Just a good weekend…

My, my, what a busy weekend. I went over to my friend’s house on Saturday with intentions of us preparing a feast of wild game this weekend. Well, we ate lunch at Ruby Tuesdays and ended up being too stuffed to eat dinner. We watched Maleficent and The Equalizer. Before we started The Equalizer, I was feeling a little peckish so I decided to fix us a handful of jalapeno poppers. I used the packet of Ghost Crab spice that I received in this month’s Charleston Epicurean box (mixed with cream cheese), stuffing it into some jalapenos from my garden that I had frozen over the summer. I wrapped them with bacon and then baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Those suckers were SPICY! And absolutely delicious. I must get another packet of that spice to have one hand. It makes the perfect poppers if you like that kick. I might mix it next time with 16 oz. of cream cheese instead of 12 oz. because I know that not everyone is a spice fiend like me.

My friend and I made our way up to Trader Joe’s in Newport News on Sunday (forgetting, until my mom reminded me, that there was not only a Trader Joe’s in Virginia Beach, but a Whole Foods right there as well that would have been much closer). This was a completely impromptu trip and I’m glad that I keep a freezer bad in my trunk. I neglected to take a picture as I got home a little late that night but I purchased a small Chrysanthemum (for mom), a log of blueberry goat cheese, mini peanut butter cups, some dried Smyrna figs, a half gallon of organic whole milk, a package of chocolate lava cake, and I think that’s all I got. My friend got a couple of jars of the Island Soyaki (for marinating duck), a wedge of gorgonzola cheese, a jar of Dijon mustard, a jar of hot and sweet mustard, and I believe that’s all he got. It was his first trip to a Trader Joe’s and I think he enjoyed it.

We also made a stop to Abuelo’s for the first time. We will definitely stop here again. Our server brought us out a trio of salsas with our chips – a salsa verde with a hint of pineapple (our favorite), a regular salsa that tasted like it had a hint of chipotle, a hot salsa. My friend order the Grande Burrito lunch special (and it was GRANDE!) and I ordered the chicken and the cheese enchiladas with the Papas con Chile. My food was absolutely delicious and I fell in love with the papas. The papas were a combination of whipped red potatoes, four cheeses, red and green peppers, sour cream and a touch of garlic and jalapeño.

I spent this morning doing chores – vacuuming the house, vacuuming the car, cleaning my room. I added some garlic cloves to a piece of jar of honey to let infuse for use later on. You can use it for colds, but what I’m planning is to use the garlic in mashed potatoes and the honey in BBQ sauce.

A crummy cell phone picture of the lemon and blueberry pound cake my mom made today. She used blueberry frozen from our plants last year.
A crummy cell phone picture of the lemon and blueberry pound cake my mom made today. She used blueberry frozen from our plants last year.

Mom and I walked around the yard for a bit this afternoon and then she decided that she wanted to teach me how to make a grapevine wreath using the excess that she had trimmed off the vines. I’m in love with my little creation and we both gained a lot of enthusiasm for the craft thanks to Pinterest. We dragged the rest of the vines on the back porch so we can create some more crafts (I am planning on more wreaths and then I’ll work my way up to pumpkins while mom is set on making some of those balls with the lights in them).

A blurry cell phone picture of my wreath in progress.
A blurry cell phone picture of my wreath in progress.

All in all, a good weekend and now I’m working on what I want to order from the next farmer’s market co-op that will be taking place next weekend.

The finished product (another blurry cell phone picture - my regular camera is on the frtiz).
The finished product (another blurry cell phone picture – my regular camera is on the frtiz).

Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once made a visit to my tiny North Carolina town? He held a rally at the local armory in May of 1966.

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