Friday, February 8, 2013


It's about time I write about our long weekend in Houston, TX. We had gone to Houston on January 17th and returned on the 21st to celebrate Mark's mothers 85th Birthday! We had the most wonderful time. The day we arrived my MIL had a turkey dinner for us. We got to meet little Snowball who was a Christmas present for our nephews. I brought two Bohemian Hoskas for everyone to enjoy and they did! They were a big hit. The next night we had pork, dumplings and sauerkraut which has been a Bohemian tradition in both our families. We did plenty of socializing and drank some tasty wines.
On Saturday it was birthday time. We ran out and brought mom some flowers, picked up a few pies for dessert. (she wanted banana cream) We also bought her a new microwave oven. We had a fun birthday dinner at a Mexican Restaurant and enjoyed the pies at home after dinner.

We spent Sunday at my brother in laws home to watch the playoff games. It was a fun family day with some delicious food! There is nothing like a family gathering and it's a shame we don't all live closer to each other.
On Monday we all gathered in the kitchen to have some pizza and hang out for a few hours before we headed to the airport. I had shared the fact that all three couples who flew in had issues that day with out flights but we did all arrive home safely which is all that matters.
For Super Bowl Sunday it was just Mark and I. Amber & Dylan were invited out and Adam & Tristen had friends over at their place. We can hardly remember a time when we may have watched a Super Bowl game alone before. Anyway Mark was convinced that we had to order Aurelio's Pizza from Chicago. They now ship their pizza frozen and this is our favorite thin crust pizza and it's all about their sweet sauce and Chicago Italian Sausage. The pizza was awesome!
I have to share with you some information about this order. I don't think we will ever do again and I will explain why. We buy six Lou Malnati's deep dish pizzas for $106. dollars shipped. The six medium pizza's from Aurelio's were a little over $200. Absolutely ridiculous and most of that charge was for shipping. If I had placed the order we would not have had them because I would never have agreed to that price!
I made a dip that I use to make years ago when I worked at a Regional office for Hormel. Actually some of the guys would have use make it for them and they would take it on sales calls with them. It's a layer of cream cheese, a layer of Hormel Chili and then cheese on top. Bake at 350 until melted. We use to use peppered jack cheese but like it with sharp cheddar too. We didn't have much of a spread for the two of us. I also made a dessert that I saw on Pinterest called Creamy Berry Goodness. It's whipped cream, berries and Jello Cheesecake pudding mix.
 This was my favorite commercial!

Did you notice the green ball that Snowball is holding in the pictures from our trip to Houston? I bought one for Snowball because I know how much Skye enjoys hers. I can say go get your green ball and she knows exactly what I'm talking about even though she has at least 30+ toys.
It was definitely time for a haircut which
she got last Friday.
Can you see her tag, it's a mini CA Drivers License
with all her information on it....too cute!
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

We finally got around to seeing Lincoln on Tuesday evening. I really enjoyed this movie. It is a short span of time when Lincoln was President but a very important time for our country when it comes to freeing the slaves. We have a lot of wonderfully talented people in our world but I must admit I think Daniel Day Lewis is one of a kind. He is always excellent in the roles he plays.

Lincoln was a tough man but also a big teddy bear. This movie held my interest the whole time and even though it is a long one I didn't have to run out to go potty which is pretty amazing when a movie runs 150+ minutes long. I think they could use an intermission like they did years ago. Of course back then they had to change the reels of film!

Sorry for the long post.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

If you are into other award shows the BAFTA awards from London are on BBC Sunday evening. Set your DVR! I watched them last year and they are similar to our Academy Awards which are on Sunday the 24th of February this year.


Mara said...

But the good thing about the BAFTA's is that they are at a reasonably hour to watch!!!

Michele said...

Now I'm hungry!!! :-)

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Wow, don't think you could have crammed any more into your time in Houston if you had tried. What fun with family!

Skye is so cute, with hair or without.

Happy weekend!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

We loved Lincoln ... and I'm now about halfway through the book from which the movie was (loosely - very loosely) made.

It looks like you all had a wonderful time in Houston. It may have been a fairly short trip, but you all crammed so much fun into those few days.

That's almost double the prize for those 6 Aurelio's pizzas. Crazy.

That corgi :) said...

Your MIL looks great, Debby! Glad you all could go and celebrate that milestone of hers! Looked like lots of fun and sounded like it too! That was a lot for those pizzas; but you are right, it seems the shipping sometimes is more than the actual product.

Skye is one adorable pup :)


Chatty Crone said...

How do you make all that good food and order it and not eat it!!!!!!!! That would be impossible for me.

It looked so good.

And the birthday party looked fantastic. A microwave was a nice gift.

And what a good grandma!


Joyce said...

I love the picture of the boy with the spoon on his nose. Reminds me of some family fun we had when the girls were little and my sister in law taught them that trick. I am going to dig out those photos.

Have a great weekend!

Teri said...

Glad you enjoyed your time in Houston. Our son is in Houston and we love to visit there! Thanks for sharing your Super Bowl fun - we had a quiet one here - just the husband and myself.

Sandra said...

love the before and after pics and cool on the CA tag... also love the pizza and the BREAD... i am a bread fiend.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ahh I'm so glad you had so much fun on your visit! It sounds like good food and good people!!!

HOLY crap that is a lot of money for pizza. The Creamy Berry Goodness sounds yummy!

the hair cut looks great, I love the tag :)

April said...

Wow...that sounds like a fun time with all your family! So much going on! I can't get over the price for those pizzas! That's crazy!

Deb said...

Love the recap of your trip... Have a great weekend

retired not tired said...

What a wonderful trip. Happy birthday to your MIL.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The dog ball definitely looks like it was a hit!

Glad you had fun in Houston. I used to live there, and I do miss the food (but not the traffic or humidity)

Unknown Mami said...

I should not have read this post hungry because now I want that dip and the over-priced pizza really badly.

Laura said...

WOW!!! That is some expensive pizza! At least it was yummy right? ;-) I loved that commercial too! I watch the game for the commercials! :-D

nancygrayce said...

Love your Houston pictures and what a sweet birthday!

Oh, that's a lotta dough for pizza! :)

I'm going to try that dip, it looks wonderful.

I haven't seen Lincoln but I want to.....will probably see it on DVD...

Have a great weekend!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

your trips are so fun. Now I want to go to Texas!! And that food...okay I'm hungry

The Boston Lady said...

What a wonderful family birthday celebration! It sounds like you had so much fun. Skye looks beautiful either way to me! Love that ball, I wonder if it would hold up under the jaws of steel that resides here.

I too thought Lincoln was such an excellent movie. DDLewis is such an amazing actor. I first saw him in "My Left Foot" and was truly smitten with him and his incredible talent.

Thanks for the award show tips! Ann

Words Of Deliciousness said...

Looks like you had a nice trip. It is always fun to visit family.

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