Sunday, May 8, 2011

08 May 2011 – Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! It is sort of a sad day for me since my mom passed away, but the rose I took from her yard is in full bloom – her way of being here for me. Otherwise, it was a fun weekend. Yesterday was Derby Day for the Cherokee County Historical Society. Jeff organized the Derby Dash 5K run, and I emceed the start and finish lines. The race went great. Afterward, the Canton Main Street program sponsored the Mother's Day Chocolate Walk, so the Store was very busy. After that, we had the Derby Party at the Rock Barn. It was a lot of fun, and I got to fulfill a lifelong dream by being one of the hat judges! There were over 40 contestants in the hat parade, but we found three great winners. It was a very long day but a lot of fun. Today was about recovery, and I spent most of the afternoon making my mom and dad's secret family barbecue sauce! It is perfect for kicking the summer off with barbecued chicken. Also, I needed to make some for my dear friend and neighbor, Pat Gold! Pat agreed to chair the Canton Festival of the Arts for the Cherokee Arts Center, and she has been working very hard. The Festival will be held May 21-22 in Canton's Brown Park. The Artist Market is sold out with nearly 65 artists from 9 states! There is also a Literary Celebration with over 30 authors. Keep your fingers crossed for great weather! Anyway, the last time I made the barbecue sauce, I shared some with Pat and her husband, and she recently said I could return the favor for chairing the Festival by making her some more barbecue sauce! So, there you have it. A great weekend with lots going on. I hope yours was equally eventful and memorable.

The Menu:

- Barbecued Organic Chicken with Grant's Secret Recipe Barbecue Sauce

- Grill Steamed Organic Florida Corn in the Husk

- Steamed California Jumbo Asparagus with Bread Crumbs

- Garlic Bread

- 2005 Joseph Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
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