Last weekend, hubby and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary. It coincided with a family tailgate party in Columbus at Ohio State University. So...
Hubby did a work-at-home day on Friday and we were able to leave home about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, drive the couple hours to Columbus, check into our hotel, and go out to one of our favorite Italian restaurants for dinner:
I think it is so funny that the trees are growing on the roof!
We met up with some other friends and family members back at the hotel and enjoyed relaxing in the whirlpool. Nice :)
My unmarried little sister and her bunch have been tailgating at OSU games for 15 years now. I, frankly, would be dead if I did this every weekend during football season, and once a year is just the right amount of tailgating for me.
They had some fun on me as well...I guess I have a reputation for preferring my coffee in a cup and saucer...
notice my buckeye necklace that my niece Sarah made me
well, it really DOES taste better than in a Styrofoam cup, doesn't it? And we really NEEDED coffee, because you gotta get there EARLY early to get your spot in order to set up 900 sq. ft. of tarps...
a complete kitchen...
sister Cindy on the left, niece Sarah making a nice shot
and of course the TV's...
We knew, of course, that this would NOT be the weekend to be thinking at all about diets, and we weren't disappointed. While the ones who were setting up arrived about 5:00 a.m., we had the luxury of arriving around 8, and just in time for breakfast, which consisted of egg omelettes made with cheese and steak, hash browns, biscuits & sausage gravy, as well as an array of fruit and other odds and ends.
Craig and Cindy doing what they do best
Soon after breakfast, more food started appearing...everything from jambalaya to chickencacciatore, wings, sausages, meatballs, veggies, fruit, chips and dips, salads, pizzelles...
this is one of the things I brought to share:
They are so rich that I usually cut them into 1/2 inch squares and call them "Buckeye Bites".
hubby Bob relaxing
from left: me, two of my sisters, Cindy & Marcella, and our mom
in the back, Craig's sister Connie and our niece Monica
OSU beat Illinois 30-0. The seasoned tailgaters say it's always better when OSU wins...they get more help cleaning up and tearing down. When they lose, folks tend to leave early.
MacKenzie in her own chair
We had a wonderful time in spite of THIS:
Because quite frankly,
Combine with mixer:
2 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups peanut butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 stick melted butter
Spread in 9 x 13 pan.
Melt one bag semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 stick butter.
Pour over peanut butter mixture and refrigerate.
Don't eat too many.
GO BUCKS! See ya next year!