But if you've never been to the Grove, or, if you've never been in charge of a tent, then you'll never know the excitement of my life during football season. I've always been a part of a Grove team-- like a wide receiver or something. I've been one of many, preparing for the tent-- either my family members or my friends from law school. The entire Grove experience wasn't on my shoulders, but occasionally I'd have a star performance, with a hit recipe or the $1.50 couch Shannon and I found at the Salvation Army.
This year, however, I've been promoted to quarterback. Or coach. I'll go with quarterback, it fits better into my blog idea. I'm in charge now-- I get to call the recipes, make the on-the-field play changes once I read the defense (or the weather), and get the credit (or the blame) for everything that happens.
And it ain't easy. I've already mentioned my Grove-related-injury (GRI) before last week's game, which meant that this week, I was playing injured. My Grove activities don't start on Saturday though. I spend a good portion of the week before a game getting ready. Washing the previous game's dishes (first game, dust, last game, mud), choosing recipes, making a grocery list, delegating responsibilities to other players, shopping, choosing a centerpiece (this is where my football analogy fails me), packing everything, cooking everything, preparing everything for the commute to Oxford, etc. Its a full-time gig. I'm hoping to go pro soon.
Wednesday night I hit up the Kroger across the spillway (the Kroger down the street is renovating and I won't be going back until they are done-- its way too stressful to shop in the midst of renovations). Thursday night I got to cooking. My iPad mini comes in handy when trying new recipes! I love my iPad mini-- best five bucks I've ever spent!!
The "meat and potatoes" of Grove food-- crackers and tortilla chips. I seriously buy these things in bulk. Also, notice my "thinker" bookends. I woke up a few weeks ago and realized I have a thousand books and nothing to end them with, so I'm obsessed with bookends lately. These I found at the house in Laurel last weekend during the yard sale. I originally though I'd paint them a shiny, bright color, but now I think I like the dark metallic color. It's decisions like these that add to my winkles.
|That isn't the Kroger back that broke.|
|I'm still working on a good way to cut tomatoes. Its important for even the quarterback to practice and become a better player.|
|A new recipe from Pinterest-- tomato, peach and strawberry salsa with peppers. Hot but good-- will be a new staple I believe!|
|Watching Netflix while cooking makes things a lot better.|
|Tomato, mozzarella, basil and crouton skewers in the making.|
|Parker did this the entire night. She didn't help at all.|
Cooking for the Grove is lots of fun-- I like trying new recipes, and I get to catch up on my Netflix episodes, and I'm cooking for my family and friends, so there isn't much better things than that.