Sunday, March 04, 2012
My son is going to graduate this year from UMES and somehow got me tickets for the big gala tehere---this is the major fund raiser for scholarships at the college so it is quite a big event. Here is what we had to eat with comments about what I liked and did not like and the famous people who spoke there. Hope you enjoy reading about it.
Shrimp Cocktail---Taylar tried this one but not me
Bacon wrapped Scallops
Bacon wrapped Pineapple
Season Fruit platter---this was a nice change from other stuff---there was pineapple,
strawberries, grapes, blueberries
Collard Green Puffs---the girl said spinach but menu says collard greens----but they had a nice
taste and I am not a greens lover
Cajun Chicken----now this was spicy---let me tell you , it cleaned my sinus cavity out---LOL--
but I liked it
Steak crostini---never did see this one
Butterfly Coconut Shrimp
Tomato Bruschetta----bread was too cold----it was okay---but think because this is not
tomato season, not that good
Jerk Pork Skewers----I think this was my favorite----piece of pineapple, the jerk pork
practically melted in your mouth, and a half cherry tomato---nice combo
Coconut Toast----this was delicious---they should have served this as dessert at the dinner
Antipasta cups---did not see these either
We had to stop eating the appetizers as figured we would not want dinner----enjoyed trying all the different tastes.
Now for the main meal----lots more comments on this, I think
Started out with Champagne Lobster Salad---with a lovely edible flower---which no one ate---but I knew it was edible from the Gourmet dinner as Michael said you never put anything on the plate that cannot be eaten--it was in a cocktail glass. There was also baskets of bread----like french bread and maybe a raisin bread or it might have been cranberries in it---I ate the fruit bread---one thing was there was too much time between courses because of number of people there---and at first our table seemed to be one of the last served---and we were not back in a corner. Next course was a Cream of Collard Greens soup----interesting taste---I ate about half of it----but it was quite a bit salty---not sure if that was because collard greens might be naturally salty or they used sea salt or whatever---I was really surprised about it being so salty. Taylar did not care for it. She finished off my lobster stuff---I tried it---it was okay but I really don't care for seafood taste. While we were eating this we heard from Tippy Hedron(she starred in "The Birds" , Alfred Hitchcock's film---she was okay. Then we heard from Larry King----he was funny and we all enjoyed his story about growing up and a prank he and his friends pulled at their school. The main course was Mushroom Stuffed Filet Mignon(this was very good and very tender---but the Sauce Jus Lie was again salty) and also a Tia Curry Seafood Cup(puff pastry cup filled with crab meat and probably something else---I gave mine to Taylar and she said it was her favorite part of the dinner)---these 2 items were served with Princess Anne Sweet Pepper Corn PUdding-----it was not bad---ate about half my serving but Taylar did not like it. For dessert we had Blackberry Lemon Tart with HRM Famous Raspberry Sauce----I was not impressed by the dessert at all and ate only a small part of it----I think most at the table left part of it. We also heard from Billy Davis, Jr and Marilyn McCoo----okay but did not sing---shame about that-----and also from S. Epatha Merkerson from Law and Order.
Jacklyn Smith was supposed to be there but she is in the middle of filming a movie so the movie company and her sent a donation of $20,000 to the college for scholarships.
We also had the school's jazz band playing during parts of the dinner---very pleasant evening overall.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
One of the best things about Spark is the number of friends I have made on here. And I do mean true friendship---there when I have needed them---and hopefully, I have been there when they needed me.
Today's sermon at church touched a cord in me today---and I think, shows how you all supported me during the time my friend, Alice Davis, was missing and then found---murdered by her husband. I was devastated by this and you all supported me thru the pain and worry wondering where she was.
A friend of my family---Tom Brumbley---a missionary to Haiti--was the quest speaker and he spoke on Exodus 17--verses11-13. The Israelites were fighting the Amalekites and as long as Moses kept his arms upraised, they were winning---but Moses arms got tired and could not stay up. 2 Friends found a stone for him to sit on to rest, and as his arms got tired, they held them up for Moses---in this way, the Israelites won. And that is how I feel about all the friends who sent me Spark goodies, left a comment on my page, or on my friend feed. All of you were taking turns keeping my arms upraised and helped me get the victory. As much as I will miss Alice, this tragedy has taught me the importance of friendship. That we should never take one another for granted--and we should cherish our times together---whether they be in person, on the phone, or here on the internet. Friendship is important---and being there for a friend should never be a burden but a chance to hold up their arms til they have the victory. And our victory here is striving to live a healthy lifestyle and keep moving thru all the turmoils in our lives.
So to all my Spark friends--- I truly appreciate you, one and all.
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