Thursday, July 23, 2009

What Blake Wants, Blake Gets!

The tradition in this Benson household is that every year for Blake's birthday he regresses back to his southern roots and requests a traditional Southern Fried meal. Fried Chicken, fried okra, mashed potatoes with grease gravy and biscuits. Mason's arrival detained this meal last year, and this year he was still in training mode for his big race. Well, the race is over, so this is what we had for dinner last night! Blake has officially fallen off the nutritional wagon! It was delicious. I've cooked this meal many times and I have to say this was one of the best. He would have loved it I had made Grandma's Mississippi Mud cake, too, but I'm saving that for another night. I was a little too ambitious in letting Braden help whip up chocolate chip cookies from scratch, they got left in the oven a tad too long.

Braden loved helping me prep for this dinner. He helped mix the egg batter for the chicken, then we let the chicken soak in it for a few hours. Then as I peeled and chopped potatoes, he rinsed them and put them in the pan, which he also got from the cabinet and helped fill with water. Mason was an amazing help, too. . .he took a nap!

In the middle of the frying, our friend Will came over for about 45 minutes. Enough time for Blake to let them pick a few veggies from the garden, including this "booty" tomato as Braden called it.

The first bite. This is a very Man v. Food face!

During our dinner, Mason was happy (most of the time) to climb in and out of this chair.

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