We spent a delightful day preparing for dinner. We had homemade hamburger and hot dog buns, potato salad, watermelon, deviled eggs, and grilled chicken, hamburger, or hot dogs. There was pop to drink and ice cream with home made brownies for dessert. The Brownie recipe turned out really good.
Brownies (Double Kathy Deford's with added cocoa):
4 cups sugar
2 cups butter
2 TBS vanilla
2 tsp salt
1 cup cocoa (or 12 TBS)
3 cups flour
2 cups nuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, add dry ingredients. Bake 325 for 40 minutes in large cookie sheet. Thick and yummy!
It was a humbling day to listen to two young men talk of military discipline. I was impressed that one of life's first lessons that must be mastered is the ability to do uncomfortable tasks. The young men in basic training go without sleep, food, showers, cell phones, even conversation to learn to fight for the common good. Many of us as parents could use the same lessons to sacrifice a few pleasures for the common good of our families.
The meal was delicious.