but am i complaining? no. well maybe i will tomorrow, but not right now because this weekend was awesome.
friday night my cousin grog had his family's end of the school year BBQ which also coincided with his 40th birthday. that means that they had to kick it up a notch and boy did they.
two of my friends from home decided to join me as well at this kick up a notch BBQ/birthday party. j-birdie and mishler got quite the does of my families fun time : )
my cousins are known for their parties - this one was catered and had a dj, face painting, cotton candy and snow cone machines, a bazillion people and oh did i mention the event staff?!?!
yes this party required event staff due to the massive inflatable competition obstacle course, bungee cord basketball and big pirate jumpy castle thing. can you say f-u-n?
my friends mishler and j-birdie racing to the top of the obstacle course - mishler wins! although they both flash a couple of 12 year olds in the process...the party was a huge success for my very worthy cousin - he deserves it. happy birthday groggy!
so saturday i was commissioned to work at my church's festival (st haralambos), in the saganaki booth like i have for the last ten years or so. this year it was going to be fun because we had three mommies and three daughters all working together. seeing that we have all grown up together there was lots of bitching and teasing which makes it that much more fun.
what is saganaki you ask?
well basically it is fried flaming cheese. we use a hard greek cheese (kefalotiti - i have no idea how to spell it), put it through an egg wash then coat it with flour. place the cheese in a frying pan with LOTS of butter cook till soft on each side. douse with barcardi 151, light on fire then put the fire out with fresh lemon. serve with slices of pita and ta-dah, you have a heart attack on a plate, er, i mean saganaki!
between eating saganaki and loukamathes (honey and nut doughnut puffs), i pretty much can't let myself eat for the rest of the week. thank god the greek fest is only once a year.
st haralambos' finest hellenic greek dancers - oh and miss sara who decided to sneak herself into the line and relive some old times.as fun as making saganaki is it is hard work. it was 90 degrees plus all weekend and flaming cheese in your face doesn't exactly give you a cool sensation. by midnight we were packed up and heading home with another successful festival under our belts.
today my mom and i went looking for flowers to plant in the pots on my deck. i'm very happy with what we got and once i got back to cleveland i planted them right away. although the very strong wind coming off the river caused me to partake in a dirt shower ewwwww. it was worth it because now it feels even more like summer on my deck.
so that's my weekend in a nutshell, hope everyone had a great weekend too!
this time next week i'll be detoxing from poo poo's wedding, oh lord.