For the last year we’ve been looking forward to returning to Paso Robles with our son and his fraternity brothers for the Parents’ Weekend Winery Tour.
The guys did a great job in organizing their Parents’ Weekend starting by hosting a BBQ at the house on Friday night where I volunteered to make close to 200 cookies. My husband said it was the last “room mom” – type thing that I would be able to do which was kind of sad, but true. He thought I was overdoing the quantity but I knew with dozens of boys, the cookies wouldn’t last. The baskets that were overflowing when we arrived were empty when we left.
On Saturday morning, we all met before getting on our bus to drive up to Paso. We were treated to mimosas, juice, coffee and bagels. It was a nice surprise. I couldn’t help but love some of the college life I spied before we boarded:
Nothing like the best seat in the house.
And ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall.
Our day was PERFECT! The weather, the company, the conversation, the lunch, the tastings – all of it.
Three wineries and about 50 tastings later, we all managed a quick change before meeting up again for the banquet and silent auction.
The Theta Chi cookies I made last year for the silent auction apparently were a big hit so I decided to make them again this year only instead of auctioning off the entire basket, I suggested a $5 donation per cookie so the fraternity could make a little more money. I made one batch of cookie dough and got 28 cookies out of it. I put a goblet from the restaurant for the cash by the cookies and let everyone buy as many cookies as they wanted. They all sold which was nice. We also put together a gift basket of university related goodies since the university labels it’s own wine, jams and chocolates. A soft fleece blanket and a couple of university logo wine glasses completed the basket. I believe it sold for $130.
Sunday morning, we took our son out to brunch at a little house that’s over one hundred years old near the railroad station. Soon after, we had to hit the road to make it into LA before the returning traffic hit. I’m convinced there is never a good time. Our only solace is to take refuge at Phillipe’s for a quick stop to stretch our legs and for a French dip before the OC traffic.
Of course, no trip would be complete without taking a photo of the famous sandwich, pickled eggs, cole slaw, pickled beets, lemonade and the mustard that gives one a Phillippe’s head rush to send to both our boys saying, “wish you were here”.
Back to reality and more decorated cookies to make this week and share later.
My heart goes out to all the Oklahoma victims of the recent tornados. I hope as many people as possible can make a contribution to help them get back on their feet.