Surprise early birthday party! (and Dave’s potato salad)

The charter members of the A team - Alli, Angel and April!

The charter members of the A team - Alli, Angel and April!

We thought we were getting together with dear friends for dinner since Dave is on leave this week and has time to cook for a gathering. So when our friends and their teenage boys arrived with looks of mischief in their eyes, we started to wonder! After dinner the clues began – Angel and April had collaborated to hide all the fixins for a birthday (cake, frosting, decorations for cake, candles, matches, everything!) all over the house and even out into the garden. Their clues were so imaginative that they really had me going a few times! Eventually I found everything and Sam enjoyed frosting the cake April had made. Then came the fiah fiah – we put 39 candles on and got a nice little bonfire going! Here we are lit by the candlelight ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, dear friends, for the surprise!

Menu (since Mom asked ๐Ÿ™‚ ):

Salmon, steak, Caesar salad with papaya and grilled red peppers, asparagus and potato salad.ย And here’s the recipe for Dave’s homemade potato salad which was just amazing (all amounts approx. and ingredients may be tweaked to suit your taste):

  • 2lb baby red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup good Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 med shallot
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • Fresh thyme


  1. Molly 15 June, 2010

    What a fun night!!! You have very sweet “A” sisters :o) I bet you’re glad you got in all those sprints and burpees before all that action ;o) The Potato salad looks good!!

  2. Gramma Oli 17 June, 2010

    What history you three As have, and the story continues. What a gift! And we enjoyed Dave’s salmon recipe that same night, and even ceremoniously (unplanned) had asparagus with it!

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