Almost everyone from work showed their pretty faces, laughed, ate crawfish, and enjoyed each other's company. Was the party a success? The city of New Orleans uses the amount of trash collected to determine the success of Mardi Gras after it is all over. If we use the trash collected as an indicator of the success of our party, then the 11 trash bags outside of our house indicates the party was a HUGE SUCCESS! I wish I had a picture of all the trash!!! Thankfully, the garbage was picked up on Memorial Day, which pleasantly surprised us, since it was an eyesore to say the least. I owe those garbage men some delicious homemade cookies!
|Sooper and I finally relaxing at the crawfish boil|
Happy Memorial Day! Sooper and I made a delicious fruit tray for my parent's annual Memorial Day party. Sooper and I made a delicious (healthy, of course) fruit tray. We went to Whole Foods and purchased watermelon, melon, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, grapes, bananas, bittersweet chocolate sauce, and caramel creme sauce. Yes, we were a bit busy this weekend (see above)...and lazy; therefore, we bought some of the fruit precut, which is a great time saver, but equally sweet and juicy as the uncut fruit. Next, we placed the fruit on a large black tray to make the fresh cut and colorful fruit stand out beautifully. Then, we heated up the bittersweet chocolate sauce and caramel sauce to make an amazing fruit dip that is not too sweet (the trick is to use the bittersweet chocolate/caramel combination). Then, you swirl the sauces together for great presentation in a pretty bowl in the center of the tray. Voila...a quick, delicious, and healthy fruit tray perfect for the summer heat! Bring it to your next party and the host/hostess will love it!
This party was a lot of fun. We played pool volleyball...men vs women, which is all fine and good, especially when the men are faced with the significant disadvantage of playing in the deep end of the pool while the women enjoyed the ease of the shallow end, EXCEPT, we still lost the game!!! How is that possible you ask? Maybe, because of the adult beverage consumption by some of the women who can't play volleyball proficiently while drinking! I only had a few bottles of water so I was volleyball competent, but the ball did not make it my way much (strategy on the part of the men I suppose). We may have underestimated them! My newly retired dad (the dad isn't new, just his retirement) grilled some tasty meats and treats, most notably, crispy skinned hot dogs at the request of Sooper JB who loves "chili dogs" with my mom's homemade chili. The only problem with the hot dog request is that I was responsible for picking up my aunt and uncle at the airport (love you guys) since my dad had to "keep his eye on the grill" supposedly! Good excuse dad! :) We had a great day with great food, wonderful family and friends, and amazing pool weather!
This evening, Sooper and I began the dreaded packing. Now, I do not know what it is about me, but I am compelled to bring every single thing I own no matter where I go. Sooper looked at my shoes in a heaping pile on the floor and asked innocently, "What is that for?" I had to explain that those are the shoes I am bringing to match each look. He suggested I bring a few pairs that will go with multiple outfits!!! What?! Does he not know that is not possible for a girl...especially a girlie girl. Plus, each morning I wake up and like to have a variety of outfits, shoes, and accessories from which to choose depending on my mood, the weather, my plans, etc. That may be considered "fashion overboard" but Sooper won't mind. :)
I can't wait! We are headed to Cali tomorrow for his work trip/my play trip. Sorry, Sooper, sometimes you have to "bring home the fish" while I get to enjoy the perks of being a school librarian...summer vacation! ("Bringing home the fish" is an expression we created one day I was going to work and then picking up fish to cook for dinner from Whole Foods. Sooper did not have to work that day, so as I left, I said, "See you later. I will bring home the fish today," instead of bacon as the expression is typically said. We laughed about it, and now we say it all the time for fun!) We extended the trip past his working days so we would have some time to enjoy Cali together. Since Sooper use to do a lot of regular work in Cali, we look forward to seeing some of our amazing friends, eating at our favorite restaurants, and going to our favorite beaches. I will also be scoping out some great new looks for Trendy Tuesday, but I won't be cooking and developing recipes for Tiny's Tasty Thursday for a few weeks since we will be at a hotel. I will keep ya'll updated!
Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW) is to make time for family and friends even when you are super tired and busy. You are never too busy for people that matter, and it always means so much to them and makes them and you happy! I had a crazy busy day yesterday with brunch with my parents, Safaa's bridal shower, dinner, and a high school play of a friend's daughter, but my grandmother really needed help with a puzzle she having difficulty putting together. Sooper and I love puzzles too, and we enjoy puzzle time with grandmother, except on crazy busy days. We hated to disappoint her, and we wanted to spend time with her so we went over there after the play at 10pm at night!!! We enjoyed our time with her talking and laughing, and we also finished the puzzle, so it was a successful evening! Make time for those you love!
Happy Memorial Day!
The Tiny Librarian