They think I don’t understand, the freedom land of the seventies…

This weekend was a very busy one.  After work Friday my Mother and I went to the Village of Saugerties for the First Friday events.  They have been doing this for a while now.  A lot of the stores stay open later and have events, sales and even some refreshments.  When we arrived in the Village and found a place to park, which sometimes can be a challenge, this outing was no different.  The weather decided not to agree with us and it had started to rain.  We quickly decided that this would be a quick night and searched for a restaurant for dinner.  We read all of the menus posted at all of the restaurants within walking distance and settled on The Dutch Ale House, which serves mainly pub food and has many beers on tap.  We had a wonderful meal.  My Mother had the pilgrim which was Thanksgiving dinner on a sandwich, and I had Fish and Chips.  My piece of haddock, was bigger than my plate, so I call that a win!  For dessert we had beignets, which were a special (pictured above).  They were flaky, covered in powdered sugar and we ate all four!  

Saturday my Mother and I went over the river and through the woods to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck for the Third Annual Country Living fair (Country Living is my Mother’s favourite magazine).  We decided to head over a bit later than last year, because we waited around for quite a while before we could enter.  We had a lot of fun walking around and looking at all the things.  There were vendors from all over, there were antiques, handmade crafts, repourposed and found items, clothing, furniture and of course food!  There were also Stars from HGTV shows, like the Fabulous Beekman Boys and Cash and Cari.  We didn’t go to the book signings or special cooking demos, we didn’t really feel like it.  My only mission was to pick up more Blaack Drizzle Sauce from the Beekman 1802 booth.  I saw a lot of cool things that I would like to have, but I don’t really have places for them.  I found a few tables that could have doubled as desks, and a few desks that I loved, but the prices weren’t right for me.  Same with m Mother, she found a lot of things that she would have liked to have but the prices just weren’t right, or the pieces were too big for us to fit in the truck, or we didn’t think we could have lifted them.  We took a nice break around noon for lunch, we walked back to where we park and had a break, we ate our lunch (which we brought, we found that most of the food available we aren’t really interested in), people watched and planned out the rest of our day.  Which consisted of finishing looking at all of the vendor booths, a wine slushie and a soft pretzel.  It was around 3:30 by the time we decided to call it a day.  We traveled back or the river and through the woods back home and I was tuckered out.  I actually took a nap (something I rarely do)!

Linen kitchen towel, would be perfect in my kitchen.
Mama and baby goats, the kid is 2 weeks old! So cute!

This sign would be great for my hoard of beauty products!
This would look great in a big walk-in closet or an office.
My dinner, look at that piece of chicken!


When I woke up around 5:30 or so I was quite hungry! J had been playing a video game or watching TV, trying to decide what we should do for dinner.  After much deliberation we decided to go to the Fernwood Restaurant and Bistro in Palenville.  This was a new place for me, J had been before.  Unless you know exactly where it is you will definitely miss it!  It’s off the beaten path located in a converted house, across the street from falls (which I just googled and it’s the Kaaterskill Creek).  I have got to say that our dinner was most enjoyable.  J and I both had martinis, something I usually don’t order out, but they were made perfectly!  The menu wasn’t the largest or most complex, but it doesn’t need to be.  I was between Chicken Parmigiana and Chicken Marsala, both are favourites of mine and I went for Chicken Parm. It was cooked perfectly.  I usually don’t order chicken when I go out to dinner, because the chicken a lot of times is dry and over cooked, or paper thin and chewy.  This was a whole chicken breast cooked to perfection, lightly breaded, pan fried and baked covered in cheese resting on a bed of pasta that was swimming in marinara the was the freshest, perfectly seasoned sauce I think I’ve ever had from a restaurant.  And I ate the whole plate!  I’m not ashamed of it either, my pants might not fit right for a couple of days, but man it was worth it!  We had chocolate chocolate cake for dessert, which  was amazing!  Very moist, with a raspberry chocolate sauce drizzled on top and just a touch of whipped cream.  One of the best pieces of cake I’ve had prepared by someone other than my sister (who just so happens to be an amazing baker).  This weekend was definitenly a busy one for me, but a really good one!  I took a to of pictures and I am so glad I could share them!  And on that note it’s time to end!  


All for now, Kiki— Title from: Brooklyn Baby by Lana Del Rey 

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