I've been MIA but that's because I've been BCG...busy cooking gumbo. Well, technically, that explains the first couple of days of my absence. The last couple were just me recovering from BCG.
Once a year we cook up a big pot of gumbo and invite the gang over to share it. It's always in January although there really isn't any reason for that; the stock made from the Thanksgiving turkey has been frozen for weeks so we could do it any time. January just sorta fits the social calendar though. There's a couple of birthdays to celebrate and all the holiday hoopla is long forgotten. We just about ran out of January this year, however, before we got our gumbo night in.
Here's everyone gathered around the pre-dinner snacks. We fix the gumbo and everyone else pitches in with the appetizers and dessert. There were plenty of ice/freezing rain stories to share from earlier in the week as this was our first chance to be together since "the big thaw."
It's always great to have a photo with Tom and Durlene who are spending a month at Destin. We laugh at the same old stories from the Kansas days when Wayne and Tom worked together and the four of us were fast friends. While Durlene fussed about the very un-Florida-like weather she's had to endure, she was quick to admit it was still better than what she would be suffering through if she were still in Missouri.
Doesn't the gumbo look delicious? Believe me it was! Filled with chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, crab claws and a host of good-for-you vegetables it warmed us up from both its temperature and its spice. We try to hit a happy medium in terms of heat, and then set the Tabasco sauce next to the pot for those who want to kick it up a notch. Cooking it is really Wayne's thing but he let me help a little more than usual this year as he took a few extra breaks to sit a spell. It's not that it's hard to make; it's just time-consuming.
What? You're having trouble seeing the pictures? Well, it could be because all those images are just in my head. I had every intention of taking a variety of photos to post...even had my camera sitting in a prominent place so I could easily grab it and snap away. But you know how it goes when you're putting the meal on the table; everything needs to be done at once. Before you know it, you've said the last goodbye...and then you remember the camera.
Just know that the gumbo was great and the company was better. We'll do it again next year...and maybe I'll get pictures then.