Yesterday was my dad’s 60th birthday, which we celebrated today. Dan and I got up early this morning and went over and surprised him with a yummy breakfast. Crepes with blueberry filling and bananas with hazelnut spread. Of course covered in whipped cream and powdered sugar. Along with turkey bacon and OJ. We hung out for the day and enjoyed eachother’s company and then Dan made delicious barbeque chicken with loaded baked potato salad.
Today was spent taking Grandma Jo out shopping around town. We visited Cost Co.’s and Albert’s Son and then went back to her house and had beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, salad, and pumpkin pie for dessert. It was delish. And fun, as usual. Though Dan and I were extremely tired and he ever got to snooze for a little bit while dinner was a cookin’! Grandma Jo is always fun to hang out with as Dan has a complete ball doing nothing but teasing and joking with her. She really knows how to have a good time, even if she may be driving us a little crazy while doing so!!!
We got home and my mom invited us out for a fun music and art show in Phoenix where my dad was playing with his old band, the Midnite Blues. It was actually pretty cool and worth the long drive out there. Got to hang out with my mom and catch up and then of course see my dad play which I haven’t done in a while. The event was the Sunnyslope Artwalk where they had over 150 artists selling their work and wares and I think about 10 bands around playing. Though there really was only one important one to watch! :p
The rest of our pics from Terry’s visit, our sushi night, and the show will be under the ‘Pictures’ tab so check ’em out!
Dan and I’s plan to make fajitas (at my dad’s request) was an UBER success! They turned out delicious. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the night except that there was a lot of food and a lot of sweets! I think we all went into a diabetic coma by the end of the night. The pictures will speak for themselves I am sure.
We made beef, chicken, and shrimp fajitas. Dan made a yummy marinade with all kinds of spices, beer, tequila, onions, jalapeno, and garlic. We marinated it for several hours before grilling. I sauteed all the veggies on the stove including red bell peppers, poblano peppers, anaheim chiles, and onions. Then I made homemade pico de gallo and guacamole and then of course we had cheese and sour cream on the side. It was phenomenal.
Since we were celebrating 2 birthdays, we had 2 different cakes. For Justin there was my mom’s first homemade ice cream cake and for Dad it was our traditional german chocolate cake with homemade icing. And of course there were my pretty peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookie brownies. Yum! Enjoy our family pics!
So, to finish up the end of a fabulous month of birthdays, and because money’s a little tight due to school starting, Penny’s vet visit, and our Colorado trip, Dan and I decided to keep our birthday gifts to just things from the heart. And what do the 2 of us love to do? Cook and bake!
So, in honor of Justin’s birthday on Thursday I decided to make him some of the most divine brownies ever made. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies with Ganache. Mmmmm…. I broke out the ol’ (or in this case new) KitchenAid mixer and had at it! So, I cheated a little bit… I used boxed brownie and cookie dough mix. I only had a few hours before Dan and I had to get to my parents’ to start dinner and Betty Crocker has really perfected these recipes so I had to oblige her. It’s still cause to break out the mixer because we never get to use it!
Anyways, I made the cookie dough in the morning and left it in the fridge to chill, then made the brownie mix. Poured it in a 9″ x 13″ glass pan, greased. I put little pieces of the chilled cookie dough in it and pressed down lightly. Then I baked the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes but I think I would do it for 30 next time as the edges were just a little crunchier than I prefer. I took it out of the oven and let it cool for about an hour and a half. Then I made the ganache over the stove and poured it over the cooled brownies and then let it SET for a couple of hours. Once the ganache was set, I cut the brownies into tiny squares and arranged on a plate for Justin. They were sinfully delicious. Trust me on this. They are not on any diet. Deadly. But sooooooo good. And RICH.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies:
Then for my dad’s birthday gift I made him some standard peanut butter cookies and then spruced them up with the left over ganache from the brownies and some crushed peanuts and pecans. since the ganache takes a little longer to set than regular chocolate (because of the whipping cream), I put them in the freezer still on the cooling rack for about 10 minutes. They turned out beautiful.
Pretty Peanut Butter Cookies:
Well… I think they both loved them, or atleast I hope. Either way, Dan and I sure did. ;)
I told you this is the month of birthdays for us!!!
Happy Birthday, Dad! You’re the best and I hope you enjoy your dinner tonight!