Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you mom’s out there!  Especially to my mom, the best of all moms!

I volunteered to post today so my mom could have some time to relax, since it is Mother’s Day and all.   This morning we went to church and then my brother and I bought the last part of my mom’s present—just the card and flowers.   Let me tell you, the card selection on Mother’s Day is not very good.  Then we headed home to get ready.   My mom and I had gotten a bunch of stuff ready last night but we still had to assemble most stuff and also cook chicken and beef tenderloin.

The menu:

Beef Tenderloin, Chicken in a cream sauce with sun dried tomatoes, fruit salad, greek pasta salad, watermelon and beet salad, pea pods and radishes.   For dessert we had oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (from a mix), sunflower butter cookies, a cranberry tart from Trader Joe’s and a lemon meringue pie and cheesecake that my aunt bought.

I ate a smoothie in a bowl topped with cereal when we got home from church, so I wasn’t even super hungry to begin with but I still ate a plate with a piece of beef (which was really good–it has been awhile since I have eaten red meat), chicken, pasta salad, fruit salad and peapod salad.  I ate the beets and olives (from the pasta salad) off of my cousins plate and then ate at least 4 more servings of fruit salad and probably 5 cookies.  I felt a tiny bit sick after that.

Everything was really good!  It was also great to see my family since it has been awhile.  I also met my cousin Shannon and her husband Dave’s baby William for the very first time!  Isn’t he cute?

I didn’t pay enough attention to the pasta salad to give you the recipe but the salad included pasta, roasted eggplant, grape tomatoes both roasted and raw, roasted orange peppers, artichoke hearts, capers, black olives, green olives and feta with an olive oil and vinegar dressing.  The reason I’m not posting the exact recipe is because I can’t remember which herbs my mom used.   We have had this salad or a similar one previously and it always reminds me how much I love pasta salad–especially this one.

Beet and Watermelon Salad

2 cups watermelon

2 cups roasted beets

¼ cup goat cheese

3-4 T shelled pistachios

4-5 cups arugula

Lemon oil dressing which I also don’t know the recipe for but either my mom or I will post the dressing recipe in the next few days

My mom suggested this and I actually didn’t want to make it at first but I’m glad she found it and suggested we made it because it was a really unique salad and really pretty!v Usually I haven’t loved the combo of watermelon with cheese or salty stuff, but something about the combo of all the flavors in this one made me really love it.

The fruit salad just had watermelon, honeydew melon, blackberries, blueberries, clementines and strawberries.  I probably ate half of the dish by myself.

We also had the delicious pea and radish salad seen here

For the cookies, I made a recipe for sunflower butter cookies with chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Eat Live Run.   The dough was soooo good so I figured the cookies were going to be the same.

The cookie I tasted last night was too dry so I assumed the others were the same but I think it was because it was smaller than all of the others so it got a little too cooked because once I tried a few more today, I realized how addicting these cookies really are.  If you have a Trader Joe’s around you, you should definitely try Jenna’s recipe.

Here are some random pics from today, including a few creeper shots and a few from when my cousins and brother must have found my camera:

hahah, not sure what I got mad at there.

I just got back from my flight and am exhaustedddd.  Time to unpack and hit the hay.


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