Filing a Police Report and Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in Nashville

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Filing the Police Report

After filing the police report for the identity theft where someone tried to file unemployment claim in my name, we could then get on with our Anniversary Saturday plans. I had never set foot in a police department before so it was interesting. There was traffic court going on. We went in and a big sign said if we needed to file a police report to call using the phone in the corner. And then wait. So we did just that. I was expecting someone to come to us from within the building but a police officer drove up from the street and came in to help us. We went into a room. I told him what happened and gave him a copy of the claim that my employer had given me. He spent a long time looking at the report and taking notes. And I’m thankful they let me know so I could try to fix or block any damage done. Luckily no damage that we are aware of anyway and we’ve checked all the main things and no one can open new accounts either. We have a great police force here. The walls inside the police station were filled with big happy pictures of the crew within the neighborhoods and a canine dog – I wondered if it was one that had been a good one that passed or perhaps one that is still living now that they use. Anyway, an interesting time and we went home after that and got ready for our anniversary day out.

The title of this blog today is not a title I thought I’d be using for today’s blog, lol. Kinda catches your attention though doesn’t it. At least I’m lucky that the police were not separating us during our 30 year anniversary, lol! The way the title reads it kinda sounds like the anniversary went awry, but we had a great time!

Anniversary Celebration

We headed out just after the huge rains had past. Can you see that strange patch of blue? It was the strangest blue I’ve seen amidst rain clouds, with these white clouds passing under it and behind it. While we still had very cloudy skies, it was at least a bit lighter and only misty rain at times but I was glad it was not raining during times we were walking somewhere or driving on the interstate. I had prayed for that and God obliged. So we drove into downtown and into the Gulch where are rooftop experience awaited.

It was not possible to get both us and the view from inside. So now you see us!

Now you don’t!

We enjoyed the rooftop drinks. Has to be a special occasion for these drinks as they are about a 50% mark up from a normal restaurant. Usually with cutesy names, a bit of decor in the drink, and a pricey little view. But we love to do this about once a year! I mean, we were mainly paying for the rooftop view!

Blue Stripes Cacao Shop, Nashville TN in The Gulch

For the first time ever, we went to a Cacao shop. I had heard that cacao was very good for you. So we ordered cacao cappuccino for each of us. It was perfect! I loved it. I want another! We got it to go and headed back to our car. The Gulch area was very busy and alive. You can see the angel wings in this pic in the distance where there is always a line to get your pic taken for instagram and social media! lol. Every city has it’s cool spot I guess to get your pic taken to prove you were there?

Then we drove over to Frugle MacDoogal’s. It has been the cheap place (sometimes but not always) to buy wine, liquor, and there’s a beer section too. It’s been there for years and years and years. I can remember it being there in the 80’s. I bought a bottle of wine for me. And we bought some club soda to make a citrus bubble drink for me with orange juice and I bought some bitters too. George bought a bottle of wine to go with our dinner tonight – might even be to cook our dinner in, I’m not sure. But anyway we made a stop while we were there. And they also had a tequila tasting going on.

The tequila on the right was $129 tequila. I was really impressed that we got to taste it. It was smooth of course. But I would never pay that much for tequila. I hardly ever have tequila at home anyway. I only drink it when we get a margarita and that is usually at a Mexican restaurant if I’m in the mood for it.

Then on to our 5:00 p.m. reservations at Rolf and Daughters. There was some security to knowing that we would be in Nashville and out of Nashville before dark. Not saying that all places are unsafe. And probably where there are lots of people you are generally safe. In this day and age that is a false sense of security if there is an active psycho shooter. But that could happen anywhere. But I did feel good that we had early reservations. We normally would shoot for six or seven p.m. but they were all booked up so we went with five p.m. and that was fine with me.

Rolf and Daughter’s Restaurant, Nashville, TN

The menu often requires some explanation, which is part of the fun and can be part of the mystery. Even when explained, you still are not sure what it will be like. I believe if you like to experiment and perhaps go off on the ledge a bit, you will find that you are absolutely smitten with this place and will look forward to coming again.

