This weekend was full of ups and downs, which is why I’m starting this post with a prayer request. On Friday, my grandmother was admitted to the hospital – I don’t want to go into detail on the blog, but although she’s stable now she’ll be in the hospital for at least a few more days while the doctors monitor her condition. Kevin and I had already planned on driving home to Pennsylvania for the weekend, so we were able to spend some time with my Nana in the hospital on Saturday and Sunday, which was nice – I was so glad I was able to see her and keep her company for a while. And although she’s doing better than she was, our family could use your prayers!
In other news, the reason Kevin and I drove home for the weekend was to attend my aunt’s annual Halloween party. I missed the past couple of years because of my overseas travel, so I was really looking forward to it. The party isn’t anything wild and crazy – it’s extended family and a few of my aunt’s close friends, but it IS a costume party, and this year we really got into it!
Funny story about Kevin’s and my costumes. Kevin’s “costume” is actually just a beanie with eyeholes cut out of it and a pair of winter gloves. We bought them at the grocery store for $2.99! He wanted to have something to wear for when trick-or-treaters stopped by the house and this definitely fits the bill! My costume isn’t so much a formal “costume” – I grabbed a princess dress from our stash of random Halloween stuff and added a Grecian wig from a previous costume and went as some weird Greek version of Cinderella. Mostly I just wanted to wear the wig, though, because it was fun.
And you can’t tell, but I’m totally wearing my UGG boots under the dress. Hey – they kept my feet warm!
(my sister the pirate! Arrrrgh!)
On Sunday the whole family went to church and afterwards my Dad made Philly cheesesteaks. No offense to Pat or Geno but my Dad’s cheesesteaks are WAY better! I would have taken a picture but I was too busy stuffing my face. #sorryimnotsorry
We stopped by the hospital on our way back to Virginia, so we ended up on the road later than we planned. This worked in our favor as it meant an unscheduled stop for dinner – at Chubby’s BBQ in Maryland.
We’ve driven past this place hundreds of times but never stopped. Now I’m kicking myself for not going sooner, because while it may not look like much on the outside it is hands down the best barbeque we’ve eaten – and we’ve been around the barbeque block a time or two!
Kevin ordered ribs with fried potatoes and collard greens, and I got their pit beef (available on weekends only) with coleslaw and pork and sauerkraut. Holy. Yum. The beef was incredibly tender and juicy, and Kevin’s ribs were literally falling off the bone. They had several sauces to choose from – my favorite was the Private Reserve, with the Old-Fashioned coming in a close second. Kevin really liked the Hot, but I found the spice of it overpowered my food. (There were two others – Volcano (um no thanks) and “Cold Remedy”, but we didn’t try either of those)
How cute is that mason jar full of beer??
If you ever get the chance to eat at Chubby’s BBQ, DO IT. The portions were huge, the food was out of this world, and the service was exceptional – our server was fantastic.
Oh…and we may also have ordered their vanilla butter cake dessert, which came served with caramel sauce and ice cream and almost made me cry with happiness.
Chubby’s BBQ in Emmitsburg, MD. GO THERE NOW.
(I did not get paid for this post – Chubby’s does not know I’m writing this post. I just want to share this incredible food with all of my invisible internet friends! And for those of you on the East Coast – what are you still doing reading this?! Go get some BBQ!!)