I kicked off the evening with oven "Fried" green 'maters- they were dusted in cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. I lightly spritzed them with olive oil before cooking in a 400 degree oven. They were totally edible!
With them we had peppers stuffed with goat and cream cheese, garlic, chili flakes (just a pinch) and hot sauce. These little beasts had a fiery kick for being as cute as they looked! They went into the same oven as the tomatoes, for about 20 minutes.
The pups enjoyed some quality deck time....
.... and hammed it up for the mama!!
After all was grilled we assembled the sliders- cut the hot dogs in half and topped them with everything from avocado, to pineapple... Hubby made multiple types of sliders! The options were awesome..
a. the Texas slider with pepper jack cheese, and BBQ sauce
b. bacon, blue with mushrooms and onions
There was no way to favor one over the other... so I had both!
Thank goodness they were bite size, we had to keep some room open for the grilled pineapple slices!
Our two person party ended up on the front porch, for the most amazing thunderstorm! The lightning was intense, and we were pretty insane for staying out in it! How could we not chill out and enjoy the light show provided for us... I mean it is the 4th after all!
The gratuitous patriotic Flag shot between moments of a pitch black and an electric silver sky ..
So long sweet single track...
We managed to squeeze in a humid hour long, sweat inducing run! Most of the time we were laughing like children stomping through the puddles, jumping over downed branches- evidence of last nights intensity- and chasing each other through the twists and bends in the trail!