June 06, 2012

Commence the Cookout

Summer is in full swing around these parts.  We are thoroughly enjoying lazy weekends on the porch (which included a leisure nap last weekend ... perfection) and great fun times with friends and family.  Santa brought Dear Hubs a Big Green Egg for Christmas last year and since that time, grilling has taken on a new meaning of event each and every time he fires it up.  The chicken is delish, the pork butt gets gobbled up, the turkey breast is divine and the brisket is to.die.for. 

Last weekend, word of mouth spread around these parts and what started as a casual get together became a cookout for about 40!  Yes, folks ... an impromptu par-tay ensued.  Fun was had by all.  Between great food, a rousing game of cornhole for the big kids, water blasters for the littles and some delish desserts; we certainly made a day of it!

Thanks to a lifetime with Zsa Zsa's mentorship and always ready "party drawer", I had some supplies on hand to serve up some southern hospitality.  Barber pole stripe straws, coordinating polka dot napkins, Mason Jars and wine glasses did the trick.  And, Lord thank that Toby Keith made the Red Solo Cup stylish again!  Those came in handy for this crowd!

No party is complete without sweet tea!

Once the food was served, people grabbed a plate and dished up a healthy portion of some good BBQ, tasty sides and lovely extras!

And just when we thought we couldn't eat another morsel, we passed individual strawberry shortcakes, fresh homemade ice cream and other tasty treats around.  Delish.  The shortcakes were compliments of moi.  They started as super cute push pops with teeny tiny cake layers.  But, when I caught wind of our growing crowd and the pop containers caused a fuss ... well, we went to plan B.  These worked just fine, if I do say so myself!  Baby B even took a few bites ... no complaints from him!

Remind me, I have to get those sauce recipes that Dear Hubs whipped up and share them soon.  Wow... they were just too good to be true!

Welcome to summer, ya'll fire up that grill!