Thursday, February 23, 2012

Destin Revisited

We drove last Thursday past New Orleans to Slidell, Louisiana and overnighted there.  It was a 6 hr drive. Next day we went on into Sandestin - 4 more hours but it was relatively easy with the break in between driving days.

Although the weather was cold we had lots of plans for the long w/e.  There was a dog parade on Monday and Mardi Gras on Tuesday.  Patch and Maggie got blinged out for the doggie walk and we all had a great time catching beads and whatnot at the Mardi Gras parade.  I thought I would be a bit bored by it but, NO! It was a blast and we had a great time.

Patchie and her Mardi Gras adornments

Looking at the coast and beach

not many swimmers

She's working

Brian, Sandy and Bev enjoying CH wine

It's a bloody mary morning

At lunch in Ft Walton Beach

Martinis all around

One couple drove back to Ft Lauderdale on Tuesday and missed the parade.  Beverly, Brian and Eric drove back to Texas on Wednesday.  An
 11 hr drive non-stop at 70 - 80 mph.  Ugghh!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Annual Visit to Destin Florida

Our good old friends Brian and Sandy have a big beautiful new comfortable house on the golf course in Sandestin.  Along with another couple, Steve and Linda, we meet there every year.  We have been doing this for the past 12+ years.

Forty years ago when we were in our late 20s and early 30s we had many very good times together and we rehash all those memorable events every year.  Each year each couple prepares a dinner.  I've done Jennifer Shrimp, King Crab, Crab Souffle, tenderloin and several others that don't come to mind right now--(an irritating development). This year I'm making Meatball Stew a la Giada DeLaurentis with my own twist.  I saw her make it on TV two weeks ago and I tried it. But, I added lots of green chilis to it because we had enjoyed the Green Chili stew at The Cross-eyed Moose in Cloudcroft NM.  It turned out so good that I made it again this week and we're having it for dinner tonight.  We'll be having it again next Saturday night.

Here are the meatballs I just made along with Beverly's choc chip cookies and some libation we will be indulging in when we get there.

 Too bad you can't see the deviled eggs,...............but,

Here's a pic of a little girl showing her G'Dad
how she can wink.  That beats deviled eggs anyday.