OK, I had Sloppy Joes cooked, now what could we have to accompany them? Jim said he would like onion rings from Wanda’s. I thought that was a great idea. I told him I would make some iced tea while he was gone. He made a quick trip and walked in with a sack containing onion rings fried to perfection by Wanda’s. They were lightly battered, fried to a crispness that was sooo good! They reminded me when Jim and I were going together. We would stop at Carleson’s Drive-In on University Drive in Fort Worth, order a cherry Coke or a lime freeze and an order of onion rings. It was always a wonderful end to a fun date. I told Jim what I was reminded of, and he said he guessed we could go eat in the car if I wanted to. I declined.
Wanda’s onion rings are never heavily battered like some I have eaten. A heavy batter makes them either fried so hard they are hard to eat or limp from so much batter they can’t fry evenly. While I was finishing up, I popped the onion rings in a warm oven until we were ready to eat.
With our Sloppy Joes and onion rings, we had a fresh fruit bowl I prepared. I put some watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh peaches, blueberries and bananas in a bowl and tossed them together. It was a very good meal. I may do the same thing for Labor Day if everyone decides to come over.
Plan ahead for Labor Day, and don’t spend all day cooking and slaving over a hot barbecue grill. Plan something easy so you can enjoy the day. You know, I wouldn’t even mind if it rained all day. We desperately need it.
Lynn and I decided we’re going to call Claudia (Lynn’s sister-in-law; my cousin) and wish her a Happy Birthday. Her birthday is today, and she is five years older than we are. We August girls have to stick together.
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