Sunday, December 09, 2018

Happy birthday, Mer!

Tonight we got together to celebrate Mer's birthday! Five days late! It's been a busy week. Mom made oven-roasted chicken shawarma.

Dad and Mom!

Pretending to be grumpy.

Smoked salmon appetizers!

Chicken shawarma, plus spaghetti squash, salad, raita and pita. Mmm!

Mom and Dad have french doors in their dining room, and they call the triangle behind the door when it's open the Bermuda Triangle. Dad got in the Bermuda Triangle and hid, waiting for Kate to notice him.

Hahaha! It's always funny!

Mer made Smitten Kitchen's Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake!


Kate put the candles in.

Grandpa lit them!

Happy birthday to Mer...

Happy birthday tooooo Merrrrr.....

Look at that rogue candle!! I think it enveloped the spirit of the candle next to it.

Make a wish!

Mmmm. Happy birthday, sissie! I hope you have a fantastic year!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Annual Christmas shopping trip

This weekend, Mom, Mer and I went to Columbus for our annual Christmas shopping overnight trip! We started things off with lunch at Bon Vie. French onion soup and wedge salads! Yum!

Let's do some shopping!

Mer and Mom!

Mom modeling Sears catalog poses in Sur La Table.

Sell it!

We made reservations at Brio, since that's where we usually go for dinner. But first, we stopped at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant for a cocktail. While we were there, our cocktail waiter convinced us to stay for dinner! He asked where our reservations were and we told him, and he said, "Brio sucks! I used to work there." Hahaha. We ended up staying and having a delicious seafood meal. I didn't take any photos. Oops!

On the way home, we stopped at BrewDog DogTap in Canal Winchester for lunch. The beer and food was delicious!

Ladies, put those smartphones away!

Mmm, giant soft pretzel with beer cheese dip, and coriander-turmeric dip.

Cauliflower wings! These were spicy, and amazing.

Oven charred brussel sprouts.

And tempura fried fish tacos! We shared everything, and it was all delicious.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! And Happy 49th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a big gathering at Mer, Pete and Kate's house. Baby Jasper's first Thanksgiving!

Jasper and Dad!

Cheryl's famous antipasto spread!

Plus chipotle dip from Dennis, and Bowl of Cheese from Kristin and Moss!

Today also happened to be my parents' 49th wedding anniversary! We surprised them by pulling out some golden "CONGRATS!" balloons. You can see Mer and Pete stringing up the balloons over to the right!


We had a champagne toast. Congratulations!


Family! Kate painted a painting for them.

Carve it up!

I tried a new stuffing recipe this year, Smitten Kitchen's kale and caramelized onion. Featuring delicious sourdough from the Athens Bread Company. It was a success! Delicious! Plus Mer's squash and Kayla's green bean casserole!

Kate had a FaceTime call with her friend.


Look at that spread! Kayla and Derrick brought TWO kinds of mashed potatoes. And Kristin made her homemade chicken and noodles which I cannot get enough of.

Mer and Mom!

Kayla and Vana!

Gabby and Ben!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Kate got a karaoke set for her birthday. We had fun with it!

Mom singing "Cleanup Woman!" Mom's first karaoke!

PIE!!! Key lime by Vana, pumpkin by Cheryl, apple by Mom.

Happy Thanksgiving!