Because we went to New York to celebrate My Other Half’s birthday, when his actual birthday rolled around on the following Monday, I didn’t have a whole lot planned. The celebration was the trip, but I figured I would make him a nice supper with some drinks and the birthday cake he requested – mint chcoclate chip from Baskin’ Robbins (so much better than Dairy Queen)!
I had invited a few of our closest friends over, but I wasn’t expecting them all to show up since my invite was last-minute. I guess I underestimated how much our friends like my boyfriend – because they ALL said they’d come!
It was a mad dash to pull together enough food for everyone. Luckily I had thawed two pork tenderloins to make my Taste of Texas Pork Tenderloin recipe, but I didn’t have nearly enough veggies, so I made a trip to the grocery store during my lunch hour. The menu was all set – the pork with roasted peppers, zucchini, onions, corn and potatoes. I even whipped up a tasty dip for Monday Night Football after dinner.
In addition, my cousin DeDe made Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts as an appetizer. It was the first time I’d ever had them, and they were completely addictive and one of the best things I’d tasted in a long time! They were inhaled as we waited for everyone else to arrive. The recipe is super easy and is guaranteed to be an immediate hit at any party.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
16 oz sliced bacon
8 oz drained water chestnuts
Basically, you just wrap the water chestnuts with bacon and secure with a toothpick (make sure you soak them in water first!) Mix and heat the sugar, ketchup and sauce and then pour it over the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Be sure to make lots – they will disappear in no time!
And here’s some eye candy for you – the amazing birthday cake!