I am gearing up for the first cook-out of the season tonight. It’s the earliest I think we have ever had a cookout, because the actual season is winter, but as crazy as it is we are grilling hamburgers and hot dogs tonight. Mother's day is usually our first-not St. Patrick's Day. But sorry there will be no green beer, or eggs.
We will have about ten here- my bestest teacher buddies are coming, my kids are home, my mom will be here (yay pie!), and the sweet new additions to our group- son’s girlfriend and daughter’s boyfriend (even though that one is still a little hard to say…she’s still my baby).
We will be having hamburgers, hot dogs, B’s potatoes (I hope), baked beans, a BIG garden salad, Hadley’s polka dot salad, and of course mom’s pies. If that doesn’t make you hungry I don’t know what will.
I tried to talk the son into sharing some of the crappie (that’s craw-pee for those of you unfisherman) he caught yesterday, but no such luck. He is saving them for his buddies, (or maybe his uncle). I raised him well, he loves hosting a good cookout as much as I do.
My friends may be a little disappointed I am NOT making crock pot cake, but I think they will forgive me when they taste moms chocolate pie, but I have news for them the vanilla is all for me!
Right now hubby is out ridding the patio of dead leaves. We don’t have trees near our patio, but our neighbors leaves seem to gather there each year.
As I sit writing he calls from the open window to come out. I’ll bet there are new flowers he wants to show me. WRONG it is a SNAKE! A baby snake-but a SNAKE.
He tells me it is a copperhead (yes they are the poisonous kind), and wants to show me the way it will strike at him, and the shape of its head. He informs me it is on our patio because of the leaves that have gathered there.
I tell him to kill it. And inform him I will NOT be going out to help him later. I will be heading to the neighbors… with an AX.
I am sorry all my slicing/blogging buddies can’t join us for our cookout tonight. The way I cook there will be Plen-ty!
So to appease you I have decided to leave you my recipe for crock pot cake (my friends will be so jealous), and a picture of Mr. Dead Baby Snake (the only good kind of snake).
Keep your fingers crossed there are not any brothers or sisters out there, and that this is not my LAST cookout of the season.
CROCK POT CHOCOLATE CAKE
1 box devil’s food cake mix
8 oz sour cream
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients together. Pour into crock pot.
Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! Yummy!
Do not make cake while looking at the snake!