It seems like just yesterday we celebrated dotter’s 16th birthday. I told her and son they must never grow up but neither one of them listened to me. Son now towers over me and dotter celebrated her 20th birthday this weekend.
She’s my St Patrick’s Day baby. I told her over lunch the other day about the day she was born. She was mortified. It’s payback for her deciding to grow up.
I hid her birthday party supplies up high on a shelf but since dotter is also taller than me, I discovered that my high is not high enough. Thankfully she approved. She’s into owls lately.
But what she did not see was all the hard work and heartache that was going into our party plans. And by heartache, I mean that these are not chocolate. I forgot about them baking for an hour and a half. It’s a six to eight-minute baking time recipe. Sigh.
Ahhhh that’s better.
We found these adorable white chocolate shamrock mints at Common Folk in Bellevue, Washington. If you have not been, please do. And tell them I sent you. And buy mints. They are loverly.
Finally, the big day arrived. Here is dotter smiling with her cake.
Here is dotter thinking about how amazing 21 will be.
Here is dotter thinking deep thoughts.
Here is dotter… well, I don’t know what she’s doing in this picture but she’s adorable, even so.
And here is dotter ready to eat cake.
At dotter’s request, we did a fondue party. Here is my cheese fondue recipe.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup hefferveisen beer
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 2-3 cloves minced or smashed fresh garlic
- 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 pound block* sharp cheddar cheese, grated (or more, if desired)
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Sprinkle in flour and stir & cook for a couple of minutes (don’t skip this step or your fondue will taste yucky – like flour). Add liquids while continuing to whisk. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low heat until cheese is completely melted. Place in fondue pot or in crock pot to keep warm. If heated too high, sauce can separate, so be sure to keep over low heat.
*Block cheese is best because it’s not coated in cornstarch & will melt much better than pre-grated cheese.
And chicken broth for cooking beef & chicken. Just heat over a high heat (electric fondue pots are best for this) & add sea salt & pepper. Let everyone know how important it is that their raw chicken doesn’t touch their plates and gets cooked thoroughly before eating.
And this. Isn’t she beautiful? I adopted her from a thrift store. I love her.
Fresh berries, cutie orange pieces and banana slices ready to dip into the glorious chocolate. I love the Ghirardelli Chocolate 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips because they don’t have the cornstarch coating that normal chocolate chips have. Instead of becoming a thick mess, they melt perfectly.
Oh, yes, and mini marshmallows.
“More strawberries, please, Dad.”
New baby cuddles for Cindy – good for the soul.
I love the way toddlers smile after each step they take upstairs that they aren’t supposed to be climbing up. This little guy is so cute, he makes me forget there is anything else going on in the room.
Oh, yeah. Dotter’s birthday. Time for gifts!
And, finally, cake. Happy birthday, dotter. My Northwest has been brighter and luckier every day since you were born.
Michele, I hope you and three of your friends enjoy the tour! Congratulations!