Memorial Day Menu Was A Success!

Memorial Day Menu Was A Success!We had about 15 people over for Memorial Day yesterday and I was a bit nervous. This was the first time I prepared a meal for that many people. However, the BBQ somewhat morphed into a Potluck as I figured out that my desire to do it all myself was being undermined by the time actually available to me to get it all ready. So, as my friends RSVPd and offered to bring side dishes, I happily accepted. So the menu ending up consisting of the following:

Rachael Ray's Pesto Torta
My Garlic Guacamole (just double the amount of garlic in any guac recipe and you pretty much have it)
Rachael Ray's Korean Flank Steak
Rachael Ray's Honey Teriyaki Chicken
Side dishes contributed by my friends including a fruit salad (in a sauce with champagne and egg whites), a green salad with gorgonzola and walnuts with balsamic dressing, a pasta salad, and Wisconsin Style potatoes (baked with lots of cheese!)

Overall, everyone seemed to really enjoy the meal. I heard the most compliments for the chicken and I will use the method in that recipe from here on out whenever I make chicken. You cook one side, apply the baste, then when it is done, you flip it and cook for two more minutes. That way the sugary sauce does not get all black and crusty. It truly exceeded my expectations. And all the side dishes contributed by my friends were simply outstanding! I am now inspired to throw a Memorial Day BBQ every year. Oh, and the Etch It Cups were a big hit!

The picture is from the Food Network website. By the time I thought of taking a picture, most of the food was gone!

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Title: Janis Parks Memorial

Janis was born on April 17, 1969, in Tacoma, WA. She went to be with the Lord on October 15, 2009. She was 40. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1988, she attended Washington State University for one year, then returned to Tacoma to care for her ailing mother, Donna Parks. She continued to live with and care for her until 1996, when Donna died. Janis also lived with a close friend for a few years and helped care for her friends daughters. She loved these girls as if they were her own. She moved to Ocean Shores, CA for a year, then came back to move in with her father in Gig Harbor. She remained there and helped to care for him until she died. Throughout her school years Janis was an outstanding student and athlete. She maintained a high GPA and excelled in basketball, volleyball and softball. She worked as a server and hostess for many years at Sharis, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster. Janis was dearly loved by her co-workers and customers alike. Gifted artistically, she created many fun colorful drawings, and much of her artwork was prominently shown on the menu display boards of the restaurants where she worked. Known for being upbeat, animated, and cheerful, Janis maintained a positive attitude even in difficult circumstances. Her personality brightened the mood wherever she went. It was her nature to put others before herself and she essentially dedicated her life to serve others. Janis personified selflessness. Possessing a strong faith in Jesus Christ, Janis prayed for and consistently encouraged her friends and family.

She is survived by her father, Jim Parks, and her brothers Steve, Todd, Philip, and Jordan. She never married and had no children. Janis was loved by many, and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday, October 23rd at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor. Arrangements by Haven of Rest. Please sign the online guestbook at


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