Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a background in catering; esp. when I have to bring something to a potluck. However, I do and that’s why I can’t just pick up pre-cut fruit, and bring it to where ever I am going.
Recently, I made a fruit platter for our VBS (Vacation Bible School) potluck bbq. I had envisioned using a cored out pineapple as the center of the dish; however, this was not meant to be.
I laid down some red-leaf lettuce. One, it provides a nice garnish but also covers up an blemishes on the platter. When I can, I prefer to use purple kale and I like the color contrast, but I had to use what was available.
I then cut a watermelon in half and sliced the half. This gave me some straight pieces of watermelon, which I halved again and created watermelon triangles. I placed them on the border of the platter and added a second layer.
I had cubed some cantaloupe melon and made a small layer, adding it between the watermelon layers to hold up the second layer of watermelon.
Added blackberries, opposite each other, did the same with some grapes and added cherries in the center. After all, everything is better when topped with a cherry (or cherries, in this case), right?
Last touch was to sprinkle some blueberries over the entire platter.
All in all, I was pleased with the outcome. To me, it ended up looking like a flower was in bloom.
Homemade fruit platters aren’t the cheapest to make, but they are gluten-free, fresh tasting and provide a healthy alternative to some of the items that normally accompany a bbq.
I bet when you saw the title, “Work It Baby; Work It”, the thought never crossed your mind that I would actually be discussing all the jobs I have held since I was a teen. I will try to keep it somewhat chronological. Hope you don’t fall asleep by the end of the list. I’ve held quite a few positions thus far.
My work keyboard
- Busboy (or girl in this case)
- Dishwasher (restaurant)
- Chambermaid (yes, that’s what housekeeping used to be called way back when)
- Census enumerator
- Line cook
- Gas station attendant
- File clerk
- Case manager for developmental adults
- Administrative Assistant (fancier title, more work, same pay)
- Live-in maid
- Party Rental Sales Associate
- Department store clerk (several of these positions)
- Formal catering server
- Formal catering bartender
- Catering lead (liaison between caterer and temp agency staff)
- Freelance waitstaff (private catered events)
- Caterer (yup, someone paid me to cook for a party)
- Virtual Assistant
- Avon Lady
- Mary Kay Lady
- PartyLite Consultant
- Accounting Clerk
- Billing Specialist
- Payroll Clerk
- Wedding Planner (actually hold a certification for wedding planning)
- Wellness Consultant with doTerra Oils
- Human Resources Coordinator
- Candystriper (do they even use that term anymore? aka hospital volunteer)
- Homeless shelter tutor
- Homeless shelter daycare assistant
- Member of Soldiers’ Angels (writing to deployed military personnel and working to support their families)
- Vice-President of the local Blue Star Mother’s chapter (1 term)
- Foster mom to pit bull puppies
- Volunteer with a pit bull rescue
- Volunteer for Adopt-A-U.S.-Hero (more writing)
- Coupon coordinator for some local ladies who needed to save some money
- Worship Leader at a local church
I think that sums it up. I probably forgot a bit here and there and will update if/when I remember. Once you’re over 40, get married and have kids…the mind goes. Actually, it makes a mad dash at an escape, but what are ya gonna do?