Nancy McWhorter – For The Record

On Friday, May 7, 2016, traveling with my daughter and son-in-law, Carol & Herb Farley, we left for San Antonio at 6 a.m. to attend the wedding of my son, Dwight Stewart to Brenda Mataya scheduled for Saturday, May 8.  At 3 p.m., we arrived at our destination, the home of my niece; Karen Maxfield living in Saint Hedwig, a small town located on the outskirts of San Antonio.  This is where we stayed for the scheduled weekend wedding activities.  That gave us plenty of time to freshen up and change clothes in order to attend the rehearsal dinner at 6 o’clock that evening.

Karen opted to skip the rehearsal dinner requiring us to follow the GPS directions to the restaurant.  Using the GPS directions, we ended up totally across town from where the rehearsal dinner was taking place.  This tells me one cannot always depend on GPS accuracy.  Thank goodness for cell phones.  We called Dwight and following his directions arrived about an hour late.  Graciously, they had waited on us to start the meal.  It was a wonderful dinner eaten while enjoying the company of family and friends.

The day of the wedding (5/8/16), Karen and her fiancé, Stephen, rode with us to the “Gift Chapel” located at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston where the wedding took place.  This time following Karen’s and Stephen’s directions, we arrived early.  It was one of the loveliest and sweetest weddings I have ever attended.  I was greatly impressed with Chaplain Miller that performed the ceremony.  Afterwards, following others, we made it to an Italian restaurant for the wedding dinner again a rare treat of joining with family and friends.

The following Sunday, June 8, 2016 as a celebration of their union, Brenda and Dwight hosted an Open House in their lovely home from 1 to 5 p.m.  Even with Karen along to help us get there, we again arrived later than we intended.  It was not because of anyone’s fault but because of the rainy weather.  On our way there, we encountered five (yes five) car accidents, which greatly slowed traffic movement.

We barely arrived in time to join in the skype to Dwight’s and now Brenda’s daughter-in-law, Christy and baby grandson (my great grandson), Austin.  Dwight’s son, my grandson, Andrzej is still in Hawaii on his one year confinement project study titled “HI-SEAS.”  It is a mock-up of what it is like being isolated with five other people on Mars.  It is hopefully a step toward Andrzej’s lifetime goal of becoming an astronaut.  The one year long project will be complete this August and he will finally get to see his son, Austin, (born September 8, 2015) for the first time.

The Open House appeared to be a great success.  Mingling and again visiting with family and friends while touring through Dwight’s and Brenda’s charming and delightful home.  Dwight has not only gained a precious, amiable wife but has also been blessed with an endearing, charismatic mother-in-law, Carol Trostle.  She and Brenda prepared all the elegant food and various beverages served to guests.  Everything was tasty but my favorite was the salad that Carol had prepared.  I do not usually care for pasta salads however, greedy me, this salad was so good that I indulged myself with two extra helpings.  I am thankful that Carol was willing to share this week’s recipe.  No doubt, it is a KEEPER.

SHRIMP PASTA SALAD

(From the recipe files of Carol Trostle)

1 (16 oz.) pkg. spaghetti

2 lbs. fresh or frozen medium shrimp, peeled & cleaned

3 Water

Salt

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

2 celery sticks, diced

1 (7 oz.) jar pimento, drained

1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen green peas

4 cups mayonnaise

Seasoned salt to taste

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions, breaking pasta before cooking; drain well.  Cook shrimp in water and salt until done.  Add shrimp and garlic to cooked spaghetti, tossing to mix thoroughly.  In the meantime, combine celery, pimento, peas, mayonnaise and seasoned salt.  Add this to the spaghetti mixture, mixing lightly but well; chill until ready to serve.  SERVES 12

NOTE: If one wished, each attendee left with a small memorable souvenir drinking glass with the engraving: “Eat  DRINK  Be Married  Brenda & Dwight  May 7, 2016”.  I have mine on display in my kitchen hutch.