But there was much to do before the party, starting with, of course, the Saturday morning soccer games,
When we arrived home it was time to begin the party preparations. The dinner would be catered, but there was still setting up to be done and a birthday cake to be made.
Earlier in the day my daughter had begun the assembly of her birthday cake, that is, one of her two birthday cakes, this one being a two-layer ice cream cake.
She made the cake by taking two 9" x 13" cake pans and filling each with a carton of ice cream, one pan with Cookies and Cream,
...and the other with a flavor called Tillamook Monster Cookie, which was vanilla ice cream mixed with M&M's, cookie hunks and a few other yummy ingredients.
My grand daughter and I made the whipped cream for the icing by pouring a quart of heavy whipping cream into a bowl,
...then whipping until peaks formed, being careful not to over-beat, which will leave one with lumpy, buttery whipped cream.
...including steak, chicken and veggie sandwiches.
...Tyson hamming it up;
The ice cream cake,
"Wake up, Grammie," they cried, "we want to make blueberry muffins for Mommy's birthday."
Now, they had told me before the trip that they wanted to make blueberry muffins during our visit. I did not know that the plan was to be that we would make them on Sunday morning at 7 am.
However this day was my daughter's actual birthday, and the girls wanted to surprise her.
So I hauled out of bed, got the fixins' together and pulled up on my laptop my recipe for Go Crazy Blueberry Muffins,
Here's the recipe:
Go Crazy Blueberry Muffins
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup milk
4 cups blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 of 1/3 cup flour (sorry, I don't know how to better express this!)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Lightly beat the eggs with the milk and stir into the flour mixture. The batter will be very thick.
Mix together the 1/4 cup of sugar, the 1/2 of 1/3 cup of flour and the cinnamon. Cut in the 1 tablespoon of butter until it's pretty crumb-ish.
As soon as the muffins were done the birthday girl was led into the kitchen.