Monday, May 28, 2012

Blogger Get Together 2012

We had our third annual Blogger Get Together yesterday on Tellico Lake at Larry and Beverly's home (Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings).

This year our food theme was a Cajun crawfish and shrimp boil.  Since AJ and Katherine (Smoky Mountain Cafe) hale from Cajun country, they headed up the cooking activities but everyone pitched in, one way or another.  

Despite my earlier assertion that I would NOT eat crawfish, I did.  I even did the whole sucking the juices out of the head thing.  Shocker, right?  This avowed fish hater ate a mudbug and didn't choke.  It actually tasted good - spicy and slightly meaty in texture.    

I could go on and on about the day but let's just suffice it to say it couldn't be beat.

crawfish, mudbugs, crayfish, cajun, cajun boil,
The guests of honor.

Dave helping me prep the veggies in the morning.

AJ, Alexis, Jackie, and Dave hanging around the boiling action.

AJ "beating our lunch back into the pot" with a crawfish paddle ;)

The venue....

Alexis and Sam.

Katherine demonstrates how to properly eat a crawfish.

Sausage, crawfish, shrimp and veggies - an amazing meal.

AJ giving Alexis and Trevor lessons on how to eat a mud bug.

Our hostess shows she knows how to eat a crawfish.

What a spread of food!

AJ and Alexis on the jet ski.

The kids, just before the rope got caught on the shaft of the jet ski....

AJ spent an hour, 30 seconds at a time, under the water cutting the rope off of the shaft.

Larry giving margarita lessons.

We had a great time, I got to meet some new folks and we had a few new bloggers this year.  If you missed it this year, we hope you can join us next year!