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Who Doesn’t Have Bananas For Oatmeal?

For our move down to Santa Fe, we were up about 7:30 to start packing stuff away for the trip.




We were pretty much down by 9, so we headed out to the Conroe Cracker Barrel for our traditional travel day breakfast.

Jan had her usual eggs, bacon, and hash browns,

Cracker Barrel Uncle Hershal

while I had their Oatmeal.

Cracker Barrel Oatmeal

I really wanted bananas rather than the other fruity stuff, but Cracker Barrel doesn’t have bananas. I’m sorry but it’s not really oatmeal without bananas.




Back at the rig by 10:30, after saying our goodbyes to Dave and Janice Evans, we were hitched up and on the way by 11:30. and we weren’t out of our site for 5 minutes, when someone almost immediately grabbed our site while we still hitching up.

Even through downtown Houston our trip was pretty smooth with no problems at all. Our first stop was the La Marque Buc-ee’s about 1:15 to top off our rig’s diesel tank at $2.27 a gallon, the cheapest I’ve seen recently.

After traipsing through Santa Fe neighborhoods, we pulled into the Petticoat Junction RV Park about 1:45. Finding no one around, I put in a call to the park owners and was told to take site #7. Since it was right behind us I unhitched the truck and then backed us right in.

After resting up about an hour, we drove up to Clear Lake, first to my client’s to pick up Jan’s other birthday present. This:

Instant Pot

Instant Pot 8 Qt., 6 in 1, Pressure Cooker.

So Jan’s the proud owner of an Instant Pot. Now to learn how to use it.

Then our next stop was Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, one of our long-time favorite places. We’ve been coming here since the mid-90’s when the place first opened as Thibodeaux’s. When it closed under mysterious circumstances, Floyd Landry, who had been a silent partner, and furnished all the recipes, took it over



Jan, as usual got her favorite Chicken Fried Chicken, with Fries.

Floyd's CFS

while I went with the Seafood Gumbo and a side of Floyd’s Potatoes.

Floyd's Seafood Gumbo 2

Every time I’ve been to a Floyd’s recently I’ve been alternating back and forth between the Seafood Gumbo,l which had Shrimp and Crab Meat, and the Shrimp Gumbo, which has, well, shrimp. I think I like the plain Shrimp Gumbo better. Actually I wish they offered Oysters with the Seafood Gumbo, but they don’t.

Years ago I tried to talk Floyd into making it that way , and he said it would make the gumbo too expensive. Told him he should just offer it as an extra cost option, then we could order it if we wanted to. But never could convince him.

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Tomorrow it’s back to work, but with a much shorter drive. Nice.

The Word of the Day is:  Vituperate



Thought for the Day:

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.”  – G.K. Chesterton 

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7 Responses to Who Doesn’t Have Bananas For Oatmeal?

  1. Butch says:

    I think that Jan, will love her Instant Pot. I know that Fonda uses hers’ several times a week.

    Ours quit working a while back, we had owned it for a couple of years. They have a known, weak solder joint on the processor board. When or if if fails, it’s an easy fix. Just keep that in the back of your mind.

  2. Jan Mains says:

    I can’t wait until Jan starts using her pot.  I love mine, but I must say it intimidates me.

  3. Roger Kilgore says:

    Be sure and join Instant Pot Community on Facebook. Lots of good recipes and tips from experienced users

  4. Jerry and Karen Walter says:

    Instant Pot is that….quick and fairly easy…yes Jan should like it….lot of recipes on the Internet….but keepbyour hot sauce handy for that extra kick..

  5. John Huggins says:

    I just received the La Cross Weather Station you pointed 0ut last week or so. It worked right out of the box as advertised. Bonus, all the required batteries were included, and they were copper top DuraCells! The La Cross View app could be better, but also works as advertised. All in all, a great deal for $50.

  6. Th La Crosse weather Station came yesterday. It works great and color display is tops.  One of the few times that I bought something that included all the batteries.  Many thanks for posting about the discount price.  I have tried a number of different unit over the years, but none has ever performed like this one does.

    As for the Insta Pot, you will be surprised how fast and easy it is to use.

  7. Janice Evans says:

    Told those folks who took your spot that it hadn’t even had time to cool off yet. . .LOL!

    Do not have an “Instant Pot” but have had an electric Oster Pressure Cooker for years, and years. . .and then last year purchased the much smaller 2 quart (eight cup) Aroma PC at Walmart (love the size of it.)

    Have sliced onions cooking in it on slow cooker mode right now, for french onion soup later. . .smells so good in here!

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