Mom's Diner

November 4, 2012

Tailgate Grill, Waynesboro VA

If you are in Waynesboro and just really need some comfort food, the Tailgate Grill is the place for you! Seated in its spacious and noticeably sparkling clean dining room, you can choose your favorite burgers and fries. Be sure to try the onion rings and the loaded fries -we fed our whole family with a basket of each! When you are in the mood for a hot, homemade style burger with all the fixin’s, there is nowhere better!

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Halloween Movie Spectacular!

Filed under: halloween — Tags: , — momsdiner61 @ 3:05 pm

With a little ingenuity, you can create an outdoor movie experience for your tweens and teens and celebrate the fun side of Halloween, with spooky treats and costumes and more! We used our wooden swingset frame and stapled a large piece of white black-out lining to the swingset for a movie frame and then muscled out our antique video projector (just like the one they always had in the Disney stores) wired to a DVD player and speakers. Decorate with all of your favorite Halloween decorations. We had a black cat made of pumpkins, a candy corn wreath on the front door (but, note, honeybees LOVE candy corn and after a few days you will have a honeybee wreath, no kidding, they pack themselves on tightly as they devour the colorful sugar candies), glow in the dark cobwebs, a stuffed spider, raven, crow, and rat, plus a skeleton and a flower garden filled with scary tombstones. Set up your playlist (Monster Mash, Thriller, and Witchy Woman are good for starters). Add some lawn chairs, some guests, and a tent filled with a spooky dinner buffet and you are set (don’t forget the bubbling punch made with dry ice and the hot mulled cider for warming up). Just be sure to have plenty of blankets and glow sticks, as it can get a little chilly and really dark by the end of the movie.

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August 4, 2012

Duck Donuts, Kitty Hawk NC

Filed under: Donuts, food, North Carolina — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 7:30 pm

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Hot, made to order donuts are the order of the day at Duck Donuts! Pick your icing- chocolate, vanilla, lemon, maple, or peanut butter- and, pick your toppings- peanuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc. You can make the perfect dozen and carry them out with you, hot and ready to eat!

August 2, 2012

Just Peachy!

Filed under: North Carolina — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:21 pm

This is it, the peak of flavor and perfection, the true meaning of summer captured in the sweet taste of a perfectly ripe peach! Sitting on the beach, listening to the waves crashing rhythmically and melodically against the shore, this simple but delicious bite of fruit brings the rest and relaxation of a summer vacation to its rightful culmination. Peaches are only perfect for a short time, and vacations likewise pass quickly by. Fortunately, this year, the stars aligned and both coincided perfectly together, a bit of summer perfection, a brief quiet interlude not to be missed.

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July 8, 2012

Perfection

Filed under: food, homemade, sandwiches, tomato — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 1:29 pm

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This is it – summer perfection at its peak! For weeks now, we have nurtured the tomato plants, just waiting for the first few fruits to appear. We watched as this tomato grew into a large ball and turned from green to an orangey-red. We picked it just before it was completely red and let it finish ripening in the window in order to keep the deer and other wildlife from enjoying this prize. We did all this and endured a summer storm, 5 days with no power, and record-breaking temperatures. But, today, we finally enjoyed the “fruits of our labors,” placing delicious slices of red garden- grown tomato on soft slices of white bread, layered on mayonnaise and a sharp cheddar American cheese slice -the first tomato sandwich of the season! It needs nothing else, no further description – the tomato sandwich is perfection, and we hope to enjoy many more before the first frost comes this fall.

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July 5, 2012

Old-Fashioned Sparkling Sugar Cookies

Filed under: cookies, desserts, homemade — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:30 pm

Sometimes, the tried and true is the best, and this is certainly true of these sugar cookies! Made from the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook that I got as a child in the early seventies and now a favorite cookbook with my own children, these cookies are all that a sugar cookie should be. The cookie is light and soft, yet substantial, with the sweet crunch of the colored sugar sprinkles and the wonderful burst of lemony sweetness from the lemon zest that a true sugar cookie should have. It is very hard not too eat too many of these as they come out hot from the oven!

