happy birthday to you...

July 7 was my brother-in-law, Jeff's, 50th birthday (my sister Amy's hubby).  It fell on a Tuesday this year so we're celebrating on Saturday the 11th.  He wants to keep it low key and normally the tradition is to let the "birthday person" choose the menu for Family Night at my house.  But everyone's schedule has been so crazy this summer that Family Nights have been few & far between.  So Jeff decided to have a cookout at their house.  It's been requested that I bring Deviled Eggs and Creamy Sausage dip.  Mom will bring the potato salad -- hopefully she'll make it from scratch cause her's is awesome.

I would love to share my recipe for Deviled eggs but I don't measure any of the ingredients so I'm not sure how accurate the recipe would be!  If your interested in the ingredients I do use, I'll be happy to share.  Leave me a comment & I'll tell all my secrets.

The egg plate in this picture belonged to Jeff's mom before they moved into a retirement community.  I love this egg plate & love that it was handed down to me. Not too often does the sister-in-law inherit something so special.  Of all the times I have used it, I felt today was the most appropriate!  Thank you Shirley for giving a part of your life to me!  You hold a special place in my heart!

The sausage dip is the same that I've posted before but I'll re-link the recipe here. I think the rest of the menu for the cookout is going to also be laid back & fun -- hot dogs & hamburgers with a sweet, juicy watermelon for dessert!  YUM!

David is in Georgia at a skeet shoot this weekend.  I hope he has fun.  It's been a long time since he's shot skeet.  This year has been his "recreational skeet" year.  With work and the building of the Gorilla, he knew early in the year that he was going to miss a lot of shoots that he would normally attend.  He wisely decided to make this a "just for fun" skeet year & not worry with making it to all the competitions.

Guess that's about all for now.  I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'....



country road, take me home...

Tuesday afternoon I made my way back to Harrisburg.  The dogs had a 4:00 vet appointment at their primary vet and that evening I was joining David, Bill, Debbie and a couple of folks from Kamori (press equipment reps) at Mickey & Mooch's in Huntersville. It was tasty as always.  And before the evening was over, Debbie & I had been talked into joining David & Bill in Chicago in September.  That will be fun.

On Wednesday, I finally decided to go see a doctor about a mysterious pain in my back/shoulder.  At first I thought it was a pinched nerve from perhaps sleeping on it wrong. But when it was still there almost 2 weeks later, I figured it was time to have it seen about. The doctor really isn't sure what's going on so she put me on an anti-inflamatory and an antiobotic.  If it doesn't start working by the first of the week, I'll go back and perhaps see someone different.

After the doctor I went to my "happy place"... Scrapbooks & Etc. Every Wednesday a handful of scrappers will bring their stuff and crop or just hang out and have fun.  With school being out for the summer, turnout has been light.  But those who do show have fun.

Dinner Wednesday night was back to very low carb for David and me.  We've been on carb overload for way too long now and my clothes are beginning to tell on me!  So on the menu was grilled pork chops and steamed brocolli with cheese sauce. yum. blah.

Weather here today has turned ugly so I've elected to stay in and do laundry instead of running errands.  On the menu for dinner tonight will be whatever David decides to pick up at the grocery store! 

Thanks for reading!  I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...


kicking back & takin' it easy

It has been a dreary day at the river today so we went to Plan "Rain Day"!  We started out slow and just before noon headed to the big city of Floyd, VA.  To give an idea, it's a much smaller version of North Carolina's Asheville. Prior to going, however, Zoe needed to get "dressed."  She was most stylin'!  She had discovered that she could reach her boo-boo and the doc requested that we keep her from licking it.  I was surprised at how easily she took to the new duds!

We ate at the Mexican restaurant (ok, I know... Virginia, Mexican, what were we thinking?) Afterward we strolled through a couple antique shops and found a "coffee table" for one of the guest bedrooms!  I was thrilled. The picture really does resemble what it looks like.  I realize it's not most people's cup of tea, but it's going to be exactly what I wanted for one of the guest rooms in the Gorilla. Inside it's been lined with cedar at some point.  It's totally cool.

We returned to the house and played a new card game called "99" -- interesting! Carol is cooking the main course tonight.  A pork shoulder shredded like barbeque and her baked beans.  I'm providing the side dish of pineapple au gratin. (I promise I really don't fix the same side dishes over and over again although it seems like it since I started this blog!)

Carol's BBQ was good.  She's promised that she'll send me the recipe for her rub.  When she does, I'll give it a test and pass it on (if she give me permission).

Guess that's about all for today.  George & Carol are hitting the road in the morning and David and I are meeting with Buster to take care of a few things.  I may stay and head home on Tuesday...I need to work on a "checklist" of things to do prior to leaving the Gorilla & heading back to Harrisburg.

Thanks fo reading!  I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...


mission accomplished

David, George & Carol had a great day fishing on Saturday.  The weather was perfect...even for those of us who weren't fishing!

I managed to get the pantry into better shape than it was previously.  It's no where near as cluttered and seems to be more functional now.  I made another Walmart run as well as a grocery run.

As posted earlier, for dinner we had pot roast with carrots & potatoes.  As an appetizer we had creamy sausage dip with Tostido Scoops.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  I'm not sure what's in store for tomorrow,  but I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...


time flies when you're having fun

Good morning and Happy 4th of July to all!  It's been a crazy couple of days since my last post...

On Wednesday we made a Walmart run for a couple of things and then stayed close to home waiting for mom to arrive.  Also, I wasn't feeling 100% so it was Amy to the rescue again with dinner.  On the menu was spaghetti and it was very good. After dinner we played Bunco. At some point during the evening we noticed that my dog, Zoe, had a strange lump on her back. It was about the size of a golf ball.  She didn't seem to be in pain, so I would re-evaluate Thursday morning.

Zoe was about the same Thursday morning so I decided to just keep an eye on it.  Mid-morning we headed out in search of a new piece of trail to explore.  We ended up walking a short distance on the Pulaski section of the trail. Afterward we returned to the house and took the dogs to the river.  They did great! Unfortunately the fun was cut a little short when the lump on Zoe decided to burst open.  I won't go in to detail, but let's just say it wasn't pretty.  I took her to a local vet so that she could get on antibiotics immediately and I'm glad I did.  (Today she looks much better.) Thank you, Amy, for postponing your departure and going with me to the vet.

David and our friends from Florida joined me at the Gorilla Friday afternoon.  For dinner we had ribeye steaks and squash casserole. At some point George started making killer margaritas.  I wish he would share the recipe but I'm not sure even he knows what it is! What I do know is that I think he made one pitcher too many!

On the agenda today:  David, George & Carol have gone fishing for the day.  I plan to attack the pantry and whip it into shape.  Since day one, it's been the room where we've stashed stuff that we didn't know where else to put.

On the menu for tonight: Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots. 

Thanks for reading!  I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...