Monday, April 20, 2009

Another Fun-Filled Weekend

I was so excited because we finally had a somewhat low-key weekend planned. I should know by now that "low-key" just isn't my style.

Friday night I looked at Marty and told him we were boring because we didn't have any plans. He just laughed and said, "this is the only night this weekend we're not doing something and you think we're boring". I got caught up on laundry at least.

Saturday morning he woke me up at 5 AM. There is just something about hunting that a girl will never understand. I mean, I love getting there before sunrise and getting to share in that moment with him, but this girl doesn't even get up at 5 AM to go shopping. We had a flat tire right outside of town and when we finally got to my parents I was exhausted. So I went and took a short nap and Mom and I got around and headed to the memorial golf tournament.

Side note: The golf tournament is an annual event held in memory of a girl who went to a neighboring school when I was in jr. high and was killed in a freak car accident. She was the All-American girl. Beautiful, talented, a cheerleader, an athlete and a wonderful Christian example to all of us. We grew up going to the same church and I am very close to her family. I used to go every year and volunteer, but it's been a few years. We had a wonderful time. The weather was PERFECT and I got to see so many people that I hadn't seen in a long time.
Mom and I left there, went and got groceries for Sunday and met Marty back at my parents and we headed home.

My cousin's little boy was having his one year birthday party Saturday evening. I got there a little late, but it was NUTS! Aubrey, Brendan's mother, is one of 7 children in her family and then her cousins each have two little ones a piece so there were like 20 little children running around. It was fun, but I didn't get ANY pictures. I don't know what my deals is. I haven't been taking just a ton lately which is so unlike me.

Sunday after church I headed south for my dear friend, Mika's, baby shower. Mom and I were in charge of punch. It was delicious.

May Pole Punch courtesy of Food Network

1 cup frozen peach slices
1 cup frozen whole strawberries
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 (16-ounce) can pineapple juice, divided
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
2 (11.5-ounce) cans peach nectar (recommended: Kern's)
4 cups lemon-lime soda
Cantaloupe, honeydew and/or watermelon slices, for garnish
Frozen cranberries or raspberries, for garnish
Extra-dry sparkling wine, optional
Special equipment: small flower shaped cookie cutter
Arrange a double-layer of peaches, whole strawberries, and mint leaves in the bottom of a bundt pan. Add enough pineapple juice to cover the fruit. Freeze for at least 2 hours, or until set.
In a large punch bowl, combine remaining pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate, sliced strawberries, peach nectar, and lemon-lime soda. Stir to mix thoroughly.
With a small flower cookie cutter, cut out flowers from melons. Place the melon flowers
in the punch along with the frozen cranberries.
To serve, remove bundt pan from freezer and invert over the center of the punch bowl. Ladle into glasses.
For adults, top punch with sparkling wine.
Tip: If the ice mold does not unmold, dip the bundt pan in a warm water bath for 1 to 2 seconds.

I tried to get a decent picture, but this is as good as it gets.

Here's Jylian and me. She was a guest at my baby shower...that's how long we've been friends

Rachel, Me and Jyl. The future Church of Christ women...that's a scary thought...that we might actually be in charge of these things some day!

Me and my momma. We matched, but not on purpose.

Mika, Kim, Eli and Ida Mae. Three generations of beautiful women and a precious baby boy.


Tara Gibson said...

hi!! thanks for coming by my blog!! Yours is tooo cute! Love the pics and that much sounds yummy!

Liz said...

Oh my gosh... that drink recipe sounds fantastic!