Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fry Day Memories

Every two years or so we thumb our nose at the American Heart Association and invite folks to Tulip Hill for the grease poppin' blowout known as Fry Day. This year I talked some of my dearest Batesville friends, the McClain sisters, Lori, Julie (Gunstream Girl), and Jennie (Trimandfashionable)and their significant others, J. and Tommy, into making a trek up here for the occassion. Not only did they drive 9 hours to visit (5 for Julie and Tommy) they came ready to help--loaded with fresh okra, dinnerware, drinks, music and a homemade cake that said, "Like it? Fry it!" on the top (the mangled remains are on the table in the picture). McClain mom, Ms. Pat, raised these girls right. We spent the day Saturday chopping, prepping, shopping and reliving memories of childhood summer fish fries.
I found a roll of bacon tape I'd bought which made nice nametags. Julie models her bacon strip here.

When things really got going we had a fryer outside for the catfish, hushpuppies, fried pickles (pickle-o's), french fries, and okra (Jennie's recipe, and maybe the best fried okra I've ever had!). Inside, John's mom figured out how to fry black-eyed pea fritters (another sleeper hit).

After that things got a little crazy, and eventually people were frying Oreos and Raspberry Newtons (a favorite of mine), and the desserts people brought. Lori found a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie in her purse so we fried that too. You can tell by the look on her face that she has a healthy respect for hot grease.

The pictures don't do the event justice, but this one sort of says it all. Gayle (2nd from the right) had her birthday that night so we sang Happy Fryday to her. You could tell she was really touched.

There aren't too many friends who will indulge this level of red neckedness (even I was a little overwhelmed), but everybody got into the spirit of things. We sat on the front porch talking and laughing until about 2:00 a.m. stacking up plenty of memories to last us until Fry Day 2008.


Anonymous jennie said...

So fun!
You are quick with your event posts - I'm highly impressed. Thanks for a wonderful first Fry Day experience.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Stuff said...

Oh, my, what great pictures. I love that Jennie looks like she has a halo in the first one. And bacon tape...who knew? Looks like quite a fun time.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Marc said...

I am still in recovery from all the fried food!!! What a great time! I must say I thought Julie had an extra long thumb in her flyswatter picture....then i realized it was the BACON!!!! The bacon looks like her thumb! Look again, and see if you agree.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Oh, Marc! Only you would think of that...but it truly does look like a big thumb! :)

11:32 AM  
Blogger Troy said...

I'm surprised all of our thumbs didn't turn to bacon by the time the night was over.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Troy said...

And Stuff, your're right! Jennie's Our Lady of Busch Stadium.

4:23 AM  
Blogger juliebelle said...

my thumbs have retracted to normal looking ones.

and my body is still recuperating from the LARGE amounts of grease that i ingested.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous jennie said...

I didn't notice the halo or (giant) thumb - Good call!

Hello, Karen and Marc! I really enjoyed meeting you guys and hope to see you again soon. :)

12:50 PM  
Blogger sirrom said...

Troy, Julie's bacon strip pose is only half of the original "akimbo pose" her mother often strikes. We have a pic from Hilton Head where Practical Pat is in the center and a daughter on each side has hands on hips with elbows turned outward. Must be in the genes/jeans.

7:05 PM  

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