Monday, June 13, 2011


My family just got back from Florida where we celebrated the high school graduation of this girl:

My sweet niece, Alyssa. I just love this kid.

My sister and I hit a few quilts shops on Saturday morning while the hubs and John went to the beach. Give me a quilt shop over the beach any day!! Saturday evening we partied and celebrated our newest graduate in style. There was so. much. food. Deviled eggs, sausage rolls, hot wings, mild wings, baked beans, meatballs, tiny sausages, a cheese ball, a fruit tray, a veg tray, crackers, chips, dip- you name it, it was there. Yum.
Sunday morning we rested up for a big trip to Ikea in Tampa. We all piled into the truck and drove, and drove, and drove. Can you believe that I did not buy one thing? Well, we do have an Ikea here in Atlanta. That could be why. I love how they set things up in their stores, though. Each one is different and so very clever. My sister did a bang up job of buying out the store. We filled up the back of the truck like a jigsaw puzzle, strapped it all in and headed home.
We had every intention of going to the beach last night. One look out the window at the blackest of clouds looming towards us changed our minds in a jiffy. So, what do you do when you have nothing else to do? You play Cheez with Friends! Trust me. Look:

This is how it starts. You go to the grocery store and see the above box of crackers. The light bulb goes off in your head and you take them home. Then......

your niece draws out the game board like the iPhone game, Words with Friends- the game that consumes most of my family's time lately. Hmmmm. The little plates are the "trays" to hold your letters. It's that necessity is the mother of invention thing.
Hint- don't use paper the same color as the crackers. But, if it's all you have....go ahead.

A few rules:
1. Pour all of the letters into a bowl. Do not eat any unless they are broken. You choose 7 crackers letters. Each letter is worth 1 point. All of them. It makes things fair.
2. Choose the first player by stealing the dice from your Yahtzee game. The person who rolls the highest number goes first.
3. You can pass a turn but, if you do, you have to eat your last word. It makes things interesting.
4. There are double and triple letter spaces and double and triple word spaces, just like in the real game. Use a calculator if you must.
5. The player with the highest score wins. Simple.

Our completed game board.

You play just like any Scrabble game. It's really easy. Finding the right letters? Not so much. I think we pulled 13 Q's and 40 C's from the bowl. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but, there were lots of them.)

Who won? I'll never tell.

Oh, and when the game is over, you have to clear your tray.

My dad happily obliged.

I have to say that playing Cheez with Friends was awesome. Hilarious. Ridiculous. Next to Alyssa's party, this was the best two hours in Florida, hands down. Go buy yourself a box and see if I'm right!


Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

hahahaha! Love the last photo :-) Looks like a fun game..must remember the next time the grands are visiting . Come visit me in SLC and I'll take you to some really cute quilt shops at the end of my street!

Whimsey Creations said...

I was sooooooo laughing at myself halfway through your post. I was thinking HOW IN THE WORLD DO THEY REMEMBER THE WORDS??? I didn't even know they had Cheez-its with letters on them LOLOLOLOL

Thimbleanna said...

You're hysterical!!! I've never heard of this game -- it sounds like a great time, although, I might be throwing up by the end. You're my kinda gal -- quilt shop over beach EVERY time!!!

Juanita said...

I really like your new blog look - the scroll is great. And this post made me smile. Scrabble never sounded (or tasted?) better!

Pearl Maple said...

congrats on the graduation it is a special occassion for the family and how cool is that game, love the last photo
am super excited to be heading home for a visit in July, fresh lobstah here I come!