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Weekend Re-cap: Family Time + Fall Fairs

I had such a busy weekend, but I got to do do two of my favorite things – spend some time with my family at my sisters UCONN family weekend & go to the Big E 🙂

I hope you enjoy this ‘mostly-pictures’ post…

A sister selfie
A sister selfie at UCONN
Family pic with Jonathan!
Family pic with Jonathan! [Minus Matt + AJ]
Princess all moved into her new dorm!
Princess all moved into her new dorm!

I went home and watched The Proposal [for the millionth time] and was just in awe of how thick & gorgeous Sandra Bullocks ponytail was. Weird, but I was honestly mesmerized. Enough to take a picture of the TV lol. #Gimmie
THIS IS SUPER RANDOM…I went home and watched The Proposal [for the millionth time] and was just in awe of how thick & gorgeous Sandra Bullocks ponytail was. Weird, but I was honestly mesmerized. Enough to take a picture of the TV lol. #Gimmie
The next day, Mike & I went to the Big E! My favorite fair of the year! We spent all day shopping, playing, and of course, eating.

Obviously, I had my list of foods that I wanted to try [some of which are kind of hard to find – so for those that I remember, I’ll be sure to name where I found them! 🙂 ]…

Fried lasagna. Game changer! 100% on my annual must-eat list from here on out. [Fried lasagna can be found in the food court at Chicken Express]
Fried lasagna. Game changer! This was SO SO SO SOOOO good. 100% on my annual must-eat list from here on out. I sliced it up & dipped it into the marinara, a little easier when you’re on the go than fork & knifing it. [Chicken Express in the food court – $8]
Butter balls. I've been looking for the fried butter for 3 YEARS & finally found ! Unfortunately, I'm sad to report that it was underwhelming - and in my opinion a bit undercooked. It was a tad doughy - ew. But Mike loved it! [Butter balls can be found at Marion's Fried Dough - near gate 9A]
Butter balls. I’ve been looking for the fried butter for 3 YEARS & finally found it! Unfortunately, I’m sad to report that they were underwhelming – and in my opinion a bit undercooked. It was a tad doughy – ew. But Mike loved it! [Marion’s Fried Dough, $6 – near gate 9A]
Chocolate covered bacon [$3]. I had been dying to try this the past two years & when stopping at a BBQ spot to grab a drink, I saw it on the menu! This was AMAZING - may have been tied with fried lasagna as my favorite food of the day.
Chocolate covered bacon. I had been dying to try this the past two years & when stopping at a BBQ spot to grab a drink, I saw it on the menu! This was AMAZING – may have been tied with fried lasagna as my favorite food of the day. [I am SO sorry I cannot recall what the name of this place was, but it was a small BBQ spot – $3]
Mike loves fried ores, and he LOVES red velvet - so the new Red Velvet Fried Oreos were a must try! Fresh out the frier, drizzled with vanilla icing and topped with powdered sugar these definitely gave regular fried Oreos a run for their money. I didn't try, but Mike love them! [Coffee Break]
Mike loves fried oreos, and he LOVES red velvet – so the new Red Velvet Fried Oreos were a must try! Fresh out the frier, drizzled with vanilla icing and topped with powdered sugar these definitely gave regular fried Oreos a run for their money. I didn’t try, but Mike love them! [Coffee Break – $7]
Cheese fries. Bomb! I told Mike, under NO circumstances was I allowed to get a loaded baked potato. 1) I eat them more often than a normal person 2) I didn't want to kill my appetite for all the other fun foods. So, these bacon, cheddar, ranch fries supplemented. I took these to go & ate them [all] on our walk to the car!
Cheese fries. Bomb! I told Mike, under NO circumstances was I allowed to get a loaded baked potato. 1) I eat them more often than a normal person 2) I didn’t want to kill my appetite for all the other fun foods. So, these bacon, cheddar, ranch fries supplemented. I took these to go & ate them [all] on our walk to the car! [These were $8 – but I don’t remember where – one of the MANY french fry spots]
Not pictured: Mike’s pumpkin beer – served with a cinnamon/sugar rim [New England Craft Beer Pub – $7]. Mike’s lobster roll – he only likes hot & buttered ones, the state houses are all cold or lobster salad [International Lobster House -$13.75], Corn Dog – our first stop every year! [a corn dog spot right next to the smoked turkey legs!]

