Saturday, July 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Amanda & Mitchell

With two birthdays to celebrate in a 10 day period of time, {plus Cousin Connor in between} we have started combining the festivities for the older kids. Keeping it simple works for us, so just having a quiet dinner at home with a special select menu pleases all of us- plus all the extra friends that show up for dinner on any given night. I am already feeding NINE people every night, so what is a few more?

Since today was Jodi's birthday too it seemed fitting to have a family meal with both kids. Amanda and I acknowledged the date but did not make a big circus about it. It was sweet really, I admire her for remembering the details. She is good like that.

Enough about dates and details, let discuss the spread I made for these people. Seriously, I worked my ass off to purchase the necessary ingredients alone, then I schlepped it all home, cleaned and prepped it and crafted it into a gluten free/red dye free delight.

I made a buffet so that everyone could load up on their favorites, and they did!

The main course of Alaskan KING crab legs and claws

Grilled Fresh Asparagus

Marinated Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

Stuffed Mushroom caps with Zucchini and Parmesan filling

Roasted Garlic and Mashed Potatoes from scratch Grilled Sweet Corn
Sundrop candies- they are the dye free version of M&M's

After the mess was cleared we noticed that Charlotte had enjoyed a few too many items from the buffet. She was covered in kernels of corn and had smeared garlic mashed potatoes in her hair. So we ended our evening with a verse or two of Happy Birthday, and Baby Charlotte got a bath in the sink- after the dishes were done.

Happy Birthday Amanda and Mitchell!

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