I cooked some beef ribs in the pressure cooker for his birthday dinner. Even though I burned the sauce in the cooker and the ribs on the bottom of the pan, the other ribs (and meat from the burned ribs) still turned out great! I'll have to keep a better eye on the time next time....whenever that will be.
After dinner Lee opened his gifts. It's always cute seeing what the kids will buy/make for him.
I did a little bit of decorating. I reused the same tablecloth banner, streamer thing from one of the boys' birthdays. One gift from me to Lee was Oreos!
Birthday cards are always fun.
I also bought Lee some tennis rackets and balls, as if you couldn't tell from the picture. Lee borrowed some rackets from a friend a couple months ago and surprised me with a tennis date. It was a lot of fun. I have no clue about which racquets are the best to buy, but since we are beginners, I figure we are safe with the less expensive ones! Lee has gone a few times already with Cal and Clark to play tennis. They all really like it.
Our friends the Frankes, came over for cake and ice cream. I am a big proponent of using the same amount of candles as the age of the birthday-ee.
We had a hard time lighting these candles, so not all were lit. But there were 34 of them!
Here is a slightly better picture of the cake. It was SO GOOD!
I did an Oreo crust, a layer of chocolate (kind of like a ganache-melted chocolate chips mixed with heavy whipping cream), chocolate wacky cake (Roger ever since you made it in North Carolina years ago, Lee loved it, and still remembers how good it was), chocolate frosting, and then chocolate whipped cream with Oreo sprinkles on top. It was so good! There is an Italian restaurant here in town--Ciros--that has a really yummy chocolate cake. Their cake was my inspiration for Lee's cake. I need to make another one soon...
Haley made Lee a birthday crown. It looks very good on you Lee! I am so blessed that my best friend is a wonderful husband and father too! We hope you had a wonderful birthday. We are looking forward to many, many more together.