Heads up kids, all of the teenagers, twenty somethings and happy party goers in your thirties....your energy won't last forever! One day you too will tip that great calendar and low and behold forty, fifty and beyond will be looming and with it...that certain lack of energy that will curtail your celebratory natures. I just wanted you to know that.
This weekend, we celebrated our son's graduation with a party that included some of the family. It was the first time that my Dad, and my in-laws had to sit this one out. Time is catching up with us, and although there were cousins, aunties and uncles, my Mom was the only senior who managed the trip this time round. There is definitely something to be said for families who live close by one another....I wish mine did.
There was plenty of food, and I was delighted to finally have lots of people to cook for. The menu included braised brisket served with little rolls so they could make mini sandwiches (sliders), spinach pie, composed salad, melon and berries (because the are so pretty), banana bread, and macaroni and cheese that is quickly becoming everyone's favorite...I will be sharing the recipe as it was requested by several and I can write it up here just once.
The decorations for the party came from what was outside and on hand... hydrangea in all shades of blue, and purple and white,which just happen to be our grads school colors. Patriotic red, white and blue is finding its was into the decorating as well. In the house and on the porch...this is such a festive time of year. Suggested by Brenda of Cozy Little House fame, I brought out one of my favorite vintage quilts to decorate my favorite wicker rocking chair...love the way they look together. I won a gift certificate from a give away on her blog last week, and I am still trying to decide what to spend it on...so many wonderful choices! Thank you Brenda...I am having fun with the virtual shopping and will write a separate post when I make the purchase.
The bargain planters are now in place and filled with Vinca vines and Portulaca which need to grow a bit more to show of their vibrant colors.
They are such a fun addition to this potagerie
and so unexpected! This week I am promising more pictures of the community garden plots...they have really morphed!
Here is the recipe for my baked macaroni and cheese. A dish that seems to please both children and adults.
1 pound elbow macaroni (I like Barilla)
16 ozs. Velveeta cheese
12 ozs. good cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups whole milk
2 big handfuls of potato chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees,salt water and cook pasta just till barely done..very al dente. While the macaroni is cooking, heat milk in pot and add Velveeta cut into big chunks...stir till the cheese is melted into the milk. Scramble the egg in a bowl and add a tablespoon of the hot milk mixture to temper the egg. Add the warmed egg to the milk mixture. Butter a large baking dish, and add half the macaroni. Cover with half of the cheddar cheese, and then add the rest of the macaroni. Pour the milk/cheese mixture over the top of the casserole dish, crumble the potato chips on top of this, and then add the rest of the cheddar cheese. Bake for about 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
When my children were little, I would add steamed chopped broccoli to this before baking and they all liked that, but their friends did not always appreciate the green vegetable, so for a crowd, I just cook the basic mac and cheese. I think the reason that this works for everyone is that the kids like the Velveeta flavor, but the adults appreciate the real cheddar taste...and everyone likes the crunchy topping...a win, win when you are feeding many.
This post is being linked to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday, and Smiling Sally in honor of all things blue for Blue Monday. I am also linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday...because the bargain yard sale planters are finally planted. Please stop by and visit all of these wonderful blogs.