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July 2, 2012

Riverside North, Charlottesville VA

If you have a hankering for a hot bacon cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions), or maybe a basket of French fries, a pile of fried mushrooms, or some hot and gooey Mozzarella cheese sticks, all hot right off the grill and out of the frier, then Riverside North is the place to go. The food is straight-forward American fare, served made-to-order, hot and fast. The atmosphere is casual and the service is friendly. A great place to go when you need some old-fashioned comfort burgers and fried sides! Don’t worry if there are a few grease spots on your receipt-that’s just a sign of a tasty meal!

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Hats Off to the Power Workers – Wave As You Drive By!

Filed under: Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 8:24 pm

There is no question that we are hot and so very tired of this power outage! It’s just not fun anymore – the cold showers, the unbearable heat wave, the sweaty, grimy feel of everything you touch, the miserable fatigue that derives from sleep punctuated by being just plain too hot to sleep. Cooking on the grill was alright, until all the food in the fridge rotted and the freezer goo ran across the floor! And, fun has now been reduced to watching movies in the heat as long as your laptop battery holds out. But, no matter how hot and tired and miserable you are, take time to wave and appreciate the hard work of the power and tree crews who are doing their best to set things right once again. Some of them are far from home, others work in the heat all day and go back to their own powerless homes at night. So, while we can’t do anything else, LET’S WAVE and acknowledge the people who are putting everything back together for the rest of us.

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June 30, 2012

Oh, No! Our Beautiful Garden!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — momsdiner61 @ 11:31 pm

Yesterday, before the storm, we had the best little garden we’ve ever had! Beautiful straight stalks of corn just starting to tassel, large green heirloom tomatoes just on the verge of turning red, the pole beans lacing their way up to the sky and hugging the poles that held them up, and gorgeously yellow gigantic pumpkins, some weighing in at over 50 pounds already! This morning, we found the corn in utter disarray, lying every which way on the ground. The pumpkins had been dug up by their stalks in places, with their big leaves drooping tenuously overtop. The tomatoes and their cages were upturned and lying on the ground. What a difference a day makes! So, we have spent today repairing the damage as best we can, propping up the corn piece by piece, hoping that it will take firm root once again, carefully righting all the tomatoes so that we didn’t lose the tomatoes that we have waited so long for, straightening the pumpkins in order to preserve as many of our giant babies as possible. Perhaps tomorrow things will look a little more right in our little garden.

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June 27, 2012

Garden Dinner Extraordinaire!

My grandfather was a farmer, and my great grandfather was a farmer, but I am definitely not a farmer, as the large collection of dead and dying plants on my deck attest. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on our garden for sustenance (if we were, I am sure we would starve). But, my children wanted a garden, so a garden we have in our backyard, filled with spring onions, baby carrots, tomatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, pole beans, Lima beans, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and green peppers. And, we have a lovely blueberry bush that produces lots and lots of big, juicy blueberries despite our gardening ineptitudes. So, tonight, we had our garden dinner extraordinaire – fresh pasta tossed with spring onions and tiny cherry tomatoes and baby carrots in a creamy Parmesan and a vinaigrette dressing served with boiled Yukon potatoes on the side. For dessert, there was a homemade blueberry cobbler, juicy berries intermingled with perfectly textured cake. Somehow, these home grown fruits and vegetables had so much flavor that it was truly a joy to eat them, savoring the flavors that came out of our labors and our own backyard! Never mind that every day for the last two months we have been tending this garden and supporting it with everything it needs – the seeds, the tomato cages, the stakes for the pole beans, the Miracle Grow applications, and more. And, despite our best preparations, it always seems to need something else – the deer ate the heads off the pole beans, so off we went to get stakes and netting, the soil was low in nitrogen, so we added fertilizer, the tomatoes were showing signs of calcium deficiency so we spread lime. Not to mention the lights and the motion sensor sprinklers to keep animals out of our tiny Eden. This is definitely not a money-saving endeavor, but the flavors rival anything that I have ever eaten, so I am going to do my best to enjoy this bit of gardening luck that has come my way, one meal at a time for as long as it lasts!

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