Party Like It is 1965!

A cooked hot dog garnished with mustard.

A cooked hot dog garnished with mustard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Party! Party! Party! (Sorry that was a chant from 1973, the beginning of my university academic life–probably should have been study! study! study!–but just doesn’t have the same ring to it!)

Let the frivolity begin! It is Friday. Not only that, it is the beginning of a holiday weekend. The reason for the holiday weekend is superfluous to me; the important thing is that it is a holiday weekend.

Does anyone remember having wiener roasts? When it was okay to offer people hot dogs roasted over a real fire, with real wood in a brick encased fire pit? My parents had a sort of outdoor mini fireplace they built with my older brothers’ help and it was the heart of  summer at my house.

We gathered around the makeshift hearth for many a wiener roast, hamburger binge, and on occasion steak fry (it was not really fried, hence I do not understand the term, but hey, who am to argue with a time-honoured tradition?)

We did not have steak a lot, but my parents would buy a half cow or quarter cow at the end of summer from some farmer who had it wrapped in a million big and little brown packages secured with string.  At the beginning of the procurement of the partial cow, we had the steaks. The steaks were big T-bones, and if I remember correctly, I could eat one that was about half my size. Now mind you, as I get more mature (?) I may remember things a little differently than they really were—but I swear those steaks were humongous.

And we would have potato salad with egg (always with egg), cottage cheese encased in green Jell-O (which I would never, ever eat!), huge mounds of coleslaw, and for dessert there was watermelon. We would cut it so that we could eat it without forks, and of course have seed spitting contests. (This sounds like I am making it up—but I am not—just ask my brothers and sister—oh, sorry—they do not want me to divulge their identities—so you will just have to take it from me).

English: fresh potato salad

English: fresh potato salad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be no wiener roast for me this Labour Day weekend. We had to retire our barbeque a few weeks ago as it had just given up the ghost. We put it out at the road, and some poor guy came along and took it before garbage day, and as he was loading it onto his truck, all the burnt briquettes spilled out onto him. I just happened to be looking out the front window when he was loading it up and felt bad for him. Hope he got something out of it for his trouble.

Anyway, I digress. I am not sure what is on the menu for this weekend. Are any of you having a barbeque you want to invite a charming couple to—we will byob and some extra if you throw a couple more hot dogs on the *barby for us. Have the mustard ready!

*Friends from down under — did I spell this right – feel free to correct me and I will edit it.

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  1. Yes, barby ( I think!)

    • thank you – that is what I will go with — since you are my authority on all things down under

  2. Well, stuck out here in the middle of NoWhere…. we still have wiener roasts, in fact my grandkids from the city insist we have a bonfire every time they come (even if its 95 degrees outside) and yes… watermelon seed spitting contests, which is more difficult today because many melons are seedless. Thanks for the memories.

    Brown paper packages tied up with strings…..♪♫♪
    I just picked up 1/2 beef the other day and put it in the freezer!

    • see now you are ready for fall and winter.
      many of the watermelon are seedless – jeeze what will they think of next?

  3. I need a patio & a grill first…
    Next to a Chicago Style Hot Dog – A roasted wiener has got to be one of the best ways to enjoy hot dogs.
    Happy Weekend & Happy Labor Day to you!

  4. I’ve seen those little metal fire pits you can buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I’d like to do that, actually…. but I’m not sure if the city I live in allows them. And I can’t seem to get an direct answer from anyone in authority. Bummer. Kind of frustrating, actually. 😦

    • annoying isn’t it – but if you get one and are not supposed to – the authorities will be on your doorstep pronto – just can’t win!

  5. I use to look forward to holidays and BBQ. I hate to be a party pooper but since we burried our mom last Saturday, I’m not exactly looking forward to family gatherings. The holiday on Monday will probably be a bummer.

    • I am so, so sorry – when I lost my mom I thought it was almost the end of the world. Family gatherings are tough but kind of helped me — but we are all different. You are allowed to be a party pooper until you feel better–(hugs)

  6. We’re excited because this is a holiday hubby isn’t working. We may visit a neighborhood party, but we plan on grilling out with a big fat steak. We don’t eat red meat often, but when we do we go big, fresh and tasty.

    Love those memories, Lou Ann. We always grilled out hamburgers and I say to this day, my Mom makes the BEST potato salad in the world. Have a lovely weekend!

    • You too Brigette – so what is your mom’s secret for the best potato salad in the world?

  7. Wow wild child of 1965 alert my friend 😀
    Thanks for sharing such awesome memories!
    I love that your university chant was party party party!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • The other one was — we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time — we were so mature (lol) – but in our zeal what we said was true–we are not here for along time.

  8. I was just spitting watermelon seeds as I read this. A bonfire seems like a good idea for this weekend. Good suggestion. I’ve got some steaks, too, so come on over. Especially if you come with booze.

  9. Hey Lou, come up to the cottage and we’ll have a wiener roast, marshmallow roast and a bonfire…..loved that outdoor fireplace, great memories!

  10. I became vegetarian last year, and the only thing I miss is Nathan’s hot dogs. Enjoy one for me, would you?

    • no problem – should I enjoy it with a beer or cooler or coke?

      • All three!

      • sounds like you know how to party hardy!

  11. No barbecues for us. It’s supposed to rain like crazy in Ohio as a result of Hurricane Isaac. I’m fine with that. All I really wanted to do was relax and read this weekend anyway.

  12. Rib eye steak on the grill for us tonight. I made an interesting fig-balsamic sauce to put on it. Come on over!

    • wish I had read this sooner–I might have come – darn an I have some coolers cooling in the fridge, or beer if you prefer–there is coke too, so I have all bases covered

  13. Nothing better than a burnt weiner from the grill.. I’m working Monday so enjoy the holiday for me!!!

    • okay I will, though still haven’t been invited to a barbeque close enough to go — got a few invites but the trek is too long (lol) –sorry you have to work

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  16. OMG, you brought back so many memories for me with this post, especially the part about the meat wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. I would definitely have you over if we were having a BBQ, but I will be too busy moving my son to college, and then my hubby figures that going to the casino afterwards will make me feel better :). if I win some big money I promise I will buy you a brand new BBQ ok?

    • you are such a sweetie! good luck with the move- I wish my son had waited an extra week–(hugs) to you this weekend

      first time I went to the casino was on my birthday two years ago and I won almost $80 which was big for me

  17. funny that I just found this tonight, through “thoughts from an american woman.” Today our friends came over, and we had (what else?) grilled hamburgers, s’mores – and watermelon!! I love it!!

    • perfect long weekend holiday food and that is exactly what I am fixing tonight (again) – glad you found me through one of my favourite blogs

  18. Yeah, I really niss those picnics too! It sounded just like one of my families get togethers. Sigh, Great post! 🙂

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