On July 4th it poured rain here as two fronts met - a cold front coming from the north clashed with the remnants of Hurricane Arthur. Of course that postponed all the fireworks shows and I'm sure many other festivities but we had planned on having our cookout on the 5th since we knew that rain was coming.
It was nice to have a day to prep food without feeling rushed. I managed to go out for a run that morning in the thick, humid air thinking I could get 4 on the 4th in before the rain came but that didn't quite work out. I was about a mile and a half in when I felt a few drops so I decided I'd better turn around and head home.
In the afternoon, while it still poured rain, we decided to use a gift certificate to go to a local restaurant that has pub style food for a very late lunch/early dinner. I think we may have reached the early bird senior citizen stage as we seem more and more to like this sort of timing on weekend eating. Mr. Helen ordered the Grilled Cheese Lobster and I ordered the Grilled Reuben sans sauerkraut which I can't stand. And yes, I know that technically means I had a Grilled Corned Beef and Swiss lol. I chose to have a new type of french fry: the Buffalo fry. Turns out Frank's (the hot sauce maker) also makes a dry rub and they put that on the fries. They were delicious! In fact, everything was delicious!
Saturday the weather could not have been any more perfect for our cookout - low 80's with no humidity! We had invited 25 people, 18 confirmed and 8 showed up. I wasn't upset because I always feel these things work out just the way they should. I had made usual cookout fare: Baby Back Ribs, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, Baked Beans, Macaroni and Cheese. One guest brought a huge green salad and another brought a huge fruit salad so we had a pretty nice rounded meal in the end. I also made two fabulous desserts: a Chocolate Lasagne and a Pineapple Dream Cake. I've made the chocolate lasagne before and it's just an easy, delicious icebox style dessert great for a crowd. I did the other dessert because I have a sister-in-law who is allergic to chocolate. It was super easy as well and she loved it!
A great time was had by all and I was given two patriotic hostess gifts, the first being a pretty bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers.
The second gift came from my mom, who is a hoot. She told me she saw this in the store a couple weeks ago and bought it hoping someone would invite her to a cookout so she could give it. I was the lucky recipient...
On Sunday, we went to the beach very early and stayed for about four hours. Just as we were leaving they were closing the beach because it was full. We were glad we went early!
At the end of the day on Sunday, Mr. Helen and I agreed the long weekend had felt like a mini-vacation. That's they way they should be, right?