Today's biggest priority was elsaf making her barbecue country spare ribs. We had few other plans for the day, so most of it was spent here at the cottage enjoying the beautiful weather and the wonderful wildlife.
I slept in the 3-season room again last night, this time in dad's chair. And it was quite a good sleep except for the Raccoon Family Massacre that took place at 3am (well, there wasn't a massacre, but the sheer amount of screaming that the little suckers did made it sound that way) and the Goose & Gander sing-along around 6 in the morning. Apart from those times, I slept until around 8am.
Although Elsa and I got up at decent times (and even judiang woke up & got up at a reasonable time!) breakfast was a little late due to Elsa being distracted by a nice entry she was writing for DailyKos. But once she was done, she made us French toast and sausage. Mmmmm!
We rested and geeked until around 1pm when it was time for lunch (despite not being all that hungry for it). We picked up a grilling basket at the hardware store in Minster (Elsa needed two for the ribs and the folks only had one) and then went to Casadores in New Bremen. Elsa and I ordered lunch and gave a little to Judi so that she wouldn't get hungry before suppertime. (She said she wasn't hungry, but we fed her anyway - we're cruel that way.) We picked up ice cream for the ala mode to our dessert for supper before we returned to the cottage.
While Judi and I read and rested, Elsa worked on her BBQ ribs and potato salad. The parental units showed up after a bit and brought the Market Day apple pie which I'd received as a free gift for my last order. (I thought it would be perfect for this weekend.) I started baking it right away.
More resting, reading, and chatting and even Elsa had some time to relax after a bit. But suppertime was looming, so I got to work on the fire for the grilling. Then I finished the lunch prep and set the table for supper while Elsa basted and then grilled the ribs.
Supper was wonderful. We all love that Elsa loves to cook. :-) She used the broth from the ribs to make a Japanese-inspired soup, which we started with. Then we had the ribs and potato salad. There was leftover foccacia bread and sour dough bread as sides as well. And I cut up the peaches we still had left and served them with a little sugar (and some fruit fresh) with a few blueberries for garnish. It was a lovely supper and photos from it are below the bird photos.
I shooed Elsa and the folks off to sit by the fire while Judi washed dishes and I dried & put them away. She's a fast dish washer, but it still took us awhile to get everything cleaned up. Then we joined everyone at the fire for chatting and photo-taking. It was quite pleasant.
After a bit, Judi started muttering "pie! PIE!" so it was time to serve the pie. I was very pleased with the pie - when I cut it, it flaked just like an apple pie should. I served it with the ice cream and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Judi gave it a 9 out of 10. I said since it was free, it deserved a 10 out of 10. :-)
More musing by the fire, and then some singing. We're not as well-versed in camp songs as my sister or Rachel, so that petered out eventually. But then the baby raccoons started coming out of their tree and came over to see us. Elsa and dad took photos and Elsa's posted some of the photos to her journal.
The folks headed off home and Judi and I tended the fire a bit longer. But then it was time to come inside and geek, so that's what we're doing.