Hello Everyone! I have been off grid for awhile in regards to blogging lately and I apologize for that. As most of you know, my husband and I started this journey because of our son's diagnosis of ASD in 2012. Now after many years, tears, and fears we are entering our 4th event as THYME and Play.
I don't know about you, but I am excited. So far THYME and play has hosted 3 dinners. The feedback from our guests have been great, and even local community organizations have expressed interest in helping. We are just overwhelmed with how Greenville has just embraced us. You are the reason we do this. Thank you. 100 times Thank you!
Oh I almost forgot the reason I started this post today. April 23rd is our "Honor, Courage, and Cuisine" event. This is an event that is near and dear to my heart for two reasons.
Reason #1: My husband and I are both veterans and we are proud of our service and want to say thanks to all the others that have served.
Reason #2: The theme of the day is MRE's (Meal, Ready to eat).
Oh the good ole' days when food came in brown plastics, individually wrapped. Honestly, I didn't have to eat it regularly with my command, but I did get a taste of it during training and that was an experience.
For those of you wondering what an MRE is...
The Meal, Ready-to-Eat (commonly known as the MRE) is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the United States military for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available.
Every Soldier, Marine, Airman, and Sailor who has ever had to eat a few of these will tell you what version of MRE stood above and beyond the others. In fact, if you want to see for yourself, James Clarke, a former marine, has posted an online survival guide to the best and worst MRE's of the bunch. Check it out. It makes for an interesting read!
April 23rd we pay homage to this essential plastic of sometimes yummy goodness. THYME and play's Honor, Courage, and Cuisine will highlight a very popular MRE choice in a 3-course offering. The challenge will be undertaken by our very own chef, my handsome husband, Henry Vega. A prior Navy veteran. He is tasked with elevating the ingredients found in a single MRE, and folks... that is no easy task.
How will he honor the memories that only an MRE can bring? That watered down instant coffee, laxative gum, and crackers drier than the dessert you ate them in. Oh, So many questions.
I will say one thing, I am jealous I won't be sitting down with the veterans at the table and eating it. He has some pretty cool things planned.
For those of you who signed up, it is going to be fun. I can't wait to see you on the 23rd.
For everyone else, We still have events open until June under our donations campaign. Sign up now and try us out. You have nothing to lose. Count calories later, enjoy a night out of the house with good company. Let the kids have a play date while you eat a delicious meal. I for one think you have earned it!
Eva K. Vega,
US NAVY :P