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Memorial Day Weekend

It is only a few days away! 

Anyone have plans? What is your menu?

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  • Melissa G

    I want to go camping but the forecast doesn't look good. No fun camping with rain and thunderstorms. If we do go, I will need food that I can cook on the grill and inside. I am so tired of the rain. 

  • Pljohns

    We have company due in Friday-my parents-and Mom wants to spend Sat at the mall.  It really perks her up but it tough duty-she is in a wheelchair and I have to lift her out of the chair into the car, out of the car into the chair…….it will be a long day of pushing  but hey-at least I'll get my steps in!

  • Shea

    I am starting to think of recipes now… It is probably going to rain and I dont cook on a grill anyways. I prob wont go to families house if its raining real hard. But I do so like to celebrate every holiday. So Im thinking of cooking something on my little electric grill and setting up our living room like a picnic, and Tommy and I will have a little rainy memorial day picnic. 

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, that is a great way of looking at it! wheelchairs can be heavy and cumbersome. when we ordered my daughter's last wheelchair we were able to get twion power assist wheels because they were 1/2 the weight of her last wheels. My back would be so sore and I would be so tired after a day of out lifting that chair and its wheels in and out of our care all day. 

    I hope you have a great day but be careful and don't over do it! 

    We have changed our weekend plans with thunderstorms coming in. We are going to go to the movies tomorrow night and do some spring cleaning Saturday. On Monday, my parents are going to come over for some chinese for dinner. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    This weekend is going to be mostly sunny here, so my plan is to get together with friends and take my DD to a community festival with rides…the only problem with going to those type of places is that inevitably I run into latex balloons. I plan to go in the morning when it first opens so that there are fewer people and balloons….Sigh. 

    Other than that, I'll be doing a lot of spring cleaning and hopefully some weeding! 

    – Brenda

  • Pljohns

    My parents will be here this afternoon.  At least the cloud cover and cooler temps will help since DH and Dad have to work on our deck and I have to get Mom to the mall.  Other than that, I plan on nothing-except taking care of them and that is a full time job!

  • LK

    Not sure of our exact plans yet but DH will probably grill some steaks on Sunday or Monday for a big family dinner.  Going to be a very humid and hot weekend with temps in the 90s.

  • Pljohns

    AT least we have temps in the upper 70'w low 80's thanks to cloud cover but it's supposed to rain on and off all weekend so no outside plans other than fixing the deck!

  • Melissa G

    Brenda I hope you can stay away from the latex balloons! 

    Lisa, I love steaks, only problem my dh doesn't know how to grill well. He tries, he really does, but the food ends up not being edible. 

    Lynn, we are supposed to have a lot of rain too. We have changed our plans due to the rain. Dh and I are running errands tomorrow together to get stuff ready for graduation. 

  • Shea

    Brenda, I am curious about latex allergy– is it mostly a contact or do u ave to stay a certain distance away? 

    I like to stay clear of crowds too so I usually try ti go places during the least busy times.

    Melissa maybe u can get hubby a meat thermometer– it makes it easier bc meats are different thicknesses and whatnot. 

    I decided I wil be using my electric grill since its supposed to be rainy, but it will give me the grill-out feeling. I am going to decorate the living room and put out a picnic blanket. Im thinking of buying a picnic basket.

     

  • Melissa G

    Shea, we have one. He just can't cook.  When Bekah and I were in Ohio, he burnt every meal he cooked. Grace wanted to help him but he was insistent he could do everything on  his own.  He just doesn't know how to time things and then he gets engrossed in something and forgets things are in the oven or what not. The next time Bekah and I are away, Grace said she will be the one cooking because they almost starved to death…

  • Pljohns

    Meliissa1 now that’s funny`. Both DS can cook-I made sure of that-and ds#2 will try anything.  He has cooked for us several times.  DH is a good cook too-he just dosn’t like to do it

  • Melissa G

    I made sure as my kids were getting older, they were in the kitchen watching and helping. Grace is a great cook. Josh is learning. He pretty much makes lunch every day during the week. 

    Next year, in school Josh will be doing a home economics class. I want him to be self sufficient. 

