January 18, 2009

Another fun family-filled night!

We met my uncle, aunt and cousin Mary Jane at the apartment around 4:30 for an early cocktail hour. We all had Manhattans made by my uncle – ’twas a GREAT drink!! Unfortunately I only got to drink half because we were due for dinner at 5:30

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My cousin Mary Jane (aka Spud :) ) with Smotey dressed in a scarf

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We dined in the seated portion of the dining room tonight. I started my meal with a half glass of wine and half a roll

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And ordered a garden salad for an appetizer – it was fit for a doll! Like half a salad! But it’s good not to ruin your dinner appetite. The Mango Pineapple dressing was great –

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For dinner I ordered Glazed Ham in a Southern Comfort Sauce. It was quite good! I could taste the kick of the alcohol. I ate half :mrgreen: But I did eat all of my green beans – along with the half slice of orange!!

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Then the dessert menu came –

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Everyone pressured me to get a Hot Fudge Sundae – they are apparently the best on the menu!

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I tried to eat half – but I ended up eating more like 3/4 😉

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Plus a decaf coffee – half caf right?!

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After dinner my almost-99-year-old Uncle Mel showed me the exercise center, and I found out I can use it in the morning! He works out in there with a trainer regularly!

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My aunt made me a batch of her famous secret recipe oatmeal cookies!! There’s no sharing this recipe – she says it’s completely top secret! I can guess that there’s at least oats, coconut and cranberries in them, but who knows what else!? They were really good, and they tasted so healthy! I had one and a half :)

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Me playin’ with Murphy!

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I’m liking this new time schedule – up early, late lunch, early dinner, long evening, early to bed! Mom and I are planning to try to visit the small gym in the AM. Hopefully it will be rather empty so I’m not the only young person in there. I’ve got 8.5 hours of driving tomorrow – 6 to Hillsborough and 2.5 to Charlotte. I’m not sure of my blogging schedule tomorrow, but it’ll be up soon enough. I’m excited to see the husband, who reports he’s had a fun time with his college friends.

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1 Sarah January 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Kath, your family is so sweet. Thanks for sharing the photos. My grandparents moved 3 years ago to a retirement home (they jokingly call it “the Home”) and I know how it can be sort of sad to see their old home empty, even though I know they are so happy with their new place. My grandparents, like yours, have also decorated their new place with all of the “best” of their old decor, and like you we’ve reaped the benefits of their downsizing with some awesome old furniture. Your grandparents have a lovely place and seem so wonderful. Loved the photos of your uncle in the gym and your grandpa with the KERF sweatshirt. I really respect that you’ve taken the time to go visit them and invest in them. Tell them at least one of your bloggers says hi!


2 Melissa January 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Looks like you are having a fantastic weekend with your family!! Hope you have safe travels tomorrow!!


3 Nan January 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

OMG Uncle Mel is SOOOO cute!!!!


4 Tracy January 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Hi Kath! It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family! I have a question for you and any readers who may have heard of this…
I have a friend who did something called the HCG diet. She got the homeopathic version of the HCG and now she is promoting the diet to everyone she knows. I have read a little bit about it and I am not sure it is medically possible for it to work? I was just wondering if you’d studied it in any of your classes! Thanks and have a safe trip home!!


5 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Ahhh, I want one of those cookies!

And work it, Uncle Mel! :-)


6 Marianne January 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Oatmeal coconut and cranberry in a cookie? Yum!


7 Mara January 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

How fun!!!


8 Katelyn January 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Uncle Mess = kick butt guy!

The secret cookie looks wonderful! I might have said it before, but oatmeal cookies are my fav, now I want to try a batch with those add-ins.


9 Katelyn January 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm

OK, so I can’t type or spell tonight (i’m working a 12 hr shift, not usual). *Uncle Mel!


10 Molly January 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Wow, that seems like a really nice retirement home!


11 Diana January 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm

The SoCo sauce sounds tasty! That’s so cute your 99 year old uncel still works out…that’s awesome! Go Mel!


12 Brittany January 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Uncle Mel is too cute… it’s so cool that he still works out!


13 babycakes January 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm

god bless Uncle Mel! Love that picture!


14 kwaze January 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Hey Kath,
I can’t believe I forgot to tell you this before…but I HIGHLY suggest you pick up some Berger cookies while in Towson……Eddie’s has them for sure. They are AMAZING!!! Baltimore is famous for them. They are my fav!! Basically just a vanilla/sugar cookie(soft) with a HUGE pile of chocolate frosting on top. YUM!!!

Have a safe trip back to NC:)


15 Betsy in Pgh January 18, 2009 at 11:25 pm

That hot fudge is killing me. Ice cream in January? Yes, please.


16 Biz319 January 18, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Your uncle at the gym is priceless!

Safe traveling tomorrow!


17 Sharon January 18, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Haha, how awesome! I love the pictures!


18 theoddbod January 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

wow, 99 and still liftin heavy! looks like you got some good genes there.


19 Caroline January 19, 2009 at 1:08 am

Yum! That salad dressing sounds fabulous!


