Meeting your boyfriend’s parents for (essentially) the first time, AND having them stay with you for four nights should be nerve-wracking. What now?! We had a blast, whiling away the weekend with great meals, conversation and competitive two-on-two cribbage.

We started with what else — jumbo shrimp fresh from the Gulf, boiled to perfection. Plantain chips and Cuban black beans sofrito made it an island feast.

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Dessert, the best ever cinnamon-sugar dusted apple spice cake Kind of Amish Friendship Bread meets Apple Tea Cake. Fluffy and not to sweet. The crisp outside edges remind me of a chewy snickerdoodle cookie and the inside is incredibly moist with tender chunks of fresh apple.

DSC02144Another Corpus must: a dozen or two tamales from Rosie’s, regular and spicy.

DSC02145With the Wisconsin-Iowa game on, warmed tortilla chips, guacamole a new fiery salsa and hot sauce were also in order.DSC02146And I know I sound like a broken record, but this was our best ice cream yet. Coffee vanilla bean custard We scraped the freezer bowl clean immediately after it was churned.

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Homemade pizzas — Chicken, bacon, mushroom with smoked Goudaspicy garlic sauce white sauce and Margherita with fresh mozzarella — washed down with bottles of our home state favorite, Leinie’s

We did manage to find other things to do than eat. The USS Lexington, Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge to marvel at the birds and watch the planes land on base, Packers at The Pelican Lounge, and Snoopy’s Pier for lunch.

Fine, it was mostly eating. But nothing says family like getting together to enjoy good food and drink.

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