Fun Weekend?

I’d like to think so. We did a little bit of looking around, a bit of fun with the babies. Well, maybe they don’t see it as fun because they were super hyper and didn’t get “everything” they wanted. I’m hoping they were ok with it all, though.

On Friday night, Mark took us to a Chinese buffet restaurant here in town. We don’t go there often because the bill can get pretty high at times. It was fun and the food, as always, was good.

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The boys typically eat pretty good at buffet places. I believe it is because they get to choose what they eat. We steer them towards the meat, of course, and not a lot of carbs or sweets but they still do really well on the eating part.

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The Chinese buffet was yummy and we all went home to play. We ended up making some Herb bread to give to Mark’s brother while letting the boys play on the X-Box and Wii until about 2 a.m. Jen and I were in the kitchen canning honey butter, garlic butter and canning some chili for Mark to take back to work.

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This is what my hands look like during the first kneading of the Herb bread. I had a great time sneaking up behind the boys and scaring them with it!

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This is me sneaking up behind Brendan to scare him. The actual scare part is blurry but I’m sure you’ll get the picture…

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Hey! It was fun!

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We also made the Strawberry Kool-Aid pie for a snack while they were playing. Of course, they loved us for it. Instead of putting it in one huge pie, we put it in individual cups. Even better!

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Pouring the Honey-Cinnamon Butter into jars. The way it is done, they are self-sealing and can sit for however long you want them to. They don’t stay long in our house. We either use it or give it away. For usage, we can put it on bread or heat up the jar (melting it to runny state) and pour over pancakes or whatever else our little heart desires. I should sit down and post the page of instructions for y’all. I’ll try to get that done here shortly.

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The Herb Bread. Yuuuuum!

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The Homemade Chili we canned. Daddy wanted to take some back to work when he left.

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The Garlic Butter is all set and sealed. This stuff is absolutely amazing on the Herb bread.

The goal was to give Mark’s brother one of the breads and one of the garlic butters. Unfortunately, we gave it away on Saturday morning to Rush’s Kitchen Store. I was showing them what bread I was talking about and, since I’ve started a dialogue with them, I’ve tried to share a bit of what I make with their kitchen products.

On Saturday morning, we went to Rexburg to look around. I wanted to check out a thrift store up there and see what else we could find. We did check out the thrift store – and the boys had $5 in quarters for themselves to pick whatever they wanted from the store without having to beg.

After the thrift store, we went looking around the town of Rexburg and ended up finding a cute place to eat lunch and then go shopping at a fabric store.

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We had a little fun with a drawing on the side of one of the stores.

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On the other side of this wall was a restaurant. We decided to eat lunch there (much to Mark’s dismay, as the cost was … higher than we’d have liked). It was a unique place, to say the least. A few pictures of what was in the bathroom alone should give you cause to smile…

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The counter looked like an old-fashioned soda shop. I liked it.

The rest of the place was decorated in a unique and, I suspect, cheap style. If they are trying to save money as they build their business, they did a great job picking the “cheaper” end of tables/chairs and decorations!

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The tables and chairs. Old school desks! For a college town, this is perfect! The entire atmosphere sings with the ability to come, relax and enjoy your stay. It’s definitely not a stuffy restaurant struggling to survive!

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A bandstand for random music nights. I’m assuming they have bands that come in and play on certain nights. I think it’d be fun to pop in one night and see what the night life is like in this place.

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And, the bathroom decorations…

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This one is set up in such a way that, when you look in the mirror, you read it correctly. I find that rather ingenious!

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What a unique way to hold the extras that someone may need! It is directly across from the toilet.

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A reminder to wash your hands next to the sink.

The food was good, the sweet potato fries divine and their “famous” shakes were really good. Unfortunately, as a diabetic, I couldn’t finish mine. I wanted to!

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The price was a little steep but not unreasonable for 5 people eating lunch. We’ll definitely go back, as the occasion warrants.

From there, Jen and I got to walk through the local craft/fabric store. If we had more money, I would have had a field-day in this place. Unfortunately, I got to pick up one or two items and that was it. There was a place for the children to play – an indoor playground of sorts. We didn’t go in there but, to distract the children from the sadness of not being able to go, we stopped at a candy shop. The interior was very well done as a candy shop!

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The “cheaper” candy tree.

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It actually looks like the river goes through the store. I think, the only thing that would have been better was a “real” river going through!

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A lot of chocolates to choose from and, for those who *really* love their Valentine…

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Yes. it really was a $200 box of candy! I have never had anyone love me enough to spend $200 on chocolates. How about y’all?

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And, while I was taking pictures, everyone else went outside to wait for me. The place was a sugar-high and diabetic-coma waiting to happen but I just couldn’t get myself to leave!

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And with that, we head on home. The boys took a small nap so they could stay up late again. The next post will talk about what I can do with 10 pounds of hamburger. Yes. I said 10 *pounds*!

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Categories: Canning, Family, House/Yard Changes, Local Business Review, Lunch, Socializing, Trips | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Fun Weekend?

  1. Looks like you had so much fun!
    I would hate for someone to spend that sort of cash on something that won’t last. That’s mad!
    Lovely to see you all having fun x

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