Heartland Family & A Fine Swine

Posted by on September 3, 2017

We had a nice lazy morning!  And it felt SO good.  It was just 52 when I got up about 7:30 and it felt wonderful to cover up with the ‘minkie’ blanket that Zack brought back for me from Korea last year.

Ahhh….MUCH better!

We had bacon eggs, biscuits and gravy for breakfast (yum!) and watched a bunch of shows from the DVR. We’ve kind of neglected the recorded shows on the DVR since we’ve been absorbed with watching Sons of Anarchy…just 3 episodes left to watch!

We left home about 2:00 pm to do a little exploring around Scott Air Force Base.  We drove around the back side of the air strip which took us almost exactly where we wanted to go (the map we were given is very hard to read!).

The BX/PX is what we were looking for so that Michael could get a MUCH needed haircut.  Wait time was minimal and we were in and out in 30 minutes or so.

Then we took a stroll around the PX and ended up with a candle that was on clearance, some chocolate and three 12 packs of Coke Zero (not the new stuff).

We had a 5:00 pm dinner date in New Baden so we headed that way (about 10 miles east).  Michael found diesel for $2.54 per gallon so he filled up both tanks.  The further south we get, who knows what the prices will be so we’ll fill up whenever we find a decent price.

My cousin, Jason,  recommended we try A Fine Swine while we’re in the area.  So we planned on going there today.  Yesterday, while we were traveling I got a message from one of our Heartland family, Kathy asking if we’d like to go out for dinner as they don’t live very far from the base.  Kathy and her husband, Kenny, agreed to meet us at the restaurant for dinner.

Kenny & Kathy

We’ve been friends on Facebook for quite a while but have never really had a chance to sit down, in person, and really get to know each other so this was the perfect opportunity!  We really had a nice time getting to know both Kathy and Kenny.  As usual, our dinner stretched out about 2 hours.

I’m looking forward to spending more time with Kenny & Kathy down the road as I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some rally, somewhere, at some time in the future.

Meats: Brisket, chicken, pulled pork & ribs

As for our meal:  Michael and I each order a sampler plate – pulled pork, chicken, brisket and ribs, and then ordered some sides to try – green beans, baked beans cole slaw and piggy puppies.  Everything was good…some we enjoyed more than others.

Sides: Piggy Puppies, green beans, baked beans & cole slaw

Neither of us cared for the chicken.  We found it undercooked and tough. Pork was good.  The ribs could have been a tad more tender but were good.  I enjoyed the brisket a lot…Michael thought it needed to cook a bit longer.  The cole slaw was really good.  Baked beans were ok.  Green beans were ok.  The piggy puppies (kinda of a hushpuppy filled with cheese, pulled pork and bbq sauce) were ok…but a bit too spicy for my liking.

We got home about 7:15 pm, giving us plenty of time to watch a couple of episodes of Sons of Anarchy….leaving us just ONE episode left in the entire 7 year series!  Whatever will we do with our time once it’s over?!?!

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