We got our first grill recently in an attempt to feel more suburban. After careful consideration (mostly in search of a very inexpensive grill) we settled on a charcoal grill (see pictures below) that was supposed to be a snap to start up. Well, it was not easy. Eric tried everything to start the charcoal a burnin', but to no avail. There was quite a show of smoke and they say where there is smoke there's fire...whoever they were was not speaking in reference to our grill.
I had prepped some vegan kabobs with zucchini, pineapple, onion, mushroom, etc. We also had some veggie burgers ready to go. At one point we thought the grill was going to we set everything on it, but mostly it got a good smoking.
Eric getting a taste of the smoke
Cordelia kept herself entertained
Cordelia reassuring Eric after the grill fiasco
Eventually my wonderful husband suggested that we just try it again another day when we had more time (it was getting late). Thank goodness I married a non-stubborn man; he will even stop and ask for directions. So I brought the food back in and put it under the brolier for a few minutes. Thankfully the smoke had really infused some flavor (and perhaps some carcinogens) and it tasted like a real barbecue.
Any tips on starting a charcoal grill?
Tale #2: Robin
Yesterday I had quite a major surprise. I went out with my mother as per our usual routine. We stopped at the mall to let Cordelia play in the germ pit--I mean the children's play area. I anticipated that we would meet my father for lunch as usual.
As I was sitting there, chatting with my mother I suddenly gasped because there was one of my oldest friends, Robin! She had not told me she was coming through town. I couldn't believe it. Joining her was her son, mother and father. They had been around the country and were on their way home to Montana and decided to stop in Wyoming for a visit!
I had a little time to just talk with Robin as Cordelia snoozed. I was so happy to just see her. She is one of those friends who is so easy to just pick up right where we left off!
She gifted me with a housewarming rhododendron, which is now happily planted in my yard. While the visit was short we plan to see each other again soon!
Tale #3: The Winner
Tale #3: The Winner
I am sad to say that not everyone can win, but keep checking in I will be doing several art giveaways in the months to come. The winner of this art giveaway is...Elizabeth! Congratulations. Please email me with your address.