When your son moves away..........

It's a bittersweet time here as our son Tristan and family has moved away to settle in the Midwest. When he was in the Army it was a little different as he was stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia.  We could visit a bit then.  Now he's moved across the country and while we will miss him, we are excited about his "escape" from this part of Florida.

Doug and I have wanted to move and talked about it many, many times over the 35 years we have been together. In our 30's we wanted colder weather and looked toward Maine, Minnesota and...we even had fingerprint cards sent from Alaska as we thought we would teach there.  Obviously years passed and we stayed put.  My Pennsylvanian roots have beckoned more than once and that state had also been considered.

But - the big news is - the kids made the big jump and are now relocated.  I'm envious and happy for them.  They will be missed but what a great chance to start over.

While my daughter-in-law went ahead to get settled, we had our son over for visits and dinner many times these past two months.  One memorable (and particularly tasty) dinner featured crab cakes.
As usual we paired it with cheddar cheese grits, fresh bread and openned a Chardonnay. It was so filling we could only eat two of the crab cakes but this worked out for a second meal.

I packed Tristan a to-go container with leftovers and Doug and I took the same to work the next day.  Now that's a way relieve the Monday blues - an excellent lunch!


Another good meal was Spinach Chicken Lasagna. I will post that recipe coming up soon but wanted to share the photo. This is a hearty meal leaving enough leftovers so I could send some home with Tristan.


We are all seafood lovers here so fish and shrimp make the appearance frequently.  A few weeks ago Doug grilled fish and we all sat on the patio looking out for foxes and sipping wine.

Sunday, our last evening together, we had Greek Scampi.


We've had some great vacations together, fun motorcycle rides, played hours of board games and have been a close family.  We'll miss you but we are also happy for you too!

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series



Mae Travels said...

What great farewell meals! I hope you'll get to visit back and forth frequently with your son & his wife.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

~~louise~~ said...

These are bittersweet moments in life Tina. I never thought I'd get use to my daughter moving West but somehow I have, barely sometimes, lol...the grandkids tug at my heart.

We would LOVE for you to come home home to Pennsylvania!!!

Tina said...

Thank you so much, Mae. We are hoping to visit when the weather is mild, probably never go in winter :-) But we'll see.

Louise! I hope you are doing well. Thanks for the kind wishes. We really need to visit PA one day. I've lived in Michigan too but PA was home.

Vicki said...

I have 3 children and all have lived close to me, but a few years ago my daughter moved to St. Augustine and even though it was only for a month it seemed like forever. I was used to her being a 4-5 min. drive from me, not 3 hours.

Tina said...

Vicki, that must have been hard, especially when you are used to her being so close by. St Augustine is one of the trips we want to plan.

Beth F said...

I know! I mean yeah him for fresh starts and new places but SOB on seeing him more often.

Claudia said...

Some great meals and memories Tina. Now you can travel, visit and make some more memories in a new place!

Carole said...

All the best for your son and you as well. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Tina said...

BFR, it will give us chance to travel that direction a bit more. It was like that for visits with my father too. He would head down from Philly and stop near Tallahassee in the way to Naples, Florida. They needed to get away from snow for a month or so, so we didn’t visit much. 😒

Claudia, so true. We plan to. There is so much of this country we want to see.

Thanks, Carole.

Katherine P said...

What a lovely dinner! Crab is my daughter's absolute favorite food in the world. Even when she was little and the pickiest eater she would eat crab legs and when we went out to lunch for her birthday last month she picked the restaurant specifically because they had crab cakes. How bittersweet about the move but I hope it opens up some wonderful opportunities for both groups! Maybe on your travels to visit you'll find the perfect place for you to relocate.

Deb in Hawaii said...

You had some delicious meals and now I am craving crab cakes. ;-) Very bittersweet both for you and for him I am sure, but I look forward to your new food adventures when you visit him.

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It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...