Archive | June 2012

For Heavens Sake What Is Aunt Edna Eating “Farrelli’s in Parkland First Round “

For Heavens Sake what is Aunt Edna eating is a somewhat critics review on what we have been sampling lately.  Aunt Edna bless her soul guides us all over the place for whatever she is craving. Yes that’s right sometimes we can just sense she’s here with us  and hungry and just who are we to argue about that. We love food, to go out,  no cooking allowed, and best of all we love  good friends to share a meal with. We don’t know exactly how it works but we don’t care it’s just another adventure.  We may hit restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, diners, resorts and maybe a casino or two. We just never know where our Poor Aunt Edna is going to spirit us away to. But we are going to share with you all the good  and all the bad speed bumps along the way.

For Heavens Sake what is Aunt Edna eating? Well  she enjoyed a good meal at Farrellis in Parkland with good friend Shellie Sotherby from Summit and myself.  Sophie had never eaten there before so I literally felt nudged to head in that direction. That worked  for me since I needed to go to the post office which is a block down the road on Garfield St. We went right along with that nudge that I felt and ended up starving at Ferrellis Pizza. It’s new to the area but a good location right up Garfield St. from PLU one of the best  private Universities in Wa. The outside and inside are really nice and comfortable. One side is set up for dining and the other half is a full-scale bar. There seemed to be plenty of seating for the day and lunch business, although in an area 3 blocks from a college I don’t know about seating and such on a Friday or Saturday night. Parking was not the greatest out front but the back they had enough parking but with out a back door it was a real hassle for me.For handicapped people it would be a journey but they do provide a nice entry once you get there for all handicapped persons. The restrooms were very clean and also accommodated the handicapped readily I noticed . Good job I say to Farrellis for those that planned well for seniors and  the  handicapped !!

We were starved and Aunt Edna must have been too because it seemed like we ordered everything on the menu. Even though there were technically only two of us we knew Aunt Edna would somehow put in her two-cents worth since she always did. Shellie and I decided to make a buffet of our own selections and have bites of whatever we wanted and then we would split the rest and share with our husbands. Aren’t they lucky to have us as wives to pick over food all afternoon, critique it and then bring the leftovers home to them. I truly hope they appreciate that lovingly picked over and dissected food. We love them so…. no really we do.

Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip

Our Favorite that afternoon were the  Mushrooms that were fresh-baked and quite large. They were stuffed with herbs, Provolone cheese, Italian sausage then topped with more cheese . They came with a nice serving of baked cheese bread as well. There was

Baked Mushrooms

six or seven nice sized mushrooms dripping in cheese mmm good. These goodies could make a meal in itself. Yep we inhaled those and debated if we needed an other order and decided no we would be good that day and not over eat 🙂  We also tried Sausage, Ricotta and Pepper dip. It’s done with what, you guessed it homemade sausage, fluffy ricotta, roasted peppers all sitting atop of their house made marinara (lots of chunky tomatos in the sauce). This dip is thrown in a small 2.5 cup iron skillet and baked until bubbling and the cheese is just browning, then it’s served with Alderwood  fired up flat bread. Yep ate it all and I almost licked the pan but it was still to hot being an iron skillet and all. Drooling yet ? Shellie wanted to sample  the Focaccia Bites. These little gems are so good. Focaccia bread squares slathered with cream cheese, a piece of pepperoni and salami were placed on top and then  finished with a nice pinch of Parm, Romono, and Asagio cheeses then baked until golden. They are served with dipping sauces of garlic olive oil and balsamic vinager. Ooh yea Aunt Edna these were to die for ! Sorry no pics there was no time  I was  gobbling them down as fast as I could. Mrs. Sotherby and I did the big stare down for that last one (No blinking allowed). Finishing off the appetizers was an Artichoke  dip it comes with either wood fired bread or tortilla chips we got both. The title pretty much describes it, not much more to say about that. Blah very Blah

Sausage, Ricotta, Peppers DipWe didn’t eat much of this and it was the first one to hit the table. Not bad, just blah.

We also ordered a pizza that day not realizing how filling and big Farrellis appetizers are. Somebody’s hungry spirit  I won’t mention any names (Aunt Edna) guided us into ordering that 16 inch  pizza. I couldn’t believe the words “why yes we’ll have a 16 inch James Favorite pizza also ” came flying out of my mouth. Shellie looked at me and just burst out laughing she knew I just blurted that out not even thinking first about it, that for some unknown reason I just HAD to have it. It was all gooey with an Alfredo based sauce, roasted Chicken, Bacon, Italian Sausage, minced Garlic, Provolone, Mozza and Cheddar cheeses to finish it off  YUM (we asked for extra cheese) . The pizza was sooo good but Shellie and I could only eat one piece split in half.  That pizza was a whim buy for some unforeseeable urge. I felt like screaming Geez Aunt Edna get a grip. I know everyone would have  turned and stared because of course Aunt Edna wasn’t really there just in our hearts.

