Saturday, November 29, 2008

Family Fun Week - Day 6, 7 & 8

Day 6
Day 6 of Family Fun Week was pretty mellow. Little Cat A assured me that she was healthy as could be, but I didn't want to travel too far from home just in case. We enjoyed some fine dining at In-n-Out Burger (Little Cat A's choice) and then off to bowling. In the evening Little Cat B went to a friend's for a sleep over and the rest of the gang watched the movie, Enchanted. Little Cat A and I made some Meringue Cookies. If you use this recipe feel free to substitute the chocolate chips and nuts for 1 Cup crushed-up mint M&Ms, we did (you can only get these at the holidays). Tres, tres tasty!!

Lunch -- $15
Bowling -- $20
Movie -- $2
Everybody Healthy -- $ Priceless
Total -- $37

Day 7
Thanksgiving Day -- The LOML made a great dinner with all the traditional foods. The rest of the crew was responsible for making desserts to serve in the evening when some guests came over. My dessert pick was the Meringue Cookies mentioned above. Little Cat A chose Lemon Poppy Cake (recipe not included because I didn't think it was tasty) and Little Cat B chose homemade Moon Pies. The Moon Pies turned out fairly decent. We made Homemade Marshmallow and sandwiched the goo between Costco chocolate chip cookies. I think if we make these again, I would put the Marshmallow goo on ONE sugar cookie, wait the goo to set up and then dip the goo side into melted chocolate and let harden. In our Thanksgiving version, the ratio of cookie to marshmallow was off. Just too much cookie. The LOML also made some Gingerbread cause he just can't help himself.

Day 8
The weather was a bit gloomy and overcast and we wanted to avoid post-Thanksgiving crowds, so we decided to stay in the "hood" and try our hand at geocaching. Here's how geocahing is described on their website "Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment." We had never done it before and the LOML had been figuring out how to use the hand-held GPS all week. We set out on foot from our home and walked to two cache sites. But alas, we discovered we are not such good seekers! Yet. We didn't find the caches. We still had a good time and the dog got a walk in, so all was not lost.

Went out for lunch at Back 40 Texas BBQ. We love their sweet potato fries! Had a lovely lunch and then tried one more geocache site. Still no luck in finding the cache. We learned that it's VERY helpful to print out the clues from the website when you go out searching. We'll do that next time.

We watched the movie, Iron Man, that night and snacked on leftover Thanksgiving desserts.

Geocaching -- $0
Lunch -- $15 (we had a $40 gift certificate)
Movie -- $2
Total -- $17

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