I’ll Celebrate, Eat, Drink & Groove To That: May Celebrations

There is definitely no shortage of  May celebrations and traditions for this first weekend in May!   As you know from reading Tuesday’s post ( thank you for reading Tuesday’s post), the first weekend in May is the Kentucky Derby.


The pageantry, people and hats on parade alone is a Southern spectacle to behold.

tyler florence guacamole recipe

Cinco de Mayo is also this weekend. Chicken fajitas, beef tacos and plenty of guacamole and chips will be on the menu. Need a good guacamole recipe?  Tyler Florence’s recipe is it!



4 ripe avocados

1 lime, juiced

½ medium red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 vine-ripe tomato, diced

1 big handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon chili powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Halve and pit the avocados; scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them still a bit chunky. Add the remaining ingredients, and fold everything together to gently mix.

Lay a piece of plastic wrap right on the surface of the guacamole so it doesn’t brown and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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home is where the record player is

On a personal celebratory note,  our son arrives tomorrow for his annual home from university visit.  It’s gonna be a party, y’all, and what’s a party without music?  Music plays a large part in the fabric of our home. It sets the tone of the celebration, soothe a soul’s angst, gets a party started, and evidently is a major necessity for slow jamming the news.  Pop, classical, adult contemporary, country, classic rock, lounge lizard or smooth jazz~ I’ve never met a music genre I didn’t at least appreciate.  It continues to amaze me how I can remember every word of a song I heard maybe three times in high school or college, but can’t remember what I said thirty minutes ago.  Without question, music leaves an indelible mark on our lives.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

~Billy Joel

Music just goes better with life.

Think about it.

I work, cook, drive, write, fly, clean and entertain better and a whole lot happier with music to keep me company.  I like to compose a playlist of music that corresponds to the task at hand or mood of the moment.  From swingin’ spring clean to dinner preparation groove line to the perfect home decor project to write time is the right time, the music has got to be right for the situation and the mood.

The Places In The Home home fires will be burning bright over the next few weeks.  Being together with family and celebrating that fact helps to make a house a home.  Our home is a reflection of the life well- lived, well-loved and well-celebrated within.   I hope yours is too!

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