The Down South Cafe is finally up and running, and we're all set--almost--for our first big event: Independence Day. Independence Day is a really big deal in Winter Garden. Our small town has only enough money in the budget for two big town-wide celebrations, Independence Day and Christmas. They're roughly six months apart, so it works out fairly well.
I'm busy making sides--potato salad, slaw, macaroni salad--as well as cakes, pies, and banana puddings for patrons to come in and buy for their own celebrations. Plus, my cousin Jackie and I are keeping the dessert case full and cooking for patrons every day. It's exhausting, but I've never had so much fun in my life.
Dilly Boyd, one of our favorite regular patrons, brought in a bushel of strawberries she'd grown in her garden this morning. Mom, Jackie, and I have been sitting in the kitchen capping berries for much of the afternoon. I'm making strawberry jam out of most of them, but I'm saving enough to make some strawberry pies.
I'm hoping to have everything finished up and the cafe neat and tidy by three on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday night, the Independence Day celebrations taking place all over the town wind down, and there's a dance at a huge barn that was turned into an event venue years ago. I'm hoping a certain handsome deputy asks me to go.
Silence of the Jams, the second book in the Down South Cafe Mystery Series, will be released on April 4, 2017. For more information, please visit Gayle's site or Amazon.