Nate’s Birthday Bonanza!


Posted by Karen in Holidays/Birthdays/Etc.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 at 12:02 pm


Nate’s birthday weekend included:

  • Grilling! Not only was this the first time we used our awesome new grill, but it was our very first barbecue at our house! Our friend New Guy is doing a quite nice job of modeling it below – look out Price is Right girls.

  • Hanging out on the deck and putting our new patio furniture to good use. The homebrew and root beer were flowing, and the Hawaiian birthday cake was delightful if I do say so myself.

  • Easter/birthday brunch at Cafe 28. And the rumors you’ve undoubtedly heard are true, we ate pork sausage and bacon! First time I’ve had pork in like 10 years! It’s all part of my decision that supporting meat producers who are doing things the right way (free range, organic, sustainable) will make a bigger difference than just not eating meat at all. This restaurant buys their meat from Fischer’s Purebred Hog Farm, which raises happy, healthy piggies in an environmentally sustainable way. I’m not sure how much Nate actually cares about all that, but he sure seemed happy to have a reason to eat meat! The other exciting part of brunch was finally getting to have our first taste of Surly, Minnesota’s new beer. Very exciting, and long overdue.

  • Easter baskets! When putting together last year’s baskets, my world was rocked by the discovery that no longer are there just Reese’s peanut butter cup eggs, but you can now get ANY candy bar in the shape of an egg! Of course I had to buy one of each kind – for both of us! I learned a valuable lesson from the guilt and chub that was the result of eating each and every one of those eggs. So this year’s baskets came from Whole Foods, not Walgreens. And they actually were pretty awesome – and sans the self-loathing. I did the worst job of hiding them EVER – how could I possibly have not realized that the kegerator would of course be the first place Nate would look? Even if he didn’t look there first, he probably would have gone there to get a beer to see him through the search!

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6 Responses to “Nate’s Birthday Bonanza!”

  1. Rick Says:

    All the photos of your yard make me even more anxious for our visit! Can’t wait. And we’ll be bringing some of our homemade wine, so we can sit on your patio and sip a few together.

  2. MJ Says:

    Love those bunny ears. I’m looking forward to our visit too–and just being able to test out the grill and furniture.

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  5. m Says:

    Looks like it was a great birthday weekend! I really like your new grill. The pictures show you had a great barbecue kick-off. Nate, was the root beer a home brew as well? And, Karen, I’m guessing the Hawaiian birthday cake was your creation. Was there pineapple and/or coconut in it? Sounds yummy!!
    I think I see your point about supporting certain meat producers. If you are going to eat meat, that’s the way to go. I think there’s merit in combining approaches, meat-wise: eating lower on the food chain in general, and eating “good” meat when sausage or bacon is on the menu.
    Of course I checked out the links for Cafe 28 and Surly. The cafe looks super nice, and the tie-in with Surly beer was interesting. The grand opening tours and beer tasting on May 12-13 at Surly looked interesting too…..

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