Dandelion Days

Family. Tradition. Whimsy. Joy.

Dandelion Day – Cowboy Cookout September 17, 2008

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Nothing marks the start of fall better than a bonfire. Of course, with fire restrictions so high, most of us will have to settle for a gathering at the chimenea or a family-huddle around the backyard grill. Add a cowboy theme and a Dandelion Day is yours- Yee-Haw!


  • Jeans, Overalls and Bandanas – you definitely want to look the part.
  • Your old camping gear. Tin plates will make dinner feel rustic and the camp chairs will keep everyone comfy.
  • A bucket each of sand and water… just in case.


  • Bicuits
  • Baked Beans
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Lemonade
  • My Great Grandmother’s Southern Pound Cake (recipe following)


  • In the tradition of old cowpokes on the lonely range, tell stories with your family. You could take turns making up stories or share some real accounts of your own. Try letting one family member start a story until someone else yells “Stop!” Then the next person adds to the story until someone else stops them and so on. Or write down conversation starters like “What toy would you create if you were Santa?” or “What is the weirdest food you have eaten” and let everyone drawer a started out of a bowl and answer.
  • Roast marshmallows and make smores.
  • If someone in your family plays guitar, enjoy a family sing-along. Or you could borrow a tape of cowboy songs from your local library and learn some new tunes.
  • Check out National Geographic’s online star charts and challenge your family to find constellations in the night sky. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/stars/chart/index.html

A cowboy cookout has the potential for family bonding. With a lack of distractions and an outdoor environment, everyone can relax enjoy the company of their family… the perfect Dandelion Day.

Great-Grandmother Clifton’s Southern Pound Cake


1 c. Crisco

2 c. sugar

Add 3 eggs and beat well.

Add 1 c. flour and beat.

Add 3 eggs and beat.

Add 1 c. flour and beat.

Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. vanilla and beat.

Pour into a greased and floured bunt pan.

Bake for 1 hour at 325. Yumm!


Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma





Baked Beans