Happy Birthday…. Dani?

So this week, we were expecting a large crowd, but it ended up being pretty modest, so there was plenty of food to go around!  This was supposed to be the birthday dinner for one of the new mommies, but as luck would have it, things didn’t work out according to plan.

Roll call included 10 adults, one 2-year-old, one 1-year-old and one baby.  Per the birthday girls request we had my Dad’s Chicken Strips, Cheesy Potatoes, Asparagus with Parmesan cheese, and bread.  We also were lucky enough to have some barbecue ribs brought to us via the chef!  And for dessert, Black Forest Cake (two versions the adult made with cherry wine and the child-friendly without).


Mmm, is that chicken strips or did she request a currie?

Chicken strips.


You didn’t need to bring that wine back…

I did so you can compare it to these (sticks out plastic bag full of soap). Smell.  Now, smell the wine.

Hey, that’s pretty good!

What’s that?

Here smell this,


Now smell this…


(And I continue on my forced smell experiment until everyone has smelled the wine soap)

Here ya go, the wine soap you wanted!

Oh, that’s pretty nice, and no oatmeal!

Nope, no oatmeal!

Does anyone want these heirloom tomato seeds?

Nope, we already have ours started.

Do you want them?

Sure, I’ll give them a try, Cherokee Purple? Are they really purple? Because that would be awesome.

Let me look.

The outsides are kind of purplish.

Mostly a deep red color, well, I’ll give them a try.

Where is everyone?

I don’t know, last I knew they all were coming.

Well, dinners ready.

Huh, I really thought they would be here.

Did she forget it was her birthday?

Where did the ribs come from?

They were leftovers, instead of throwing them out, figured we could eat them.

They smell great.

Mama salt. (My two-year-old is obsessed with pouring salt onto everything) More salt.

I think that is enough.

(Phone rings)

—Hey, are you guys ok?  Oh no!  Their basement flooded, that’s why they aren’t here.  Well, I will try and freeze a piece of your cake for you!  Hey, everyone, sing happy birthday! (Holds the phone out)  Happy Birthday to you, (cha cha cha) Happy Birthday to you, (chachacha) Happy birthday dear Dani, Happy birthday to you!  You have a good night!  Happy Birthday and stay dry!—

This bread is really good, do you add sugar to it?


Mom, can you pick up our turkeys if they don’t come tomorrow?  They were supposed to ship yesterday and I haven’t heard anything and if they come Thursday I can’t get them!

Oh, if I have too… yes, we can get the turkeys.

Great, their pen and everything is all ready to go.

So, I learned a new way to cut down trees… (this lead into much discussion about the best ways to cut down a tree, using a jack to cut down trees, standing at a 90′ angle from said tree and so on and so forth)

What kind of shrubbery should I use if I want to hide things? Averviti?

Well, what’s your deer situation like?

(this also leads into lengthy discussion, I should mention in the mix there is are two landscapers, former tree cutter,  horticulturists and I apologize if I got someone’s title incorrect but you get the idea… proper shrubbery matters at this meal)

Everyone ready for cake?

Two cakes?!?

One is kid friendly and the other one is for grown-ups.

OOO did you use the wine?

I did.

Here I can hold the baby.

You don’t have to…

I’m not going to eat cake, I don’t do cherries.

Oh ok.


You want to watch Moana?


Maybe they will sleep… that would be awesome, the 1-3 A.M. awake time is killing me.

We almost rented that one.

I really liked it.

They like “The Rock” singing the “Thank you” song.

Which character is he? The crab?

No, Maui, one of the main characters.

I can’t stand the chicken.

The chicken is Hei-hei, the one we were calling you last week.


You can borrow it anytime you want.

You know, that one of the nice things about little kids being around, you can watch these movies and not feel silly sitting there watching it.

We call that one Lucky, like on 101 Dalmations because she just sits there and stares at the TV when it’s on.

Don’t forget the farmer dinner is tomorrow night!

What time again?


Oh, shoot I can’t go, I have a hockey game.

That’s ok, not like I’m cooking.

Where is it? Do I need anything special to get in?

No, I don’t think you do.  He can stay home with the kids and just you and I can go.


What’s the dress code?

Umm, not naked?

(Eye roll) Like jeans?

Yes, just jeans and a shirt.  It’s casual.


And this is where my brain shut off… it has been a busy week and I took too long to get here to write it all down!  But here are some lovely pictures to remember the meal by!

Cinnamon and Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes

I made these yummy pancakes for the first time on Friday.  Now, you may recall that Friday’s are very often pancake night at our house because they are easy and everyone eats them.  This is especially true during Lent when my family goes meat-free on Friday.

I wanted a change up from our usual pancake flavor and decided to top them with peaches like I would a waffle.  And thinking about peaches, made me think about cream!  Which I don’t have any of at the moment!  Drat, but I did have vanilla yogurt. How bad could that be?

They were delicious, even my husband commented that they were great and asked what I did differently!



2 cups flour

2 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp sugar (or honey if you want it a little sweeter)

1 tsp cinnamon

dash nutmeg

6 Tbsp vegetable shortening

Mix all of these ingredients together until the shortening is very fine and crumbly in the flour.  then add:

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2-1 cup milk

Mix the eggs, vanilla, and yogurt into the flour, add enough milk to make the batter thin enough to pour, or to your consistency liking ( I used about 3/4 cup).

Pour by 1/4 cup measure for a regular sized pancake onto a pre-heated 375′ griddle.  Allow batter to become bubbly before flipping.


