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Sunday, October 21, 2007

An Up North Saturday, And A Lasagna Sunday......




Friday night, we really didn't feel like doing anything except eat supper and flop- my wife reading her book, me on computer, then TV. The weather was supposed to be unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday, so we decided to head up North to Manistee, MI and do a little gambling at the casino there. We were sure the tree leaf colors had peaked, but still might be some spots to enjoy. It's about a 2 hr drive, and on a beautiful late Fall day in Michigan, it was the tonic we needed after the work week! On the way up US 31 we stopped in Muskegon and grabbed a quick breakfast at Bob Evans. I had been craving a Belgian waffle for weeks, so I finally got one. Not great, but not bad either! Another 1-1/4 hr and we were at the casino, which had a few things going on besides gambling. An antique show had gotten an early crowd, and we found out the club we belong to in Grand Rapids had a bus trip there too! We played the slots, losing a tolerable amount (not much!) over 3-4 hrs. I always like to go home a different way, and talked my wife into having a sandwich at an old bar and grill called the Government Lake Inn, close to a little town called Baldwin. The place had been there since the 30s, and we hadn't been in there in at least 10 yrs. They used to make the best handmade burgers, and we found out they still do! 1/2lb of irregular shaped hamburger, covered in anything you like! I didn't take pictures inside, as most of the patrons looked like they had bench warrants out on them! We hit the road and were home in about 1-1/2 hrs, greeted by an Airedale who really had to take a leak!
Sunday, at 6am I started sauce for a lasagna we were to have about 1pm. Had time to grocery shop and pickup fresh Italian bread for the meal. If it had a name, it would be; Italian Sausage 5 Cheese Lasagna! When I make one of these, it ends up weighing about 7lbs- for real! I give about half of it to my son who lives nearby, and pray some one else stops in so we don't eat it more than once as a leftover.....
Well, time to do some paperwork, so I don't start the work week behind... Have a good day, everyone!

22 comments:

Odat said...

Sounds like a nice little trip you had there.....BUT I WANT SOME LASAGNA NOWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That look absolutely wonderful!
Peace

Stephanie said...

Mmmm. That lasagna looks lovely. So does that little cabin. I wanna go somewhere like that!

Mel said...

ok that lasagna looks and sounds sooo good!!!

We have a casino about 3 hours from here and my goal is to get hubby to take me some time.

Nancybee said...

It was a beautiful weekend here too!

My friend mad lasagna and was lucky to get two meals out of the piece she gave me!

Antiquing, my FAV thing to do. So did they have good stuff? What type did they have? ooh no picts?

Sounds like you had a good time!

Mike M said...

Dude, I am on my way over!!!!!

The cabin is very cool!!!

MONA said...

that lasagna looks great!

I wish I would be able to enjoy such a day with my spouse one day...I hope he recovers from his illness soon...

Buf. I have elaborated on that poem. Please check it out :)

urban vegan said...

It's always to nice to get away and cahnge your perspective. Looks like such pretty country.

I made a lasagna last Sunday, and we just finished the leftovers yesterday. Mine was pretty hefty, too--I'll have to weigh it next time.

Lynda said...

Could you freeze that Lasagna also?

Finn said...

How beautiful. What a lovely weekend. The lasagna looks yummy too!

Akelamalu said...

Oh what a lovely impromtu trip you had. :)

Send all the left-over Lasagne to me please.

meredic said...

That is a beautiful country you are living in. It was so warm here this weekend that I was sitting out in shorts drinking beer still at seven in the evening.

snowelf said...

I think it's so cute how you and your wife do so many fun things together!

--snow

buffalodickdy said...

odat- It's Monday night, and guess what's for dinner?
Steph- Thanks! The "cabin" was the roadhouse we ate at, and the back of it faces that little lake.
mel- Getaways, gambling, and lasagna! Sounds good to me again already!
nancybee- We didn't even look at the antique show- unless you mean all the "antiques" playing the slots with their grandkids inheritance!
Mike- Cabin was classic Up North roadhouse. A bar that could seat 8 people, tables and chairs mismatched, pool balls clacking, smoke in the non smoking section, cook banging on a manual desk bell when orders were ready, everybody hollering, laughing and having a good time at 5 in the afternoon!
Mona- I didn't know your husband was ill, as I have never read anything like that on your blog. Hope he gets better soon!
UrbanV- I've never seen a small lasagna! Definitely weigh one once, it will shock you!
lynda- I've never tried to freeze any, before or after cooking. You probably could as a leftover...
Finn- I'm discovering after a lifetime of working, not to bring it home with me unless it's
unavoidable!
Ake- I'm not much of a planner, and I wish you were here for a pickup of surplus lasagna!
meredic- Anyone from Michigan will tell you Fall is the best we look!
Snowniece- Well, she's a good listener, which tells you what I am.....

Paul Champagne said...

Alright two in a row without veggies. That lasagna looks heavenly.

pinknest said...

this looks spectacular!! it sounds like such a lovely weekend. and that lasagna...oh god i've been craving lasagna for days! and there it is.

doggybloggy said...

I want all of it...that lasagna looks so oooey gooey good...

Jen said...

OMG That lasagna looks incredible! Can I stop by?
Great weekend with the wife!

buffalodickdy said...

Paul- There was a few mushrooms in it, and tomato in the sauce, but after that- meat, cheese and pasta!
DogB- Consistency I like required a little longer bake time, but I got it!
Pink- Around here you gotta look hard for the good stuff...
Jen- Anytime!

Casdok said...

I love lasagna! Can you send some over?

In_spired said...

Your account of the weekend is inspiring, to say the least! I treasure the "together" (and out of the ordinary) times that hubs and I have.

PLUS, your mouth-watering recipes and pictures are great! They always motivate me to do a better job in the kitchen!

Do you have any 'losing weight tips'? (lol)

Tanya Kristine said...

wow...what a beautiful place.

MONA said...

He has been for quite some time now...TB of the lungs ..& the Diabetes complicates healing...

It has been a trying time yes, & he has to be under treatment for a whole year...