Happy 4th of July

We have had a nice 4th of July.  I got some nice pictures and the only way to show the whole family is to put them here on my blog and only have to post them once.  So here we go this is how we spent our 4th of July!!

We had a Clam Bake!  We always used to have a big clam bake with the Ball Bearing Company picnic so this year we had it just with the family and one friend.  It was more than just the clam bake it was more a low country boil which is a clam bake but with potatoes, corn and sausage in the pot at the bottom.  We got it at the New England Fish Market.  We have been seeing them advertised for some time and really wanted to try it so decided this would be the perfect time.  We ordered it a couple weeks ago to be sure they had enough lobsters on hand and we wanted a couple extra lobsters with a guest coming.

We not only got extra lobster but extra corn and a couple pounds extra mussels.  This is called for two and enough for three so they put in three lobsters, then added a fourth one in our order and picked up another to cook separately as an after thought when she picked it up today.  It is all put together and ready to just put on the hot stove and cook, even the pot it is made in is given to you by the market and there was plenty for all of us.  

The lobsters were passed out first with one extra incase one of the kids wanted one or part of it.  No problem, none of them would even try them.  Then everyone took some mussels and clams, they were the cherry stone not the steamers I really didn’t care since I like the mussel much better anyways and this is what was left for seconds and all of this was eaten before anyone left the tablel.

Getting ready to serve, these are the extra mussel, broth for dipping, bowls for shells – dig in everyone. 

Becca had to show James every part of the lobster, he liked the shells and wanted to know what everything was he even tried a small bite but never swallowed it.  I showed him inside the head as that was my favorite part.  He would not try any of that.

Here is Patty, she likes the heads also beside her is Sally a friend from work who also loves lobsters but does not eat the head so I got mine, hers and Beccas.  Then I swapped my tail of Tyler’s head and that with the extra mussels filled me to over flowing.  That is my plate in the foreground just to start the meal. 

Tyler enjoyed it all, that is my tail waiting to make the swap with Tyler.  I think we filled him up as he ate all most all the potatoes as well as his share of the corn and sausage but as you can see I am sure we didn’t add one ounce of fat on his bones.  He is a good eater but never gains an ounce.  Wish I could do that.

We ended the day by watching the fire works at Disney.  It was much easier to watch them on TV than try to take the whole family down town to watch them when it was bed time. Everyone has to go back to work in the morning except for the kids – NO summer school the rest of the week so they are happy campers.  Then only one more week of summer school and they get to spend the rest of the summer going to camp each day.  They all like that so the rest of the summer will be fun for them and us.  Have a great day,

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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