Friday April 18: Since Steve’s been home, I’ve gone to Melting Pot quite a few times without him and since they just came out with a new Caribbean menu for the quarter, we went there for dinner along with Ken and Veronica, since Veronica has gone a few times without the company of her hubby also. You should have seen the JOY in my face when I saw that they were seating us four at a table with 2 burners (usually, you have to share 1)!!! But we ended up both getting the same cheese and the same cooking styles, but we did get 2 kinds of chocolate for dessert. It was so wonderful!
The Melting Pot = <33
Stephan our waiter was awesome for my pictures! Plus he was super nice. He’s African, but lived in Paris (hence the French accent) and is also 1/4 Vietnamese. Who knew?
After dinner, we went back to Ken and Veronia’s house to play Nertz! It got quite hectic at times, but its just so much fun! Before we knew it, it was past midnight so Steve and I headed home.
Saturday April 19: Steve and I met up with Lisa lkf03 for lunch at Trudy’s! After that, I parted ways with the hubby since he had a flag football game to play and Lisa and I had a mission to buy some birthday presents! We headed to the South Congress Ave area where we explored the neat shops on the street–varying from antiques to handblown glass (which by the way, I want to take a glass blowing class at UT). Afterwards, we headed to Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath & Beyond before making a stop at Barnes & Noble for a drink. In the meantime, I taught Lisa how to play Nertz so now she is hooked :o)
Lisa dropped me off at home literally a min before Steve came home (you guys probably drove by one another in the subdivision). Steve took a quick shower and we headed over to his parents’ house for the first Passover Sedar. There were a few other people there, some old, some new, so we helped prep and then settle down for dinner. Overall, it went well, the food was decent and then we were off especially since we still had to grocery shop for our own Passover Sedar the next day.
We got to HEB at 11pm and finished shopping right before the stroke of midnight (which is a good thing because you cant buy alcohol after that and we needed some kosher wine). My plan was to make some of the dishes that night, but I was so tired…we opted to just start the next day.
Sunday April 20: I woke up at 9am and immediately went into the kitchen to start my prepping while Steve tidied up the house and vacuumed the living room area. I baked chocolate macaroons and roasted brussel sprouts in the oven first since I would need it all morning and afternoon for the 15 lb turkey we got. I made stuffing with matzo, onions, carrots and celery, stuffed the turkey, seasoned it and stuck it in the oven.
Veronica luckily came over at 2pm to help me with the other cooking duties since Steve had a softball meet up to attend to. I mixed everything together for matzo balls and she’d form and drop them into the soup broth. We made a quick stop to the grocery store before I set to make 2 sets of stuffed cabbage–one with ground beef and one with ground turkey–using matzo instead of rice. Steve’s mom was going to bring the charoset and gefilte fish (everyone’s favorite!!).
Then I made wild mushroom and leek kugel also with matzo, had mashed pototes and Veronica steamed broccoli for me. Around 6ish, our guests started to trickle over to our house and our own Passover Sedar started at 6:30. The only Jews we had were Steve and his mom, but I’m glad our friends Misti concertina_40, Angela canadagirl, Sabrina brinaann and her husband Chuck came to learn about what Passover is all about and to experience the Jew food! And of course I’m very greatful for Veronica for helping me out :o)
We went through the Sedar and then it was time to carve the turkey! I was really nervous that it would be dry (everyone’s fear with turkey), but it was actually moist and tasty! I basted that thing like no tomorrow so I was glad it came out great along with all the other dishes. Steve said it was the best Passover food he had ever had–that made me happy and made me less nervous to take out cooking big dinners. That was my first time and it was a success!
Almost ready to sit down and start the sedar
Monday April 21: Today was my lil’ brother, Leon’s, 23rd birthday! I was dead tired at work since Steve and I were up late cleaning up the kitchen after dinner despite people helping us out! lol. But I made it through and we also had our tennis lesson. We finally got our own rackets so now we can play on days other than when we have lessons :o) Next week is our last lesson, but we might sign on again for next month–I like our instructor and it’s fun!
Tuesday April 22: Well, I woke up to Coco crying in her crate because she had vomited twice and had diarrhea in the corner. I called Steve to ask him if he had noticed it when he woke up earlier this AM, but he said no and then said, “ahh, maybe that’s why she didnt want to go back into her crate–not even for a cookie!” OI, MEN! So, I had fun cleaning that up and arrived at work later than anticipated…
I was supposed to hitch a ride with Misti to Angela’s book club, but she had a doc’s appt. I still had plans on going down myself, but when I came home and found Coco’s crate with diarrhea again, I had to call Angela and tell her that I also wasnt going to make it :o( I threw everything in the wash, cleaned the entire area by the crate and gave Coco a bath from head to toe. How come Steve’s never around for all of this fun stuff??
Anyway, we got to watch Kyle and Alaina’s pooches, Jonesy the pug and Nieve the chihuahua, for a few days again. We’re back to having 5 dogs again :o)
Wednesday April 23: It was a co-workers last day so we had plans for a food day. I made Angela’s mom’s broccoli salad and what did I do this morning? FORGET IT IN THE FRIDGE! So, I took a long lunch to go back to the house to grab that, let the dogs out for potty breaks and grab Angela’s birthday gift (Lisa and I were going to celebrate Angela’s birthday early after work while she’s still in town).
Food day was a huge hit! Lisa came over to marvel at all of the real food people would cook and bring instead of buying a bag of chips or cookies. We had a crock pot station of queso, mac and cheese and seasoned rice. Someone made jerk chicken, another made Chinese spare ribs, we had SO much food that I needed to empty my plate once before going to get more food…lol. Then, when I thought it was over, someone brought ice cream bars…sweet!
After work, I went to the Domain to pick up something and then headed over to Lisa’s where we were all meeting. Once Angela arrived, we went to Bess Bistro (Sandra Bullock’s restaurant) for Angela’s celebratory dinner. As she opened our gifts, I took pictures from my camera and her camera at the same time–must have felt like paparazzi :o) Lisa got her a puzzle picture frame with pictures already cut up and assembled and a self made glass pendent that she got when we were at the glass store. I got Angela 2 Korean infuser cups (Salado had broken one of hers last year), napkins that said “I wasnt meant to work” and some tea from the Steeping Room.
Angela had ordered a side of mac n cheese since last time she was there, she really liked it. Well, this time it was totally off and after sending it back twice, we didnt have any. Disappointed by that and the lack of an appealing dessert menu, we went to The Daily Grill instead for dessert outside on the patio and gabbing about anything and everything. I’ll surely miss those days once Lisa and eventually Angela leaves!
So, that’s been my weekly wrap up. I was doing so well with updating on a daily basis, but once I get busy, it’s just hard to keep up.
Anyway, this weekend will be no different so hopefully I can keep up! Steve got home a while ago and so we’re going to head out to a Passover friendly restaurant (if one even exists).