The snow is one of Thatbaby's favorite part of the Garden of Lights. Growing up in Southern California, we don't see snow on a regular basis, so we take it when we can get it. And Thatbaby can't get enough of it. He took turns with Thatboy and I going down again and again.
After that he ran to play in the rest of the snow. Which was a little packed and icy. He spent a lot of time falling down, and laughing hysterically. And trying to make snowballs which were really ice balls, and throwing them at us. And laughing hysterically.
After we got our fill of snow, we headed out to check out the rest of the gardens.
Thatbaby ooohhed and ahhhed over all of it. Running up and down the light-lined paths.
We got him to slow down to sit and listen to the performers of the evening singing Christmas songs. He was so good, a fellow spectator commented on how sweet and calm he was. She left right before he started shaking his head like a maniac to make himself dizzy enough to fall off his chair. Which he did 3 times.
Thatboy felt this was the most successful trip to the Garden of Lights we've had in the past 4 years. What made the night so successful? According to Thatboy it's because we brought our own dinner instead of stressing about eating before, after, or spending a million dollars on the food available there.
Take and Go Winter Sandwiches
3 sandwich rolls
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 steak (or chicken breast or 3 sausage links, etc.), cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp butter
3 slices provolone
- Preheat oven to 250. Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add pepper, mushrooms, and onions and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet. Season your meat with salt and pepper and cook until done, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the veggies and cook for another minute until warmed through.
- Divide the meat and veggies into 3 piles. Place a slice of provolone atop each pile. Cook for an additional minute until cheese is melted.
- Cut open the sandwich rolls and place a pile on each one. Wrap each sandwich roll in foil. Bake for 10 minutes.