Whew! What a weekend! It was a busy one, and it really had nothing to do with the 4th of July at all. Not a single thing. It was just one of those crazy weekends that when it’s over, you’re like… “When’s the weekend getting here?” “Wait, what? It’s over?”
So, what’s up in my kitchen (or rather my world)?
Snakes, Oh my!
No, there were no snakes in my kitchen. Thank goodness!
However, who knew I would start my weekend off with such a crazy event. My best friend’s wedding was this past weekend. On Friday night I had to stay over at her place to take care of their menagerie of pets, because they had already driven down to the wedding destination. We were leaving the next morning.
She has three dogs – a precious, very old mutt, a shih-tzu and a chihuahua puppy. Sweet as can be, and I love them and the shih-tzu is actually one of my puppies from our litter several years ago, so he’s my favorite of course. Then we have an aquatic turtle, two bearded dragons and two python snakes to take care of. It’s a zoo, most definitely.
Now, I’m okay with the aquatic turtle, he’s adorable, sweet and fun. The two bearded dragons are friendly, sweet and very cool, I actually love holding them and playing with them. The snakes? I could completely do without. However, when I am watching the house and feeding and checking on pets, the snakes must be included. So Friday night I decided to stick my head in the room they keep them in, which happens to be a huge walk in closet, my son who had come with me asked if he could see them. Of course I could oblige, they are in huge tanks and secure and I’m not afraid of them when they are curled up in their tanks.
So in we go, and I lift up the little hut thing that snake #1 (a female) lives under so the kid can see the snake. Now, I make that sound easy, no… I was standing back so far and stretching my arm as far as it would go so I wasn’t next to the tank, because NOPE, I am not as brave as I come across. So we get the hut thing lifted and uhm… Where the hell is the snake? There is no snake. (panic rises). Surely my bff would tell me that something had happened to the snake. Right? Right. So where the hell is the snake? This conversation ensued.
So I read that and I’m all like, “Has my bff lost her freakin’ mind? Just pick it up and put it in? WHAT?!?!?!?” She hates these snakes. They are the beloved pets of her soon to be husband, and while I understand his attachment, my hands are not circling this snake in any way, shape or form. I know that she would not tell me to just pick it up and put it in, because she knows I would have rather died.
But never fear… we found the snake.
Uhm yeah. See that thing? It was clear from the start it was a female, you know with it hanging out with her shoes and all. But regardless, when we discovered it, it was only about a foot away from where MY foot was and I’m pretty sure I have never scrambled that fast to move away from anything. Ever. I’m still trying to figure out how we didn’t see it when we came in.
Then I find out that I’m actually talking to Wayne via text. Slight relief, because it made more sense that HE would tell me to just pick it up and put it in. Wayne is her soon to be husband (now her husband) and this slithering mass of escape artistry belongs to him and I trust him. But then I read that I’m supposed to move slow and I’m thinking… pretty sure scrambling to get out of the closet door as fast as I could was NOT moving slow, so now I’ve probably alarmed her and I don’t want to touch her. (yes we are referencing the snake as a HE at first because apparently Wayne thought that is the one that escaped.
How did we get him back in? My hero son. He just grabbed a towel and every so slowly and gently (And holding the snake out as far from his body as he possibly could) returned Sam to her humble abode and we snapped that lid in place and checked it about 18 times to make sure it wasn’t coming off again anytime soon.
And that was that. Sam returned home, my son’s heartbeat returned to normal about an hour later, mine returned to normal the next day (haha), and the snake was an interesting conversation at the wedding the next day. Nate, my bff’s son who is 17 was hilarious. He is not a fan of snakes (too much Indiana Jones) and said he would have closed the closet door, shoved a towel under the space beneath the door and then boarded it up with dry wall and pretended it never happened. LOL Believe you me, that was definitely a consideration at first. 😉
About an hour later, Cyndi and I exchanged these texts which make me giggle even now. Glad I can laugh about it, because seriously, I thought I was going to have a heart attack, literally.
And that’s all there really is to tell about the snake. I’m very relieved THAT’s over.
