Or perhaps it was the first time we went to Williamsburg, Va? It could have been - but I have a good reason for not remembering everything I saw there that visit. You see it was 110 -with an even higher heat index. As in degrees. As in HOT! Not, let me re-state that. As in EXTREMELY HOT!! So while we did tour some of the many gorgeous gardens there, I am sure I had heat stroke by the time we were done so my memory of those days is not the best. That was also the year of the blue smurf incident. Yes, blue smurf. ME - a blue smurf. I heard you giggling. It wasn't funny then and it isn't funny now. It all happened after one of the water rides at Busch Gardens. I have no one to blame but myself. That makes it even more painful to recall. I HATE the heat - did I tell you that yet? But I am a very good mother so I do what has to be done. That year, we needed to visit Busch Gardens amusement park on the way home from Jen's National dance competitions in Myrtle Beach. How did we know it would be the hottest day recorded to date! Yes it was HOT. EXTREMELY HOT! So it was my idea to go on that water ride first thing so that we would get a little wet and that would help keep us cool. I had on the cutest matching top and shorts. Remember the ones they sold back in the early 90's? The top usually had a pretty design. I had a really cute blue set I had gotten in Myrtle Beach. I had my brand new white tennis shoes and white ankle socks on too. They didn't stay white too long. Because we didn't get a little wet. Nope. We got DRENCHED TO THE BONE. Yup. And my pretty blue outfit started to run. As in loose the dye. Did I tell you I was wearing shorts? Do you know what happens when blue fabric is DRENCHED and starts to run? Did you know water follows gravity? YUP. That smurf blue water went right down my legs. And into my white socks and my white sneakers. I turned blue. Yes I did! Even though it was 110 degrees (with an even higher heat index) I was turning blue. Right in front of thousands of curious eyes. Do you know that I can run from the back of Busch gardens to the exit in the front in 10 seconds flat? You would too if you were turning blue!! Did I ever tell you how much I HATE the heat?
Well, no matter where it was that I first saw bee skeps, I have had at least one ever since. They really say summer don't they? Much better than water rides at Busch Gardens if you ask me. Who needs those!
I have been asked about my sources for skeps several times and I have to tell you that I get my bee skeps at local shops that don't ship. BUT I do know of one online source. I have never ordered from this source but I know a few gals that have and they were pleased. Click HERE for that source.
I got an email from Jay the other day and his excitement came right through the computer!Liliana has a belly button! Yup, the umbilical cord finally fell off. It must have tuckered her out so much that she fell asleep on the couch watching TV I guess. Just like her daddy, and his daddy too! At least she doesn't snore. And she sure is a lot cuter - no offense guys.
After visiting me, she and mommy went for a walk around the park and she loved the fresh air.
You might have guessed that DH's parents are in town from their home on the golf course in SC. They usually come home in May, but this year they waited until the baby was born. Jay is their only grandson, and so they were very excited to meet their second great grandchild. Their first lives in Texas and they don't get to see him because of the distance. It is getting harder and harder for them to make the trip back home here even, so we treasure each visit. My MIL loves babies like no one else, so when she got her hands on Liliana, it was a love fest for sure. It was great to see DH's parents enjoying our first grandchild so much!
Today is also my FIL's 82nd birthday so we had a party here. It's been awhile since we were together on his birthday. We had a cook out and I made a variety of salads to go with the burgers and it was the perfect weather for it. On the menu-
French onion dip (my own recipe) and chips
Broccoli salad ( humm shoulda put that in the title too!)
Italian Pasta Salad
Hermits (my in laws love them!)
Swedish Rhubarb Meringue
I found the recipe on a blog weeks ago and can't find the source now, so if anyone knows it, please let me know. I'd like to give credit where credit is due because this was out of this world! My in laws are Swedish and love rhubarb and I knew they would like this better than a cake.
Swedish Rhubarb Meringue
2/3 cup margarine or butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
5 cups diced rhubarb
4 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk or whipping cream ( I used cream)
4 egg whites
5 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 3 ingredients and press into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake 10 minutes. It will come out looking like this.
Mix the next 6 ingredients and pour over crust. Bake 45 minutes. It looks like this.
To make the meringue beat the egg whites until foamy in an electric mixer or by hand. While continuing to beat, add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Meringue is ready when stiff peaks form. Spoon over rhubarb mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until meringue is browned.This result was so worth all three steps!! OH YUMMO!!!!!! I imagine you could substitute apples or peaches or some other firm fruit for the rhubarb if you wish!
We all loved it!
Until Next Time - Hugs, Grammy Linda