Renee's Kitchen Magic (egg, bacon, cheddar on sesame bagel) Zingerman's
After a leisurely dinner on Friday night on our deck with great friends, Saturday got off to a frenzied start. Hubby invited about 10 more guests for a backyard barbecue than I had expected! Yikes! With a menu in mind, we headed off to the Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor to stock up. Then a brief break for breakfast at our favorite Saturday morning spot, Zingerman's deli. Next stop was our garden where we harvested beans, herbs and greens for the evening meal.
I was still assembling appetizer trays as the first guests arrived. Hubby requested deviled eggs and they were a huge it. Everyone devoured. Who knew? I find the beverage dispensers from Pottery Barn to be indispensable for outdoor, summer entertaining. I use them for our Christmas party too. In one I floated mint, lime slices and blueberries in ice water. The other held a Campari/grapefruit cocktail.
I was so busy the entire evening that I never got to take more photos. I must say that I never had such disastrous luck with desserts. The peaches and plums from the Farmer's Market fell apart in my hands as I tried to cut them for a tart. I was lucky enough to get enough to add to the blueberries and raspberries I had on hand to make one tart. I used my last two eggs to makes some brownies to add to the World Peace cookies I made earlier. I thought that would be enough with the delicious home made vanilla ice cream, quietly churning behind the mudroom door. But alas, when I went for the ice cream, it was SOUP! The freezer bowl was not frozen and so the ice cream did not freeze. I quickly made up some whipped cream with the last of the cream in the refrigerator. No one was the wiser.
I guess the morale is, you can make due if you have a well stocked pantry and refrigerator. OR, a two day notice for a party is a very good idea.
Happy Birthday Betsy