Happy Birthday to my baby boy, who is now officially "the 8 year old!" There was lots of stress involved in the party planning, including moving the venue from our back yard to a nearby church fellowship hall.. I am very thankful for my friend and fellow college alum who is the pastor of the church. He was very gracious in letting me use their fellowship hall last minute.
I also had major cake difficulties. I'm not much of a baker, and the 8 year old's favorite cake is strawberry, so I usually use a mix. Well, the 8 year old requested an egg free cake so his friend who is allergic to eggs could enjoy some birthday cake with everyone else. After much studying, I finally decided it would be easier just to get some of that Ener-G egg replacer. Well, I have one word of advice for using an egg replacer and cake mixes - DON'T! After I threw 4 cakes, yes, four cakes, in the trash because they stuck to the pan or fell out in a disgustingly moist mess, I gave up and made cakes with eggs. The person at the health food store swore I could use egg replacer with cake mixes, and maybe with organic cake mixes you can, but not with Duncan Hines.
But the party itself was a blast. The kids had a great time with their paper bag armor, fighting the Everything King (my husband who portrayed a figment of the 8 year old's imagination) and seeking out Spiderexes (Tootsie Pops with google eyes and pipe cleaner legs - another figment of my 8 year old's imagination.)
Today we'll celebrate the 8 year old's birthday as a family. He has requested a playdate with his bestie at the local park where he wants to open his gifts. Then we'll come home for his favorite meal - sausage gravy biscuits.
Sunday - Grilled Flank Steak, Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
My parents are coming up for the party and bringing the flank steak. I picked up some potatoes and corn at the community market to go with it. There is a sweet potato for my dad, who doesn't not especially care for white potatoes.
Monday - Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Fruit Salad
The 8 year old's favorite. I can't quite make it like Nana (my mother-in-law), but I try.
Tuesday - Fried Fish, Sweet Potato Fritters, Cole Slaw
Carry over from last week when the 8 year old was out with friends and my husband and I ended up having a late lunch and a snack supper. I got some orange sweet potatoes Saturday at the market, so I hope to get some good pics of the fritters and post the recipe this time.
|The Chicken of the Woods I got a portion of on Saturday.|
I also got late season broccoli and some chicken of the woods at the community market. They sounded good sauteed together and tossed with a bit of olive oil, angel hair pasta and Parmesan cheese.
Thursday - Chicken Enchiladas, Rice
These looked easy and good.
Friday - Lasagna, Salad, Bread
I don't make Lasagna often because it makes so much and it's difficult to cut in half. But I've been craving it lately.
Saturday - Cub Scout Cook-Out
We're doing an all day Cub Scout event and cook-out on Saturday. Since I'm the Den Leader, I kinda have to be there.