Every May, our neighborhood group has a barbecue dinner and gathering of families. We all bring dessert and drinks and chairs, and congregate in a common area by the tennis and basketball courts. When we first moved here 24 years ago, it was owned and maintained by the builders of the subdivision (who still lived here then). After the builders moved on to greener pastures (literally....greener pastures*), the common area was bought by the people who lived next to it, and they are kind enough to let us use it whenever we want.
We have 71 homes here, and potentially these picnics could draw as many as 200-225 people, if all the adults and children attended. Yesterday, we had about 40-50 show up. The weather was glorious; one of those bright and sunny, blue sky days that NC is famous for. There was just enough breeze to make it pleasant, and 81 degrees.
The food is always ordered from Ellis Barbecue of Wilson, NC. You can read about NC barbecue here:
They bring pulled pork barbecue, fried chicken, Brunswick stew, cole slaw, boiled potatoes, hush puppies, corn sticks, and all the sweet iced tea you can drink. It is truly a feast for the eyes as well as the body. As soon as the buffet line is set, people start lining up. Once the aroma of all that food permeates the surroundings, you would be hard pressed to resist its lure!
Since I worked long and hard for the last three days, I didn't have time to prepare a desert, so after church I went to the Fresh Market to buy something.
They have excellent cookies and pastries, so I knew whatever I brought would be a hit. You would have a hard time telling that they weren't homemade. After I ate, I made a bee-line for the cookies, and had one. About 20 minutes later, I went back for another and guess what? They were ALL gone! I was so disappointed; I guess I'll go back to the store today and buy another package.....LOL.
*Note: I will write about the greener pastures later. I have no idea why there is a color change in the blog post. It shows up on the draft as all one color.