The RV Chronicles — Baby Girl isn’t a baby any more (Recipe: Brats en Brochette)

I knew it would happen. I wished for it, in fact. But now that it has arrived, I’m a bit melancholy.

Baby Girl has grown up.

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Long gone are the days of father-daughter outings to Applebee’s for mac & cheese. She’s a calamari connoisseur these days. Baby Girl has traded Sailor Moon for Sephora.

283074_240541879298102_3261625_nIt hit me a couple years back when she landed her first real job — and started driving herself there — that Baby Girl was fast approaching this moment. Instead of lamenting the true speed of time, I reveled in requiescence.

There was someone else who could go to the store for bread and milk, after all. Now, though, she can drive herself to the doctor — or buy her own airline ticket. Baby Girl can vote in an election. She can go apply for a bank loan. Or enlist in any branch of our Armed Forces.

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She’s traded slumber parties for Snapchat. Flowery flip-flops for pumps. Kool-Aid for coffee. Gone too are her braces … and our reminders to brush and floss, or use a napkin instead of her shirt.

12390928_1107873032564978_244787173492739895_nI woke up this morning to find myself missing those many moments of my children’s innocence. Particularly, Alexandra’s.

Though her childhood went all too fast, as I should’ve known it would, I couldn’t ask for a better set of memories. Happy memories. Fun memories.

It’s official now. Alexandra is a beautiful woman. But she’ll always be my Baby Girl.

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Brats en Brochette

Brats en Brochette — Cheese-stuffed. Bacon-wrapped. Excellent tailgating fare.

Brats en Brochette — Cheese-stuffed. Bacon-wrapped. It’s the tailgating Promised Land.

 

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Brats en Brochette
 
Brats en Brochette — Cheese-stuffed. Bacon-wrapped. It's the tailgating Promised Land.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 – Bratwursts
  • 10 – Bacon slices
  • 4 oz – Pepper Jack cheese, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
  • 1 – 12 oz beer, preferably something dark
  • ¾ cup – Barbecue sauce
  • Toothpicks, for securing the bacon
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, simmer bratwursts in beer until just done, about 15 minutes; remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Place bacon slices in skillet with remaining beer; simmer for 2-3 minutes; carefully remove and set aside.
  3. When brats have cooled, create a lengthwise 'pocket' (as deep as possible without cutting all the way through) for stuffing the cheese – leave a thumb's width uncut on both ends of sausage so that cheese doesn't melt out the ends during grilling.
  4. Stuff each sausage with 2-2½ pieces of the cheese.
  5. Starting on one end of the bratwurst(s), secure the end of a piece of bacon and start spiral-wrapping toward the other end, making sure the edges are overlapped. (Each piece of bacon will wrap about half of the brat. Secure it with a toothpick and start wrapping the next piece.)
  6. Preheat grill to medium-hot.
  7. Carefully place wrapped/stuffed bratwursts on the grate and cook until bacon starts to brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  8. Once bacon has browned, start basting the sausages with barbecue sauce; flip once more to allow sauce to caramelize.
  9. Carefully remove the toothpicks.
  10. Serve immediately on rolls.

 

Comments

  1. Kids growing up is kinda bittersweet- we miss the babies but love the mature and talented young adults they’ve become. I know the heartache.

    The brats look really damn good, by the way!

  2. Mine’s 20 years younger than yours and I’m already feeling those pangs and trying to hold on to my little girl as much as I can. You’ve made me want to grip more tightly, remember more clearly and use time more purposefully. Thanks for that.

    And for the brats. Oh my gosh, the brats.

    • adamjholland says:

      Some are better than others at holding on tightly. This is my third time around and I’m no better than the first time. I get one more chance though. :-)

  3. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Now THAT’S some serious grilling, Adam! My “baby” is a senior this year and will be off to college next year, oh my! —> Feeling old.

  4. She is beautiful! But we both know that this season of growth is just different. Less monitoring so that is different but honestly the same ups and downs and a parental ear is still needed to hash all this ” adulting” stuff out

  5. Your daughter is gorgeous and looks just like your wife!

    Okay, that recipe looks finger-lickin’ good sir! I showed it to my son-in-law because he’s the griller around here and he said – “no prob, it’s on the list for our next BBQ” . So I’m a happy girl!

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m going to tell Catherine about your observation, because she thinks she was sort of shortchanged in the look-alike department. (It’ll make her week!) Let me know what you think of the brats.

  6. Aww!! Your Baby Girl sure has blossomed into a Beautiful Lady! And those brats look pretty damn gorgeous, too!! :D (We, too, did a “brat thing” yesterday!) May I ask what kind/brand of bacon that is?? DANG it looks good! Best we have around here is Wright’s. :/

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Kelly. In fact, you’re looking at Wright’s thick cut. I think it’s some of the best (nationally sold) bacon out there.

  7. She’s absolutely beautiful! For a baby girl. ;) And did you say cheese stuffed bacon wrapped????? Lawdie Adam. I can’t even imagine how good that is. Pinned.

  8. What a sweet post and what a beauty! You’re blessed.

  9. Adam, I’ve been sorely neglecting you lately — not by choice, mind you. Ironically — or incredibly — I was spending time with MY Bebe Girl recently (I’ve always referred to her as the same, albeit with a “Ya Ya” inference) and wondered how in the heck she was 31 already! Time flies…

    Enjoy every moment of your lovely daughter’s “growing up.” She’s a beaut! (Looks like she’s also a drama queen — the good kind — Rydell High? Rizzo, perhaps?) Cool that she expresses herself so creatively! But then, she’s a chip off the ol’ block. :) Gotta love a Dad with a sentimental heart, too, xo.

    • adamjholland says:

      The beauty of the Internet, Kim, is that you can stop by 24-7. Glad you made your way here and it’s cool that you’re spending time with your daughter. — I can honestly say that I’ve not enjoyed some moments while they were happening, but came around later. You are very kind. :-)

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