First cookout tonight. First time eating dinner outside, first deviled eggs from our chickens. First bonfire, first roasting of marshmallows, first toad eating the insects at the porch light. First bright orange tulip this morning! The predictability of each season is always a cause for celebration here. All house and car calendars have the pages turned by noon on the first of each month, and the day’s discussions are centered around the month to come. April 1st brings t-shirts and shorts, no matter the weather.
Tonight was joyous.
Springtime, food, fire and long time friends.
Oh, and marshmallow peeps.
We learned that in an emergency situation… when there is a bonfire and no marshmallows… that marshmallow peeps will do.
First, we feasted on Patrick’s grilled steaks, pierogies, salad, and deviled eggs…look how yellow the yolks are from our chicken’s eggs!… We still have 4 dozen eggs from them in the fridge, and John Pags actually sold 2 dozen at work today! It’s their first year laying, they must be very excited.
Then Patrick, man of the evening, built us an amazing bonfire from all of the downed branches from the winter storms. We have plenty of wood for the entire spring, summer and fall weekly bonfires. This called for a celebration!
I donated my hidden stash of Easter season marshmallow peeps, and we just so happened to have 4 Hershey chocolate bars in the closet. No graham crackers, we improvised. We collected roasting sticks, and got down to business.
And Ray sharpened his stick…..
Pete tried out roasting
Ray.. still sharpening….
Ray’s stick is almost sharp….
Patrick made a great one… the sugar caramelizes it so nicely….
After he dropped the first one…
By the time his stick was sharp enough… Ray had almost missed the peeps.. but he got one last one…
I could end the story there… but there’s a little more….
People often ask us how we deal with alcohol, etc. here. And I can honestly say that alcohol, with this crowd, so far is never an issue. For various reasons, the guys are either adamantly against it because of experiences in their lives, can’t have it because of medications, or they are just plain moderate about it and barely interested. I, for one, look forward to having company over for dinner, when I can have a glass of wine without my housemates lecturing me!
Tonight, no company. But it felt like a wine kind of night. So after the peep roasting, I broke into the Sutter Home Chardonnay cooking wine (OK really, we buy little bottles of pretty decent wine for recipes) , brought out a hidden 6 pack of Vernor’s (really amazing) ginger ale, and had one bottle of Heineken saved for a special occasion. I gave them their choice. They chose the ginger ale. I chose the chardonnay.
Happy Spring Everyone!
All stories and pictures of the guys shared not only with their permission, but with their constant insistence on using every possible photo of them in each and every story on this blog…