On Monday I wrestled with the luxury of air conditioning, but then I spent most of the day outside! Every Labor Day and Memorial Day my parents host a shooting day for friends and/or family. Yep, shooting. Guns. Outside. (Yee-haw, right?!)
The summer before my junior year of high school my mom and dad bought 75 acres of land outside city limits. It’s a very quaint little homestead that we’ve lovingly named Happy Valley. Ten of those acres are cleared and there was already a large garage when they took possession but my parents needed a house. And my dad needed a bigger garage. And now my husband is going to add onto the original garage with his business. And someday we plan on building a house out there… So “homestead” is actually a very accurate term.
Anyway, it’s in the hills of Ohio and allows us to do whatever we want, be it hunt, four-wheel, have bon fires, hike, set off fire works, or target shoot. Fortunately, we strictly kept it to shooting on Monday. Kind of.
Typically we just shoot bottles, targets, and clay pigeons, but someone brought Tannerite to the party and we got creative. Tannerite is an explosive powder that reacts with a high impact force… so when you tape the container to an old paint can things get really fun.
Our first attempt didn’t go well… We put the can on a stump way out in the field and missed the explosive target all together and ended up with a shoot-up can. It was fun, but not the results we were looking for…
So then we moved the target closer & secured the container of Tannerite 🙂
As a finale we decided to make a paint can pyramid with the Tannerite target in the middle of the cans. I didn’t get a picture of the target, but I did document the results. The top can also shot 30-ish feet into the air. Super cool.
Yes, it’s destructive. Yes, we clean up our messes. Yes, we respect gun safety and use eye and ear protection. We’ve all been shooting for years and know what we’re doing. Also, I do NOT condone the casual use of Tannerite. It’s very explosive and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
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Sometimes my parents host a lunch, but on Monday they started at 10:30am and called it brunch. It was a hot day, but that didn’t stop them from cooking potatoes and pork chops over a fire. We also had scrambled eggs, fruit, cinnamon rolls, French toast casserole, coffee cake, and cookies! Food just tastes better coming from a cast iron pan, ya know?
I whipped up a watermelon fruit bowl and made a yummy fruit dip. I totally failed and forgot to take a picture, though. Anyway, I wanted to share the fruit dip recipe because it’s amazing…
Mix two 1 oz. boxes of instant vanilla jello, one 8oz. tub of whip cream, and one 32 oz. container of vanilla yogurt.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Boom. DONE. If you want to be healthy use sugar free/light/low-fat ingredients. It’s so good. And you can totally eat it without fruit 😉
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What did you do for Labor Day? Do you like target shooting? What are your plans for this 4-day week?