At the end of September we went to Asheville, NC and spent the night at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Biltmore Square Mall. It was a fairly good hotel, although my part of the mattress seemed to slope a bit.
The trip was a celebration of my parents anniversary...only they took us along!
For our evening meal we went to the Cracker Barrel which had a great Autumn salad that claimed to be new. It had lettuce, apple slices, craisins, what tasted like praline pecans, chicken, bacon, blue/bleu cheese, and a side dressing. They had a special chocolate cake dessert I shared with my Mom as well.
They also have a store that was interesting to look at. A lot of things were made in China though unfortunately.
Some panhandlers bugged us in their parking lot.
We went to a certain Estate in Asheville ...very expensive and exclusive on their name and image... and got worn out. I dressed up, and it was pretty fun except some immodest things that rich people seem to like to have in their places!
They had a lot of rooms and a lot of stairs. We forgot to bring in the wheelchair, but learned we could have used it for the whole thing one person said. Oh, well! It's a good thing my fibromyalgia pain wasn't at it's worst to start with then!
We shared some yummy shakes that were make with Hershey's ice cream at a creamery near the estate.
Last week we went to Nashville to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for my sister's appointment there. We stopped at Maggie Moo's for ice cream before arriving. I had found about that place online, and it was good!
We stayed at the Sleep Inn on Dickerson Pike. The mattresses weren't great, and the bathroom door too heavy to close all of the time (it was a sliding door). They did have breakfast and a super rate for patients to the Vanderbilt place. I had picked them out from reviews and price even before my sister asked about a discount.
It smelled of smoke in the hall, but the room was okay as far as odor.
The second day we went to the Grand Ole Opry museum which was interesting, even though I do NOT like country music generally.
We ate at another Cracker Barrel instead of the other place I had found online. The other place had few cars, so it made me nervous. The Cracker Barrel was just the opposite...rather crowded.
I shared another salad and some cinnamon apple French toast...too much, but yummy! They have fried apples I tasted from my Mom's food at the other Cracker Barrel (like the Sweet Apples I tried somewhere else)....actually, like stewed apples I found out from a British friend.
It started pouring when we were leaving a Piggly Wiggly grocery store after the restaurant, and we stopped part of the time while lightning and thunder and rain were a problem.
We experienced rush hour in Nashville a couple of times on the trip...nearly as bad as California!
The ride home the next day was mostly blue skies and very nice. We stopped at a Wendy's where a senior citizen group from a tour bus were also eating. The restaurant did a great job getting through that long line!
On my Mom's birthday I served some fried /stewed cinnamon apples I made with her help the day before, and some pumpkin soup I made on the day. Served with garlic bread for my Mom & I, it was a nice meal. I found recipes and tweaked them a little so to speak. The apples weren't meant to be a cinnamony, but I had my Mom put in the spice from my pie recipe. That's how it turned out!
Friends can e-mail and ask for recipes.
Wednesday of this week I am scheduled to get my final bridge in my mouth!
I've posted some on that Christian forums again, even though it can be quite discouraging. I don't know if any of the non-Christians posting and reading are actually open. Well, I hope so. If God wants someone reading those posts, He will bring them to it!