Dirt + Cake

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Hello, hello!

Goodness, it has been go-GO-go this entire weekend, and we’re not done yet!

Let’s see here, where did we leave off…ah yes, the food festival Ben and I went to last night – Smokin’ in the Junction BBQ festival! We had some friends over for drinks before we left, and…attempted to take some pictures?!

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There we go! ;)

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This was the second annual Smokin’ in the Junction festival, which is one of the largest BBQ festivals in the state of Iowa. There was a nice stage setup on one end with live bands playing all night,

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and the rest of the streets were lined with vendors selling some REAL good ‘Q!

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And refreshments. :)

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The mouth-watering scent of luscious, smoky BBQ filled the air, and we had a hard time picking which tent we wanted to eat at!

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After spotting the Big Daddy’s tent though, the decision was made. Big Daddy’s BBQ is a local institution and their products hit the mark every time.

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I got a big, juicy pulled pork sandwich.

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Smothered with Big Daddy’s signature sweet and smoky sauce.

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The best!!!

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Ben opted for some of their ribs that were, ohhhh, about 8 inches long! 8O Absolutely unbelievable! We stayed at the festival for a couple of hours, enjoying the wonderful summer evening, and a few more beverages, before calling it a night!

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Now, after two evenings of indulging in heavy food and cocktails, I woke up feeling surprisingly amazing, but when I spied this coconut water at the grocery store this morning, I picked some up to give it a try.

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I recently read that coconut water has amazing hydrating properties and naturally contains the 5 key electrolytes: potassium, phosphorous, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

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Plus it’s fat free, and tastes REALLY good. Sort of like a really watered down coconut drink. I’d buy it again, because truly, I did feel really good after drinking it!

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Next up we headed over to my parent’s house for a grand ol’ Memorial Day BBQ straight off the grill!

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Tangy, vinegary slaw,

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crunchy, roasted potatoes,

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and beautiful sirloin steak! Ben actually grilled these and he did a dynamite job. Like buttah’, I’m telling you.

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Rounded out with some cool fresh fruit salad.  

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My Mom’s attempt at a “red, white & blue” themed dish. ;) 

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After lunch – she brought out the big guns though…DIRT CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You can’t even begin to understand how much I love dirt cake!! My Mom used to make this all the time for my brother’s and me growing up, and it’s been at least 15 years since I last had it! (I hate that I can say it’s been 15 years since something, btw!)

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Anyways, Dirt Cake is layers of crushed oreo cookies and vanilla pudding cheesecake, one after another, after another.

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Topped with “worms”, of course! I WANT TO JUMP IN THIS BOWL!!! 

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Ahem, excuse me, sorry. I just really love dirt cake is all. I had…three bowls. Three bowls people. It was excessive, but so worth it. What if I don’t get dirt cake for another 15 years?! It had to be done. :)

Ohhhh, anyways! Ben and I are off to another picnic for a friend of his. Here we go again!

Toodles!

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