I put a dry rub on two tri tip steaks, and let them come to room temp before Greg grilled them. I marinated jumbo sea scallops and soaked the wooden skewers in water so that they wouldn't burn when they were grilled. I fixed a couple of pounds of jumbo shrimp, and oven roasted delicate asparagus spears. I cooked a large pan of scalloped potatoes before everything else went into the oven, so that I could finish off the asparagus and shrimp in the last few minutes while the tri tip was resting before slicing. The green salad was prepared before everyone arrived, and then tossed in dressing just before serving. One of the hardest things in preparing a large meal, is timing. If you can learn to prepare all that you can ahead of time, and use multiple heat sources when cooking, you can have everything go to the table piping hot. If you are serving any type of roast, or large cut of meat, it needs to rest before slicing, so the last minute things can finish off while you let the meat rest while covered in aluminum foil. Gennifer started our delicious night of feasting with an appetizer from Pioneer Woman's cookbook. Hot artichoke dip with crusty baquette and blue corn tortilla chips. No picture, sorry. It was yummilicious though.
There were no leftovers to wrap, except a couple slices of tri tip. Clean up was easy. After a fun dinner with lots of laughter, we sang happy birthday our boy...no longer little. All grown up. 23!!
Non of my kids like cake much. So birthday "cake" is usually something like a donut tower, or cookie pizza, or in this case, double fudge brownie sundaes. I made the brownies the night before. Using a box mix of fudge brownies, mix as per instructions on box. Then pour half of the batter into pan, and for my twist, I sprinkle a layer of chocolate chips, then top with remaining batter and bake as usual. So gooey and fudgey, you will flip!
Greg and Jake in their matching (by accident) shirts from Stone Brewery.
Eri wasn't able to be there last night, and we missed her and Noah!
Last night while we were still sitting at the table after dinner, I caught a glimpse of the girls standing in front of the glass domes that held goodies. By the time I dashed to get my camera, Hannah had already run off, but I caught this of little Clairey.
Denise brought me this fun book!!! Perfect for the LIST MAKERS in your life!