|One of my little chefs painting toast!|
And what a week it was! Last Saturday was great fun at the Howell History Days celebration in downtown Howell - we had perfect sunny weather and a ton of kids join me on the side lawn of the library to make Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes and a fun food science project - painted toast!
We had over 75 children participate in this fun project that incorporated a little food science, a little food history, a little nutrition and lots of fun
To make 'paint' for your food artists, simply mix a few drops of liquid food coloring into 1/4 cup of milk and 'paint' the bread. When toasting, the sugars in the milk caramelize and the colors become extremely vibrant.
|Still laughing after the play!!! GREAT job!|
Saturday evening, with a whole bunch of friends, Mr. W and I attended the Community Theatre of Howell's performance of Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels and I stuck around to congratulate the cast and crew, and especially my friend, Jon King, who played Andre the Police Inspector - all I can say is.....I will never look at my pink scarf the same way again!!! This is me with Jon and his adorable daughter, Emily after the show.
|Some of my Brighton BFF's visited the Pop-Up Bistro!|
Wednesday - in conjunction with the Livingston Arts Council and the Howell Opera House - we held the first Great Foodini Pop-Up Bistro Lunch and Lesson. We served Michigan Dried Cherry Salad with my Balsamic Vinaigrette, a Michigan Seasonal Fruited Salad with my Honey Mint Vinaigrette, my Tomato Basil Tortellini soup, homemade breads and rolls and, for dessert, my Chocolate Toffee Bread Pudding. For the lesson part of the day, I shared some of my tips, tricks and secrets for making the most of your Farmer's Market purchases - and finished up with my summertime favorite - Watermelon with Lime and Mint.....
|On my deck, with my treat, overlooking just a bit of mint!|
Oh yes, there's more.......!!!!
Which brings me to today's morning fun on WHMI with Mike and Jon - I took in the watermelon because Memorial Day officially kicks off the start of the summer picnic season and what else besides hot dogs is a summer picnic staple??? Watermelon!
Here's my twist - cut up your watermelon into bite sized chunks, squeeze with a little fresh lime and a little finely chopped mint and....you have a most refreshing summertime snack!
In case you missed the Foodini Friday show this morning, (you can get there by clicking on the WHMI link and then clicking on their Podcast button, or by visiting our Facebook page), Mr. W and I have a veritable plethora (big word Friday!!!) of mint growing in our backyard! What started as a meager supply of mint for our Mojito habit, grew into about a quarter acre over the course of a couple of years so I am always looking into ways to use a little mint in my recipes. This recipe has always been a huge hit and a really fun taste sensation - give it a try!
I hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! Our plans changed unexpectedly so we will be around - and taking the surprise time off to get lots of work done around the house and yard. I wonder if Mr. W is as thrilled about this as I am?!?!?!?! I am pretty sure there's a barbeque in the future too....
Also - heartfelt hugs and love to all soldiers and their families, those with us and those gone, and to my special Soldier Girl - a big long distance mommasan hug!!!