When Karen was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago, a mini family reunion was immediately planned. Andrew (Matt’s brother), Patrick + Megan (cousins), Becky (Karen’s sister) and Gran Bett (Karen’s mom) all arrived for a weekend to live it up together. Luckily Karen started to feel much more like her old self just in time.
As everyone trickled in on Friday, we met at our place for a lunch from Ace Biscuit and BBQ.
Delicious Southern-style food: fried green tomato, pulled pork, mac and cheese, baked beans, collard greens and an awesome biscuit.
Mazen loves it when people wear his cat Pumpkin on their heads, and Gran Bett looked smashing with a Pumpkin hat!
She was so comfortable that 5 minutes later she was deep in conversation – still wearing the cat! Ha!!
Uncle Brain : )
Friday night we gathered at our place for burgers, sweet potato fries and beer in jars
Later, Mazen entertained us in his jammies
On Saturday we went to the market for breakfast in the rain. I slipped into the gym for a short workout after. We lunched on leftovers sporadically throughout the afternoon. I ate a pork, Brussels sprouts + bleu cheese salad.
Saturday afternoon we headed out in the misty country for a visit to King Family Vineyards
We snacked on Caromont goat cheese and crackers and sipped Virginia specialties: Cab Franc and Viognier
Mazen was dressed in his Gap finest…
Until he decided to get up and walk around. Mud comes out, right!?
We caravanned to Beer Run for dinner where we ate black bean nachos
And big chopped salads
And drank pumpkin beer, of course.
Sunday morning we met at our place one last time for brunch. I made baked Cinnamon Swirl French toast (a Great Harvest specialty) with oranges, bacon and gallons of coffee.
It was so sad for everyone to head home so quickly. I hope there is another reunion soon!