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Oliver's First Birthday Party (or my excuse to cook and eat) 
Sep. 21, 2009 12:19 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2009 5:57 pm
Tomorrow (9/22) is Oliver's first birthday. It's hard to believe that this time one year ago I was experiencing the worst pain of my life and had no idea how much my life was going to change. It's been an incredible year for both of us. I'm very blessed and still find it hard to believe that my little six pound infant is a thirty pound ball of laughter and Buddha belly.

On Saturday we had a fire truck themed birthday party, which was clearly more of a celebration for me than him.  I chose fire trucks, not because he particularly likes them but because every time he sees or hears something loud or big he says "Whoooa" and a fire truck always garners a "whoooa". It worked out perfectly that he got a push/ride/make a lot of noise/ fire truck that he adores.

As for food, I made a fire truck cake (of course) which was a huge hit and I had a blast making. Pictures soon to follow.
About a year ago my brother bought my a fondue pot (for some insane reason he tends to just randomly buy me stuff) so I got it out and made the Best Formula Three Cheese Fondue recipe from AR. True to form, and irritating to many other bloggers, I barely followed the recipe. I simply diced up a ½ pound of baby swiss and a ½ pound fontina placed it in a Ziploc and tossed it with flour and garlic powder. I then simmered a cup of white wine and slowly added small handfuls of cheese until it was all melted. Before I placed it in the fondue pot I added a few dashes of nutmeg and mustard powder. I served it with diced pepperoni, ham, apples, and French bread. It was to die for.

My friend made a dip she invented called "Swamp Dip". It's essentially roasted peppers, avocado, sour cream, mayo, garlic, and a packet of dry ranch mix food processed to produce a creamy delicious dip that I served with tortilla chips and jarred salsa.

The last appetizer of the day I made especially for my boyfriend who may have actually eaten all of them. "K's super yummy Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms". First, I sautéed 2 cloves of garlic, ½ an onion, the chopped stems of two packages of mushrooms, and ½ a green bell pepper, then I added a tube of chorizo sausage. When it was nearly done I tossed in a couple handfuls of frozen chopped spinach. After draining it I mixed in parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Then I stuff it inside the center of mushrooms, top with a piece of cheese and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. They were gone before most of the guests arrived.
Oliver loved the cake but I think he enjoyed playing in the icing more than anything. He loves all his new toys and looks quite adorable in the new skelton PJ's he got. All in all, the party was a delicious success with friends moving from standing around the table to standing around the baby!
Never forget that today is the first day of the rest of your life!
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Sep. 21, 2009 3:32 pm
Happy Birthday Oliver!!!
Sep. 21, 2009 5:57 pm
Happy Birthday! My little stinker turned 1 on September 4th. Enjoy your special day!
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