Before I get to Memorial Day I want to share a few pictures of the table I put together for the holiday. The plates, cups and bowls are plastic and came from Walmart. 4 plates for $1.96, yes that is a bargain. The glasses and bowls were about the same price also. I didn’t want to go the red/white/blue route just yet. That’s coming up for July 4th.
I brought out my luan chargers and mixed and matched the flatware. I made the centerpieces from dollar store finds and they only cost $3.00 each. The candelabra was a past thrift store purchase. Paper and plastic isn’t always tacky and I want to do another table with some patterned ones soon.
So Memorial Day came and went, and when it left it took our lovely weather with it. On Monday it was a balmy and wonderful 91 degrees. Right now it’s 54; these are the joys of living in Michigan. Weather aside our holiday weekend was wonderful. Our youngest son and his wife came up from Indiana and her mom came also. It was so good to meet her after all this time. The language barrier wasn’t as challenged as we thought it would be and she loves to cook. Good food speaks clearly in any language. We also share a love of collecting dishes and kitchen gadgets. She made samosas for us and they were out of this world, as was the rice pudding. Indian cuisine can be very time consuming and I was afraid she was going to tire herself out, but she didn’t.
They arrived Friday evening and there was Taco Salad, one made with turkey for them and a beef salad for us. In addition we had Panini’s, vegetarian and some with meat along with Garth Girls Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Cake Truffles.
My plans for a big breakfast on Saturday were shelved because there was a still lot to do for the holiday, and honestly we didn’t need it. Instead, I made a Vanilla Saffron Shortbread. The recipe came from Tiffany at ComoWater and has been in my “to make” file for a long time. I’ll share pictures and the recipe next week. MIL also brought with her a Chai Masala spice, OMG that stuff is amazing! She used it to make us tea every morning, and let me tell you, I felt very special. It’s still here and I don’t know if she intentionally left it or not. I do know that every time I open the cupboard I get a good whiff, yummy!!
Saturday evening after a trip to the outlet mall, I made Chicken and Salmon Croquettes. Along with the leftover Taco Salads and desserts there was plenty to eat. By now you may be wondering where all the pictures are. Spank my hand for this one foodie friends, pictures weren’t happening for the first two days. However, for the big dinner I did get dessert pictures and a few shots of the table. And speaking of the table, my son took over that job for me. I set out an example of what I wanted and he did the rest. That’s why the last shots of the table look different. I love it when the kids take over!!! With the kids that live here and their significant others, there were ten of us. We had a ton of food and I enjoyed every minute of the preparations.
Yumola to Infinity and Beyond!!! And just think in a little over a month we get to do this all over again, woo-hoo!!!