One of the bad things about having sons who work on boats is the work schedule. David, the oldest, works a 28 and 14 schedule–28 days on the boat and 14 days off. Daniel, next in line, works 14 and 7. I never know ahead of time if they will be off the boat to celebrate holidays and birthdays. So, we just get together when we can, especially when they are both off the boat at the same time.
I missed baking David his annual birthday dewberry cobbler last month, so I asked him if we might get together this time while he was off the boat. He and Daniel planned a crawfish boil.
The last two crawfish boils we had, Termite took charge and did a wonderful job of boiling the mud bugs and all the side items. He has definitely earned his spot as the resident boiling chef. Now, the pressure was on for the two oldest boys.
There was a new addition to the family at this gathering–a new grand puppy.
Her name is Breesi (after Drew Brees), and she is an 8-week-old designer dog (fancy word for mutt)–a mix between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund–called a CHIWEENIE!! Isn’t that ingenious? She really is a cutie.
While the crawdads were boiling, I managed to get all the kids and their significant others and the grand puppies together in one place long enough to take a couple photos. That is a major task, believe me!
They are left to right, front to back, Muzic Man (married to Dotter), Termite, Miah & Ti Du, Dotter (the oldest), David (oldest of the boys), Brittnee (Daniel’s girlfriend) & Breesi, Daniel & Babi.
If I did Christmas cards in July, that would definitely be the pic I would use!
My guys poured the cooked crawfish into the ice chest and let the hot water drain off. They then took the chest upstairs and set it on a towel in the kitchen, and using a strainer, served everyone a tray full of piping hot mudbugs for supper.
The power went out before everyone arrived and stayed out the whole time we were boiling down under the Miracle Bayou Tree House. At least there was a stiff breeze to keep us content. Thankfully, the power came back on halfway through our meal.
After everyone ate their fill, Dotter and Daniel peeled the remaining mud bugs to freeze for a later dish of either fettuccine or stew.
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