I know they're watching

Last Wednesday was BFFF Mindy’s birthday, so naturally we drew the celebration out until yesterday.

YIP 156.365 Peach Crisp Since Wednesday night was knit night, I baked a peach crisp to bring in. One of the other regulars also brought in some fabulous brownies.

We knit and ate and chatted and generally had a good time – just like any other Wednesday.

Friday found us headed out to Pappy’s Smokehouse to try it out for the first time. The beef brisket was fabulous, baked beans delicious, and sweet potato fries divine. The bbq sauces I slathered on my food were pretty tasty, too.
YIP 159.365 Pappy's Smokehouse
I even tried a bit of Mindy’s smoked sausage and will definitely get that next time.
After dinner & bowling (which I did not participate in due to some serious shoulder pain), we headed to Ted Drewes to get J-Dawg his fix. I had the Great Pumpkin concrete for the first time ever, and the addition of peanut butter cups as suggested by Mindy made it fantastic.

YIP 160.365 Apple Pickin'
Saturday, I headed out to Eckert’s with Mindy & her husband to do a little apple picking. I have lived in the St Louis area my entire life and this is the first time I went out there. We picked apples, ate apples, lunched at the cafe, hit the country store, then picked up some decorative pumpkins.
Other than inadvertently getting separated on the ride back (I did at least get on the same tractor), it was a good time. Now I have about 8 billion apples that I need to do something with.

Saturday night (after a brief nap), the official dinner party started at Chinese Express. It’s an unassuming little place in a small strip mall where you would not expect to get great food.

You would be wrong.

We did have a special weapon in the form of Mindy’s husband that got us the authenic Chinese food, although even the on menu items from here are better than your typical restaurant.

There was so much food. So much. Including the infamous Crack Rice.
Mindy's Birthday Dinner

I can’t tell you how yummy it all was. We all left stuffed full and I was not hungry until around noon on Sunday.
Mindy's Birthday Dinner

After dinner, a few of us headed on to the Galleria to catch a showing of Zombieland. While it was an enjoyable movie, I can not really handle the zombie flicks because they are too anxiety inducing. Even in the non-zombie scenes I expected one to pop up and it freaked me out.

As always, more pictures on flickr here (note that this years party pics are at the bottom of the screen) and here (the St Louis stuff set that includes apple picking pics).

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