The Sedona Family Reunion came and went. A little too quickly, if you ask me. Of course, most of the festivities revolved around food, which certainly didn't disappoint this year! We decided to divide the grub assignments up by day, with each couple taking breakfast and dinner on their assigned day. Lunch was taken care of by leftovers and sandwiches.
The meals were incredible. John and I arrived too late to enjoy Creamy Cooker Chicken on Thursday but heard good things. Friday morning, Charloe and her family provided bagels, fruit, and juice. For their dinner, they grilled up some marinated chicken using the new outdoor grill located on the massive deck. She had corn on the cob and a green salad to accompany, and it was all so delicious! Saturday, John and I were on cooking duty. We made Weir Pancakes (a rendition of Weir Waffles but for large groups...pancakes with bacon and cheese sprinkled on top as they cook), scrambled eggs, and orange juice. It was fun to make breakfast for such a crowd. For our dinner, we made chicken teriyaki in the crockpot, steamed rice, and potstickers. We happen to be addicted to the potstickers from Costco and had to share with the family! Sunday meant T'liese and Joe cooked for us. Since church was so early and so far away (forty-five minutes, thanks to so much traffic in the canyon getting to Sedona), we just grabbed muffins and bagels for breakfast before heading into town. Right after church, they got to work making taco salad. It was so refreshing and yummy! That evening, we ate spinach dip and caramel corn for dinner. A very well-rounded diet including all the necessary food groups. Caramel? Check. A bowl of candy? Check. The food pyramid would have been very proud of us all. Monday morning, the Friends made biscuits and gravy. It was so good and brought back lots of great memories of growing up on The Ranch. Monday evening was an incredible meal, prepared by my mom and step-dad. Pork carnitas with homemade pico de Gallo and fresh guacamole. Holy cow, was it ever delicious! There wasn't much conversation during dinner because we were all stuffing our faces. Tuesday meant batting clean-up with food. We tried to empty the fridge and munched on leftovers all day. It worked pretty well as the food was mostly gone by the time we needed to leave on Wednesday.
If we got bored while at The Cabin (I jest...boredom is impossible with my family), there were always things to keep us busy. There were presents to open (lots of family birthdays in July, August, September, and October). There were games to play, including Bananagrams and Cranium Wow. There were snacks to enjoy, including candy, caramel corn, sausage cheese dip, spinach artichoke dip (contained 0.05% vegetables), olive bread, marshmallow fudge, and more candy. Needless to say, it was a week filled with pure gluttony. But what would a family reunion be without overeating?
Lots of outside visiting and sitting took place as well. Bocce Ball was a family favorite during the week, and I am pretty sure it helped me take second place in the Family Olympics Ball In The Circle event (pictures to come later). If we got bored, we could always read a book, play Wii in the office, make cards with the girls, or just corner someone until they started talking to us. It was such a nice time spent with family, food, and fun.