How did you spend your Memorial day weekend? I spent most of my mine in my kitchen. I was lucky enough to have five whole days off….IN A ROW, people! It was awesome. We traditionally host our Commencement ceremony the Wednesday before Memorial Day. I took Thursday off, well, because I totally exhausted from working an insane amount of hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and Friday was our first Summer Friday! So, one day off = a five day weekend, YEAH ME!
I spent Thursday running errands – grocery shopping, haircut, picking up my dry cleaning….you know all the stuff that gets put on the back burner during Commencement month…AKA….May. I picked up two flats of vegetables and herbs for my garden. Friday morning I planted, Friday afternoon I picked up flats of flowers.
While I was getting my flowers, I checked the local farm stands for strawberries. Because of the rain and cooler temperatures, local strawberries are not quite ready for picking. I was hoping to make some jam this weekend, but alas, it was not in the cards. Never fear! I can always find a canning or kitchen project.
Late last year I made a match of fermented hot sauce and it was a HUGE hit with everyone I shared it with. I have been getting a ton of requests for more, so this weekend, I grabbed a bunch of hot peppers (jalapeno’s and habaneros), along with some garlic, and spices. It is now fermenting away on my counter. All I need to do is burp the jars every day and wait…
Saturday we were invited to a birthday party for two of the little girls who live next door. Their Mom decided on a taco bar as our entree so I made a batch of mango salsa and paired it with chips as a side dish. It went over really well, slightly spicy and sweet, it was the perfect combo and a great salsa for a party with children.
Sunday we were invited to a friends house for dinner. I supplied the desserts…
Confetti cookies, because they are just fun and taste AMAZING and Derby Pie because every rainy Sunday deserves a bit of bourbon and chocolate!
Monday, I made a toll house pie for us to enjoy as our dessert.
Tuesday came far too quickly, I was really enjoying my time at home. Thank goodness we are lucky enough to have Friday’s off for the entire summer. I only worked three days this week. It was the perfect way to ease back into the job after so much time off!