We were enjoying the beauty of a November Fall day this Saturday. The air was crisp and still some color abound on the trees.
About two years ago, my husband built a shelter in the back yard which he had planned to use for cooking out over the open fire and maybe get in some sleeping out under the stars .
As most of you know, we get ideas and they do not always follow through as we wish.
This weekend an old childhood friend of my husbands came and spent four days with us. They were in Boy Scouts together and both and gone into the Marines after graduating from school. My husband thought this would be a good opportunity to take the old Boy Scout memories and share them with his friend. And he decided to cook chili out over an open fire.
They were dressed warmly with layers of clothes and hot coffee. Blaine prepared the fire to cook the chili . This gave them the time to sit and chat and enjoy the time together.
He wanted the fire hot so he would have some hot coals in which to cook.
Now the coals were nice and hot. And ready to put the cast iron pot over them .
Now just have to sit back and wait until the chili cooks.
They are all settled in in front of the nice warm fire, with the delicious aroma filling the air. I had a friend in Virginia e-mail me and said they could smell it all the way down there. lol So began their talks together about the old days of camping in their youth. And some of the dishes they cooked over the fire. Some good and some disastrous.
I sat outside with them for a while. Of course I was wearing layers and layers of clothes. But it was worth it to enjoy the pretty day and knowing I did not have to make lunch for them that day. It was being taken care of.!
As you can see we have a large wood pile near the fire. I am hoping this means there will be more meals cooked outside over the fire! As long as we do not get heavy snow. Not counting on getting that many more meals, but it is a nice thought. A lot of friends have shown an interest in coming over and sharing an over the fire cooked meal with us.
The chili is boiling and awwwwww smelling so good. Tummies are starting to grumble and growl. Can't wait for it to get done. We even had a Buzzard fly over us, guess he could smell it. He was circling around over our heads, but I could not get a good picture of him.
After a while, Blaine checked the chili with a spoon and gave us the proud announcement that it was done and time to eat.!! yahoo!!!
Yup it is ready to be taken off the fire and into the house to eat. We would have eaten it outside, but the coldness prevented us for taking it that far.
He made some homemade cornbread muffins from scratch. These were made in the house in the oven. Using the cast iron muffin pan for the first time. They turned out well.
Oh my, I am getting hungry just posting these pictures.!!!
The "Boys" each ate two big helpings! Believe it or not we had enough for at least 6 more large servings!
We not only enjoyed the meal that was prepared but the time for them to share the memories. We live about 2 1/2 hours away now. But they find time to get together through out the year. And always enjoying the time with each other.
This is what life should be about....~Taking the Time~ to remember the good memories with those you shared them with. It is not always possible because of certain circumstances. But if you cannot share the memories in person, do it in thought and heart.
Have a wonderful upcoming week. Thanksgiving will be upon us in a few days. My daughter Jill and her family will be coming down on Wednesday night to spend the Holiday weekend with us. Our oldest daughter will be traveling to Kentucky to visit in-laws. Hopefully at Christmas time we can all be together.
How will you be spending your holidays?
hugs , Eileen