Memorial Day Weekend


This has been a full weekend. Earl had a four-day weekend so on Friday we did our grocery shopping, when we got home we tilled the vegetable garden. Saturday morning we did the shopping for the plants we wanted. In the afternoon we made my Father’s B.B.Q. sauce.

Dad’s B.B.Q. sauce. 

1 bottle B-B-Q Sauce

2 tablespoons A-1 sauce

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 tablespoons vinegar to rinse out B-B-Q bottle

1 Bay leaf

2 onion chopped

2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a large pan and simmer for 20 minutes, then add.

¼ cup margarine or butter

1 teaspoon gravy master

2 tablespoon of 57 sauces

1 tablespoon tabasco


Crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons of mustard

½ cup ketchup

1 envelope cheddar cheese

Continue to simmer for 20 minutes longer, then cool.

We found that it needed sugar so we added 1 cup of brown sugar(1/4 cup at a time).

It tasted better after setting overnight. This recipe made just over 1 quart.

When I found this recipe I could remember mom and dad making it. I did not remember eating it. After having some on the chicken Earl grilled Monday I remember the flavor very well. The three of us ( Earl, his mother and myself) agreed that it is worth making again.

Sunday we planted the herbs and hot peppers, put out the lawn stature.

Herbs and Hot peppers

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Monday we planted the vegetable garden and had his mother up for a chicken B.B.Q. using dads sauce.

Vegetable Garden

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 To go with the chicken I made ginger ice tea, for this I took the ice tea mix, 2 cups of water and about 3/4 of an inch of fresh ginger(sliced). Boiled for 2 minutes remove from heat, after it cooled I strained  it into a 2 quart picture added enough water to fill and refrigerate.

For dessert we had strawberry short-cake. I made a simple syrup with  ginger and poured over diced  strawberries. I used 1/4 cup sugar and water with 1 inch of sliced fresh ginger to 2 quarts of strawberries. Earl likes the juice from the strawberries if this is the case for you make more simple syrup.

I also made the pound cake for the short cakes.

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup butter soften

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

5 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour lightly bottom and sides of 2 loaf pans 9x5x3 inches( you can use a tube pan 10×4 inches or 12 cup bundt pan).

Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low-speed 30 seconds, scrapping sides. Beat on high for 5 minutes scrapping sides of bowl occasionally. Mix flour, salt and baking powder. Beat flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with milk on low-speed. Spread into pans.

Bake loaf pans for 55-60 minutes, tube pan and bundt pan for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes and remove from pan(s) and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely.

Over all I had a great weekend. I love to garden and look forward to weeding. In the 20 years that we have been gardening, the gardens have always paid for themselves.