OK, this is the show where you get to meet where I come from.  You meet my father and mother and nephew, etc.

This episode deals with me missing my old house and all the pool parties and jam sessions and especially my sign in front of my house.  The community I lived in had signs in front of everyone’s homes and I had the coolest sign. It said “BAD’S CRIB.”

All I wanted to do was drive into the community and go get my sign. The security guard who was my friend , I thought, wouldn’t let me in.  Ain’t that a trip?  Wow, it didn’t take long to shake me out of their system.  I used to bring them food and invite them to my barbecues… Mannnn!!!!

Speaking of barbecues, I had the grill of life.  I had it built in the backyard near the pool with a view of the kitchen and basketball court (tear in my eye).  There is a meat store near my old crib, Jim’s meats, that has the best meat in the world.  They have jumbo shrimp that makes my momma steal from me.  She takes all my shrimp home.  My brother, Michael, brings his own Tupperware to my house to take food home with him.

Also we have to deal with a critter situation in the pool bathroom…that room had not been opened for 5-10 years.  Wait till you see what is in there.

Oh, we are throwing a barbecue at the new house, gotta put some funk in this house. Oh you gots  to see my band…this is the beginning of something funky.

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My dad’s old house was infamous for BBQ gatherings.  Friends and family would come over on certain holidays for some good wholesome fun. Shoot, it didn’t even have to be a holiday; sometimes we just powered up the grill for the heck of it and waited to see who showed up.  Since moving in with my mom we haven’t had any type of get together mirroring that, so the only logical course of action was to bring back some of that old house soul. Yup, cookout with the Adkins ya’ll!

I was so excited to get things rolling — well, until I realized I actually had to help setup and stuff. The most daunting task was attempting to clean out the pool house, a pool house that I don’t recall ever being used by anyone. I figured some type of weird fungus, like species had been festering in there. And, of course, my pessimism was proven correct. Well not to its supernatural extent but close enough. We found a huge snake just chilling in the pool house! This was a moment to man up and handle the situation. Some may have said I punked out in that little debacle.  I, on the other hand like to remember it the way that makes me look the most cool. That being said, my dad and I were about to get the situation under control — Adkins men 1, legless lizards 0.

Terrifying snakes aside, getting my dad’s sign back was the most fulfilling part of the day. Through special covert operation, like techniques, and some help from my friend Ryan, I was able to retrieve the last memorabilia from the old house. Witnessing his reaction when we revealed it was a special moment because my dad has done so much for me in my life that it was gratifying to be able to give something back. I think it’s safe to say things are starting to come together as we continue to adjust to living under the same roof.

One thing our family loves to do is barbecue, and we love to do it with family and friends.  The problem is that we used to cookout at Sinbad’s.  His back yard was made for this sort of thing.  He had the outdoor kitchen area, large barbeque and basketball court.  It was perfect yard for entertaining.  This time, however, we had to do things a little different.  We had the barbecue at my house.

My yard was ok, no basketball court, but it works.  No outside kitchen but I do have a grill.  Not good enough.  We buy a new grill.  It’s not what he had before, but it’s OK.  The kids were in charge of cleaning.  They encountered a snake in the pool bathroom.  A Snake! Now animal control has to be called.  While Paige helps me come up with the menu, she insults my Panuches.  I take insult and the Battle of the Panuche was on.

On my side of family, the Panuche is serious business. It is not for the lighthearted.  This recipe has been in my family for three generations now.  It was handed down from my grandmother to my mother and then to myself and my sister-in-law. I also passed it down to my daughter.  My grandmother and mother made them best.  The challenge has been duplicating the exact taste & texture combination. In fact, whenever my family gets together, one night is devoted to making Panuches and it’s a battle. Fighting for the title of Best Panuche is my brother, my sister-in-law, Paige and myself.  There are 17 of us, and everybody has a vote.  It’s a lot of fun, but if your Panuche’s doesn’t make the cut, you will never live it down.

My daughter makes a darn good Panuche, but her mamas are still better.

It’s BBQ time, Adkins style baby!!! My family is HUGE on any reason to get our closest friends and family together and chow down on some great food, conversation and music.  While my parents were divorced, it became a tradition at my dad’s house to have these BBQs.  So it was only right that before we moved out, we have one more blowout.  That day was truly bittersweet because it was probably one of the best cookouts we’ve ever had, but we knew that it would be last one in that house and maybe even for awhile.

We started to notice that my dad was getting a little sad (I think it was finally starting to hit him) so we decided that hey the location may be different, but the tradition can remain the same!  It just 24 hours we set out on a mission to have the BBQ of a lifetime.  All it was gonna take was a little cleaning and tidying up around the house to get things ready… No problem (or so I thought).

Now let me ask you question, if there is an outdoor bathroom at your house that has been locked and unopened for at least 15 years wouldn’t you maybe just let it stay closed for one more day? I mean, 15 years is loooong time for something to just be left unattended… Think of all the wild creatures that can set up shop in there! Well, lucky for me that’s exactly what happened… A frickin anaconda tried to kill me!!! Okay maybe it didn’t try to kill me and maybe it wasn’t an anaconda, but that does not change the fact that it scared the crap out of me, LOL!  Thank God we (by we I mean my dad and Royce, lol) were able to get rid of it before everybody got to the house.

One of the high notes of the day was definitely the panuche contest with my mom! Pause… I know you’re probably wondering what in the world is a panuche?! Well it’s a family recipe and the best way to describe it is as a brown sugar brownie (doesn’t do it justice tho).  Unfortunately, I cannot disclose the ingredients with you without having to take your life in exchange, LOL! I’m just playing… Maybe;-)  Anyhoo the verdict is still out on whom won the competition, but I don’t need a verdict… I know the truth… It was myself of course!

I could go on and on about how amazing that day was and very much needed for my family.  It was amazing and comforting to be surrounded by the smiling faces of people we love and who love us the most (there’s nothing like family).  It was great to just be able to clear our minds of all the mess and not have to worry about things that have happened and just truly enjoy each other.  It was an amazing start to a wonderful new chapter in our lives… I can’t wait til next one!!!