Monday, August 25, 2008

The recipe for the perfect birthday...

Saturday was my wonderful Dad's 61st Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Dad! We celebrated in our favorite way...eating! Eating was followed by our second favorite thing...sitting on the back porch- um I mean carport. I think it was a great day and I know dad would agree.

Here is the menu-
Grilled pork chops
Mashed potatoes
Wild rice
Pasta salad
Vidalia Onion Casserole
Pineapple Dressing
Cucumbers and tomatoes
And of course...CAKE!
Oh wait- I forgot the homemade salsa and chips and dip.

It must have been a big party- you say? Nope, 6 of us again. We are firm believers in leftovers. Actually, first we are big believers in second and third helpings! I am still full this morning. Here are some photos from Dad's perfect day. Photos courtesy of my new blogtoghrapher- Mom.

This is what happens after you eat all of that...My dad and little brother "relaxing." Yes, my brother can sleep anywhere.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe
(It really tastes like a cookie!)

1 pkg Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix (I used the kind that calls for a stick of butter)
1 (3.4 oz) pkg Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 (12 oz) pkg Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Baking Instructions:
1- Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 10-inch Bundt pan
2- Combine cake mix ingredients according to box directions and add package of pudding.
3- Stir in bag of chocolate chips.
4- Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5- Cool in pan for 25 minutes.

Place 1/2 cup (or more if you are like me) frosting in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 10-15 seconds and stir until smooth. Drizzle over cake.

We recommend serving with vanilla ice cream! You won't be disappointed!!! Happy Birthday, Dad. Love you!


(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

Happy Birthday Kim's dad! That picture of them sleeping cracked me up : ) And that menu looks delicious! Hope you had a good rest of the weekend too--although by the looks of it, did you spend it all in the kitchen?

Big Hair Envy said...

I live close enough that you could have invited me over for the birthday dinner. At least for cake!!!! The menu sounds like something we would cook up - don't want anyone to go away hungry...or NOT STUFFED!!! It's a country thing:)

I LOVE the way you put down a little blankie for your brother to take a nap! hahahahaha!

Kim's Treasures said...

Happy Birthday to your dad!!! Your buffet of yumminess makes me hungry!!! I think your car port turned patio was the bestest idea! So very useful! In the winter it can return to protecting cars from snow! Glad you had a great weekend!

Wanita said...

Happy birthday to your dad.

The food all looks delicious, and your blue dishes are so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. Keep working on your garden. If I can do it, so can you!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Happy Birthday to you dad! May he have a wonderful and happy year!

The birthday feast looks so delicious.

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

LOL! I adore the picture of your dad and brother passed out from too much fine food! Such wonderful pictures and recipes! Thank you for sharing!~~XXOO, Beth

Lallee said...

That is a mouth watering menu! Happy Birthday to your dad. I'm not far behind. That chair scene looks similar to some I see in my house ;-)

Linda said...

What a great menu - Vidalia onion casserole? DO you have a great recipe to share?

I love posts with pics so I am glad you take your camera with you! I love the sunset photos.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this week is good to you!

Gayla said...

Sounds like a perfect, memory making day! hAPPY Birthday to your dad.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Kim, That picture of your dad and brother sleeping on the porch was too cute...reminds me of Hee Haw! LOL! Happy Birthday, Kim's Day! The food was amazing, You guys really throw down! :) ~Rhonda

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

You had a FEAST!! Wow - it all looks absolutely INCREDIBLE! Mmmm. What a fun blog - I love it!

laurie said...

Your post is making me HUNGRY! Happy birthday to your dad...sounds like it was a great pary.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

ok...are you done with the dishes yet? I love time with family like that...eating and laughing. I am gonna be trying out that cake recipe. cherry

traci said...

well happy belated birthday to your dad. wow, that's a lot of food and it all looks so yummy!! and your presentation - perfect. i am going to try that cake. i think my family will love it. thanks for sharing.

Screaming Meme said...

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Rhondi said...

Looks like you had a good birthday party for your dad. Family parties are so much fun, aren't they?
Hope you're having a good week.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rae said...

Don't you just LOVE that old farm sink/cabinet? I used to rent a house that had one. I loved it too! I think that if ever there was a tornado or some bad storm that you could hide in that thing and be safe. I think mine was so heavy that the whole house could blow away and that thing would still be there. The thing weighs a ton. Atleast, mine did. I just love your farm. Glad I happened upon your blog :)