Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Great Cajun Crawfish Boil: Cavalier Style

For the third year running (and for my third year with them) , the Cavaliers celebrated Memorial Day with a kick butt crawfish boil.

Every year, without fail, is fabulous and this year was no exception. All of the Cajun bases were covered- we had crawfish, shrimp, new potatoes, sausage, corn, lemons.... and watermelon. Chase's dad's side of the family is from Southern Louisiana, and we take pride in the Cavalier name. My favorite part every year is watching the guys drain the big pot and carry it over to the table covered in a slicky table cloth... and pour them directly onto the table cloth!! From there, we all stand/sit around the edge of the table and peel and eat the little guys. It's so tasty and so much fun!

2008
2009 (missed the photo op this year)
2010

Unfortunately this year, while I was snapping away at the little guys, one snapped the spicy juice right into my eye. For about thirty seconds it felt like I was jabbing a thousand tiny little needles into my eye.

Cajun Crawfish juice + eye = really bad.

I don't suggest that you try it at home.

All of the our immediate family from the Cavalier side was there + one from the Butler clan. :) So that means: Chase's parents Angie and Roy, my father Grover, Chase and me, his brother Corey and his wife Beaura and their two girls Abby and Rose, and Chase's brother Chad and his wife Victoria and their sons Nick and Cody. We had a full house with lots of kids playing in the water... and of course we took B with us as well. (no trip is complete without our Super Awesome-Cute Pup).

13 1/2 total. The 1/2 is Bailey... don't get any funny ideas there about that 1/2. No baby bumps hiding around here!

At one point during the day on Monday, we feared it was going to rain like last year:

[2009 Crawfish Boil]
(...not like that stops us from eating our crawfish...)

But we survivied with only a few small rain drops!

Here's a photo re-cap of the event!
Preparations

Well isn't he just adorable? (and delicious)  /snort

Super cute pup, ftw!

Yum! So colorful, too.

Favorite part!!!!

Handsome Hubs caught pre-mid-smile/eat.

Sweet niece.

Me!

Sweet nephew!

Sweet other niece. :) Love this photo btw.

Sweet (sometimes) dad ;)

Cotton candy goodness! We made it ourselves. Beaura (sister-in-law) has a cotton candy machine. It's stellar neat!

Even though we don't get to see our family all that much, it is traditions like these that keep us close and connected. 

Loving them is surely easy... especially when they frantically run to get cold cloths to wipe the crawfish juice from your eyes because they know it hurt like a beast.

Now that's true love.



2 comments:

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

wow, that looks like so much fun! I'm going to have to get myself invited to your party next year. Of course, to be honest, I have no idea how to eat a crawfish! I put some on my plate at a Chinese restaurant once but didn't know what to do with it!

Also bad in the eyeball = cigarette ash. Not fun.

Kalyn said...

It's not so bad eating the crawfish- basically you tear off the tails, peel away the shell and eat the meat! Some people even such the heads.... (insert cheesy smile/giggle here)

but I'm not that adventurous. ;)

I'd hate to experience cigarette ash in the eye!

Thanks for the comment love!