Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beck's Blessing Day



Tyson blessed baby Beck on Sunday, October 11. Both did a great job. Beck was just as well-behaved as usual, and Tyson gave him a heartfelt, tender blessing. We hosted a brunch at our house afterwards for our family and friends. My entire immediate family was there, and most of Tyson's immediate family. We were able to have Tyson's older brother Ben join us, who is here from Texas for a rotation at Hill AFB, but we missed DeAnn and their kids, who remained at home in Texas. Morgan was gone at a rodeo, but the rest of the immediate Heatons were there, as well as Tyson's cousin Jared and Missy's fiance Andrew. My Rowley grandparents also attended, and so did my Aunt Leslie and her kids. Our friends Noah, Hans, Brandi, Adam, and Teresa rounded out the crowd. Thank you so much to all who came to support Beck on his special day.

My parents came up the day before, on Saturday, to watch the boys while I was at my choir rehearsal/retreat and Tyson was at work. Tyson has to work every Saturday until the end of the year, poor guy! I hope he knows how much I appreciate how hard he works to support us and give me the opportunity to stay at home with our sons full time. I appreciate my parents, too, for pitching in on this busy day. I'm singing in the American Festival Chorus, conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop (former conductor of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and we had an all day rehearsal on Saturday in preparation for our concerts in early November. We also rehearse every Wednesday night, and Tyson stays home with the kids while I go to practice. I love singing in a choir again! The music we are working on is beautiful, and at times challenging -- and that's great! It's fun to stretch my abilities.

Since my parents were staying over at my house on Saturday night, and my sister Krista and her husband Chris already live here in Logan, Kara and her husband Logan decided to drive up Saturday too. (Our sacrament meeting is at 9:00 a.m., so it could be a bit of an ordeal to get the kids up and ready in time to make it from Clearfield -- I guess they decided to take their chances with the ordeal of trying to get everyone to go to bed (and stay in bed) in one motel room, instead) I'm glad they came! The whole family (minus Chris, who had a school project) went to dinner at Callaway's for pizza. I hadn't been for quite some time, and it was as good as I remembered. I heartily recommend the pizza "Bob's OTHER Favorite", which has bacon, basil, alfredo sauce, and, oh, I can't even remember what else, but it is good! Love their fresh, hot breadsticks, too, and the cute presentation in old Kerr canning jars. Thanks, Dad and Mom, for treating us to a fun dinner!

Brunch for 35 people was quite crowded in our little condo, but to me, crowded seems cozy and lively when I'm surrounded by family and friends. We served warm spiral cut ham and muenster/swiss chees croissants, strawberries and yogurt/honey/cream cheese dip, devilled eggs, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, and the Heatons' homegrown plums sliced and dressed with a little sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mmmm, mmmm. Okay, so I planned the menu, and it was a simple one, but it was mighty tasty if I do say so myself!

I also want to spread the word about a new(ish) restaurant we really like. It's a Chilean restaurant called Yah Poh, in the location of our old Mexican fave La Roca (later La Carreta). It's in the the little strip mall on Main Street that's between Chili's and Hollywood Video. The menu was a little confusing at first, but once we got it figured out we ordered the most delicious sandwiches and empanadas. The prices are reasonable and the portions are large, especially the empanadas, which are about the size of a paper plate folded in half, and are all $2.50 or under. There are four different empanada fillings: beef (with onion, hardboiled egg, raisins, and olives -- don't let the odd combination fool you, it's perfectly seasoned and absolutely delicious), shredded chicken (also with onion, hardboiled egg, and olive, but differently seasoned than the beef), ham and cheese (no onion here, just a decadent gooey mass of diced ham and melted cheese in a freshly fried dough pocket), and spinach and cheese (this one has TONS of onions, but the onion flavor was pretty mild). They're all so good, I can't even pick a favorite. We dined in the restaurant the first time we went, and I also ordered a churrasco (sandwich) that had steak, french fries, caramelized onions, cheese, and a fried egg on it.Hey, don't knock it till you try it! It's served on this soft, housemade bread that's somewhere between a hamburger bun and focaccia. Can you even imagine such greasy goodness?

On Tuesday night we got six empanadas for take out. We tried one of each flavor, plus an extra beef and an extra spinach and cheese. Between me, Tyson, and Sawyer, we finished three and a half of them for dinner, and I ate one for lunch the next day and I'm about to eat the last one for lunch right now. Even though they're best when they're hot and fresh, they reheat pretty well. Like a calzone, they are a great on-the-go food, because they are completely enclosed and the filling doesn't fall out everywhere. So, in conclusion, I direct any Loganites to head to Yah Poh immediately. I think they're open pretty late on weekends, too.

Yah Poh
1433 N. Main, Ste. 130
Logan, UT 84321
435-753-0599

3 comments:

  1. Congrats on the blessing!
    I've always wanted to try Ya Poh! but have never made it. It is now on our list at the very top of places to try. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I was thinking of all of you as we spent that Sunday as close to you as IDAHO; I couldn't help but regret that we still didn't make it for the occasion. I don't think I've even met Sawyer, let alone Beck. I'm always very interested by your reviews, just a little tortured by that fact I'll never get to try any of the food. So empanandas make good take-out . . . how do think they'd manage being posted to Virginia?

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  3. Thanks for the review on Yah Poh. I've been wanting to know what people thought about it! I'm going tonight!

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