52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #16 – Restaurants

When I was a little kid, my absolute favorite was McDonald’s – gotta have the happy meal!  We would get the food at McDonald’s and take it to the park right behind the restaurant and have lunch and feed the ducks in the pond.

There was also a KFC (Colonel Sanders in those days)!  If we were getting a special treat, we would go there and we would each get these boxes with fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and a biscuit.  Don’t forget about the “spork” and the special wet wipe in the little red and white packet because the chicken was finger-licking good!

When I was a little older and we lived on Berry Street in Springdale, there was a little drive-in where you got out of the car and then walked up to the window.  They had the most wonderful tacos for 10 for a dollar!

My favorite restaurant when we lived in Green Forest, was a drive-in called Jim’s Drive-In.  They had the most wonderful burrito with salad on top!  There burgers were great too!

When we would visit my mom’s parents, we would stop at this little hamburger place called Mr. Quick’s where you got these little tiny burgers for 49 cents each!  Those were so good!

My favorite restaurant now is an Italian restaurant called Johnny Carino’s in Rogers where I always get their chicken parmesan!  The bread they bring to the table with the dipping oil is so good!  I could eat there every day of the week!

Week #16 – Restaurants

Week 16. Restaurants. What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 16, 2011 through Friday, April 22, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #15 – Sports

Sports have never played a large part in my life.  I have never been much into sports but I have always supported my school teams.  Once I went to college, I usually watch the University of Arkansas Razorbacks whenever they are on TV. 

As a kid, I remember my dad and Grandpa Thompson watching wrestling and Cowboys football together on TV.  When Grandpa was watching sports (or really any TV but he mostly watched sports when we were there), you did not get up and walk in front of the TV during the show!  You also didn’t talk except of course he often explained how the referee was wrong!

Now, some of the kids play sports so I try to get to their games whenever I can.

Week #15 – Sports

Week 15. Sports. Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 9, 2011 through Friday, April 15, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week 14 Spring

Well, it is spring again and that does remind me of the spring activities when I was a kid.  Both sets of my grandparents would be planting their gardens by now.  In a few weeks there would be fresh tomatoes and lettuce and onions from the gardens.  If we were lucky there would be a few watermelons!  I love fresh watermelon!

Spring is also the time for Easter.  Easter at Grandpa Thompson’s meant coloring eggs and hunting for them in the yard with our little baskets. 

The main thing that happens in the spring though is the beginning of the bar-b-que season!  Grilled hamburgers have been a constant since my youngest childhood memories!

Unfortunately, spring is also the time for allergies for me!  I thought I have been able to really breathe during spring since I was a little kid!  Every time I turn around, someone is mowing the yard and then my head is all stuffy!

The thing that really spells spring is here for me though now is when the little yellow jonquils start showing their faces!  I have seen quite a few this year and they never fail to brighten my day!

This year we have a special reminder of spring!  A robin has built a nest in our back yard!  We all enjoy watching her sitting on her nest and look forward to seeing the little baby birds soon! 

Week #14 – Spring

Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 2, 2011 through Friday, April 8, 2011.

Week 13: Sweets – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a major sweet tooth!  I love chocolate and most any sweets. 

My favorite sweets when I was a kid were made by my grandparents:  Rocky Road Fudge by Grandpa Thompson and Chocolate and Lemon Pies from my Grandma Treat (small slices of both pies should be eaten together for the best effect!).

I also loved the “wackies” that my aunt Judy and my mom made!  I don’t know why they were called wackies but now you can find the recipe as chocolate no-bake cookies.  They are basically a chocolate-peanut butter fudge with quick-cook oats added.  I still love these!  I make them sometimes (and sometimes they even come out right so we get to eat them!). 

I have major baking and candy-making issues! But, the pies I can sometimes get my sister or sister-in-law to make those for me – they can actually bake!

Week #13 – Sweets

Week 13: Sweets. What was your favorite childhood candy or dessert? Have your tastes changed since then? What satisfies your sweet tooth today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 26, 2011 through Friday, April 1, 2011.

Week 12: Movies – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

I love movies but I don’t see too many of them anymore.  I want a plot.

The first movie that I really remember seeing at a theatre was Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.  I was a young child at the time and I didn’t get much of the movies funny lines but I loved the fast trans-am and the way that the Sherriff’s car is slowly destroyed during the movie.   My parents took us to see the movie at a drive-in theatre in Springdale.  Now the theatre is gone along with most of the drive-in theatres around the country.  But, there is still one in Fayetteville and I try to make it there occasionally.

I also remember going to the little walk-in theatre several times as a young teen-ager when I lived in Green Forest.  I don’t really remember which movies I saw there but I know that I loved going there.

The last movie that I remember seeing in the theater was Message in a Bottle.  I was in Texarkana with a friend and we went to the movies.  I loved the movie right up until the last 5 minutes when out of nowhere comes this boat and the hero dies trying to save the people on the boat that hadn’t been in the movie at all before the last five minutes!  I was so mad!! Love stories should have a happy ending!

My favorite movies of all time are the Alfred Hitchcock “Dial M for Murder”, ET, McClintock (a John Wayne Comedy), Shrek, Pretty Woman, and An Officer and A Gentleman.   Who can resist the ending scenes of the last two – I love a happy ending!

Week #12 – Movies

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 19, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011.