Penny's Passion: Weekending - Last One in January

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekending - Last One in January

How can it be Monday already?!?  I'm just not sure how in the world Saturday and Sunday can go by so fast!  Our weather was fantastic in the St. Louis area this weekend.  I had forgotten how great it is to leave the house without being bundled up in the winter gear.  I know we have some winter still ahead, but weekends like this make it a tad bit more bearable.

Last Friday was my friend Janet's last day at work.  After over 20 years at our company, she's joining the retirement community. It was fun doing a little working countdown last week.

There have been three of us having lunch together for two decades.  Friday Tammy and I took Janet for her last lunch with us as a working gal.  We headed to one of our favorite spots - Crown Candy Kitchen.

We celebrated again Friday after work with a happy hour at a local pub.  Janet, you are loved by many and will be missed!  Can't wait to hear about your adventures in retirement.

Eric was off work Saturday and I was grateful we got to spend the day together.  We headed to one of our favorite BBQ joints for lunch - Pappy's Smokehouse.  Owner Mike Emerson sure knows how to smoke meat!  Pappy's is one of those places that sells out fast and Saturday was no exception.  I was really hoping for the burnt ends, but we didn't get there early enough and I had to go with my second choice of pulled pork.  It didn't disappoint!

Pappy's is located not far from our new Ikea so after lunch we swung in there to look for ideas for our son Ian's old bedroom.  I'm hosting girls weekend at my house in April and I'm hoping to give that bedroom more of a guest room feel.  The new bedding is on its' way and I just need to pick out a few more items to finish the look.  Reveal coming as soon as there's something to reveal.

Saturday night we headed to the Peabody Opera House to see Million Dollar Quartet.  Great show!  The setting for this musical was Sun Studios in Memphis.  Eric and I just toured Sun Studios last summer so that made watching the play a bit more fun.

 Sun Studios

The weather on Sunday continued to be wonderful and I could feel my mood brighten as soon as I stepped out of the house.  It was a day for many of my favorite things -- first I was up early enough to do a facial mask before getting ready for church.  After a great service, I met five of my friends for book club (which I'm not sure "book club" is the appreciate name for this group since I don't believe we've talked about a book in a few months).  Then it was home to make dinner and dessert. 

Dinner was a new brown butter scallops with Parmesan risotto recipe I found over at Pinch of Yum.  And yum it was!  This recipe is devine.  Definitely adding it to my "recipes for a special occasion" list.

I'll be sharing the recipe for this scrumptious chocolate turtle poke cake on Tuesday.  You won't want to miss it!

What were you up to this weekend?  Are you ready to kick off the first week in February?  I guess we'll know our fate for winter on Groundhog's Day Tuesday.  Remember, if the groundhog sees his shadow we are supposed to have six more weeks of winter.  But if he doesn't, Spring will come early.  Here's hoping for a cloudy day on Tuesday!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.
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The Quinntessential Mommy
How To Get Organized At Home

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  1. That cake looks delicious...can't wait for the recipe. I will have to look for Million Dollar Quartet touring in our area...looks like a good one.

  2. Bring on that cake recipe! Turtle anything and you have me hooked. Be sure to link it tomorrow on Tuesday Talk too.

  3. What a fun weekend you had - that Million Dollar Quartet looks so cool! Happy February!
    Karen |

  4. That cake just woke me up REAL quick! I need that now!

  5. Ohhh those scallops look delish! I will have to check them out. Actually it all looks good and now Im hungry ;-)

  6. Scallops look great as doe the cake! Sounds like a lot of fun over the weekend!

  7. Everything looks wonderful, especially that cake!

  8. I always get sad when a sweet coworker leaves! All of your food looks delicious... I'm starving now! Can't wait to see what you do with the guest room!

  9. Million dollar Q is so good! I am a huge fan and have seen the guy portraying Elvis a few times!

  10. Yay for fantastic weather. Today it's February 1st and we were at the park without jackets on... NOT typical for New England at this time of year!

  11. I think I envy your weekend! In a goodnatured way! Definitely interested in the poke cake - will you make a big deal out of it when you post it on Midlife?!

  12. That turtle poke cake looks amazingly delicious!