Mother’s Day Luncheon

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The older I get, the more that I realize that all of those times that Mama said: “don’t spend your money on me,” she meant it. She wanted then what she still wants, time spent together. Time is something we can never get back, and the older my mama gets, time becomes more precious to me.

In comparison to many families today, my mother’s family was a big one. She had six brothers and sisters.  Today, my mother and her sister are the only siblings that remain. I decided that my mama would like nothing better than a little family time for Mother’s Day. So on a recent visit, I invited my aunt and a couple of cousins to a luncheon at mama’s house.  I kept the menu simple with homemade chicken salad, pasta salad made with fresh vegetables and purchased Italian dressing, cucumber sandwiches, purchased cheese straws, and I bought a fruit tray, cut up and ready to eat and made a poppy seed vinaigrette dressing.  The table was elegantly set with mama’s best china and crystal and the memories we made are priceless.

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As you struggle to come up with a gift for mom this Sunday, keep in mind that time spent with you is something she will always treasure!

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Simple Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¾ c. sliced black olives
  • sliced red onion
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • chopped bell pepper
  • 1 to 1½ c. Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Toss pasta, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion, feta cheese, and bell pepper with Italian dressing.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Notes
You may need to add a little more Italian dressing to salad just before serving.

 
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Fruit Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh fruit
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut up fruit, set aside. In a small bowl whisk vinegar, oil, sugar and poppy seeds. Pour over fruit an gently toss. Serve immediately.

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Cucumber Sandwiches
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & seeds removed
  • 1 medium onion
  • dash salt
  • dash hot sauce
  • mayonnaise on bread, if desired
Instructions
  1. Grate cucumber and onion and squeeze dry. (I do this using a clean dish towel. Put in the center of a towel then roll towel and twist.) Set aside.
  2. Blend cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Store in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. If using mayonnaise, spread on desired bread. Top with cucumber spread and another slice of bread.

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Perfect Chicken Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 lg. chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 to 2 c. mayonnaise, depending on how you like it
  • ½ to ¾ c. chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • ¼ tsp. poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Mix shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt in a large bowl and refrigerate.

 

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Layered Mediterranean Dip

Happy Birthday Mama…I love you!

The ladies in my family had a birthday party for my mom over the weekend.  It was a bittersweet party because it was our first time together since the passing of my Aunt Euly. We ate, caught up and laughed a lot…and I think that maybe Bo, Aunt Gladys, Aunt Ruby and Aunt Euly were there in spirit.

There was a smorgasbord of food there!!  I plan to share several recipes from the party with you this week, starting with this wonderful layered dip.  It was actually better later in the afternoon, after the party was over.  I suggest that you make it about 8 – 10 hours ahead of time.  This is a recipe that I came up with by combining a recipe from Southern Living and a recipe from The Pampered Chef.
Layered Mediterranean Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz. sour cream
  • 1 7.8-oz. hummus
  • ½ c. chopped tomato, seeds removed
  • ½ c. chopped cucumber, seeds removed
  • ½ c. chopped red onion
  • ¼ c. sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp. Greek seasoning
  • 1 4-oz. pkg. feta cheese, crumbled
  • Baked Pita Chips
Instructions
  1. Mix sour cream and hummus together and spread in a shallow 9-inch dish. Combine tomato, cucumber, onion, black olives and Greek seasoning, gently toss. Sprinkle over the hummus mixture. Top with feta cheese. Cover and chill. Serve with pita chips.
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