It’s that time of year again! And if you’re thinking it seems like yesterday we were watching The Masters … well, you’re right because last year it was postponed to November. The world had shut down for several weeks when the decision was made to postpone the tournament until the fall and here we are again to be able to see the blooming azaleas this year!
The Masters always falls around my birthday, April 9. I never understood when I was growing up how golf was so entertaining for adults to watch. I remember golf always being on TV when we went down to Florida to visit my MeeMaw and PopPop. Like how can they all sit to watch this, especially since it seems to put everyone to sleep. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve come to appreciate the sport more … and afternoon naps. My husband is a big golf fan so during the spring it’s turned into a fun little routine to watch final rounds together.
The Masters 2009
In 2009, my Dad scored lottery tickets to The Masters so I was able to go with my family just days before my 21st birthday. I drove up from college, they met me in Augusta and we watched the Par 3 Challenge which takes place the Wednesday of Masters week. It is such a neat part of the tournament because most of the players have their kids caddy for them. It was such a neat experience and seeing that landscaping in person is truly incredible alongside watching the golf greats.
The Masters 2019
Fast-forward a college graduation, marriage, 4 moves and 2 kids later aka 10 years and I had the opportunity to go to The Masters again. Brad was able to get tickets through work connections so we attended the 2019 tournament during one of the practice rounds, which I think are more fun to go to anyways since everything is much more laid back. It was always a dream of Brad’s to take his Dad, so his parents drove up from Florida and went with us while my parents kept the girls for us. At the time, Laney was a little over 2 and Morgan was only 6 months old.
A Tradition Unlike Any Other During A Year Unlike Any Other
Like you probably remember and like I mentioned already, the 2020 Masters Tournament was canceled and postponed due to the sudden onset of the current global pandemic. It was so strange not to have golf to watch with Brad on Sundays, especially the Masters on my birthday last year. Sports in general have just seemed weird the last year, as expected. Our typical college football Saturdays this past season were non-existent. Even though Gameday still took place and games were still played, we just couldn’t get into it. When the 2020 Masters took place in November, I decided to try to make it a little more fun by theming our menu on the day of the final round.
Egg Salad Sandwich
Makes 3 Servings
6 Hard Boiled Eggs
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon Sweet Paprika
Chop hard boiled eggs very fine, the whites should be the size of peas or smaller. Combine chopped eggs, mayonnaise and paprika in a bowl. Mix until egg yolks and mayonnaise form a creamy consistency. Serve on soft fresh white bread and enjoy!
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Favorite Pimento Cheese
As simple as it gets. I didn’t go crazy with a homemade recipe, I simply bought our favorite brand of pimento cheese, Palmetto Cheese. The have a jalapeño version that is so good! And you can’t go with just any bread. You have to use the classic white bread.
Peach Ice Cream Sandwich
Breyer’s Peach Ice Cream
Simply scoop some ice cream between 2 cookies and enjoy!
After doing my research last fall, not many ice cream brands offer a peach flavor. After several walks down the ice cream aisle I found some in the Breyer’s section and it’s really good! I also opted for the grocery store bakery sugar cookies rather than baking my own. They were the perfect size and there’s just something about the way a bakery can get sugar cookies just right.
Now with the return of the 2021 Masters Tournament taking place during its typical week in April, it almost feels like things are getting back to normal. Almost. Will you be watching? I know we will!