How many of you out there JUST. FREAKING. LOVE. your family?! I surely do (insert girl raising hand emoji here)! I love them for many reasons, but one reason is that we (the cousins) all get along really well. We’ve all been really close our entire lives. And, when it means hanging out together, some fly in randomly from out of town or some drive four hours on a whim to share the fruits of their crabbing trip with you by putting on a full on crab boil. And, that’s exactly what happened this weekend!
I got two calls within five minutes of each other on Friday that my cousin Ikey Boy and his girlfriend Shantal were flying in from Hawaii for a quick trip to Portland. Just after that I got another call from my cousin Chelsea that she and her wife Angela wanted to come down and have a crab boil this weekend. They had gone crabbing the weekend prior in Washington and had a ton left. Of course this sounded like fun (and did I mention my cousin Chelsea is an awesome cook?!)! Of course we said HECK YES!
We planned for a late Saturday lunch so we all could get together. As you can imagine, it was stormy this weekend. It was cold and windy, but that didn’t stop us! We set up shop in the garage and eagerly waited for everything to finish up cooking. We had the entire spread– corn on the cob, shrimp, Dungeness crab, potatoes, and biscuits made from scratch. It felt like we were at Bubba Gump’s or down in the bayou or something.
We laid it out over the table and indulged ourselves to the max. It was incredibly delicious. You can’t beat good food, good beer and awesome company. It was a necessary reminder for me that even though I had planned to get some things done this weekend, there’s nothing better than taking in the spontaneous opportunities as they come– especially when they involve the fam! This weekend the laundry could wait, I could meal plan another day and spending time with my sister, nephews and cousins was most important.
What do you love about your family? Do you ever have spontaneous get togethers?