MOINK Ball Certification Request
First, let me say that I am not sure how to do the "captions" under/beneath the pix that are forth coming, so please allow you to give you my play-by-play.
A little background from the previous posts:
Tomorrow (18 July) Army SFC Eric McGillivery will be return to Manito after completing his tour in Iraq, where he was injured by an IED. The Mayor of Manito has declared July 18th "Eric McGillivery Day" and there will be a welcome home party/parade tomorrow evening downtown Manito beginning at 4:30 - with his arrival estiimated at 6 P.M. There will be a reception at his home after the downtown celebration. I was asked to cook for the party - originally thought to be for about 100 - now maybe 300 or more. Menu is pretty easy, imo, burgers, brats, hotdogs (all grilling/no smoking). I am going to make up a big batch of MOINK balls to have ready as appetizers and some ABTs (the soldier's favorite) The MOINK and the ABTs will be the most work.
If you are so inclined, throw some good thoughts and/or prayers that his homecoming is joyful - and that all of our service men and women are kept safe for their own joyful return.
Thanks everyone - I posted a quick update on Saturday evening - in case you didn't see it - Eric made it back safely and was warmly greeted by a crowd of town folk and family after being escorted in by the Patriot Guard and Police/Ambulance/Fire vehicles.
The food was well received and the people thought that the combination of MOINK balls and Pig Candy was Manna from heaven. The brats the family provided were incredible, too. Of course, even simple burgers and hot dogs cooked on an open fire taste better than anything you get from indoor cooking. Beer and soda flowed freely - beer more so than the soda, I think.
Eric seemed to be genuinely surprised and touched - and very appreciative. I told him that what was done FOR HIM that night was NOTHING compared to what he has done for US. God bless America and our troops (and their families)!!!
Below are pictures of the first two trays of MOINK Balls, a picture of the soldier with family - a picture of the grill - and a picture of my salsa that was requested. The recipie was WalMart frozen meatballs - cheap bacon - Plowboy's Yardbird Rub mixed with Julio's seasoning.
IMBAS Certified MOINK Ball maker and IMBAS Sgt. At Arms.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. [Acts 20:32 KJV]