And if you are looking for an extra special topping:

Mix together in a medium saucepan,

2 tablespoons butter

1 can peaches in heavy syrup

1/4 tsp cinnamon

dash nutmeg (optional)

dash salt (optional)

Allow the syrup to come to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce to a simmer until the syrup has thickened slightly.  Allow to cool 5 minutes before topping pancakes.




It was a busy night again at The Tuesday Table, extra busy for my parents because of spring break falling this week, I had to work extra so they not only had my three kiddos, they also had my sisters new baby to watch while they were preparing dinner for everyone.

The of course still managed to put out an excellent meal of Roasted Chicken and gravy, Baked Beans, Spinach and Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes and of course, Bread.  Dessert was a spectacular new recipe for Pecan Cheesecake Pie.

But they did have a little help getting it on the table!  One of the tween-age boys that comes has taken to helping mix things or cut bread and was all dressed up for the occasion when I came through the door!  Then our neighborhood chef also arrived in time to carve the chickens, although he was not wearing a button up shirt like the younger assistant.

Surrounding the table we had, 11 adults, 3 tweens, 2-two-year-olds (although neither of them actually sat at the table for more than a few seconds), a one-year-old and a baby.

The kiddos were all playing outside, because it wasn’t pouring rain or snowing for the first time in forever and it was above 40’F outside, so clearly spring weather.

So what does LUT stand for? (Referring to the letters embroidered on my work uniform)

Actually LVT, Licensed Veterinary Technician.  Sort of like the RN of the veterinary world.

So what do you do? What does your job entail?

Well, I am the anesthesiologist, radiologist, pharmacist, doctor-patient-client liaison, receptionist, counselor…..

So you do everything.

Basically, I am not legally allowed to preform surgery, diagnose or prescribe.

But I bet you could.

Most of the time… but the veterinary world doesn’t have a mid-level title like PA in human medicine.

Com on in and wash everyone!


Ooh, that’s nice dancing!  Can I see your hands?

Mama! Outside!


She was fine until she saw mom!

That’s the normal.

(Everyone shuffles over to the table)

Oh no! I spilled the wine!  How do you get wine out of clothes?

I don’t know, I’ve never spilled wine before.

How do you get wine out?!?

Well, not very easy, I suggest soaking them as soon as you get home…

Spoon? Fork?

Are you going to eat with Mama?


*Now, I am holding my two year old with her aquired spoon and fork chit chatting and watching where everyone is going to sit for dinner, when I feel a spoon go across the base of my neck and a fork very lightly poking into me…

Are you cutting me up to eat?

Nom Nom!!

You’re eating me?

YES!!!! (huge giggles as she “cuts” another piece)

There’s another bottle of wine in the fridge can you pull it out after you get your picture?

Well that was a suspicious look.

I thought so too, glad I wasn’t the only one who saw it!

Oh! A bottle of wine for us!  Lets just park that here!


Say prayers please?

BlessthishouseLordwepraykeepussafebynightandday.  Amen

Can you pass the chicken?


Who keeps doing that?!?

I’ve got everything except the beans..where are those?

They’re a new recipe

OOOH, these are goood!  I’ll have to steal the recipe.

Ha! Have to remember what we did first!  Mostly bacon and chicken stock.

Can you pass the chicken down here?


Ok, Hei-Hei…

Moana was a good movie!!

Hei-Hei is the chicken side kick in the Disney movie Moana.

I just noticed you were wearing your scrubs, very professional.

“I don’t want no scrubs”

NOO!  I just got that out of my head from a few weeks ago because of him!

What song?

The “No Scrubs” song from the mid 90’s


Meanwhile the kids have abandoned their plates and are running amok through the house and outside and are either moving through the rooms like a herd of elephants or being suspiciously quite in turns.

Conversation also turned to my early academic years and how I did not attend a few well known schools and opportunities even though I was offered scholarships… mostly because I was young and stubborn.  We also talked about different medicinal values of different things for different purposes, as suggested I am editing that out, to keep this as non-controversial as possible!

Is that dessert?  K, everyone, dinner is over!  Have a nice night, no dessert tonight!

Is that pecan pie???

Sort of, it is a new pecan pie recipe.

Yep, sorry everyone, no dessert.

Did you just dunk that in the gravy? Don’t double dip!

Ba Kaw!

Oh! I think the wine soap turned out.

Sweet! Did you bring it?

Next week, it hasn’t cured yet, its taking a little longer than the others, I think the alcohol does weird things.  I didn’t know wine could burn, but it can.

Where’s the baby?

She fell asleep.

Rats, well here’s her birthday card.


Hey, do you have the video of her riding bareback?


Show them.

This is her cantering bareback.


Dessert was a big winner all around, determined to be better than regular pecan pie because the tartness from the cream cheese cut the sweetness just enough.  Two successful  new recipes tonight!  The one year old got to open her birthday card and things started to wind down.  All the kids were rounded up, toys picked up and shuffled home for school the next day.

Those who don’t have little kids and thought they would stay and have more wine, had their plans spoiled by me, who decided to try and change a light bulb after I got home and managed to get a piece of glass in my eye.  This resulted in an emergency call to our family paramedic (Dad, even though he isn’t really a paramedic he is the best!) because if he couldn’t get it out, then we would need someone to watch the kids.  He wasn’t able to find the glass, but I did find it and all is well with my eye, sans trip to the E.R.!