Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Post #2: Pumpkins

Yesterday afternoon, my parents came by & we took the kids to a pumpkin place in Dexter, Jenny's Dexter Farm Market. We've been there a few times in the past, but this year it was by far the most crowded I've seen it. It's a great place w/ lots of delicious canned food like fancy salsas & pickles, but we might need to find a less crowded place next year. If you go, I definitely recommend the horseradish pickles & of course the cider & donuts, but the bees are a bit out of control near the picnic tables w/ all the sugar from the cider & donuts around.We got a couple pumpkins & the kids had fun playing in the hay stack tunnels for a while before we left. Then, on the way home, we made a quick stop by the old Plum Market to pick up stuff for dinner. Usually, when my parents are over, we order in pizza or Chinese, but I decided to make some sweet, sweet chili for Coney dogs. I even splurged & got turkey dogs for my parents so they wouldn't have to suffer through Smart Dogs. My love for chili dogs goes back to Super Bowl XVI (Cincinnati v San Francisco @ the Silverdome). My parents had friends over for the afternoon, we all went cross country skiing, & then came home for the game & a mountain of chili dogs. Of course, this was also the day that my brother (who was 4 months old @ the time) fell off the counter. The reason he was on the counter has been lost to history, but the overall goodness of a chili dog will never be forgotten. Ironically, he's been a bigger proponent of chili dogs over the last 20 years than anyone else I've ever known.


Stephanie said...

I love how I just never know how or where your posts will go. I knew you'd be writing about the pumpkin patch, but had no idea it would end up with a story about Jean and coney dogs! I love it! I may know all the stores, but I never know how you'll put them all together- and have it all make sense!

dan said...

No man has done more for chili dogs than our beloved brother JP!