After several months without getting together, we had a pot luck dinner tonight at my house. It was a great deal of fun. I bought a couple London Broils, marinated one and put a dry rub on the other yesterday, then grilled them this evening. I also grilled some asparagus, one of my favorite things. Late this afternoon, I mixed up some dips, only to realize I didn't have chips, so I cut up some tortillas and made my own.
We also had a big dish of enchiladas, potato salad, shrimp, hummus and crackers, fresh fruit with chocolate dip, Parmesan potatoes. The most fun thing was that our "token" child who is now 16 brought food for the first time! He has a job at KFC and he worked today. This kid has been coming to our put lucks for 2 years, and he is usually the only kid there. It doesn't seem to bother him, as he gets along will with all the adults, has a delightful sense of humor, and doesn't seem to notice that he is any different from us. He called his stepmom and asked if he should bring something, and she said sure, to give him the sense of belonging and contributing. Bless his heart, he brought corn, baked beans, slaw, mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes and gravy!! Hey, Caroline, I have left over mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC in my fridge!! Linda made a coconut pie for dessert, and it was yummy!
We had such a good time. We invited some new folks, and they added to our enjoyment. The evening was pleasantly cool, so we spent most of our time on the deck. As the sun was setting, the clouds in the East were absolutely gorgeous, and everyone hung out at the railing just enjoying the sight. The clouds were various shades of pink and just breathtaking. No, I didn't take a picture. I was absorbed in the sight as was everyone else.
I'm SO proud of my pups! They barked as each person or group arrived, but then they all calmed down and enjoyed being spoiled! Sam was the most reluctant, but even he allowed himself to be petted. Jazi charmed everyone, and Lola flirted her little heart out and made everyone laugh. This is the first time they've been around so many people, and they behaved far better than I expected, and it was a pleasure for me to see. Most of these folks had seen them at other times, and they were impressed with the progress, too.
I'm very tired. I didn't have a lot of work to do today, but having a dozen or so guests in tends to wear me out. I think I'm going to bed. Mañana!!