the days of may, and baseball and cocktails!

We got a little distracted here at herbinkitchen with everything going on in the month of May.

The baseball season got into full swing and the track season brought new challenges in different events. May also meant state exams and progress reports before that last June report card next month. There were milestones and spring concerts.

Mother’s Day had this on the dining room table. Flowers, rose plants, a new powder blue hydrangea and homemade cards. It doesn’t get any better than that. Why can’t every mother, everywhere, wake up to this each weekend?

Spring weather didn’t let us get settled into an assumed routine. We had some slightly overcast days like the day we headed to our local botanical garden to get some perennials and annuals for the garden.

We picked out some plants like a new obedient plant. This is a fun plant and great for kids. However you bend this plant it will be “obedient” and stay in that formation.

There were some wildly unpredictable days like when we walked over to the baseball field in the warmth of an intense sunshine.

It seemed like more than once, little guy got a hit and ran to sunny first base. But the stormy clouds rolled in, and by the time he got to third, we were being drenched by a downfall of rain. Game over!

The spring concert presented what the sixth-grade string students have been working on. One piece was an original composition written by the cellist from Carnegie Hall who has come to the school every other week to work with the students.

It has been a special opportunity for the string students and they seem to be aware this doesn’t happen in every music class in the New York City area. Getting students their age hooked on studying music helps in so many aspects of their education.

The most important event of our May calendar was attending the Memorial Day Parade to make sure the guys understand, that year after year, we need to thank our veterans and the men and women who serve our country.

Here comes summer grilling season and be sure and see what was going on in May at Parade like this recipe for glazed salmon.

http://parade.condenast.com/293121/aliceknisleymatthias-2/the-secret-to-a-no-stick-grilled-maple-bourbon-glazed-salmon-fillet/

Now that the warm weather is here to stay, the season for pouring cocktails on the patio is upon us. Read this new book for cocktail ideas and small bites to go with them. The strawberry-basil margarita just makes perfect sense!

http://parade.condenast.com/294162/aliceknisleymatthias-2/the-cocktail-club-new-how-to-book-from-a-today-show-lifestyle-expert/

How about getting tips from girls at the grill like Sara Moulton and Elizabeth Karmel? You’ll find it here.

http://parade.condenast.com/298451/aliceknisleymatthias-2/meet-8-girls-and-their-grills/

Herbinkitchen is taking part again in Blogathon for 2014. That means a new post every day about food and drink, garden, and entertaining ideas for the month of June. Here we go!

 

 

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