I wanted to re-sod the front and back lawns,
Tom wanted to nurse his cold
and the kids were bored...
The only thing worse than a bored kid
is a hungry kid...
Actually, it's the same kind of pain
since they bother you incessantly
to either feed them junk
or to play with them.
Since neither of us was up for a game of hopscotch,
things got a little miserable
until I convinced Tom to ride to the park
for some good old fashioned fresh air and jungle gyms.
A good, take-the-whole-day kind of plan...
A plan that would be fun and cheap...imagine that!
Arlington Park has Family Day...
Tickets come with programs, kids are free
and the meals for kids are a deal, too...
There are kid activities, petting zoos and pony rides...
so we loaded up the family truckster with snacks,
blanket and lucky hopes
and drove the 45 minutes to Arlington...
Arlington Park is beautiful
and it was a perfect day...
As luck would have it,
one of our good friends is a head chef on premises...
and a great guy...
He reserved a table for us, under shade,
so we didn't have to camp out Ravinia style.
that in the morning when we told the kids
about the plans for the day,
Jack protested loudly that he DID NOT
want to sit around watching horses run around a track....
He created a huge argument
and dampened my excitement for the day...
on the horses and had his dad place his $2.00 bets...
After betting for "Magic Bullet",
he and Kate raced down to the rail like bullets to watch the action...
And when his horse won in the 4th race,
earning him nineteen whole dollars,
Arlington became the greatest place ever...
I may have created a monster....
It truly was a fun day as a family
and we were surprised to find out
that Chef DeLeon comped our lunch,
vodka lemonades and all....
That was awesome and so kind.....
Arlington Park is a great way
to have a terrific family day on a dime...
I knew I'd be too tired to cook when I got home
so I made this casserole in the morning:
From Paula Deen & Friends, Living It Up, Southern Style;
Hot Chicken Salad
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast meat, cubed
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
- 2/3 cup crushed potato chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, celery, almonds, salt, pepper, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and cheese. Place the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spread the crushed potato chips on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbly.