I am so lucky, for I have The Best Mom Ever.
She comes over every Monday, and we spend the day doing… whatever. (Hopefully this coming Monday will be spent in my garden?? Please, Portland weather? Act like summer.)
We laugh. A lot. She just gets me and my weird sense of humor. When I was little, I knew my dachshund Hansel would walk or run through the living room in time to whatever music I was listening to. He could hear it, he liked it, and kept the beat. My mom understood this. She also gets my sadness for abandoned shopping carts (these are deep issues, I shant get into it here…)
My mom is just so fun, supportive, really an awesome lady who gives and gives. I wish I could give her So Much back.
I am so lucky.
So! Mom’s birthday was yesterday, and so we had a BBQ at our house (it was finally SUNNY!!) WOO!
Chips and salsa. I forgot to take a photo of the salsa. The chips. Both So YUM. Both gluten free:
um, brief intermission for a product review? My favorite chips, right here. Every flavor of Lundberg and Food Should Taste Good are amazing. I’ve had the Lundberg rice cakes too. Good, for a rice cake (I’m not a huge rice caker!) …and “Food Should Taste Good”? The name itself, awesome. You can order mixed cases from their website. um, someone told me. 😉 I didn’t order a mixed case to be delivered to my door or anything. Hmm… yes, all flavors are delicious. They have a chocolate flavor. It. Is. So Good!
Okay. I like when food is pretty AND delicious. It’s awesome. But sometimes? Sometimes. You have to forgo the pretty, if it Tastes So Good:
Bacon wrapped dates. They’re not pretty. Oh. No matter. They are SO. so yum. As I was wrapping these beauties, I thought, “what else can I wrap in bacon???” and then remembered The Most Awesome Pioneer Woman and her Bacon Wrapped Pineapple. Yep. I went there:
A bit prettier. and SO delicious.
Roasted red potatoes (why are they New …? oh, well, better than fingerling!! ) that were tossed in olive oil and basil:
Teriyaki chicken skewers on the grill, because, did I tell you? It was SUNNY !!
Remember that one scene in Oh Brother Where Art Thou? …GAAH, never mind. Fruit salad for dessert:
I love fruit salad. There were bananas, blueberries, plums, papaya, mandarin. OMG, I love papaya.
Mom and I chatted on the couch while Jason and Ray talked stocks, mortgages and investments. I gave her a present *tee hee* and they went home to their two dachshunds, Jake and Elwood. (I may have suggested those names – a favorite movie …). Jake and Elwood are who I call Basil’s Crazy Uncles. More on those two later.
That’s another thing about my mom: we watch The Blues Brothers and just ROAR with laughs. Her favorite scene is my favorite scene, where they are doing backflips down the church aisle.
Mom, one day we’ll go to a gospel church and dance.
I love you, Mom.