Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Big Party

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So right now, I am in the midst of preparing for Will's birthday party. The cake has been baked an decorated, Swiss Steak (which I will give you the recipe for soon), a family birthday tradition, is in the oven and baking, cut potatoes for the mashed potatoes are on the stove. The girls (Kendall and her friend Ashley) wrapped the presents, Collin and Tim tackled the shoveling and salting of the walkways.


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A word on the Swiss Steak. Around 15 years ago, I made my grandfather, who brought the recipe back from his WWII Navy days, write the recipe down. I'm so happy that I did. Ever since he died three years ago, it hasn't been made. I decided now was the time. I was going to use my pressure cooker (which had belonged to him and my grandma), but I got a little too carried away and made more than the cooker could hold. So now it is in a roaster pan in the oven stewing away. I am excited to taste it again, and my family is all showing up for a taste, too. The Vawters are German, food brings us together.


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So that's that. Busy busy, while Will enjoys his billionth viewing of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. I suppose I should change out of my cooking clothes, which are splattered and covered with flour, into something more presentable!

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(Will's cake is a dark chocolate fudge cake with chocolate icing. I have no way of sharing a picture of it with you, however, as my hard drive has crashed. Yes, you heard me. Out of the blue, it crashed. So enjoy these pictures from We Heart It.)

10 comments:

Roxanne said...

Mmm swiss steak! Happy Birthday to Will! So exciting :)

goldenbird said...

Oh no, your hard drive crashed! Yikes. I hope you didn't lose anything.

I'm not sure I've ever had Swiss Steak. I'll have to google it to find out what it is.

Will's chocolate cake sounds yummy. Hope everyone enjoyed the party.

Kate said...

I can't wait to hear all about it! I hope you had a great party!

Joy said...

Sending birthday wishes! Love the pictures!

Lovely World said...

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Denise | Chez Danisse said...

What fun! I've never eaten Swiss Steak. I'm looking forward to reading more. I hope your hard drive gets well soon.

Cora said...

I've never had Swiss Steak so I'm excited about reviewing the recipe.

So sorry about your hard drive...I hate that!
Sounds like you all had a Yummy time for the birthday boy!

Beate said...

Nothing is more comforting and reasuring than a family get-together for a birthday!! happy birtday to the little (big) boy! I am sure both the Swiss steak and the cake are delicious.

Earth Mama said...

Oh that cake looks yum. And you made it! You are quite talented my lady.

:)Lisa

Sandra said...

Swiss steak...wow, now there's something I hadn't heard in awhile. It was my dad's favourite!

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