Jacks Special Pizza

Spencer our most wonderful and gracious server never batted an eyelash at the two crazy women with too much food to eat. He always made sure we had plenty of  Ice Tea, water and napkins. He was attentive but not intrusive and at the end he simply asked dessert or check. I have to admit dessert with no prodding from the invisible Aunt Edna sounded kind of good. But Shellie and I decided at the very first part of lunch we were going to be good that day.  (we are professional dieters you know) We only wanted to lick two of the appetizer dishes and we left some Artichoke dip for the guys. Plus those to husbands  were going to get almost half a pizza each, no  dinner to be cooked oh yea, see there was a method to our madness. At least for that day.

Over all it was a good lunch for the money.  Some things were a little high-priced for the item that was made  $24.00+ something for a 16 inch pizza next to a university  eek. Also the pizza prices were a tad bit high for the amount of cheese on them. A little more cheese would go a long way into justifying the prices. They  do also offer thin, whole wheat  and glutton free crusts. Another thoughtful thing Farrellis does for their customers. The appetizers were priced right and really could be a meal. We were full and I mean stuffed, and both the husbands had nice dinners. It was a good lunch, but we’ll be back to check out the consistency of the food. That’s the true test.

Todays Rankings :   1-5 star ratings

Food ****    Service*****    Cleanliness*****  Cost ***1/2  Overall Rating****1/3

There is a Ferrellis preferred customer card available. Just ask you server for the form it’s worth the time to fill out.

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“Look Out The Queen Bee Is Driving”

“Look Out The Queen Bee Is Driving” bracelet was designed and created because of a little story our Aunt Ethyl shared with us about the day she rode to town with her older sister Mary Jane. These two sisters were as different as night and day. One was daring and outgoing and the other one skittish and practical. Guess which was which. Well, Mary Jane was the oldest child of 17 years old at the time and bossed the other six kids in the family around. Mama and Papa Throckmorton both worked to keep food on the table in such hard times. So they had to rely on Mary Jane to organized and take care of the younger kids while they were away. The kids aways called her the Queen Bee when she was out of ear shot. Secretly she knew this but enjoyed the power  the tile Queen Bee made her feel.

One day Mary Jane decided to take the car into town and get some extra errands done, especially the buttons she needed. She figured since her parents and the youngest kids were down the lane helping out at the new neighbors they wouldn’t miss her or the car for a bit. She talked her sister Ethyl the only other person home that day into going into town too. Ethyl didn’t want to go since she felt Mary Jane was a little inexperienced to drive all the way into town. Mary Jane reassured her she had driven many a time around the homestead and to the few neighbors that were near by. Why going to town would be no problem what so ever and she needed the buttons from the mercantile to finish the dress she was making. Auntie Ethyl should have listened to her own instincts that day. Much more was to come to be sure The Queen Bee and her sister could have never foreseen.

As they set out the wonderful nice but slightly chilly June morning everything seem in place and perfect.The girls Mary Jane and Ethyl dressed appropriately and put on their best hats to save the new perms Shirley the  hairdresser had given all the Throckmorton women that last week. It was very important  to protect the perms and to not wash or brush the hair to much  for a good 7-9 days after getting one. Or  those wonderful perms would frizz like no other. So bonnets on, the old car cranked up and off they went.  The first mile or two went fine a little slow but fine none the less. Mary Jane was handling the driving fine which was a real suprise to Ethyl. So relax she did all the way into town. See that wasn’t so bad now was it Mary Jane teased Ethyl who was half a sleep after such a slow steady  ride. Yep said Ethyl “15 mph seems to be a good consistent speed to travel by “as she got out of the car and giggled. Mary Jane just smiled a satisfied smile and replied “well I got us here with no problems didn’t I smarty”

Mary got her buttons and some seam binding. She also bought the makings for some good old fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge. She had her babysitting money with her and decided to treat the little kids to a treat tonight while they listened to the radio shows. Ethyl on the other hand always the practical one saw Mary Jane’s purchases and decided to save her little bit of money since  she knew Peanut Butter Fudge was on the menu tonight. Why spend any of her money on candy let Queen Bee Mary  spend hers. Within no time at all they were ready to head back home. Ethyl was glad, she was worried about the time  and how long and slow that trip home was going to take.  Their parents would be very anxious if they weren’t there when they arrived home.

