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! ;)


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,


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


And refreshments. :)


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.


I got a big, juicy pulled pork sandwich.


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


The best!!!


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!


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!


Tangy, vinegary slaw,


crunchy, roasted potatoes,


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


Rounded out with some cool fresh fruit salad.  


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


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


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!)


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


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


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!