  • Shea

    Lol Melissa hopefully DH will learn eventually– I know I have burned a few things sbd totally messed up dishes in my day– try try again! Glad the kiddos take interest– I had no clue how to cook when I first left to college… There were a lot of bologna sandwiches, pizza, frozen chicken wings, and scrambled eggs during that time lol. 

  • Melissa G

    Shea, I think at this point he is a lost cause. That's ok, he cleans the kitchen so it is a good trade off. 

  • Pljohns

    I still burn things-burned 2 pancakes yesterday-I put them on then went to help my Mom up so she could come eat and it took longer than I thought it would so as ds#2 said-the trash can smoked-I tossed them and made a few more.

    Thankfully both DS and DH are good cooks-all I have to do is call home and ask either son to start a roast and they know what spices to put on it and how to cook it.  I want to make sure they know how to at least cook meat and vegi’s when they move out.  DH is a really good cook-really better then me-but he just doesn’t do it any more.

  • Melissa G

    I need to think of a plan b, the chinese restaurant my parents like so much is closed on Mondays. 

  • Kathy P

    We aren't doing much of anything! Dh left for a business trip Sunday morning. The girl went on a road trip with friends. It's just me and the boy. 

    Saturday, DH and I went biking with friends. We met on the trail near us. We road about 32 miles, stopped for brunch. It was nice.

    So we grilled Saturday for the 3 of us. I made chicken marinated in al pastor paste. I butterflied the chicken to grill it. Then chopped the meat for tacos. So yummy!

    Today, the boy and I went to the farmer's market. We got artichokes… again! I'm getting pretty quick at prepping them. We also had pasta with sausage and peppers that I had in the crock pot all afternoon. 

    We also went to the spice shop where he picked out a bunch of stuff to take back to school in the fall. He's the only one who cooks in the dorm! He tends to use the crock pot for stuff that needs to cook long. He even cooked for dad when I was in San Diego last week! Both mine can cook, but the boy is more gourmet!

    The boy helped me clean out the pantry. It was bad! Couldn't find anything and lots of expired "let's try this" stuff. Now we can see what we have and I got all the stuff that was sitting in bags into the pantry!

    I may go for a bike ride tomorrow. The boy is going to the movies with friends.

  • Melissa G

    The chicken tacos sound delicious! I may have to try that next time we make tacos. Have a great bike ride today! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Shea posted:

    Brenda, I am curious about latex allergy– is it mostly a contact or do u ave to stay a certain distance away? 

    I like to stay clear of crowds too so I usually try ti go places during the least busy times.

    @Shea, Hi! In the past, it's been mostly contact with adhesive and cross reactive with food (raw carrots, grapes, bananas), but I'm wondering if my allergy is getting a little worse because recently when I've been around a lot of balloons, I notice that my palms and the back of my neck are/is itchy. I don't know if those symptoms are related to the balloon exposure, but plan to ask my allergist when I see her next. 

    I try to stay far away from balloons, but it's impossible with crowds. With balloons being bad for animals, the environment, and people who are allergic, I really wish that festivals wouldn't include them! My daughter is pretty good about understanding why she can't have a balloon–but is sometimes really sad about it. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Melissa G posted:

    Brenda I hope you can stay away from the latex balloons! 

    Lisa, I love steaks, only problem my dh doesn't know how to grill well. He tries, he really does, but the food ends up not being edible. 

    Lynn, we are supposed to have a lot of rain too. We have changed our plans due to the rain. Dh and I are running errands tomorrow together to get stuff ready for graduation. 

    Thanks Melissa!

  • K8sMom2002

    Melissa, I say skip the grill and ask DH to experiment with the . This is THE way to cook steaks or really thick pork chops. 

    Brenda, I hate that about the latex getting worse. That was one thing that our doctors warned us about DD's latex allergy, that it could get worse. It's really interesting that you have to avoid raw apple, too. How do you cook apple to be able to eat it?

    For DD, we can still do the Mylar balloons, so that's what we get her. has cheaper Mylar balloons in lots of different colors and shapes … and you can rent a helium tank or take your balloons to a florist or a grocery store that sells balloons — they'll inflate them for a small fee.

  • Pljohns

    Cynthia-that method sound so easy and so good!  Does it splatter up the oven though?