Memorial Day

Memorial day is a time to reflect on the freedoms that we so often take for granted in this country, and the men and women who have fought so valiantly to protect our freedom.  How can you thank someone who gives the ultimate sacrifice of a life?  How do you relate to  the parents who now grieve for a child lost to war, or those who come home to less than warm welcomes like the Vietnam vets faced?  When Tommy died I thought his parents would never recover and in some ways they never have.  There is a sadness in their eyes and even laughter is tinged with grief.   But life does go on no matter what and we can choose to rejoin life after tragedy or sink into our sorrow.   I hope that all who have lost a loved one to war choose life to honor those who gave their own.

On a more cheerful note we wound up our week of vacation with a barbeque at home.  We started with chips and salsa to snack on of course.  Then, instead of some faux meat product on the grill I made a packet meal of fresh veggies and seasonings that steamed in a wonderfully seasoned sauce for 25 minutes on the grill.  With it we had salad of fresh greens from the garden, spiced blueberry pomegranate mocktails and peanut butter ice cream.  Eaten in the sunshine in this great country of ours it was truly a meal to honor all that is good!  Details, details…

Food Should Taste Good – The Works Chips plus Apple Salsa (this stuff has a kick in spite of the sweet apples) from Smiley’s Red Barn

The salsa is thick and chunky and packs a punch.  It’s always worth a trip out to Smiley’s when we’re in Oregon to pick some of this stuff up along with all their other goodies!

Sweet potatoes, red bell pepper, green beans, golden raisins and a splash of sesame oil.  So colorful and loaded with vitamins.

Packets stuffed with the veggie mix, lentils and a sauce of veggie broth, garlic and a dash of curry powder already to grill.  How easy is that?

Served up with mango chutney…zippy and sweet and oh so pretty

Salad…could those greens be any fresher???  I think not!

A beautiful mocktail made from spiced chai tea, lemon juice, and blueberry pomegranate juice.  So refreshing!

And finally peanut butter ice cream…such simple ingredients, soy milk, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Heating the milk and peanut butter and sugar and whisking with my new whisk…

Chilled and into the freezer it goes

Let the magic begin

Crushed peanut butter filled pretzels stirred in at the end then packed up to firm up in the freezer

Ahhhhh, dessert!

Creamy, smooth, an added salty crunch, oh decadence!


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