Today was the birthday for both my brothers: Trav and Luke. They are two years apart, but their birthdays fall on the same day. Here is an undoctored picture of what 26 and 24 years of living on the edge can do to a person:
Monthly Archives: August 2008
We had a fun day celebrating Travis’ & Luke’s birthdays today. Travis turned 26 & Luke turned 24. Aunt Maggie and Cousin Beth were up from Chicago, and with John and Sarah, Luke & Nikki, Travis & Jennie, and Justin and I, we were quite a ruckus group! We all met and John & Sarah’s around 1 pm and had a nice afternoon of visiting, running to the fireworks store, and watching old home videos of the boys from 1987. Then we had a wonderful meal of grilled chicken and brats, corn on the cob, fresh green beans, baked potatoes, homemade crescent rolls, chips and dip, etc. And if we weren’t stuffed enough, we followed it all up with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. I saw this cake on the smitten kitchen blog a couple of weeks ago and immediately decided I needed to buy the book that the recipe was in. When Travis saw the cake, he asked right away if I would make it for his birthday. Sounded great to me! And yesterday, after the cake was made, he also requested Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars to line the plate. Yes, it is completely over the top, but it was definitely a fun birthday treat. After we were packed to the gills with food and dessert, the guys opened their birthday gifts, and then we headed out to John & Sarah’s land in the country and the guys arranged quite the fireworks display. It was a fun way to end the evening, even though there were several times of running for cover while laughing hysterically!
Justin and I spent lots of time in the car today, but as it took us over to Hudson, WI/Minneapolis, MN, it was time well spent. We got to Hudson right about noon, stopped for a quick bite to eat, and then I dropped Justin off at Troy Burn Golf Club. His dad had to work in the area in the morning, so they decided to meet up there for their afternoon round. They both agree that it is a very nice, but very challenging course.
To make up for yesterday’s lack of anything worth writing about, I’ll give you two recipes for the price of one today.
I think Storm has the memory of a goldfish. “What is this fantastic little house for me to sit in? So comfy!” She doesn’t remember for a second that the only time these carriers ever come out is to take them to the vet so they can get shots. As you can see from the picture, Norm remembers. He remembers VERY WELL. As soon as Justin brought these out of the basement closet, Norm ran down to Travis’ room and hid under his bed. And as soon as Justin let him out of the carrier upon arriving home, Norm ran down to Travis’ room and hid under his bed. He is there as I write this, several hours later.
Mmmm….dulce de leche. Or in english, sweetened condensed milk (goat’s or cow’s) heated to produce a wonderfully thick, rich caramel. I’ve made it in the past by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk, completely submerged in water, for 3 hours. This is an incredibly easy method with incredibly tasty results. However, recent warnings against this method (namely, that the cans can explode) and the fact that our house was like a sauna for several hours because of the steam, have led me to find alternative methods. The first of which is the easy way – just go out and by it! Well, as this product is not quite in the mainstream of grocery items available in Stevens Point, we drove down to Plover’s Mexican grocery store, La Guadalapana. And Hooray! They actually carried two different types – one made with cow’s milk and one from goat’s (I had read about both on the internet). So I happily scooped up both in order to make Alfajores this weekend, which is a Peruvian sandwich cookie, made with almond cookie dough and dulce de leche (or a similar product, manjar blanco, which I’ll never find in Wisconsin unless I make it!) sandwiched in between.