Saturday, June 14, 2008

One Local Graduation


I recently wrote that life is simpler and greener when we relax our expectations, when we ignore nibbled leaves and not-too-stained clothes, when we enjoy a simple meal as much as an elaborate meal. In keeping with that, my One Local Summer meal this week is superbly simple.

My 5 year old graduated from preschool on Wednesday - complete with a ceremony, cap and gown, and potluck dinner to celebrate. My assignment for the potluck was tea sandwiches, specifically, egg salad, cream cheese and cucumber and PB&J.

The egg salad - which ended up being pretty delicious - included hard boiled local pastured eggs, homemade yogurt from local buying club milk, homemade pickles from farmers' market cucumbers, a squeeze of organic mustard from a local company, and organic mayo.

Because I couldn't find local cream cheese, I opted for local organic cucumbers and farmers' market cheddar cheese sandwiches. I used organic peanut butter from a local company and homemade jam, made from farmers' market strawberries, for the PB&J. I slathered all of the above on some toasted bread from a local, independent bakery, and trimmed off the crusts, which, of course we ate. No wasting food in the Green Bean household.

There you have it. One local graduation for one very proud preschooler.

11 comments:

Burbanmom said...

Congrats to your little on graduating! But here's the real question: Did you use a cloth hankie or Kleenex when you bawlled your eyes out? ;-)

Joyce said...

The sandwiches are such a good idea for little people!

Abbie said...

I love how something so simple can be so beautiful.

eco 'burban mom said...

That looks delicious! Truth be told, I would rather a PBJ or an egg salad sandwich on a warm summer day over an elaborate meal anytime. There is something satisfying about a sandwich... and when someone takes the time and the love to cut all the crusts off? You would be a total hero in my boys eyes!!!

Heather @ SGF said...

I'm with eco 'burban mom - Sammies are my favorite! I'll take a sandwich over a fancy meal any day.

Donna said...

I bet the little graduates loved it!

Green Bean said...

Actually, Burbs, I more laughed than cried. I think the crying part will come when I have to leave him at kindergarten. Will have to invest in a hankie by then.

Yup, sandwiches rock! Especially the egg salad. Hmm. Getting hungry.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Those sandwiches look FABULOUS!

Going Crunchy said...

Yeah! Gotta love those moments. My pre-K is in for one more year as he has an October birthday. He was quite bummed- - next year he will be marching.

Going Crunchy said...

Oh, and p.s.- - we have "pancake supper" on some of our special family nights. The kids get a thrill out of "breakfast for supper" or even gasp! if we go out for pancakes!

Robj98168 said...

Send the PBN J my way. Best sammich ever invented.How Do you use the crusts?

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