Tonight, we are celebrating his birthday since he was at school on his actual birthday. It is a tradition in our family for the birthday honoree to chose the dinner of his or her choice. (When it's my birthday, we go out). Kyle sent me his menu a week in advance and it was a doosey. I have been in the kitchen all day long. Fortunately, the weather is cold today (another storm coming in) so I didn't mind being inside.
This morning, I baked a chocolate cake. I will make chocolate whipped cream for the frosting and fill it with bananas. Kyle has requested this cake every year without exception.
I made bread. Kyle was very specific that it had to be homemade bread. He wanted a French type bread so that took time today as well although its a lot of rising and waiting between steps so not too labor intensive.
I made a brown sauce that I used as the base for the port wine sauce to go with our mashed potatoes and steaks.
|First I browned onion, fennel, ground beef and dried mushrooms together.|
|Then I added broth, simmered, strained and added some fresh herbs. Simmered some more.|
Vegetable? Artichokes and mashed potatoes.
After making the artichokes, potatoes, cake, bread and sauce I announced that everyone could sit down at the table. And then... I realized I had forgotten to cook the steaks!! I am losing it. Seriously. So, the steaks cooked while we ate our artichokes. oops.
- Flash's back was not sore at all this morning after our lesson yesterday. Yes!
- Jackson, on the other hand, was a bit off yesterday and this morning he slipped walking into his stall. Brett said he almost went to his knees and then had difficulty getting up. He's back on bute and stall rest. I'm hoping he bounces back quickly.
- Sedona has started digging holes again in her never-ending quest to get squirrels. Brett is furious. There are holes all over the slope between the house and the arena. I haven't figured out how to solve this since the squirrels aren't moving out and Sedona can't help herself where they are concerned. Her hips aren't strong enough to handle walks, and I can't keep my eye on her the whole time she is out. We let the dogs run while we are doing barn chores so they are quasi supervised but she is obviously finding time to dig, dig, dig.