More Surprises

Our second surprise party in two weekends happened yesterday, this time cunningly arranged by Jen and Tyler for Cara’s birthday. She was lured to our house under the pretense of a greeting card discussion and looked a little stunned when she walked out onto our deck to cries of “Surprise!”.

We were joined by:

  • Eddie, Manon, Raphael and Gabriel.
  • Shawn and Ellen.
  • Kevin, Helen and Benjamin.
  • Mike.
  • Chris and Pierre.

Large amounts of bbq food were consumed, including:

  • Baked beans – navy beans soaked overnight, mixed with fried bacon, chopped onions, chopped apples, whizzed tomatoes, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and baked in a covered pot for 6-8 hours, uncovering for the last hour or so.
  • Chicken pieces marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, lime juice, beer, mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • Potatoes and onions drizzled with oil and tossed with rosemary, salt and pepper and grilled in a foil pouch.
  • Potato salad dressed with mayo, lemon juice, lime juice, mustard, oregano, pepper and a splash of maple syrup.
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved and mixed with sliced vidalia onions, oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Hot dogs. From a package.

There was also much drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and an ice cream cake with a sheep and quite a few candles (discretion prevents me mentioning exactly how many) on it.

We even managed to squeeze in a few Magic games at the end of the day. Which was nice.

Oh, and we met a married gay couple for the first time. They were very nice and did not destroy our marriage.

6 thoughts on “More Surprises”

  1. “Oh, and we met a married gay couple for the first time. They were very nice and did not destroy our marriage.”

    But didn’t they try to convert you to gaydom? That’s what those people do, you know.

    Hey, how come you guys have a whole bunch of friends I’ve never heard of now? Did you make them up? Are they visible to others?

  2. As one of the aforementioned purchased intenet friends, I have to say thank you for the party! The food was fantastic, the company was great, and yes, I was surprised. Frankly, I’m nosy and like to be in on everything, so I’m surprised that it worked. And I can’t believe how much food you made!

    I have been madly travelling back and forth, so I hadn’t had a chance to read your blog since then, please accept my sincere (belated) thanks.


  3. Don’t you just love surprise parties? I know I do. How could a married gay couple destroy your marriage? It must have been an experience for you to know them. Anyway the important thing is that the party was successful.

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