If you are a picky eater you still might do alright as for example, on this menu there was a chicken dish, pork dish, and some pasta dishes. So the waiter can help you choose something on the conservative side. I chose to go more on the seafood side. The bass caught my attention. It was good but I think if I could choose again, I’d do something different. But I got to taste what that was like. And I’m sure my body thanked me for the fish. I like to eat fish once every couple of weeks. Would prefer every week but usually doesn’t work out that way.

We ordered the bread and seaweed butter which was excellent! George ordered the Agnolotti, sweet corn, jalapeño, lime and pecorino. Which was like sweet corn ravioli. We got the hamachi which was calamari over peas with green onions on a red sauce which was a little spicy but not hot.

We had mousse and olive oil ice cream for dessert. It was out of this world eaten together!

I had coffee with dessert.

We did some damage! ha. But we chose to do this instead of taking off and spending money on travel and hotel. There is just so much going on and so much we are wanting to do. And we love our Saturday excursions. We’ll be able to do more of that next year we hope but the day we planned was perfect and just what we wanted to do. We explored new foods and new drinks and had a blast being together and doing our excursion things.

You’d never find the place if you just went looking for it! But oh, word of mouth gets out. It is a popular spot. And one we are loving to share with you! We highly recommend it if you are a foodie type and not too picky about trying new gourmet dishes. You likely will not be stuffed here when you leave – but you will feel perfect and pleasantly satisfied, in my opinion. Let your waitress or waiter help you in determining the dishes that are right for you. I would suggest that this is a share all the dishes type of experience. It doesn’t have to be, but I recommend that whatever dish is on the table, you share with all so all can get a taste.

For the most part, I like what I see when I look back at our 30 year marriage! Yeah there were some rough patches but there are always those. Yeah, even today, our marriage is not perfect, but I’m happy to be where I am and with who I am. I think over all we made the correct choices for ourselves and good decisions along the way. It may have got started off in rocky ways but I think God knew what He was doing when we both prayed to lead us in the right directions.

God can see the bigger picture, when we cannot always see it.

And back home again to our wonderful little and growing Mount Juliet, TN. What a wonderful evening.

In George’s card, I told him of 30 ways I loved him.

Yeah there’s probably more reasons to love George! But those are the thirty I listed as they came to mind. I teased him that there were just only thirty, lol.

Now today, I will work on catching up, resting, cleaning, working in my office and whatever I need to do to make the week a bit easier! I’ll see you in the morning and let you know what I accomplished today in my free time (oh how I love my free time) and I’ll give you our week’s outlook.

What grand and glorious things – or restful things – or busy things – are you doing this weekend?

Norm’s Amish Market and Snow White Drive In / Mount Juliet and Lebanon, TN Area

Our day was mighty fine yesterday. It did ALL of our souls good to get out and do a few things other than work and home, chores, and to do lists. Our first order of business was to stop at Norm’s, a local roadside market with mostly Amish goods from Scottsville, KY. We used to go every year but it’s a little far for us now. So it’s nice to see this place, although pricier since its the middle man. I loved the photo opportunity and these Mum’s will be in full bloom soon.

Don’t pick up the peaches! See the sign?

You know how we love to go in and “pick our produce”, smell it, feel it, inspect it, thump it – lol, well we live in a different world with the “dreaded illness” out there so….you have to approach your roadside stand with a bit of mystery. So far there were no rotten veggies in the bottom of the basket, but we’d never know til we got home. Ha! I did touch a zucchini and George quickly scaled me and pointed me to this sign below.

Of course I laughed imagining me asking the clerk, “hey could you lift this to my nose please?” My guess is they would answer your questions and sell it to you. And we spent some money in there buying jams, pies (Mom) and squash, and zucchini, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

There was something about these boxes that made me want to take a pic. I suppose it’s because it strikes a memory of seeing them out on the Amish farms and in the little stores there in Scottsville, KY. There were 8 or 9 stops on the Amish market routes and we would visit each one. I remember trying not to go wild at each market b/c we wanted to buy something from each one. Soon we had come to learn which markets had which veggies that were the best of the best! While they all had a bit of everything usually, one had more pumpkins, one had more baked goods, one had the best variety of beans and jams, one had better tomatoes and so forth. I treasure these memories now. It was a Saturday we all looked forward to. But we have different excursions now, although less frequent these days, and I am ok with our excursions.

