Summer is here! My daughter has been out of school for over a week now. There has been her 6th birthday celebration, playing in the water sprinkler, chalk drawing on the sidewalk, blowing of bubbles, cooking out and eating on our outside deck, our first trip to the neighborhood pool, and even a trip to the local zoo.
Thrown into the week and a half of summer play time has been the dress rehearsal and recital for my daughter’s dance studio. Grace was great! (Of course I think so – she is my daughter!) She was so excited when her daddy presented her with a bouquet of colored daisies after the performance. You would have thought she was given two dozen long stem red roses by her reaction. It did not matter what type of flowers they were or how big the bouquet. All that mattered was her daddy gave them to her and she knew he was proud of her. It was a precious moment.
I am excited about the time I will be spending with Grace through the summer. She and I are taking a road trip back home to Texas over the next week. It will be great to spend time with family. We also plan to go to Six Flags this summer. It will be Grace’s first time to the fun theme park. Let’s see, there will also be more trips to the pool, the Saint Louis Zoo, and a trip to the Saint Louis Arch when company comes to visit. Oh, and more chalk drawing and bubbles – of course. We are even planning a family get away to Chicago.
I will definitely spend some time pulling weeds in my flower bed. I LOVE all my colorful flowers!
Yes, summer is here and we are so happy!!!!
With all the business of summer, I have decided to take a break from my weekly recipe carnival Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I am grateful for all the bloggers who link up weekly. But, for now, I will spend my time with my family and less time on my blog. I hope you understand.
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday will be taking a summer vacation.
Oh my! It is a very busy time of year and this week is huge! Tomorrow my MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) group is having our end of year Mother’s Tea. As the hospitality coordinator, I have had lots to take care of and coordinate. Wednesday is my daughter’s last day of school and I am still needing to put together her teacher and teacher’s assistant thank you gifts. Finally, and most important, my daughter has her birthday on Friday. She will be six! That means I am also planning and finalizing details for her birthday on Saturday.
So, I thought I would share two recipes which I am preparing for these events. I have shared both recipes in the past. I will post the links to those recipes.
First, I am making my favorite chicken salad which will be served on croissants at the Tea. My MOPS Steering Team are helping with other delectable treats for our tea. There will be scones, fruit salad, cucumber sandwiches, mini cheese cakes, oreo truffles, and individual fruit pizza along with my chicken salad. My helpers are a great bunch of cooks! Check out this chicken salad with bacon and almonds recipe.
I am also baking the best iced lemon pound cake. I will wrap each cake and give them to Grace’s teacher and teacher aide. I found two cute rectangle shaped baskets perfect to carry and give the pound cakes. So, not only do they get to enjoy the cake, they have an adorable basket to keep. Here is the delicious iced lemon pound cake recipe.
So, what am I serving for Grace’s birthday??? I have to be honest. I am taking the easy way out on that! The kiddos will be enjoying Chic-Fil-A nuggets and a fresh fruit tray and well as a cake I ordered from Walmart. Yep. I cannot do it all. Even if I think I can. Sometimes a momma has to have a little help.
Hope you have a wonderful week and have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Do you have a busy week? Are you preparing for a fun Memorial Day picnic? I can not wait to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen.