty much live in pickleball gear these days. Exhibit A – oversized Chicken N Pickle sweatshirt, which I probably should have gotten in a size small. I got the large one in a Chicken N Pickle auction basket that I won on World Pickleball Day. The large was entirely too big so I exchanged it for a medium, thinking that would fit correctly, but it’s still a tad too big. Unfortunately, there’s no exchanging it now that I’ve worn it.

I like things baggy on me but, looking at this pic, I’m thinking a small or extra small would look so much better on me. Oh, well.

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I just love these ladies. I can’t wait to travel with them again. Speaking of travel, they’re all going to Jamaica in December, which we will miss because we are going in January with pickleball peeps.

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Reniece and Alicia are too cute. They make me miss my long hair.

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Here are some pictures of the food we enjoyed on Saturday night.

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These nachos don’t look all that appetizing but they were actually really good. I’m not much of a nacho eater, but I really liked this plate of nachos.

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These wings were also quite good. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I’m sure the dressing that it came with was good but I didn’t need it.

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You can never go wrong with cheese balls.

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The calamari was excellent. I’m so glad we went with a group of people don’t have an aversion for seafood. Honestly, every time we’ve gone to Oak & Pie, I’ve wanted to get a plate of the calamari starter but, since Brian doesn’t eat it, and I can’t eat an entire plate by myself, I never can get it without it going to waste. I’m so glad that Marc ordered it to share with everyone.

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Brian and I ordered our usual pie baby pizza and some pepperoni rolls for the two of us to split. However, because I gorged myself with all the appetizers that Marc ordered, after a couple of pepperoni rolls, I had no room for any pizza. Brian ate half of it there and took the other half to go. He ate the rest for lunch on Sunday. Safe to say, Brian ate an entire pizza by himself. LOL.

I love the pie baby pizza but I couldn’t help him eat it this time. I guess I didn’t really have to because he was able to consume it all himself quite effortlessly.

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Possibly my favorite pepperoni rolls in town. I wish they would also make a cinnamon sugar one like they make at AJ’s in Topeka. It would be so good.

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Here are some pics of everyone else’s food.

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I think this is the gangster panini.

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I didn’t see a Hawaiian pizza on the menu but apparently it’s a thing. I’m determined to get it next time. I love ham (or, in this case, Canadian bacon) and pineapple on a pizza.

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When you can’t decide between two pizzas, ordering half and half is always a great idea. Smart move by Cory and April.

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I honestly don’t know what all the dishes are called but everything looked delicious.

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Reniece shared her strawberry shortcake dessert with everyone. It was amazing!

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I would seriously go back for one of the specialty drinks, pepperoni rolls, and the strawberry shortcake dessert. That would be good enough for me.

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On Sunday night we got back together with gang for s’mores by the fire at the Short’s. They have created such a great space in the city where they have space for their chickens, a vegetable and herb garden, and the best hangout spot.

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They are so smart to buy all that land behind their house. Brian and I are not huge campers because we’re not really rugged people so we joked about just camping in their backyard. LOL.

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It was great to catch up with April and Cory because we hadn’t seen them in forever. It’s been entirely too long.

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I brought a bottle of my new favorite wine, Langman Estate Winery’s muscat canelli, to share but, besides the glass I poured for Becca, I drank pretty much of all it. It had been a while since we hung out with these guys and I had no idea that people weren’t really drinking anymore. Well, Kirk is still drinking except he wasn’t last night because he’s on antibiotics. Alicia did a dry January that’s somehow extended all the way to October because she found it agreed with her. In a couple of months, she’ll have achieved a completely dry 2021.

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I had my first s’mores experience that night which made me realize that, while I like s’mores-flavored things, I really don’t like s’mores all that much. LOL. What I do like are shrimps on the barbie. Kirk had cocktail shrimps that were still slightly frozen so we decided to warm them up in the fire. It worked out great because it gave the shrimps some really good smoky flavor. You didn’t even need the cocktail sauce at that point. Although, we all agreed we wished we had some butter.

It was such a great weekend. Brian and I had a such a wonderful time catching up with our pals. Until next time. GNG.

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