Monday, February 16, 2009

Birthday Weekend

(Times are approximate.)

8:00pm:My parents and sister, Molly, arrive.

8:00am: Breakfast of strawberry brunch souffle and crushed strawberries.

11:00am: My sister, Emily, and her baby girl arrive.

12:30pm: Lunch, prepared by my parents: Sauerkraut, sausage and white bean casserole, muffins, applesauce and pineapple Amish friendship bread.

1:30pm: My brother, Ben, and his fiance, Kim, arrive.

4:30pm: My other brother, Darin, and his wife, Farah, arrive.

5:00pm: My brothers and dad help Jamey upright the kids' play set that was blown over in a wind storm.

5:30pm: Dinner, prepared by my parents: hoagies, chips, applesauce and Ben's birthday cake (his birthday is the day before Sam's) and ice cream.

6:30-11:00pm: Games, visiting and setting up beds.

8:30am: Breakfast of strawberry brunch souffle with crushed strawberries, Mama JJ's Baked French Toast and shoo fly pie from Lancaster, PA, courtesy of Darin and Farah.

9:30- 11:30: Free time which included runs to local discount stores, the library and park.

11:30am: Lunch of homemade pizzas (roasted tomato/pesto, plain and pineapple- the kids' favorite), deviled eggs, applesauce and my sister's German chocolate and blackberry bars.

1:00pm: Bowling! Sam has been asking to go bowling for forever, so as a surprise and in lieu of gifts, we all bowled a game.

2:30pm: The men and Sam went to a park in town and played a round of disc golf. The ladies and Sadie came home, relaxed and visited.

5:00pm: Emily's husband, Michael arrived.

5:30pm: Dinner: Meatballs in sauce, pineapple stuffing, sweet potato and apple casserole, a variation of green bean casserole, red raspberry applesauce jello salad, and pickled beets for dinner, followed by Sam and Sadie's birthday cake. I'll be telling you more about this cake in a couple days. Sam made Valentines for everyone since it was Valentine's Day.

6:30-11:00pm: Games and visiting.

9:00am: Church.

10:30am: Family and friends surprise Kim with a bridal shower at our house. My sisters and sister-in-law stayed back from church to set up. Presents, lunch (bagel sandwiches, fruit, potato salad, raspberry cream cheese bars and chocolate chip cookie bars) and visiting.

2:00pm: Everyone packed up and left for home. We were sad to see them go. Sadie even got teary-eyed.

2:00-5:00pm: Jamey and Sam played a couple games of Jenga. Jamey studied. Sadie napped. Sam played outside with his new frisbee and practiced his spelling words on

Me? I sat on the couch. Pin It


  1. What a FUN weekend! You deserved to sit on the!

  2. Sounds so busy and fun!

    Friday Lunch...Could you share that casserole recipe? I made a lot of saur kraut last year and I need some interesting ways to use it up! The casserole sounds like a good one.

  3. Zoe, I am working on getting that recipe for you. Check back in a few days:-).

  4. I'll be watching for it...thanks!

  5. From my mom:

    Bean, Sausage, Sauerkraut Casserole
    1lb. Great Northern Beans,canned, drained.
    1lb. Smoked Sausage cut in pieces
    1/2 c brown sugar ( can use 1/3c.)
    1/2c. catsup (can use 1/3c.)
    1 lb. canned sauerkraut rinsed, drained and squeezed, to get as much moisture out as possible.
    Mix all together . Put in sprayed 9x13" casserole. Bake uncovered for 1 hr.or until nicely browned.Can also put in crockpot.

  6. Thanks so much! I think this is on the menu for tomorrow night!


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