This past weekend I went to Lubbock for Tech’s last home football game with D. Pumpkins good friend, Buddy tagged along to keep us out of mischief. We left Friday morning with the car loaded with provisions and Christmas decorations for the college kids.
Pumpkin met us at the Apple Country Orchards in Idalou (about 30 minutes before Lubbock). Oh my… this is soooo worth a stop. You can pick your own organic apples, but the real treat, in my opinion, is the store and bakery. They have apple pie, dried apples, apple butter, apple turnovers and are known for their German Apple Cake, but my favorite by far was the fresh pressed apple cider….yum!! I have a half gallon in the freezer waiting for Thanksgiving if I don’t succumb to temptation before then.
Next, we head to Caprock Winery in Lubbock. No dirt roads required to get to this lovely winery.
I’ve mentioned before that the climate of the high plains of Texas are conducive to producing very good wines and Caprock consistently produces award winning wines. The tasting room is cozy and only $5 for 5 tastings.
Teeve and a couple more friends joined us for dinner later at Teddy Jacks, a fun bar and grill where the burgers are the star attraction. It’s always packed so expect a short wait, but there’s plenty of room in the bar or the outdoor patio to enjoy a drink while you wait. Pumpkin ordered a burger with shaved ham and bacon, while the fries came in a cute little fry basket. I love cute food!
Next day was game day but with a 2:30 kick off there’s not a lot of time to do much but bar hop and eat lunch near the stadium. The last home game of the season is special for two reasons. First, it’s to honor our country’s military both past and present. Second, it’s to recognize and celebrate the seniors. Teeve’s girlfriend plays trumpet for the band and the half time performance was a tribute to all the branches of the military followed by a beautiful performance of Amazing Grace that brought tears to many an eye. After the halftime performance, the seniors remain on the field and march across the field for a final time and I cried again. You can watch the performance on YouTube.
Sunday we drove back home, my car loaded with wine, apple cider, apple turnovers. I had no room for the German Apple cake, guess Pumpkin will be making a stop on her way home for Thanksgiving.