Beautiful Country Wedding
On Saturday, we drove down to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri to see my bff, who tragically lost her husband a year and a half ago, get married again to an amazingly supportive man. They became a blended family of 7 (just like us) and it was a beautiful, outdoor country wedding that couldn’t have gone better if I do say so myself. I loved every second of the whole day, including the fact that in lieu of a formal reception, we changed clothes, had a BBQ and went swimming which is so much more up my alley than the traditional formal affair. Here are some pics: (you can click on the small versions to make them big)
Grocery Store Funnies
I love sharing hilarious stories from my son with my readers. My son works in a grocery store and very strange and very funny things happen on a near daily basis. At a previous store he worked at, I shared this odd story about a fox shopping. But it has certainly been awhile since I’ve shared any interesting stories from him, so now is the time. This one was just to funny not to pass up.
So as it would go, he now works in checking in a local grocery store that is different than the one that was in the previous story. I like this one better and it’s within walking distance to our house so I like it even more. As a food blogger, I have to run there WAY too often and being 2 minutes from home was a HUGE benefit. Of course, that has nothing to do with this story, so moving on.
So let’s set the scene. It’s a busy holiday weekend, fourth of July and my son is checking people out with barely a moment to breathe between transactions because yes, everyone waits until the last minute to shop and so even the actual 4th of July was crazy busy. This means they have to just check people out and get them out of there as fast as they can, with little time to converse or chit chat like he normally would. As he’s checking this person out, he comes across a container that has no price on it – the price is all starred out. It’s the standard containers they use for say, the salad bar, deli department, hot foods, etc. This one was for chicken. Well, actually, we aren’t really sure WHAT it was for. See, the sticker claimed it was for a 250 pc chicken. Lemme just tell you there is no way 250 pieces of chicken were going to fit in that container. I’m actually not sure that 25 pieces of chicken would fit in that container. Apparently, if you go to the store and you want to buy 250 pieces of chicken, it’s $199.99. So if you have an extra $200 and you don’t know what to do with it? Just go buy some chicken. I mean, why not?
Oh but it gets better. (personally I think the best part is that the dude or dudette that was buying this container didn’t notice) So the reason for the starts under the total price… is because the sticker was printed for 482 250-pc chickens. And apparently the sticker machine printer deal doesn’t understand anything that high. And in case you’re interested, 482 250-pc chicken containers at a unit price of $199.99 would be a grand total of $96,365.18. It would also be 120,500 pieces of chicken. Alrighty then.
So below I have provided you proof of this crazy sticker and I’m sorry about the blur… the kid took it quickly with his cell phone after everyone stood around starting at it, laughing at it and just generally being in awe of it’s craziness.
Want to know the second best thing about this whole thing? Take a moment to read the ingredient list. CLEARLY not for chicken. Just saying.
So, I haven’t been in the kitchen as much lately, but I have definitely made some note-worthy recipes.
- Chicken and Avocado BLT Rice Bowl withPesto Ranch Dressing
- Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls
- Kicked-Up Spicy Breaded Chicken with Panko (Sriracha Sauce is involved!)
- Chunky Monkey Pancakes (Bananas, Chocolate Chips & Coconut, oh yeah!)
- Basic Herbed Breaded Chicken Recipe
- Super Simple Coke Floats
- Dr Pepper Cherry Ice Cream with Dr Pepper Cherry Caramel Sauce Sundaes
- Garden Vegetable Tart
- California Style Stuffed Cheeseburgers (coming July 21)
Food and Wine Conference 2014
I am getting so excited. It’s almost here. Food and Wine Conference 2014 is going to be amazing! I cannot wait to reunite with some of my best food blogging friends, as well as to finally meet my friends that couldn’t make it last year. Dan and I are putting the final touches on our SEO presentation and are super excited to be speaking again this year, we are currently slated for Saturday morning at 10:30 (subject to change). This year will be bigger and better than last year, we are confident.
It’s not too late to grab your tickets if you haven’t already, there are still some left.
My two kiddo’s and I cannot wait to have a vacation in Orlando and hang out with foodie friends and excellent brands/sponsors and such! My daughter from Bries Bites will be there (her first conference), and I’m super excited to see her get that blog moving again. So many of my amazing friends have been so supportive of her and encouraging. I’m hoping this conference will inspire her to come back with a vengeance and not just ride on my coat tails. She’s an amazing aspiring home cook and I cannot wait to see her grow after the conference.
Come join us in Orlando, we are only a week and a half away! If you’re coming in early, find us, we’ll be there!