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The Fourth, aka Independence Day, is only a few weeks away and if you’re hosting a family and/or friends cook-out or picnic or BBQ or whatever you call your summer get togethers, there’s a lot to do. Let’s make a general “to do” list, shall we?
Clean inside the house…yes, people will be outside most of the time (weather permitting). However, unless you’re renting port-a-johns and placing them in your backyard, folks will be using your indoor facilities, especially if the beer and wine is flowing freely.
Clean outside the house…especially the deck, patio, gazebo or wherever your guests will congregate outdoors. This includes cleaning the outdoor furniture as well.
Manicure the lawn…and shrubbery (you could consult “Roger the Shrubber” of Monty Python fame). With guests invited for outdoor activities, you’ll want your yard looking like Augusta National during the Masters Golf Tournament.
Visit MagicKitchen.com and order your meal…while wearing your pajamas, drinking coffee and listening to your favorite music, like Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. This way, you can save untold hours shopping, preparing and cooking your meal and spend untold hours cleaning the interior and exterior of your house and landscaping your yard.
I know what your next question is…Does MagicKitchen.com offer appetizing selections suitable for my July Fourth shindig? (where the hell does that word, “shindig” come from anyway)? To answer the first question, yes, MagicKitchen.com has plenty of Independence Day-worthy foods to choose from (see my sample menu below).
To answer the second, parenthetic question: Most believe the term “shindig” is derived from the 19th century term, “shindy” which meant a loud, physical altercation between several individuals. Also, the term “shin-dig” was used, primarily in the Southern states, to mean a kick to the shins. It’s easy to see how a term for a loud brawl could be converted into meaning a loud, boisterous party. As the say on NBC, now you know.