This week 21 years ago, then-future Hubby and a few other friends came home from college with me to TN for the weekend. It was his birthday and his folks were a 14 hour drive south from Birmingham, AL while mine were a mere 5 to the northeast. So we road tripped for his 18th birthday and hung out in Timberlake. I believe we had a cookout and made him a chocolate cake. We weren’t dating yet, but Mama saw something brewing. And Mama ain’t crazy.
Half-way to the next birthday we decided we were made for each other. However, the next few birthdays we were apart–he in Tallahassee and me still in Birmingham. More road trips ensued. Good times.
During our early years of double-income marriage, we went to the Ft. Myers, FL Melting Pot for special occasions. It was the long, luxurious, 2 hour dinner that we didn’t think a thing of back in the Pre-Chitlin days. We haven’t been to one of those places in QUITE a while…as in, since the arrival of The Chitlins. Now said offspring are old enough to leave on a school night so we dressed up and hit the town for a trip down memory lane and some fine dipped cuisine.
Can I just say, DE-he-he-LIGHT-ful! Relaxing! Just what we both needed. And talk about a feast:
Swiss cheese with nutmeg and to dip our veggies and rosemary bread in.
Salad (to legitimize the rest of the consumption) I have never seen such tiny-diced cucumbers and tomatoes. So darn cute were they!
Citrus beef broth for the plethora of meats to skewer and cook for 1.5-2 minutes. Shrimp, salmon, filet minon (did I spell that right? Who cares.) Honey mustard chicken, bbq pork, and more veggies: broccoli, potatoes, squash, and mushrooms. Then SAUCES along the lines of plum, teriyaki, green goddess, etc.
THEN as if THAT wasn’t enough, a dark chocolate for dessert with all kinds of marshmallows, bananas, strawberries, brownies, and RICE KRISPY TREATS! I mean, come ON.
It was like The Early Years all over again. And don’t we all need that from time to time?
Happy Birthday, Hubby! You still make me melt like butta.
We now return to our regularly scheduled Ramen Noodles.