Hello friends, how are things in your corner of the world?
We have reached the time of year here where it's sweltering hot. Highs are in the 90s but our heat index reaches 110-115 every afternoon. I have to keep all our blinds closed during the day now to help keep the house a little cooler, otherwise by afternoon our AC has a hard time keeping up.
We still have red tide here too, and to make things that much worse we now have some kind of flesh eating bacteria in the water as well. Living the beach life isn't so great right now. I'm staying as far away as I can get.
On to more pleasant things...
We celebrated my oldest son's birthday this past Thursday evening. Having the whole family together again is always so nice. It makes me so happy that we all live in the same area. Between birthdays, holidays and other special occasions we all get together at least once a month. There's nothing better in my book!
For my son's birthday I got the big 120 chicken nugget platter from Chick-fil-A and we each brought two specialty sauces to add to our growing hot sauce bar. I made coleslaw and a big bowl of cut up watermelon to help ease the pain - the kids always bring super crazy hot sauces. My daughter brought a nice big pan of her delicious family famous mac and cheese, and my youngest son brought some Truly seltzers, and peanut butter whiskey and Godiva chocolate liqueur to make peanut butter cup shots. I also got a nice cheesecake for dessert.
We had such a fun evening just spending time together and playing some games. The kids all left at 9pm to go to karaoke night at our local brewery. It always really warms my heart to know my kids all still hang out together from time to time, and are still enjoying each others company as adults. They all had a fantastic time.
I'm still not doing menu plans here, and sticking with cool foods for now. We are having lots of main dish salads and lots of grazing boards. Speaking of grazing boards again, I wanted to feature another beautiful board by the queen of boards, Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer. Check out her blog if you didn't last week.