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Completion

 

In the last month or two, Edgar and I have made significant shifts in our lives. The biggest of which, perhaps, was the Edgar’s senior recital. I was waiting to post about it because I was waiting on better photos, which I have yet to get, so instead of waiting any longer, I will share the limited photos I took with my own camera (or others took for me on my camera).

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Edgar said that he messed up a few times, but that was to be expected. We were/are all so proud of him, and the very experience of being present for his senior recital was such a heartwarming experience in our lives!

After the recital family and friends ventured back to our house to fellowship and prepare for the (unpictured, sorry.) cookout we shared that evening.

My mom gave Ed a graduation gift that was really for the both of us.

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It was all of our wedding photos arranged into two giant albums! My mom arranged and printed them all herself! We are so thankful! Even though my major was in art and photography is a hobby of mine, I’m terrible about not getting my photos printed. I have all my wedding photos on disc but the only time I printed any of them was for Christmas gifts a month after we got married. We only have one wedding photo on display in our house. I’m glad to finally have something to share!

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After this point I was busy preparing tons of food (burgers donated from a rancher friend of Ed’s parents, whole wheat buns—which I never tasted because I had my own frozen GF buns, various sides, and Dr Pepper Chocolate Cupcakes!) and loving on family and friends, so I didn’t take many pictures at all, but here the select few I snapped while the sun was setting.

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I believe that every so often, one experiences or event fills your heart so much that in leaves a permanent imprint on it. These are events that you can look back on and immediately feel the same overwhelming love you experienced at that moment. This evening was one of those times. Was it “perfect” as far as events go? No. Absolutely not. But then again, I don’t believe perfection has any place in the act of entertaining! What matters is that our loved ones came together in our home, shared stories, shared love, and celebrated a milestone in someone’s life.

 

Edgar, I’m so proud of you! I’m thrilled to be traveling this life with you!

Barbecue vs. Cookout

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When in Texas, there is a marked difference between a barbecue and a cookout.

A barbecue will serve barbecue. And in Texas, barbecue means brisket. Maybe sausage, too, but something will be cooking low and slow over a great deal of smoke, and it ain’t burgers.

A cookout has free reign of everything else. Burgers, hot dogs, steaks, whatever.

Except chicken. Why on earth would you bring chicken to a cookout?!

Anyway, I’m visiting Edgar’s family in the Canadian-Higgins area (just barely on the right side of the Texas-Oklahoma border. And by right side I mean the left side) for the Easter weekend, and today we met up with some of their friends on their land for a cookout.

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There’s something endearing about seeing a lot full of pickup trucks.

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We brought Maggie!

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After about 30 minutes of dragging her around on the leash, we decided to let her roam free. And boy did she ever! She was like a fly on steroids buzzing around the area! She had a blast!

Though I don’t think she was too sure of the stream.

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My father-in-law supplied the fine hors d’oeuvres… (tortilla chips with onion, jalepeno slices, pimentos, and cheese)

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…while some of the other men started up the grill.

If you were wondering, cowboy hats in Texas really are fairly common. It’s not a myth.

 

Well, maybe it is if you’re from the city.

 

But most of Texas isn’t “city,” so there ya go.

 

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Cowboy coffee!

Well, almost.

It would be if I could see a sock.

Well, there could be a sock. I didn’t ask.

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The hostess of the evening showed us some sausage another guest brought up from Elgin (near Austin) for this cookout. Probably not something I’d purchase myself but I sure don’t turn it down when it’s served to me! It was mighty tasty!

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Ahh, the combined smell of mesquite, meat, and carcinogens. It can’t be beat.

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It’s one of Edgar’s favorite smells. That and fired gunpowder.

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Speaking of Edgar….

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A guest brought homemade cheese breadsticks! They were really good!

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There was also chips and dip, pinto beans, fruit, and some mayonnaise-y salad mixes, but yeah. You don’t go to cookout and expect to see anything green, except the lettuce.

After stuffing ourselves silly on burgers and sausage, they pulled out the dessert: buttermilk cake and cherry cobbler. The cobbler is hidden in that red container. I got a little shutter-happy and didn’t wait to photograph the cobbler because I was too excited about…

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…HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!

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My food baby and I are very happy. :]

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Oh, and apparently we’re coming back to Plainview with 6 lbs of free pastured beef from Edgar’s family friends’ ranch! Wooooot! That and two loves of Great Harvest bread (honey whole wheat and Dakota!) we picked up in Amarillo last night. Smile

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Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Amarillo, last night we ate dinner at Jason’s Deli. For me it was only the second time in my life to eat there. The other time was when I was in 7th grade.

I’d like to make this special public service announcement that the Wild Salmon-Wich is floggin’ awesome.

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“Grilled wild salmon marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, guacamole, roma tomatoes, leafy lettuce, smoked red pepper-cilantro aioli on toasted focaccia.”

That is all.

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What do you like to eat at a cookout? What about a barbecue?

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