Penny's Passion: Weekending - October 27, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekending - October 27, 2017

Happy Halloween!!  It's Tuesday and I'm just now writing my weekending post.  For some reason I just wasn't in the mood to sit down on Sunday night and write a post, soooooo it's coming at you on Tuesday.

Last weekend was a fairly low key one for me.  Friday night I popped in the grocery store on my way home and gathered the ingredients to make some food for a friend.  It had turned cold in St. Louis so I decided to whip up some Loaded Potato Soup for dinner and curl up on the couch with some good TV.   A relaxing Friday night was just what I needed!

Recipe HERE

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to get started with my labor of love making the food I was taking to my friend's house.  I haven't been spending a lot of time in my kitchen recently and I had kind of forgotten how much I love cooking.  Lasagna was on my list of things to make and I wanted to try something new.  The last of my tomatoes from the garden were ripe and I wanted to use them for the sauce in the lasagna.  I'm sure this is nothing new to some of you, but it was new to me and I have to share.

I simply cut the tomatoes in half (or quartered for the larger ones) and put them in a bowl.  Drizzled a little olive oil over the top and put in some seasonings.  I used fresh thyme and basil from the garden, kosher salt, pepper and garlic.  Poured them out on a foiled-lined baking sheet and let them roast in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

When they were done roasted, I dumped them in my Ninja and blended to a fine consistency.  It was delicious!  Why had I not been doing this forever?!?  Sorry Prego - I think you just lost my business.

Eric and I went to our favorite spot after church place for lunch on Sunday before he had to scoot off to work.  Peel Pizza in downtown O'Fallon, Illinois just introduced their fall menu.

Their small plates are great for sharing.  We each got a cup of soup and shared the Brown Ale Sliders and Chicken Spedini.  YUM!  Just the memory from my pictures makes me want to go back soon!

Sunday evening we had Trunk or Treat at our church and I helped my friends Tracy and Jody out with their trunk.  We had a fishing booth and the kids LOVED it!  My only contribution to the decorations was the "Gone Fishing" banner.

My job was to stay behind the sheet and as the kids put their fishing pole "in the water".  I would attached a colored fish to the pole and give a little tug.  The kids would pull their pole out and see what color fish they caught.  Tracy and Jody had buckets with different prizes for each color.  

We were frozen by the end of the night, but it was a ton of fun!  

When I got home, I promptly crawled under a blanket and hung out on the couch for the rest of the night binge watching Nashville.  That show...  I have to be reminded that Rayna and Deacon are not real people!!

And just like that the weekend was over.  Can you believe that this was the last weekend in October?!?  This month went by so fast and now the holidays are knocking on the doorstep.  Only eight more weekends until Christmas!!  


  1. That soup sounds and looks so good! It's cold here today and soup sounds perfect! I love the fishing game at events like that and it's perfect for kids! Sounds like a great weekend!
    The Beth Next Door

  2. 8 weekends until Christmas?? I need to get myself in gear to get ready! Looks like you had an awesome weekend :)

  3. Thank you for posting that soup recipe. It looks delicious!

  4. Oh gosh, all of that food looks so amazing. Yum! Sounds like a great weekend. That trunk or treat idea is so cute.


  5. I am a huge soup fan and that loaded potato soup looks delicious!

  6. MMmmmm, you had my attention at potato soup. Making some this week.