We all knew last Saturday was Lisa’s birthday. (and the Friday before that was Kelly’s) And were surprised by a call from her hubby Kurt. He planned a surprise birthday party BBQ for her for this afternoon. Kurt did a great job!! Lisa’s two sisters and a niece were visiting her from NY and GA. We were to arrive at 1 pm and Lisa’a sisters were supposed to return her to the house between 1 and 2. Lisa did think something fishy was going on but was surprised by how large the crowd was! About half were fiber friends and the other half work colleagues of both Lisa and Kurt.
As soon as I heard Kurt say “and bring something to nibble on” I knew I was going to make bruschetta. I know there are many recipes out there but mine is a simple cold layered dish. Freshly sliced baguette on the bottom, with about a 1/4 tablespoon finely chopped garlic per baguette. Next layer is a nice slice of mozzarella cheese, a large basil leaf, covered by a slice of tomato. Served on the side? Pear balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a cruet.
A few minutes before Lisa and her sisters arrived, Kurt put 2 bags of charcoal briqets and about a pint of go-juice (charcoal lighter) in their BBQ. Kurt and Lisa are both firemen/firepeople/whatever. We found out that just because you know how to put our fires, you might not know how to start one. In a BBQ. Kurt let the briquets soak in the go-juice, lit the bricks and while he was proudly smiling over the fact that the charcoal lit, turned to see the BBQ’s paint on fire. It went out by itself. No help from the firemen present. Note that when we got there that was a red BBQ.
There was lots of food, drink and presents.
Lisa arrived, we ate and then Kurt brought out the cake and ice cream.
We were a group of walking wounded. Lisa was sporting a full walking brace to nurse her foot. She stepped into a hole and tore ligaments. Kim had a foot in a foot brace because she somehow has a stress fracture of her first metatarsal. Knitting Hubby is still nursing his shoulder, Nancy is still sick with the creeping crud but at least finally went on some meds and sounds a little better!
Just by sure coincidence, all the fiber friends had brought projects to work on while we chatted after the BBQ and cake. Kim had socks, Jessica brought her silk scarf and I brought my new to me Hitch Hicker!
Not to be outdone by the fiber side of the crowd, Kurt disappeared for a while and came back with handmade camo jackets, hat and pants. And demo’d for us!!
We had great fun. Happy birthday Lisa and thanks for putting together a great party Kurt!