Monday, February 14, 2011

How To Eat A Cougar and Other Valentine Stories

But first . . . don't you just love a man with a heart?!

This is one of my favorite pictures. I took it at a party we had at our house last year following a Friday night fireside. There were about 30 people over, and when I saw all these men sitting on the floor holding the balloons, I couldn't resist whipping out the camera! So cute!

But . . . about that cougar . . .

Question: If you attended BYU and eat cougar, does that make you a cannibal?

Saturday night we had a neighborhood progressive dinner. We started at B&C’s with yummy chicken nachos, fresh homemade salsa, pico de gallo and guacamole. Oh, and grilled cougar. YES!! Cougar.

Gotta say it creeped me out a bit.

Another neighbor, who is a big hunter, killed the cougar in southern Arizona a while ago and thought he would bring some over for us to enjoy. (cough, cough)

I was brave and ate three bites. It really wasn’t bad. It was sort of like slightly tough pork. By the third bite though, just the thought of what I was eating made me gag a bit.

I thought Wes would be excited to eat it. After all, according to Louis L'Amour (who is frequently quoted in our house) cougar is supposed to be the best meat ever.

Wes only had one bite. One little bite.

I think Louis has lost just a little credibility.

The rest of the evening was a lot of fun, just maybe not as adventurous. We went to my house for the main course, where we had rice, teriyaki pork, a salad and rolls (the salad and rolls were brought by other neighbors) and then we ended up at the home of the cougar cooks for strawberry shortcake and games.

It was a great way to share some “neighborhood love”!


AND . . .Since Valentines is today, Wes and I celebrated together Friday night. He is such a sweetheart!! He planned the whole evening on his own. (It isn't a shock that he can do it, it is just that I usually plan all of our dates.:-)

First, on Wednesday he brought me home a big bouquet of flowers and told me it was a clue to what we would be doing on our date. Finally I guessed that we would be going to see My Fair Lady at Arizona Broadway Theater, a dinner theater near our house.

The dinner was so yummy and the play was fantastic. They really did a great job. That play is one of our favorites so it was a lot of fun to go see it and very thoughtful of Wes to plan the night.

I sure love that man!!

Tonight we are having all RED food for dinner. . . salsa, enchiladas, Spanish rice (all family favorites)

Happy Valentines to Everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Lesa said...

Never had cougar..

I'm new to your blog. And I just have to say that I love the quotes on the side of things your family has said..very funny especially your husband asking if you were going to write about it on your blog..been there.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

You completely surprised me with the cougar story. Your party sounds fun! Hooray for husbands planning dates!

Sue said...

Sheesh. I thought you were kidding about the cougar.

My Fair Lady is one of my favorites...


Rebecca Irvine said...

I would have had a hard time eating cougar too!

Happy Valentines Day - I'm jealous of your fun date planned by your husband!

Roger and LeAnn said...

It appears that you had an awesome valentine. I loved the cougar story.I have never even though about eating Cougar. The party sounded fun though.
I love dinner theaters; that was a great idea.
Blessings to you! LeAnn

Emma T said...

EEWWWW!! Cougar does not sound good to me!! I would just be thinking I was eating Cosmo. How awful!! But your Valentines sounds fun. We love that play as well.

Handsfullmom said...

Wow, sounds like fun!