After weeks and weeks of feeling like a lingering summer was a giant thumb holding us down, a sweet little cool front slipped on down letting us up to enjoy some great weather this week. It’s hard to beat the touch of the sun warming your face on a pleasant morning. Nice weather this week brought us a whole mess of barbecue & chocolate animals.


Family style trays of barbecue were everywhere.

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Eating barbecue outside on a nice day is hard to beat. Lots of folks were doing just that.

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Watching folks enjoy good barbecue, cold beer, great weather, and vibrant chocolate truffles is why we do what we do.


The new Cherry Jubilee and Jalapeno Fig chocolate truffles were grabbing the attention of chocolate monsters.  Some of these animals left with gift boxes that looked like this one.


You can make friends, or make a lasting impression, or make peace, or simply make up with a box of chocolate like that one.

After a long and hard couple of weeks I treated myself to a day in the man cave with more sports to watch than can be watched in one day, but I gave it my best. I saw the Texans win and the Astros stink up their last game of the year, while coaching SeaBrisket and watching the Ryder Cup. Coffee was sipped, bacon was eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beers were poured in a tall glass and whiskey in a short glass. It was only the few calls of nature that made me step out of the man cave for a few minutes at a time.

Today was Ryder Cup Sunday, which happens only every other year. The best professional golfers from the USA are matched against the best professional golfers from Europe in a match play contest that has been going on for about a hundred years.

Golf is a gentlemen’s game. Professional golf fans are reserved, respectful, and polite while quietly watching the action on the course.

The Ryder Cup is a different animal however.


American golf fans wear red, white, and blue viking hats when a golf match breaks out in the middle of a tailgate party before a combination football soccer game. This makes perfect sense too me.

Ryder Cup golf is about what the fans make of it.  Ryder Cup is about playing for country.


USA professional golfers stood with their hands over their heart during the National Anthem before representing their country like these two Texans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. They viewed representing America as a honor and a privilege.

Ryder Cup fans will scream at every shot, every point won, and sometimes in a golfers back swing. So much so, that one player for team Europe said USA fans are obnoxious as if Euro fans are any less ridiculous.

Look at these sweet little over baked cup cakes.


How a player can concentrate on his shot knowing there is a danish pop tart with a globe on their head standing behind them is what I would wonder about if I was the captain of team Europe.

Euro fans are indeed stylish.

Europe Fans look on during the afternoon fourball matches at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota on October 1, 2016, during the 2016 Ryder Cup competition between Europe and the USA. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_GQ2F5

While you drown your golf misery in Lattes and Perrier Euro fan, I’m going to celebrate like these sensible American beer drinkers.

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: United States fans pose during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 27, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Dear Europe,

You may have invented golf, but for this year anyways we smoked your ass.

Have a nice flight back across the pond.


Obnoxious USA golf fan.

For all of those who came to see us at The Craftory this week, thank you. We’re glad you came by, and I hope to see you again soon.

I kid you Europe. Don’t get your plus fours all up in a wad.

Cheers! Scott






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