This week's Friday Coffee Talk is all about graduation and college and everything in-between. It has been a whirlwind the last two weeks and I can't believe graduation has come and gone. We are now empty nesters. Sort of.
Graduation and Lessons Learned
Two years ago, our oldest graduated from high school. It was a major event and now that I look back, was just way over the top. We rented a huge tent, tables, chairs and even created a candy & cookie bar for guests to enjoy WITH their cake. I also made most of the food…for 100 people and planned meals for family that stayed with us for just shy of a week.
Well, this time, I learned my lesson. I catered the entire party with exception to a caesar salad, which was basically chopped romaine lettuce, some croutons, Ken's Light Caesar Dressing (no ad here…just the brand dressing I use for this salad!) and shredded parmesan cheese. Done.
I still ordered a tent & chairs, the cake – because nobody can beat the “Cake Lady” when it comes to cakes, and made super simple flower centerpieces for the tables. I printed the college name in school colors, taped to the back of a straw and stuck it all in a mason jars. Done.
I think they came out pretty cute…and “not too girly” according to our son. Sprinkled a little bit of shiny confetti and chocolate coins and we were good to go.
Grad Caps & Tassels
Two years later, we were much more relaxed at the graduation ceremony. It was nice to catch some good photos of grads fixing their caps and then when all diplomas handed out; the moving of tassels to signify “you Grad, are officially done!”
We are so proud of both of our kids. They have done an amazing job transitioning into young adults. I can't quite find the words quite yet as to how I feel about the youngest set to explore the world, but I still wish I could push pause, just for a moment, because time? It passes so much more quickly than necessary.
I don't think hubs and I could beam any more in this family graduation photo.
So, after all the festivities, our extended family made their way home, and we left at the crack of dawn for a 2-day college orientation. This will be a trek for the next four years, but a fun one.
And because it is in the snow belt of all snow belts, their main sport is hockey. I will be close to the ice again! There happened to be a hockey ref training camp the day we arrived and it was like a moth to a flame. I couldn't help but watch and revel in the sound of blades on ice.
Sorry we slacked in the recipe department the last two weeks. I didn't even turn on my computer other than to upload some pictures, because I didn't want to miss a minute.
Now that July 4th is nipping at our heals, I thought these two recipes would be fun to share. They are favorites in our house and I know they will be in yours too!
And our delicious Snow Cone Cupcakes!
We will be back on track next week with some delicious news and of course more recipes!
PS: Love those mugs? Me too! I saw them at Marshall's and I am kicking myself for not grabbing them! My fingers are crossed they are still there when I stop back in the store!
And here is a great place to grab some organic coffee! Yum!