Over the past weekend I traveled down to see the family and attend a family reunion on my Mother's side.
The night before I prepared this Seven Layer Salad. (It's more of a 7 ingredient salad) I've had the recipe since the 90's and it's always gone over real well whenever I take it to a party. This is the "recipe" if you want you can print it. I went to a place that supplies restaurants and bought this large aluminum pan so I wouldn't have to transport anything back home.
I have to apologize for using my cell phone- I forgot to bring my camera. Pictures are okay but not great.
My cousin and his wife created their own backyard mini theme park. They built the pond themselves and have a water slide, trampoline, paddle boats, various areas to sit and lots of garden accents. It's nice in the evenings to hang out but this year we couldn't stay late. They've also got music playing through outdoor speakers, a changing area and bathroom. There used to be a lot more shade but they've lost a bunch Ash trees because of the emerald ash borer that's plaguing trees throughout Michigan and other sates. There was a chance of rain but it just went over us so we didn't have sunshine but it was in the low 80's and humid.
Although I never got a picture with everyone in it I believe we had about 35 people there. I think about 10 were missing.
We took the opportunity to have cake and sing Happy Birthday to my mom who's turning 92 in a few days.
I even brought my insulated cup I won from the blogger Ron at the Uptown Acorn!
As you can see we enjoyed a variety of food! This was a two rounder since you couldn't try out everything you wanted with just one plate!
You can see the long table with everyone's dishes that they brought.
That's my cousin Ron (the host) in the center, his brother and a niece. Usually we're outside with tables spread around the lawn but because of the threat of rain we were under a covered pavilion area.
My mom and my 3 sisters (It was not a good hair day- high humidity!)
I'm the one in pink.
So that was my (500 mile round trip) weekend and I've been trying to catch up ever since!