An Old Fashioned Drive in Diner at Snow White Drive In

Oh we really enjoyed ourselves here. What I unfortunately did not get a pic of as too many people would have been in the photo, was to get a pic of the picnic tables outside under the awnings on the let side of the building. There were some in front too and I didn’t see if there were any on the other side. But you could also eat in your car. We were lucky and got a picnic table away from others and in the back side where there was a field and a nice breeze coming through. At low 80’s in the shade and breeze, not much humidity, it was perfect!

They have been known to have excellent BBQ but they had all sorts of things that you would expect an old fashioned diner to have. All kinds of sandwiches, burgers, fries and onion rings, salads, ice cream, and even breakfast!

We also headed out to see Mom’s house and to go to a few shops in Lebanon. We didn’t want to tire Mom out too much. George and I would have parked and shopped all day in Lebanon, lol. We just hit about 3 or 4 and then headed back home. We stopped at Aldi on the way also.

I have decided to wait and share more of the pictures during the week as it gives me something to post. So you can look forward to seeing a few things from the shops in Lebanon, TN this week.

But I do want to say again how much it helped all of us yesterday to just get out there some and see what all we could get into. We sort of had a few plans but the Amish market was a surprise stop and one of the best. So GET OUT and just GO and see what all you can get into when life just feels like it needs a splash of something different.

George and I are doing a filming video today of what all is in our freezer! We’ve been talking about it for weeks. So I need to try and do something with my hair and makeup and lighting. I ordered that RING LIGHT finally, to give more lighting. We are going to film it from two angles – using my iPhone and the camera. This should be interesting. Because we keep adding things to the top of the freezer but we have not been to the bottom in ages.

So I need to go stage this and myself! I’ve not even opened the Amazon box the RING LIGHT came in. It might be something else entirely, lol.

Later today we are going out with BIL and SIL to a brewery, out to eat, and to see their new place. Excited to spend time with them.

Meanwhile in Texas

We faced time with Little Roo yesterday. He’s so “almost there” with the crawling. But not yet. He is just turning circles on the carpet. He’s loving to eat too. We watched him eat on FaceTime too. We have spent some good time on face time and I’m so appreciative of my daughter doing this for us. It’s almost like we are there, not quite but better than nothing. Special times. We just stop what we are doing and watch. The best thing is when he looks at the phone and smiles at us. Nothing makes us SMILE so big as to when he sees us and smiles. What a joy!

What are you up to this fine Sunday?

Best Baked Bean with Bacon Recipe EVER

You were interested in the recipe so I’ve decided to post the exact recipe. I was so pleased with this! And I’m still loving my Pioneer woman casserole dishes that came in two sizes. I used the biggest casserole dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried NAVY BEANS
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce (tomato based)
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Rinse beans and place in a large bowl with water to cover. Set aside to soak for 2 hours or overnight. I like to do this the day before.

Drain the beans and transfer them to a large pot. Add 1 gallon of water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until tender. (I had reduced mine to low and it still simmered just fine for about 1 and half hours. I tested a bean to make sure it was tender!) Be SURE and save the bean water though, you’ll need it!

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Oil or Pam Spray a large casserole dish.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, chili sauce, BBQ sauce, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of the bean water (see I told you) and whisk it all together.

Put the drained beans and sautéed vegetables into the casserole, pour the sauce over, then stir it to coat the beans real good. Lay the raw bacon over the beans. (It’s gonna crisp up nicely in the oven). Bake uncovered. (Recipe said to stir occassionally, I didn’t stir mine much b/c I didn’t want to disturb the bacon!)

Recipe said to cook for 2 hours. I cooked for about 1 1/2 hours because it was done – bacon was done and browning on edges, etc. I tasted and it was perfect.

Notes

You can make ahead, let it cool, and put in fridge and rebake the next day. But I soaked my beans overnight and made the recipe the day of our cookout.

These were fun to make. While the beans are cooking you can do your chopping, sautéing, and making of the sauce. I’m adding this to my family recipes to KEEP!