Pausing for Fun, Pictures and BBQ

We were only two hours into our nine-hour drive home. This was after an 8 1/2 hour drive the day before. We were nearing lunch time and Nashville. We would hit traffic for sure. On a whim, we decided to take a long lunch break and explore. We were going to get home late no matter how long our lunch break was. The seven of us would be stuck in the mini van together for 6 more driving hours, which translates to 8 hours.

So, I pulled out my phone (thank you technology) and looked up bar-b-que places in Nashville on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure I added kid-friendly to my search. One of the first posts I came across was for Edley’s Bar-B-Que in the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville. The restaurant had great reviews and had been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats show. There was also a mention about some murals that would make a great picture opp.

Twenty minutes later, we had driven through a very cute neighborhood and parked behind the restaurant. We were there about 10 minutes before opening, so we walked around to the other side and found some great spots for pictures.

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We walked in Edley’s just as they were opening for lunch and there was already a line. Ordering at the bar was fast and there was great and affordable food for the whole family. We found a large table to sit at and our food was delivered quickly. By the time our food arrived, the place was packed and there was a long line. The food was delicious (I had the brisket platter), the tea was sweet and the atmosphere was perfect for our family.

While on our little side adventure, we discovered that this little neighborhood had many other murals for pictures as well as a Draper James store, several music/drum stores and Five Daughters Bakery which has 100 layer donuts from heaven!

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Two and a half hours had quickly passed as we explored (ate) our way through the 12 South Neighborhood of Nashville. We piled back into the mini van and continued on our very long drive home.

Our lunch stop could have been a quick 30 minute fast food stop. We could have rushed through eating and bathrooms to get back on the road. But a long days drive is still long, even with a short break. So, we chose to pause, eat slowly, and have a little fun.

Where do you need to pause in your busy day to have a little fun? Can you take five minutes? Can you take 30? So often, we are focused on the finish line that we miss the joy in the middle. Don’t skip over that joy because you only see the end. Eat the bar-be-que and enjoy those 100 layers of cupcake. Take some fun pictures along the way and explore something new.

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It’s a “Corona-rita” Kind of Night

My husband spent last week in San Antonio, Texas for a conference. One night at dinner, he had a Corona-rita with his dinner. He knew it was a drink that I would like to try.

Tonight, the Seahawks are playing on Thursday Night Football. With no work for either of us tomorrow (Yeah!), I can try to stay up for most of the game. So, my dear husband, who does not support the Seahawks (he’s a Green Bay fan), but will join me in my team spirit (when we’re not playing his team) and call it a “date night,” suggested we have Corona-ritas tonight. That sounded great to me!!!

So here it is. My “Corona-rita!”

Doesn’t it look delicious! It was! Here’s how we made it.

Ingredients:

1 Can Frozen Limeade Concentrate

1 Can Water

1 Can Sprite

1/2 Can Tequila

Add these to a pitcher and mix. You should do a good mixing before adding the Sprite. You don’t want any carbonation explosions.

Grind/Slush Ice and add to glass.

Full glass half-full of the “rita” mix. (If you fill it up more, you will have a “Corona-rita explosion!”)

Slowly tip a bottle of Corona upside down in the glass.

Add a straw and enjoy!

Rainy Day Treats

Today is the first cool and rainy day we’ve had in a while and softball practice was cancelled. The girls have been stuck inside being artists (think butcher paper on the kitchen table, water colors and crayons. While grocery shopping, I was inspired to come home, make a quick sweet treat, and watch the smiles on my girls’ (and husband’s) faces.

I’ll call these: Super Fast, Not-So-Healthy, Donuts

I purchased Buttermilk Biscuits from the refrigerator section. I bought the cheaper, smaller store brand variety. Any will do. I had the other ingredients at home: vegetable oil, sugar, cinnamon. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.

Find something to “punch” holes in the middle. I had a water bottle top that was a perfect size. I punched all of these holes while letting my oil slowly heat in a large heavy pot. Don’t fill your pot more than half-way with oil. It expands when heated.

I used one of my holes to check to see if the oil was at the right temperature. It will rise to the top and start cooking quickly. This won’t take long. When you see color around the edges, flip it over. It will take less time on the second side. Use a spoon to take it out.

When your oil is at the right temperature, get ready and go! It all goes fast, which is why it is important to have everything ready to go. Again, cook on the first side until you see color around the edges, then flip and continue cooking. I had a skinny wooden spoon which fit into the hole, which made it easy to take out and then toss into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Don’t overload your pot or the oil temperature will lower and your donuts won’t cook as well. I did four at a time. When I got to the holes, I put 9 or 10 in at a time.

Here is the end product. Super fast and good. They are especially good warm!

So, forget it’s Lent for one day, and make something that will put a smile on your children’s’ faces.