|My Second Birthday- June 10, 1988|
|My 2nd Birthday, "Big Bird" Themed- June 10, 1988|
Thanks to my big bro, Geoff, for dressing up like Big Bird, even though it scared me to death!
Last Christmas, instead of Lion King sheets and stuffed animals to update my room, I asked Santa for hardwood floors- to update my house. Well, Santa, I believe. Those hardwood floors were just as exciting to me as the silver bell from the Santa's sleigh (and I didn't have to worry about them falling through the hole in my pocket!)
For my 23rd birthday, instead of a Little Tykes Kitchen set, I asked for a grill.
|Geoff, me, and my mom at my parents' house for my 3rd Birthday- June 10, 1989|
Of course, being a fan of both a good product and a better bargain, my dad dragged me to Lowe's, Home Depot, Sam's, and Costco to see their grill selections. This was a far cry from my Toys 'r' Us days. I remember thinking, 'Well, does it heat up? Does it cook food? Good, then it'll do the job.' but not my dad. Nooo way. He was asking all kinds of questions about temperature, maintenance, electric v. propane v. charcoal, built-in v. stand-alone... all of the "important" questions. Hey, as long as it cooked food, I didn't really care.
|My 4th Birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese, June 10, 1990|
|My 4th Birthday at my parents' house- June 10, 1990|
Well, pouty me shouldn't have been so quick to disappoint. Thirty minutes later, I pulled into my driveway and opened the garage door. The beam of my lights hit something and reflected back, practically blinding me. After I recovered from my temporary sight loss, I squinted and realized that the shiny thing standing in the way of my parking place was a new grill! I was ecstatic. I actually thought to myself, "Gosh, I know I already ate dinner and all, but I could probably manage to grill up and eat a little chicken breast or something!" My fat-kid id was quickly tackled by my rationalizing super-ego, which assured me that I did NOT need to grill at 11:00pm, so I decided to wait.
I have used this grill for the past three years, time and time again. In fact, many of my friends who have used my Char-Broil Infrared grill have gone on to buy one for their own homes. That Char-Broil has blessed me with chicken, steaks, burgers, pork chops, veggies, and fruit galore... until last week when the propane ran out. I had convinced myself that I had somehow landed a-hold of a never-ending propane tank, until our attempt to heat it up one night for steaks was a failure.
|At the Jimmy Buffett concert in Frisco, Texas, for our 25th, 63rd, & 68th birthdays in June 2011-|
My dad's birthday is June 9th, mine is June 10th, and my mom's is June 11th!
Barbeque Grilled Asparagus
Servings: 4, Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 1
- 1 c water
- 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
- 1/4 c barbecue sauce
- 1 tbsp Creole seasoning
|Honey Mustard Salmon and Barbeque Grilled Asparagus|
- Bring water to a boil
- Place asparagus in water, cover, blanch for 2 minutes
- Drain asparagus & let cool a bit
- Sprinkle with seasoning
- Place asparagus on grill
- Brush on barbecue sauce
- Grill for 3 mins