Dear Weekend, please don’t end!
On Friday, I went to the gym and stopped by the grocery store to get some stuff for pizza rolls. I wanted to try to make them Double Dave’s-style. I bought pre-made pizza dough to make it a quick dinner. They turned out really good! The secret is to use provolone cheese, roll out the dough super thin, then when you roll them, press out all the air. Super delicious served with a Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy and two hours of Dateline!
Saturday morning was full of cleaning. I got the house spotless then treated myself to a pedicure after that. I haven’t had one in several months so it felt nice to treat myself to a little spa day. I went with a super dark, almost black purple for fall. After that I went home and made some pumpkin chocolate chip bread. This is the recipe I use and it makes three loaves. It’s really easy to make and then I just throw the other two loaves into the freezer for later. While the bread was baking, I hung up a few things in the house. It’s starting to feel homey now.
We went to church that night then came home to watch our teams play. K-State played t.u. and A&M played Alabama. We went to a sports bar that Cody had been wanting to try for dinner. The beer was cold and cheap and the food was pretty good. Unfortunately both our teams lost but at least they were good games.
On Sunday, my Nana and I went to the State Fair of Texas! It’s been our annual tradition to go and try some of the new fried foods.
We take the DART down there to avoid traffic and parking. We got there right when the food booths open to beat the crowds.
We tried the fried chicken noodle soup first. It was a fried ball of chicken, carrots, and celery (and maybe noodles) with a side of saltines and chicken broth. It was a nice savory way to start the day.
After that we tried the fried Texas sheet cake. This was the one I was looking forward to because I have such a big sweet chocolate tooth. It was good but it was way too sweet. I’m glad we split it because I only needed a few bites.
We made our way to the Creative Arts building to see all the items people entered into the contests. Nana knows one of the guys who enters the canning competition so we were able to find some of his items. There are so many different kinds of canned things!
While we were there, a live cooking demo started so we sat down and watched. The chef was the lead culinary instructor at El Centro’s culinary school so he was really good at explain what he was doing. He made ricotta cheese and crepes. He mixed the ricotta cheese with cream cheese, sugar, an egg, and lemon zest to make a filling for a blitz. We got to try the blitz with homemade raspberry syrup and a crostini with ricotta mixed with Parmesan and herbs. It was my favorite food of the day!
We made our way back to Fletcher’s corny dog stand so I could get a corn dog to go. I got the jalapeno cheese one and it was ok. I think I was over fair food at that point. We jumped back on the train and headed home after a few hours. I ran errands and picked up some mums for our front porch. I’m excited to buy some pumpkins to decorate our front porch for fall. Cody met me at Nana’s so we could pick up my full bed and a dresser we’re going to paint for a guest room. On Sunday night, Cody cooked out because the Chiefs were playing so our night was filled with more football. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather this week that will hopefully make it more fall-like!