This week FFFN had some very special taste testers. Darren and I are grandparents to 5 great kids, and because we love all things “grand” they were responsible for where we traveled and what we tasted. Four of these are the children under 8 that know Darren makes THE WORLD’S BEST PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH! And, they know the secret. Shhhhh!
Our pregame was hanging out with the newest to the bunch. This little beauty, Dawsyn, is only 7 weeks old, so she’d rather drink bottles and sleep than talk about corndogs and nachos! Soon, Baby Girl, Soon! We’re completely in love with those cheeks and hands! I covered her with Gammy kisses before we hit the road.
Will, age 2, was staying with us while his parents were getting ready to make the move to their new home, and he was excited to go to the “baseball” game with Poppy. You’ll have to ask Will about that one! LOL! Our first destination had to be Panhandle, one of those great, small towns where kids play football under the stands, and the community is so close-knit you feel it as soon as you arrive. Our 4-year-old granddaughter, Braylee, was getting to cheer in her 1st PHS Little Cheerleader night. It was the perfect chance for a blog “yell out”. We missed it. Anyway, Oh My Goodness, it was so stinkin’ cute! It was a chilly 58 degrees, but Braylee ran, chased, and CHEERED her heart out with those great pom poms and the perfect cheer bow atop her head!
Will wanted to see THE Panther, but when we went to find him, he said, “No, I don’t want to see Panther. He’s a little scary.” I’m with him. Costumes always scared the bejeebers out of me!
Time for the FOOD! Panhandle’s stand has been run by the FFA, Future Farmer’s of America, for more years than anyone can remember. This year, Shane and Melissa Miller, PHS Ag. teacher and wife, are in charge. Their crew is doing a fantastic job as usual. A shout out to the FFA Booster Club who awarded $1500 in scholarships last year, and they hope to raise even more this year. Great job! Please support them in any way you can.
When we were kicking around ideas for this blog, my son’s, raised in Panhandle, both remembered the fabulous cheese-on-a-stick. I guess it was about 25 years ago when we first tried that delicacy, and we weren’t disappointed this time. Not. At. All! Wow! Delicious, creamy cheese deep-fried in a sweet corn batter that just melts in your mouth with every bite. There were no leftovers because we all sampled a bite! Yum-mo! I bet the Queen of Englund would love it! Will had a corndog, and it was no joke! The fresh, deep-fried hotdog (Writing wiener always makes me feel a little weird. See, I feel weird!) in the same yummy batter, was devoured until about 3 bites were left for Poppy and Teagan to finish off. Teagan, our 6-year-old, also had popcorn and hot chocolate.
I’ve never tasted better of either! By the way, I have no Doc that told me not to taste too much! Whew! The popcorn is super buttery, perfectly salted, and the hot chocolate really tastes homemade. I mean you can really TASTE the chocolate in that rich, creamy drink. Gaw, who doesn’t like the popcorn chocolate combination! Landon, our older grandson at 8, was our nacho taster and clean-up crew for just about everything else! He and T had worked up quite an appetite in the previously mentioned under-the-stands football. Landon likes it simple, just chips and cheese, but as you can see in the pic , there is a healthy amount of both! I sneaked a bite, and the cheese was warm, gooey, and had just the right amount of spice for kids and adults alike. Braylee’s popcorn was waiting for her as she finished her cheering at half-time. I didn’t want you to think that precious thing was left out of the tasting! Darren had a sausage wrap. I think a pattern is developing. He has had sausage every week so far! (Sponsor, please! Hillshire Farms?) He was expecting German sausage, but this one was Polish. Still juicy, still yummy, and wrapped in a warm, flour tortilla. The clean-up crew said, “Delicious!”
At half, it was time to move on down the road. Another Carson County town was having their Homecoming, so off to White Deer we went. Arriving at the gate and after a diaper change for our little trooper, Will, I got to visit with a long-time friend at the gate and learned that Darren had just walked in without even stopping to pay! (Usually, we get in free anyway!) Sorry!
White Deer has a really cool, new facility that includes a HUGE concession stand! They have space to move and groove in there and look at the digital menu!
That is a first in our travels so far.
Huge stand + enormous Homecoming crowd = very busy workers
That said, to be honest, we were all pooped! (Except the diaper. It was clean.) All grandparents can relate! We did not do our job of getting names, organizations, etc., and we were pretty dang full. We apologize to the folks of WD, and if you are from the great little town, please accept our apology and give a shout out in the comments to the hard-working people there. They deserve it!
We did try a tasty cheeseburger that was run through the garden. Thumbs up! We also had a really delicious Frito pie. It was good because it was fully loaded with chips, classic, chili, and warm nacho cheese. Every bite was perfect. If you look closely at the picture, (Put on your glasses.) you’ll see some French fires on top! I don’t know whose idea that was, but it was a good one! They were exceptional, perfectly fried and crispy. We were wishing we had gotten a whole pile. We’ll do that next time for sure!
Winners this week:
Kids’ Favorite: Panhandle Cheese-On-A-Stick. It is probably going to make it to the Play-offs!
Kids’ Runner-Up: Panhandle Corndog
White Deer’s Best: Fabulous French fries
Great job, everyone! See you next week1