And I THINK that’s it for food…

Mike won the basketball game!
Mike won the basketball game!…
...But they totally played us & gave us this dinky little donut.
…But they totally played us & gave us this dinky little donut.
Dinky donut served as a pillow on the way home.
Dinky donut served as a pillow on the way home. #NotAmused
Stupid donut.
Stupid donut.

I will keep this little donut forever. We couldn’t stop laughing about it. Over all – a super successful Big E Trip! And as a bonus – we took a different route & had ZERO traffic coming in or out ;). I already want to go back! 🙁

 

Do you go to any Fall festivals/fairs?

What’s your favorite fair food?!

 

XOX

The Big E!

There are only a few things that I truly look forward to every year, one of them happens to be The Big E! If you’re not from New England, you’re probably unfamiliar, but it is an annual 2-3 week fair that offers everything from rides, to games, to concerts, to animals, to shows, to terrible-for-you-but-oh-so-delicious foods!

My boyfriend and I went on Sunday. I was up bright and early, ready to go… he wasn’t as enthused LOL…

Naturally, I had been making a list of everything I intended to eat. Please excuse the sloppiness of my writing…for the record, the majority of these items were added when they came to mind (the middle of the night, at the grocery store, in the car)…

12 items- ambitious! (Creme puff? Surely a late night reminder lol)

Once we arrived, we decided that we would share everything (to avoid becoming too full). We started with a classic corn-dog, which was delicious!

From there we spotted the bloomin’ onions! Seeing as we are such fans of this Outback & Texas Roadhouse favorite, we wanted to try the Big E version!

We ate it with ranch & horseradish dipping sauces

I really wanted to love this…but I didn’t. It was tasty don’t get me wrong, but the onions were kind of hard, and the fried portion fell right off when you tried to pick up a piece. I don’t even think we ate 1/4 of it, we wanted to save our appetite. On to the next…!

The famous cream puff! SO GOOD! I really loved it, the filling was so cold & rich, it was almost ice cream-like.  Definitely a favorite. 🙂

Afterwards, we spotted an amazing booth that literally fried everything. PB&J, Brownies, Cookie Dough, Snickers Bars, Samoas, the list goes on ! I knew that the Samoas were new this year so we got an order…

I’m not sure, but I just may like the regular un-fried version a bit better- never the less these were delicious!

Bright sun made it hard to focus :-/

While at the same booth, my boyfriend wanted to try the fried cookie dough. I am not a big fan of raw cookie dough to being with, and was not a fan of these at all, but he loved them! Imagine biting into a warm, super melty ball of chocolate cookie dough…

At this point, we needed a break. So we walked around, did some shopping and played some games.

No luck 🙁
I picked up this $5 black evil-eye-esque bracelet 🙂
Always have to stop for basketball!
Just roaming around 🙂

Okay, back to the food. Mike failed me, he couldn’t put down anything else, but I had to get a loaded baked potato seeing as they are my absolute favorite!

Butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon bits & chives. The best way to order- YUM!

After that it was about time for me to check out too. We decided to get a caricatures drawn of us. The result had us dying!

It’s all fun and games to me- I expected to look goofy, but Mike was so offended and instantly thought he resembled…

N*SYNC’s very own….Chris Kirkpatrick!!

Aahahahahaahah!!!! We were laughing so hard, he could totally dopplegang him, but I still think he looks like someone else- I just can’t put my finger on it.

Giving his best goofy Chris smile. I didn’t think it was that bad! LOL

That was pretty much our trip to the Big E in a nutshell. Unfortunately, we put a measly dent in the list which may result in a second trip… but that was our own fault- our approach was all wrong. I don’t think you should eat all of those sweets at the beginning. We figured that many of the items we will still look forward to enjoying at other local, upcoming Fall festivals 🙂

Either way, we had a great time. If you are in the area and haven’t been, I highly suggest taking the trip to the Big E! They’ll be here through Sunday, September 30th!

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