20 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 19, 2009 at 1:30 am

Like the rest of the ladies, I heart Uncle Mel!

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with the fam!


21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 19, 2009 at 2:20 am

glad to hear everything is going smoothly, Kath!! Have a safe trip tomorrow. I myself just returned from MD (Salisbury, if your familiar? and tried crab dip bagel (basically just a “crab dip” melt in place of tuna/chicken salad). so yummy….so rich!)


22 Lara January 19, 2009 at 3:15 am

Your Uncle is the cutest man ever.
My mother-in-law makes appetizer “salads” like that–literally a couple tomatoes, cucumber, a big lettuce leaf, and a shrimp or two. Crazy, I tell you!
Have a safe drive back!


23 Christine January 19, 2009 at 6:01 am

Kath, your picture of Uncle Mel is so inspirational! It’s always great to see older people staying active, and it’s no surprise that your family also maintains such a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!


24 Kristin January 19, 2009 at 7:56 am

Glad you had fun with the fam, home made oatmeal raisin cookies are the BEST!!



25 Joyful January 19, 2009 at 8:06 am

Kath, you do have a great family, thank you so much for sharing!


26 Kath January 19, 2009 at 8:22 am

Thank you for all of your sweet comments :)

Tracy ,
I have not heard of the HCG diet or studied it yet in clinical. But you know my thoughts on diets – eat less, move more is all it takes.

kwaze ,
I wish I could but I don’t think we’ll have time. I’ll tell my grandmother though!

seelee live,
I’ve heard of Salisbury MD but haven’t been there.



27 Joanne January 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

Your grandfather on that exercise machine is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! It is great that he is still in shape. I’m always trying to get my father to join me for a trip to the gym or at least a walk, but he’s resistant to the idea. All I can do is try though right!

Have a good workout this morning and a safe drive back home.


28 VeggieGirl January 19, 2009 at 8:28 am

SO much fun – and I love the photos of Smotey and Murphy; and of your grandfather at the gym 😀


29 VeggieGirl January 19, 2009 at 8:28 am

Ooops!! I meant uncle!!


30 Sarah January 19, 2009 at 8:36 am

This trip/post is exploding with cuteness- your 99 year old uncle at the gym, cocktail hour with the grandparents, kerf readers everwhere!


31 Justy2003 January 19, 2009 at 8:53 am

I hope I’m still working out regularly when I’m 99! That is awesome!


32 Beadie January 19, 2009 at 9:05 am

Uncle Mel is precious, I just want to hug him!!

Have a safe trip home!


33 Oh She Glows January 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

I’m just getting caught up on your weekend and it looked fabulous! I am so glad you had such a great time. Good luck at the gym this morning (not that you will need it!). Hope your drive goes smoothly. :)



34 Nicole January 19, 2009 at 9:34 am

There is not much better than family time! It looks like you had a wonderful time.


35 K January 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

Aw your uncle is adorable!! Good for him for working with a trainer – that’s great!


36 lauren January 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

the picture of your uncle mel is the cutest thing EVER. I love that picture.


37 brandi January 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love that picture of him showing you the fitness center!

Is Murphy a Brittany?

Looks like a fun trip!


38 HangryPants January 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

Uncle Mel is awesome!

Any chance that oatmeal cookie recipe would be shared?


39 runjess January 19, 2009 at 11:08 am

Haha whenever I’m with my family I always end up eating like 3X the usual amount of desserts.
Your Uncle Mel is adorable.


40 Diana January 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

Wow I can’t believe Uncle Mel is almost 99! and he still worksout – what an inspiration! that dessert looks great!


41 MaryBe January 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

Ok it’s official, I want to be adopted into your family! Or is 47 too old for that? 😉


42 Meg January 19, 2009 at 11:39 am

Your uncle is amazing! Yeah for him keeping up a fitness routine!


43 Danielle January 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

Uncle Mel has officially become one of my hero’s :)

Enjoy the fam time and final relaxation!


44 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Awww – adorable uncle Mel. I love how so many of your family members are active…and a lot of them seem to be great cooks/bakers as well. You got some good genes Kath!


45 emmy January 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm

looks like you had a great time! I was in Maryland this weekend too and it’s funny to see the food overlap, there are certainly some regional favorites!


46 Ashley January 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

loved seeing the photos of your family! looks like you had such a great time :) love maryland!!


47 Ashley H January 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Looks like Uncle Mel should start a blog he has quite the following :) I would read it!! He is so cute!


48 The Duo Dishes January 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Secret recipe cookies are devilish! They just tempt and tease you. They look so yummy!


49 Helen Colley January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I’ve never heard of sothern comfort sauce before, sounds tasty.


50 Kath January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

brandi ,
I don’t know what a Brittany looks like, but my guess is that Murph is more of a mix :)

HangryPants ,
No chance at all, she said. I’d love to have it too!



51 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm

your uncle is so cute!! <3


52 HangryPants January 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

hahah – not even for you! She’s a tough one. 😀


53 omega3fishoils January 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

hahaha Enjoy fam time!!
”Murphy” is so cute!!!


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