Haven’t Had A Meal This Bad Since The Alligator

I woke up for my sunrise Autumn Leaf Photo Shoot with Photo Club, and the thermometer read 34 degrees!  Ooo!  Above freezing!  But by the time I left the house it was down to 32.  What a tease.

Cannon and tree–if you look, you can see that in the shadow of the cannon the ground is covered in frost.

After taking a bunch of pretty pictures on the battlefields, (I’m sure I’ll post more in the days to come) we headed to the Lincoln Diner for breakfast.  I’m not a big breakfast fan, but I love homefries and chipped beef gravy.  I was a little worried because the homefries were only listed as a “…served with homefries and toast” for the entrees, and weren’t a menu item in their own right.  And the chipped beef gravy wasn’t on the menu at all.

But when the food arrived, it quickly became apparent why the homefries and chipped beef gravy weren’t on the menu.  I haven’t tasted anything that gross since I ate that slimy, grisly alligator in Alabama.  Oh yuck.  Gerhard ordered it too, and said that on a scale from 1 – 10, it got a negative 3.

It’s a shame the homefries and gravy was so bad, because their soups and desserts are divine.  The lesson learned:  Never order something that’s not on the menu at The Lincoln Diner

And no, the pepper didn’t help.

Then, I went on a lovely hike through the Catoctin Mountains with the family.  Here’s a picture of Darling Husband sitting on a bench with his walking stick.

I wanted to get a few more shots of him, but it wasn’t to be.  It was just at that moment that Boy10 was jumping on a log and Darling Husband said, “Don’t jump on the…!” when Boy10 slipped off and fell.  He was all bruised up and required some sympathy so the moment for the portrait passed.  We had a very subdued Boy10 for the walk back to the car.

I have lots of pictures of frost on the battlefield and the waterfall at Catoctin and even some more yucky breakfast shots, but Darling Husband keeps moaning that he’s staaaarving, Boy7 keeps interrupting to ask me how to spell words for the game he’s playing, and a dinner guest will arrive in about 5 minutes, and is expected to stay until after 11:00, so…until tomorrow.

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6 thoughts on “Haven’t Had A Meal This Bad Since The Alligator

  1. What a wonderful adventure with the family and nature. Boy10 sounds like he made some memories and learned something–hopefully to listen to his parents who already fell off their logs. Isn’t nurturing fun?

    • He’s actually getting a lot better. This was the kid who, as a toddler, would stand just under counters or table and jump. I could never get him away in time, “Boy3! Don’t jump…!” BANG! He’d hit his head on the underside of the counter/table. I used to worry he’d damage his brain.

    • Where are you from? I believe that homefries and chipped beef gravy are from the southern united states. There’s usually a lot of butter involved and it’s usually very delicious. I mean, how can anyone mess up potatoes???

      Homefries are usually served at breakfast. Here’s a homefries recipe:

      3 cubed (or sliced) Potatoes
      3 TBLSP butter

      Rinse potato cubes with cold water, and drain well. Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, and stir to coat with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and cook for another 10 minutes, turning frequently until brown and crisp on all sides..

      Some places also add onions. Those places are well-loved.

      Chipped beef and gravy is also usually served at breakfast. Sometimes it’s on the homefries, and lots of times you’ll see it on toast. It’s a white gravy. Here’s a recipe:

      3 tablespoons butter
      1 (8 ounce) jar dried chipped beef
      2 teaspoons light brown sugar
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      1 cup whole milk

      In a skillet or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Drop beef into hot butter; saute for 5 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over beef, stirring constantly. Sprinkle on flour, stirring constantly. When flour is completely mixed in, gradually add the milk, stirring constantly.
      Keep stirring the sauce until it thickens.

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