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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dinner in a Wine Barrel

Ok, after reading the title of this post, you must be thinking that I've surely lost it!
(well, I think I just may have, but that is beside the point!)
 Anyway, over the weekend we had a fun little getaway, and flew out to dinner in hubby's plane.
Mon Ami's is a beautiful historic restaurant and winery near the shores of Lake Erie, in Ohio, just a short flight from us.
We've been there many times, but being seated at one of their wine barrel booths was a first for us.  It was a fun surprise and real treat!  It is actually made out of half of a wine barrel, and makes for cozy and romantic seating.

Dinner was excellent!  Hubby had prime rib, and I had the best angel hair pasta with shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and artichoke hearts.  It was a huge serving, enough for lunch the next day!
With all of the crazy stress from having our house on the market, showings and an open house, it was a much needed break.
Forgive the picture quality, they were taken with my cell phone, and lighting wasn't the greatest.
Made of field stone, it looks just magical all lit up at night!

 Mon Ami is French for
"My Friend".
Hubby's plane, our "taxi with wings":) 
The weather has finally warmed up here, and it's been just beautiful this weekend.
It feels like we skipped over spring and now are into summer!
So today we took a picnic lunch out on the boat.
We recently bought a "new to us" pontoon boat from a neighbor who was getting a brand new boat.
Our old one was pretty worse for wear, so hubby sold it.  We love this one, and it looks like Katie approves, as well!
 Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great week!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Looks like fun Donna. You and your Sweetie are so cute. How nice to jet around in your own little plane and sip wine in the barrel!!
Btw, you look great!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

OMG Donna ... I read this post and wanted to jump on your hubbies plane and join you both (adorable photo by the way) to dine at such an amazing place. John and I have an Italian restaurant we are regulars at that and we love to dine in their candlelight antique wine cellar. But we drive there not jet there!!! Lucky you, what a fun adventure you two sweeties enjoyed. I love your dog, too cute!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun way to have a getaway! Love Bon Ami! Pontoon boats are also so much fun! Hope your house sells soon, the stress of putting it on the market is awful.

Susie said...

Donna, My gosh you look fabulous girl. No wonder your husband to you to a great romantic place. He sounds like a sweetheart. House selling and buying is hair pulling for me. Need to do it one more time, if I am to get back in town...but oh the horror of it. LOL. Enjoy your fun times on the boat , what fun !! Blessings to you and your man, xoxo,Susie

Trisha said...

It looks like you guys had an absolutely wonderful weekend! What a fun way to dine...in a wine barrel and on a boat!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, what a wonderful picture of you and John. Love the area you had dinner in at the restaurant. The plane is a beauty. So fun to fly off on a dinner getaway.
Congrats on the new boat. Katie looks to be enjoying the ride. What a sweet pic of you with her.
So happy for the warm up too. Enjoy going from winter to summer.
Happy May.
Hugs. CM

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a fabulous get-away and congratulations on your new pontoon! Well earned. Just look at you! Your healthy lifestyle really shows in all your pictures. Have a great week with these fabulous temps. It looks a bit rainy, but I'm so happy to finally have warmer weather!

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! You do look great! And to have your own plane to fly around in, wow! And a new pontoon! I still think ya'll need to move to the South, like Alabama! Flying and pontooning is all the rage here, especially in this river town! I hope your house sells soon! Thanks for sharing your lovely outing with us! Blessings from Bama!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a fun dinner and so romantic....
To fly to dinner WOW. Beautiful restaurant.
Great picture of you and hubby and of course with pretty little Katie too.

Your boat looks like a lot of fun. So glad that your weather is warm.
Have a great week.

NanaDiana said...

WHAT fun Donna! I love it and love the place and that you were able to go do something fun!

You look MARVELOUS! I can tell that you have taken off quite a bit of weight. I know how hard that is and I celebrate that with you! xoDiana

Anne's Attic - Design said...

So glad that you are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather together. Jo

Monse said...

Hola Donna. Que divertido volar para ir a un restaurante. Me encantaría ver algunas fotos desde la avioneta de esos lugares. Un abrazo desde España.

Monse said...

Hola Donna. Que divertido volar para ir a un restaurante. Me encantaría ver algunas fotos desde la avioneta de esos lugares. Un abrazo desde España.

BeachGypsy said...

Glad you got to go! Outings like that are so fun!

Cynthia said...

I would have loved your dinner. I'm not a brave flyer. I don't think I could fly on a small plane.


Debbie said...

You look fabulous, Donna!!
What a fun way to go on a "date night". Your meal sounds delicious!
Your pontoon looks similar to the boat we used to have. I can't wait to get our "toon" out on the water. Have a nice evening, dear friend.

Unknown said...

Donna, you look so young and slim!! Your escapade looks wonderful, and I hope provided enough relaxation you so need!
The restaurant looks dreamy!
I'm glad you had such a greatly needed change of pace.
Laura and the furballs!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Okay, I won't bother you with too many comments today - but - Donna, you are TINY!