One of the great things about living out in the country is the fact you can have a bonfire cookout (after a quick call to the Forestry Service to get a burn permit).
This evening we had our best friends over for just that. Chad, Brenda, the Pirates and Diva Dog spent the whole afternoon and evening with us. While the “Y” chromosomes satisfied their pyro streaks, the “X” chromosomes were inside enjoying the peace and quiet – while satisfying our crafting streaks.
After a few hours the “Ys” informed us that they had a proper bed of coals for the grilling of porterhouse steaks. Alrighty then! Let the cooking begin! The “Ys” grilled the meat (let them sear their knuckles!) and the “Xs” did the rest… mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, peas, sautéed onions & green peppers, Amaretto sautéed mushrooms. The weather was absolutely perfect so we ate outside. Even Sasha got in on it; with her own meaty bone to gnaw on.
Once the meal was over, we gathered around the fire (which the “Ys” added more wood to) and roasted marshmallows for dessert. From there into the night we visited, tossed sticks on the fire and looked at the stars overhead. (There is so little light pollution out here that you can see the Milky Way fairly easily).
It was one of the most relaxing evenings I’ve had in a long time!