Tuesday, August 26, 2008

RED, WHITE & "CUE"

It's too sad to think that this coming weekend, Labor Day weekend, is regarded as Summer's last "Hurrah." Here in Tennessee after a long, hot and drought-filled August, September finally brings back some pleasant 80 degree weather and it's comfortable to sit out on the deck again. So, I look forward to Labor Day as not an end to summer, but as a way to celebrate the beginning of fall and another reason to have a cookout! Once again, food becomes my focus.

Our holiday weekend is going to be a lot different this year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my friend Beverly's son is getting married on Sat. the 30th and I'm helping with the reception dinner. I've worked it out over and over in my mind and am ready to crank up the roasters. It'll be some work, but I keep telling myself it's only cooking...just cooking more than usual. Sunday dinner on steroids, so to speak. I'm looking forward to the festivities and resting for 2 days afterward. That's where our "labor-less" Labor Day comes in.

I will probably end up smoking a Pork Butt 'cause that's my "go to" meal when I have all day and not a lot of energy. Once the charcoal is going, the hard part is pretty much over with. Just some yard work and beer to get you thru till dinnertime. There'll be the same old sides; gotta have cole slaw, if for nothing else but the sandwiches the next day, some potato salad, corn on the cobb, and some baked beans; jazzed-up, of course.

This may sound rather boring, considering my foodie convictions, but I'm giving my creative juices a workout the 3 days before, so I'm shifting to auto pilot and intend to enjoy our days off. I won't bore you with my Pork Butt stories (there is an earlier post for that) but want to take the time to wish any of you who stumble upon my self-indulgent blog, the best of holidays and a wonderful beginning for Fall. Before you know it, I'll be sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas treats and tips once again. I started this blog last year in November, just before Thanksgiving and it's given me a lot of joy and laughs these past few months. I recommend this as therapy to anyone who has a keyboard and PC handy. I've had cousins I've never met get in touch with me because they "googled" our family name and this blog came up with the results. Old friends from years ago have emailed me to say "Hello" and companies have been kind enough to share their products and wish me well.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend with your friends and family and that you look at Labor Day as the beginning to other wonderful times we'll share over the next few months.Take a big deep breath of summer and settle in for those beautiful, golden Autumn days and those first "snugglin'-weather" nights. And, lest we forget, those TENNESSEE TITAN SUNDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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