Sunday, July 22, 2012

Almost Heaven Dock Party

Bev and Larry (Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings) hosted one of their summer dock parties at "Almost Heaven South" yesterday afternoon.  Their dock is not a long plain wooden pier.  It is a large covered party barge complete with an outdoor kitchen and can seat up to 25-30 people comfortably.

They were kind enough to invite us and Kathryn and A.J. (Smoky Mountain Cafe).  When we discussed the "menu" ahead of time, we all agreed to keep this as a simple cookout.  That is a challenge when getting three food bloggers together, because the temptation is to try to show your flare.  Then you get stressed out wanting everything to be perfect.  We kept true to our word and put the emphasis on fun and socialization and it couldn't have worked out better.

Cathy gets last minute jet ski instructions from Larry.

She's a fast learner!

Beverly, Larry, and Kathryn taste testing the crawfish cheese dip.

Alexis loading up on the cheese dip.  It reminded me of Spicy Crab Imperial, quite tasty.

In town it was hot and humid but down on the lake it was comfortable all day.

A.J. and Larry enjoying the late afternoon.

We all spent more time socializing than cooking, I loved that.

Beans, brat tub, brats and Beef Hot Links on the grill.  

Yes, I even used a gas grill as part of our keep it simple rule.

Pat telling one of the funny stories that were told all night.  

A.J. coming back in from a ride.

Alexis with a mischievous grin.

A.J. showing his sense of high fashion.

Kathryn and Larry hanging out.

Kathy showing off her new bikini ;)

Oh yeah, there was food.  
 For my "keep it simple" efforts I didn't prepare anything.  I just grilled Johnsonville Brats & Beef Hot Links and Bush's Smokehouse Tradition Grillin' Beans, it couldn't have been easier.  We also had a great potato salad, the crawfish dip, other chips and dips, and later "white pie".  

Brats, beans, and grilled potato salad.

Flag reflection in the lake near twilight.

The fun and talking went on and on....

....until the sun went down and then some.

Alexis extremely "relaxed". 

Thanks again to Bev and Larry for a wonderful evening!

[Standard Disclaimer]  This post sponsored by pure laziness and a desire to "keep it simple".  While Bush Beans and Johnsonville are sponsors of my blog, I received no compensation for this post and paid full retail price for everything mentioned in this post.  


  1. Perfect Summer party. Your plate of food looks wonderful. Loved seeing all the "people" photos.

  2. Very nice Chris, but I've got to lose some weight. We had such a good time and will look forward to the next time.

  3. This looks like a perfectly wonderful get together. Low maintenance and lots of fun. We need to take a cue from you all and go enjoy ourselves.

  4. I am so jealous! Larry's place looks like so much fun to have a party!

  5. In your honor I kept it simple -- bought brats pre-cooked, so they only took 30 seconds in the microwave, cooked fresh corn for two minutes in simmering water, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella in less than a minute and decided to save my potato salad for tomorrow -- 1.5 lb boiled red or other small potatoes [I use whatever's on sale] cut in half, with a can of artichoke hearts chopped, one T. olive oil, 1-2 T. fresh dill, green onion to taste, tossed with 6 T of mayo plus 2 T of dijon or other mustard [experiment!!] -- good hot or cold.

  6. Good food, good weather, good friends ... truly, this is what a summer day should be about ... :)

  7. Good food... good company.. what more do you need for the perfect summer party??

  8. That looks like the perfect way to spend a hot summer day! I love the floating dock! The food, although simple, looks delicious and perfect for a lazy day on the water!

    Kim in MD

  9. Here's my 2 cents: You at a gas grill...lucky guy! That made my heart swell! Alexis is very pretty - again, lucky guy! The dude in the hat...he rocks it! Grilled potato salad? You tempt but no recipe?? White pie?!? What the heck?? How many snakes did you see in the water? Looked like a lot of fun!

  10. I really need to move. How fun would it be to just hang out with you guys on a regular basis!

  11. That looks like it was a fun day! I love spending a day out on the water. Any chance you would share that cheese dip recipe!? Looks fantastic.

  12. Looks like everyone had a great time. There's no place like Larry and Bev's for relaxing and having a good time.

  13. What a great day! I'm jealous that you live so close to Larry and get to visit heaven in the summer time. The dock looks like a ton of fun!

  14. What a beautiful setting! Everything looks and sounds delicious. What is white pie?

  15. This looks like THE best time! I love boating. And grilling too?! Say what?! Um, I want some of that crawfish dip. Like stat! Recipe coming, I hope? :)

  16. Looks like a perfect summer day :)

  17. gosh, now THAT is how you party. so fun!

  18. All this colorful healthy food will not be my undoing


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