S: Sixth Annual Hog Roast 2010
FC: Roasting in the Hills. 2010
1: By Peggy Otten
2: The major project for the weekend, aside from roasting a hog, was to put up a pavilion. Stephen, Mark & Steve-0 tackled the project. | T H U R S D A Y
3: After Steve-o did a bit of tree trimming, construction began on the pavilion. After trying several methods to cut the main posts posts the chainsaw was the easiest. The go kart was an easily move ladder. It took less than a day to construct the pavilion.
5: Trusses were delivered late in the afternoon. After a bit of wrestling they were nailed into place.
7: Mark & Jacob took Micah, Gabrielle, Amber & Anastasiya frog gigging. The girls had a blast and got thirteen frogs. Stephen & Mark had fun cleaning them.
8: F R I D A Y | This year we tried something new, cooking breakfast in the shed so that the cooks would have more room. Dickey, Steve-O & John made waffles, sausage & eggs to order. | Friday afternoon Stephen, Carl, Steve-O & Dickey worked to put up the cross for the chapel at the lake.
9: Several jobs need to be completed on Friday so that there would be less work on Saturday. Mark & Linda took Pastor & Gretal to Swiss where they picked up the hog. Peggy & Deanna went into Jefferson City to get charcoal and various other supplies. Once everyone was back at the farm the final task was to put the tarp on the pavilion. Stephen did not want to have to worry | about trying to keep the fire going on the pig if it rained. After some discussion it was decided that bungee cords would work the best if it got windy. With a lot of help it did not take log to get the tarp secured into place.
10: s A T U R D A Y | Saturday morning came bright and early for those that had to get the hog spinning. The hog was larger than what Stephen ordered and was difficult to work with. | Stephen, John, Steve-o, & Dickey attached the hog then sewed it up. Kent, Deb, Peggy, Joe, & Christine watched the early morning progress.
11: It took four people to move the hog from the shed to the spit. That should have been a sign that the hog was bigger that what was expected. | Once the hog was situated on the spit it needed to be wrapped in wire to hold it together. The lighter it got outside the more spectators showed up. The hog was in place and spinning by daybreak.
12: Because the hog was so big it was not staying on the spit. A command decision was made to wrap the hog so that it would not fall apart. After a quick look around to see what we had, a girdle was put on the hog.
13: Saturday morning's breakfast was a mix of eggs, legs and kegs. A kitchen was once again set up in the shed to keep the mess out of the house. Dickey cooked up bacon and his famous eggs to order. | Over night a storm ripped the tarp off of the pavilion. The tarp, now a bit smaller, was put back up as rain was still in the forecast for the day. | Peggy made a waffle mix that John used to make waffles to order. Outside by the pavilion Mark used his dad's recipe to fry up the frog legs from Thursday night,
21: We ended up with a hog that was about twice the size of what we wanted. We had issues with the hog falling off the spit and taking a long time to cook. Stephen had to think fast to keep the hog together while it cooked.
22: Now thank we all our God, With heart and hands and voices who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
23: Who from our mother's arms has blessed us on our way, With countless gifts of love and still is ours today.
24: Dinner is served!
30: S U N D A Y | Sunday morning arrived to find Stephen and Peggy sleeping in the shed and the house full of people. Mark made breakfast before everyone headed down to the chapel at the lake for the first service ever held there. Pastor Jacob Ehrhard led the service for us.
32: After the service everyone headed back up to the farm house, a couple of people stopped at the garden to pick some veggies. Uncle Kent Pearson fired up the blender and made Bloody Mary's with the fresh picked tomatoes and hot peppers.