Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

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Our Thanksgiving dinner set out on the patio.

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We enjoyed a great turkey feast with Shauna and Casey and Pete Petersen. Later on Bill and Nancy Schuling stopped by and later on Bill Russell came by.  Those three did not come for dinner, though. The turkey went in the oven around 9:30; Shauna had prepared it to soak in brine overnight and it went in a roasting bag this morning and into a roasting pan. The turkey came out deliciously tender and moist. Shauna and Casey came over about 10:00 and she continued with dinner preparations. Continue reading Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

Social Club meeting. Winco shopping. Pappadeaux with Bill and Nancy.

Elaine slept in this morning so no breakfast out. Instead she made breakfast burritos for us. Then we went to the Social Club meeting at 10:00. We didn’t win the Rent Raffle this year (we did in 2015); someone else got the $475 credit against their rent for March, and others won the $100, $75, and $50 prizes.

After lunch we went to WinCo to do some shopping; Pete Petersen went along with us. While Pete shops at WinCo often, we have not been there for a couple of years. It is a great place to shop. They have a great and wide range of things to buy and their prices are excellent – lower than any of the grocery chains and maybe lower than Walmart. I know their produce is better than Walmart.

We really like the egg rolls from WinCo; Pete has shared some with us in the past. So that is one specific thing we went for. But while there we did buy several other things as well. The WinCo store is huge! I managed to get about 1/3 of the way through and had to call it quits and return to the car. Elaine finished the shopping as did Pete; I don’t know how much more of the store they covered!

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Nancy Schuling, Elaine, Dave, Bill Schuling at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

This evening we went to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen with Bill and Nancy Schuling. Their anniversary is tomorrow and ours was four days ago, so we went out to celebrate together. Pappadeaux on a Saturday night is a challenge. We got there at 5:15 and it was already packed and had a long waiting line. But we decided it was worth the wait so I got signed in and we waited. We would have had to make the reservation call at least two days ago to be able to make one for a Saturday. I found a seat at the bar and the others stood for a while waiting. Then two more seats opened up and Elaine and Nancy took those while Bill stood by; he ordered drinks for us all while we waited. It took 1:15 before we got seated and it was 8:30 by the time we got out. Elaine wanted a large (3 lb) lobster but they did not have one so she ordered Pasta Mardi Gras. I ordered Atlantic Salmon Alexander. I had a Andouille Sausage Gumbo for an appetizer, Elaine had a Lobster Bisque. Needless to say, we had lots of leftovers to take home from our main courses plus we ordered some dessert to take home as well. It was a great evening; we always enjoy being with Nancy and Bill.