Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lakeside Low-Country Boil

Photos, clockwise from top left: Lemons fill an aqua dish Betty received as a wedding gift 50 years ago; This pewter dragonfly flew over from my sister-in-law Shannon's house for our celebration; Fresh from the pot, our seafood dinner is served; Votives nestled in mason jars cast a warm glow over the tables as the sun begins to set; We lingered for hours enjoying the lovely lakeside views.

We were welcomed to my in-laws' LaGrange, Ga., home over the weekend with a low-country boil Friday night. The weather was perfect for gathering by the pool with dear friends and family to reflect on the occasion that brought us all together: Betty and Louis Lester's 50th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful evening that eased us into a weekend bursting with golden memories!

My sister-in-law Emily decorated for the party, and my sister-in-law Shannon cooked for the event. Click the links for the evening's delicious low-country boil and watermelon salad recipes. Everyone raved about the Sea Island Cornbread from the LaGrange Junior Service League's new cookbook, Grits and Grace. Find the recipe below, and order this great southern cookbook here. For dessert, we enjoyed my father-in-law's favorite summertime treat. Scroll down to take a peek at this classic dessert!

Sea Island Cornbread

Find this great recipe on page 139 in Grits and Grace, the latest cookbook from the Junior League in LaGrange, Ga.

1 cup self-rising cornmeal
3/4 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
8-ounce can cream style corn
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion, optional
1/4 cup chopped green pepper, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1/4 cup of oil into a cast iron skillet and put in the oven for 5 minutes. Mix all ingredients together and pour into skillet. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serves 8. (Note: Shannon used a 9 "-x-13" casserole dish greased with butter, so omitted the 1/4 cup of oil in the pan.)

After our feast, guests were encouraged to have a Coke float and a smile! Served in Coke glasses picked up at Dollar Tree, floats were a refreshing treat for young and old alike.


Vonda Chalfant said...

Your pictures look like they jumped off the pages of Southern Living! Just beautiful!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Love a Low Country boil! Did you serve bottle cokes and let each person make their own float?

Rach said...

Looks divine! Thanks for the ideas.

Deanna said...

Hello from HomeHaven!
Blessings to you,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks divine!


Sheila :-)

julie said...

great idea! i need to have a low country boil! and that corn bread sounds yummy! thanks!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Thank you for your kind, and uplifting comments on my blog-My dad is one in a million, and your comment was so sweet-thank you!
Come on back any time!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

my good friend and neighbor just celebrated her own parents' 50th two weekends ago...i'm enjoying seeing what you all did for your special event! she asked several times for ideas, but i have no experience with anniversaries. now she's off to plan a baby shower...THOSE i have done and have tons of ideas!!! in 3 years i'll be working on my in-laws 40th...i'll have to book mark your ideas :)

love you!

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Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

Melissa - regarding cleaning the glass doors, use just the fabric softener sheet wettened - use it to scrub, rinse thoroughly!

hip chick said...

ooh it all looks so good. I have never had a coke float before. I normally do a root beer float.

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