Since we are such big fans of the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, we decided to check out the Decatur Wine Festival last weekend. It was in the exact same location and had a pretty similar setup, so we had high hopes for it. There were over 500 wines to taste and some of our favorite restaurants from Decatur were there as well - and once we got there, we found out all of the food was free. Score! Not. Oddly enough, free food turned out to be a major downside of this event for us. The lines were unbelievably long, and once you finally got through the line, all you got was one teeny tiny sample. There was no where to buy food if you wanted to. This could have been disastrous if we hadn't eaten breakfast that morning, and we will definitely have to remember this if we go back next year, since we usually count on eating at festivals where the food is so good. The weather was perfect once again and we all had a really great time.
Other than going to this festival, we never left the house all weekend. It was fantastic. We finally got in a lot of much-needed rest after the whirlwind of a month we had in October. We spent most of our time in our PJ's, reading, watching movies, cooking, and eating. We even tried a few new recipes.
Friday night I made fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade (recipe here). It was a great recipe, a definite keeper. The only change we would make for next time is to serve it all warm rather than refrigerating to serve cold.
While we were at the festival on Saturday, I had italian chicken cooking in the crockpot. I absolutely love coming home and having dinner ready. I found the recipe and picture here on pinterest (I used the much simpler recipe below the picture, not the one from the original link). We had a few friends stop by that night and it was a huge hit for everyone. It was incredibly easy to make, delicious to eat, and I have a feeling we will be making this one pretty often!
On Sunday we went with an old favorite - tomato soup (recipe here) and grilled cheese.
It was a yummy and wonderful weekend. Plus there were plenty of delicious leftovers that lasted me through the week while Bo was out of town. And so far, this weekend is shaping up to be pretty similar. I'd be okay if this was a new trend for us :)