Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Preakness Week

Exodus 15: 21
" Miriam sang to them: 'Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.' "

Well, I'm pretty sure there will be a wet track for the Preakness this Saturday, and I'm also pretty certain God isn't going to open up the race track like the Red Sea and hurl anyone (horse or jockey) into it. Now that's something we could sing praises about! Considering the amount of rain we've been getting here in Maryland, I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't someone named Noah out there, right now, building an ark!  Rain, rain, go away, Momma needs some sunshine.

Yesterday, in the rain, I helped my mother get a few things for a Preakness party she is planning for Saturday. If I'd only thought to snap a few selfies while we were out. I'm just not part of the "selfie" generation, I never think about it. So you'll have to take my word for it, we found some cute things. The color scheme is gold/yellow and black. And, of course, the official flower of  the day (and the state) is  the Black-eyed Susan. Black-eyed Susans are not in season in Maryland this time of year they actually use a viking pom which is a member of the chrysanthemum family (just a little trivia). The party is for family, so while no one is expected to dress up, we all try to wear our Preakness colors and the girls will don hats. We're a fun group!
Here's a few ideas I have to help my mom have a successful party.

Here's a recipe for a Virgin Black-eyed Susan Crush
(recipe found here on WBAL link)

1.5 oz Soda Water
2oz Lemongrass Simple Syrup
Fresh muddled blackberries
1 Fresh Squeezed Lemon
6 drops Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker. 
Shake vigorously. 
Serve over crushed ice with a Sage leaf garnish.

I also love to serve crab dip at a Maryland themed party. A great "twist" (lol), is to serve it with pretzels. A simple alternative to a crab pretzels which are a common pub food here in Maryland. Here's a crab dip recipe straight from a Maryland classic, Old Bay Seasoning.

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded and divided
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon McCormick®Ground Mustard
1 pound lump crabmeat
assorted crackers or pita chips

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix half of the cheese mayo OLD BAY Worcestershire sauce and ground mustard until well blended. Gently stir in crabmeat.

Spoon mixture into 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and a dash of OLD BAY. And maybe another dash... and if you feel bold one more.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until dip begins to bubble around edges. Serve hot.

Here's some cute decorating ideas too...

Yellow floral inspiration  Candy Dessert Buffet created by Sweet Event Design  for VA Gold Cup Charity Event    Kentucky Derby party inspiration:
Although this looks very fancy, look closer at how simple this snack table is.
Popcorn, black licorice, chocolate donuts, powdered sugar donuts, yellow candies,
marshmallows, cookies and Twinkies.
It looks great because of the attention to detail in the presentation.
(Image found on Pinterest -here)
No-Bake Horse Cookies are a simple way to be festive for the Kentucky Derby or Preakness!:
Anything made with Milano Cookies
goes in my winners circle!!
These are no bake cookies, so fun!
(Image found on Pinterest -here)
The Entertaining House: 20 Winning Ideas for you Derby Party Decor:
My children will be at this party with their cousins.
The age range is 3-15 (that day).
What a cute way to decorate and have fun!
(Image found on Pinterest -here)

I pray you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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