Hi-lites of July 4th weekend – part 1

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful July 4th. with family, friends, food, fireworks and fun, fun, fun! Yes, and a time of remembering those that gave their lives that we might be able to celebrate our freedoms.

We had a quiet, but productive weekend. I had a few things on the agenda. Turn our gas grill into a charcoal grill, wash down the front porch siding and floor, stain the floor, pull weeds, finish planting flowers and whatever else came up.

Testing the grill

Testing the grill

So part 1 of this blog is about turning the gas grill into a charcoal grill. This old grill was sitting along side the house for about 3 (yes three years), covered and the tank EMPTY!!!! I bought a little charcoal grill 3 years ago and had been using that….honestly, I kind of like charcoal grilling verses gas. There’s just that “old fashioned” sort of feeling to a charcoal grill, isn’t there?? Anyways, the little grill was kind of wobbly, so I thought, why not take the tank off and turn the grill into a charcoal grill. In the above picture is the charcoals getting hot. Didn’t take any pictures of the process of taking the tank off or washing down the grill though…just did not think of it at the time.

Smoke...smoke, coals still getting hot.

Smoke…smoke, coals still getting hot.

As the caption says…..smoke, smoke and lots of hot coals!!! Almost ready for the hamburgers!!

Grilling hamburgers and buns!!

Grilling hamburgers and buns!!

Yep and here are the hamburgers..Jacobs best ground round, I mixed an egg, bread crumbs and Penzey’s Fajita seasonings, patted them into patties and off we went to grilling.

Coals still hot, a second entre'.

Coals still hot, a second entre’.

Yes, a second entre’ cooking on the grill, the coals were still hot so I put some Italian sausage in a pan and cooked that up for “lasagna soup” on Saturday. After that finished grilling……oh my still had some coals and went in and got some steaks from the freezer.

Steaks on the grill.

Steaks on the grill.

My favorite cut of roast from Festival Foods, a beef burgundy roast cut into steaks. Oh my, what a yummy piece of meat. And the coals were still hot and the steaks cooked to perfection. I took these steaks out frozen, so they thawed and cooked on the grill all in one step as did the Italian sausage….from freezer to grill in one easy step.

So we ate outside in the backyard. No, no pictures. Sorry. That was fun though, mosquitos were not biting (actually the neighbor sprayed for mosquitos and the smell traveled to our house) so it was comfortable eating outside. The water fountain was gurgling so it made for a very pleasant outing.

Saturday we grilled again, this time a flat chicken, cut in half. I marinated the chicken for an hour or so. JP got the coals going on the grill for the chicky. We had Lasagna soup while the chicken grilled. When it was time to sit down for dinner, the chicken still was not done. I had also bought some hot dogs and potato salad from Jacobs Meat Market, so we had a couple of hot dogs and the potato salad to hold us over while the chicky cooked in the oven…..needless to say we ate pretty good Friday and Saturday. Today, it was leftovers, (well-done)chicken, hamburgers, lasagna soup and potato salad. For dinner tonight we had leftover hamburgers and broccoli salad. OH and a small bowl of lasagna soup. Oh my, so good were our meals this weekend.

While I have been typing this blog….have been popping some pop corn in the microwave. A few handfuls of pop corn on a Sunday night is a treat!!!

Well I guess I will let you go. In the next post I will show pictures of our front porch, before and after pictures are always fun to see. You have a great week and keep looking up.

Cheers ~ Louise

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2 Responses to Hi-lites of July 4th weekend – part 1

  1. biz319 says:

    I love how creative you were with your grill! And I love getting extra uses out of coals – such a waste if you only cook one thing!

    Hooray for lasagna soup! 😀

    • Hi Biz, and thanks….I think I need extra stuff in the freezer for just those extra’s so the coals don’t go to waste. Next on the agenda this week end is a turkey breast and maybe brats. Have a great week and don’t we so look forward to weekends??? Geez it is only Tuesday 🙂

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