So off the girls went same  road, same speed yes dang it Ethyl thought, same sloooow speed. But things were different on that old bumpy road on the way home. There seemed to be a little more traffic going their way. Other cars started to back up behind them and most were honking. “What do they want” Mary said in frustration. I’m driving JUST FINE  she barked to her  left side as the first of many cars passed them. The more they passed the more nervous Mary Jane got which in turn gave Ethyl the nervous giggles. Mary Jane narrowed her eyes and looked straight into Ethyl’s eyes and finally and  quite firmly  said  I’ll speed up just a bit if you’ll be QUIET ! Geez O.K. Ethyl quietly said back to her. And off  they went speeding up more than a bit. The Queen Bee was in charge now flying right down that old bumpy dirt road with the wind breezing on by. She was independent and she was in control and going a little faster say 30 MPH would get them home sooner and probably before her parents. So down her foot hit the gas pedal just as she hit the biggest pot hole in the road. Her foot kept hitting the gas, then off the gas, back and forth, up and down for what seemed like 10 min. Ethyl was screaming until they came to an abrupt stop on the side of the road hitting a big dirt and briar pile.  They flew forward and flew back so hard they both let out a huge gasp at the same time. Stunned they were for quite a while before they glanced about to see if they were still alive. When the sheer panic wore off Mary Jane started up the car and started to slowly back up out off the pile and the predicament they we in. Whew they both thought, then and only then did they break out into laughter thinking all was well. Guess what, all was not well once they started to back up  the huge bees nest  they had just ran over in that old dirt pile opened up with a wide gaping hole. That gaping hole released what seem like thousands of those angry stinging bees. Mary Jane floored the gas pedal in reverse and gave it all she could to get out of the dirt pile and on to the road. Those bees must have followed them and stung them for a good three miles. Finally when Mary realized they had out run those bees she pulled over to assess the situation. Ethal had quite a few bee stings but nothing compare to hers. Ethyl while not driving was able to cover most of her head and face with her bonnet. Mary Jane on the other hand had to drive and could not use her hands to cover anything so she was stung everywhere.

Mary looked at Ethyl who gave out a big shriek and said oh my God your eyes.”They are very swollen and almost shut can you see” said Ethal to Mary Jane. Not really  she retorted you’ll have to drive the rest of the way home. I can’t stammered Ethyl I don’t know how.  Well you are going to learn, and now is the time. But Mama and Papa will skin me alive If I were to drive home. Well, they will skin  us both if we don’t get home and I mean lickity split. Just start the car, now let out the clutch easy, EASY I said . I heard you Ethyl snapped back. Ok  Ethyl now to put it in second gear you have to… Stop said Ethyl were going slow and in first gear all the way home if you really want to get there or I’m not driving. Well an hour or so went by and they were still a good 5 miles from home  and it was getting dark and all Mary Jane could do was moan. Just when there seemed no end to their plight Ethyl saw Papa’s old work truck come heading over the horizen. Thank God Ethyl cried were saved. Papa jumped out of that truck so fast  and just one look at the anger on his face said it all. That was until he got a good close up look of his two wayward adventurous girls. I think we actually scared him Ethyl recalled, because all of a sudden he white as a ghost and, and was just whispering to just move over he’d take us home and pick up his truck later.

Mary Jane and Ethyl were smeared from head to toe with calamine lotion and some horrible smelling salve the doctor made for them to wear until the welts and hives subsided. The younger kids took advantage of Mary Jane being down for a bit and teased her  constantly “Look Out The Queen Bee Is Driving” and she  got stung they’d sing over and over. Finally the day came about a week later that Mary Jane also saw the humor in the that little ditty and sang it along with them.

Ever since that adventure Mary Jane received gifts of Bees for every occasion possible. Any kind, size, or color. She got cards, pins, rings, honey jars anything and everything for a good 50 years afterward to do with Bees. Every time she would get some new Bee she would just smile and hum to herself that sweet little ditty, ‘Look Out The Queen Bee  Driving” and she got stung and cherish that bee evermore. Mary Janes was in fact our Aunt Edna’s mother.  Aunt Edna inherited all those Bees and added them to her Wonderful World of Fabulous Fids that any Artist of Many Endeavors would cherish, love and use to her hearts content. We the Nieces have them now to love and decide what to  do with then. This Queen Bee bracelet is one of those things. Collected, loved and now ready to share with another. The buyer that purchases this bracelet can get an added 15% off if they read this story and put in the special code >>>>> QUEENBEE <<<<<< at check out before shipping costs. Hope whom every buys this thinks of this shared yarn and enjoys the thought behind it.