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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Weekend: Crawfish Boil & Homemade Ice Cream!

This past Monday was Memorial Day, the day of the year we dedicate to all the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for you and me. I hope you all made a special effort to thank someone who serves! I would like to give a little shout out to my cousin, John, who serves in the United States Navy. We are all so proud of you and thank you for your service!

How did you celebrate Memorial Weekend? I spent Sunday at Justin's with all of our friends. We had a big crawfish boil and get-together with all of our friends. We started out around 10 in the morning setting up some pop-up tents for a little shade as temperatures were quickly on the rise to the 90's! What is an outdoor party without a couple games? The first game we set up is definitely one of our favorites, corn hole! A couple weeks ago we had so much fun playing corn hole at Macie's graduation party, that it was decided we need to build our own corn hole boards (and by we I mean Justin and Honey hehe). Bud Light boards with matching bags were a must to the men of course. Macie painted the boards, and the Bud Light stickers and bags were ordered online. They have yet to make the legs for the boards, so we put the edges up on cinder blocks since they are the same height. We also had ladder ball (some call this "redneck golf") and a volleyball net set up.

Before long, we were all starting to get pretty hungry. One of our friends has been working down in New Orleans for the past couple months, but after an offer from Jack Daniel's, and not particularly enjoying New Orleans, he decided to head back home to TN. He was planning on going to Florida to catch some sun rays before heading back this way, so we asked him to stop (somewhere in Mobile, AL I believe) to get us 2 sacks of craw fish. If you aren't too familiar with "2 sacks"......that's a TON of crawfish. Each sack is about 35-40 lbs. Anyways, we had our crawfish ready to go, so what else did we prepare to put in the boil? There is no special recipe for a crawfish boil. You put as much of whatever you want in it. We cut up some carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, red potatoes, a few oranges and lemons for flavor, and of course added some liquid crab boil and seasoning. 

It was such a hot day that I decided some homemade Oreo ice cream would be a refreshing and delicious dessert (and not to mention, easy!). I credit our long-time family friend Dana for my favorite homemade ice cream recipe. Of course, this recipe requires an ice cream maker.  
Start off by mixing together:
14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
12 oz can Evaporated Milk
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Vanilla
Then fold in:
16 oz Cool Whip
...and fill with milk to about an inch below the fill line (if you plan on adding dry ingredients...like Oreos!)
Start the ice cream maker and let it run until it starts to slow down, and at this point, add in your crushed up Oreos and let it run 'til it's done!

The crawfish, ice cream, games, and camaraderie of friends made for a more than wonderful Sunday!

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