We had lots of changes in the cast of characters this summer.
First, my daughter has gone on study abroad and will be out of the country for a year. This is really changing how I think about holiday cooking already - don't have to make so many veggies.
Second, my oldest nephew has gone off to college. So two of the collective young'uns are launched for now. Well, these aren't your holidays, but their goodbye parties were ours.
Now the guest of honor gets to set the menu at their going away bash, usually, unless the cook is not their mother. For my daughter's event, we had pigs in blankets, deviled eggs and fruit, finished off with a baskin-robbins ice cream cake in her favorite combination (pink/white).
My nephew was at our (husband and my) mercy. I think he was satisfied with barbecue food -- burgers, dogs and elk steak. yes, you read correctly. There was also fruit and a nice creole cole
slaw. For dessert I made a lemon pound cake dressed with strawberries and whipped cream.
To the boy: Good luck in dorm food.
To the girl: Good luck with a new cuisine.