Bucket Lists: a collection

A few of these bucket list items just plain don’t stand by themselves in one post, so I’m collecting them here.
For the Fort Worth Bucket List (and also for our anniversary), we went to Blue Mesa for their Sunday Brunch.  $18 for all you can eat buffet plus free mimosas.  Blue Mesa is a southwestern restaurant (kind of an upscale Tex-Mex rather than authentic Mexican cuisine) so the buffet was filled with migas, enchiladas, fajitas, chips and salsa, fruit salad, and waffles.  Plus there was an egg station for omelets, huevos rancheros, and eggs benedict made to order.  If you’re in Fort Worth and looking for a reasonably priced brunch, Blue Mesa’s is definitely worth it.
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The Guns and I went to Six Flags to visit former co-workers and friends and catch most of the shows.  It was great to be in the audience knowing what I know now about being a theme park performer.  I know I’ve said this before, but if your local theme park has shows, they are probably filled with some super-talented people.  I would show you photos from our visit, but I forgot my camera.  Anyway, it was great to see my friends, catch up, and see them perform.
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One of the more daunting tasks on the land bucket list was to use our pantry items rather than throwing them away.  I still hope we don’t throw much away, but if any of you are like me, you may find that your pantry items multiply behind your back and before you know it you bought items to bake a cake that it turns out you already had a perfectly acceptable cake mix at the back of the cupboard.  Anyway, here are some of the things I made with items that were either forgotten about or just needed to be used up:
-brownies (from a mix)
-banana bread, 2 loaves (frozen bananas I’ve been saving to make banana bread, plus flour and brown sugar)

-darn good chocolate cake (cake mix, pudding mix, chocolate chips, vegetable oil, etc.)
-grits (quick grits, leftover from a Pioneer Woman dish I made awhile back, make a great breakfast or a side item for dinner)
-sauteed chicken cutlets (breaded with flour, cooked in olive oil)
-muffins (box mix)
-lemon cupcakes and white sheet cake (cake mixes plus canned frosting)
-chocolate chip cookie dough (flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips)
-pasta (dried pasta, canned sauces)
-maple-soy glazed salmon (maple syrup, soy sauce)
-pineapple pork (canned pineapple)
hot and sweet drumsticks (ketchup, apricot preserves, soy sauce, garlic)
-baked pork chops with sauce (ketchup, soy sauce, vegetable oil, worcestire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar)

As you can tell, I’d collected lots of baking items. This may or may not seem like a lot of food, but it managed to keep me from buying a lot at the grocery store, and many of the cakes we brought to parties or gave away in some other fashion.  There will still be plenty that is left over, I’m sure, but we’ve definitely made a dent.  And we gave the leftovers to a newly married couple to help them jumpstart their  pantry, which I love since that means we can help someone out and not waste our items!

State of Fort Worth Bucket List: 15 down, 1 failed, 4 to go
State of Land Bucket List: 6 down, 1 in progress, 3 to go

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