birthdays, saganaki and flowers, oh my!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

i'm tired. my feet hurt, my back hurts and right now as i write this is probably the first time i have cooled down all weekend.

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?

arrrrrrrrrrrgh me matey, find the treasure kids


can you handle the adrenaline rush?

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.

the saganaki team - minus myself, plus troy just sitting there looking pretty

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!

look at me multi-tasking and playing with fire. safety first! haha

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.

my thea susie and cousin kristen making loukamathes - fried deliciousness at its finest.

check out the flame olga got on this saganaki. opa!

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.

one of my window boxes - they still need to grow in and bloom, give it a day or two

my biggest pot - again, everything still needs to grow in but it's so colorful! yay!

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.

23 comments:

  1. A big, jealous YUM to the saganaki and loukamathes!!! I want to go to a Greekfest!

    And your pots look beautiful...someone else should hostess a garden party soon:)

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  2. Wow that sounds like a full weekend and a lot of fun. The food looked amazing and the plants look great. Very productive!

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  3. you are hilarious!!! i am reading this blog ... are you proud? love ya girlie!!! xoxoxoxox
    ~ K Mishler :)

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  4. I WANT FLAMING CHEESE! When my grandmother had a deli i used to fry cheese, but there was no flame involved. I need to make this happen ASAP.

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  5. That looks like a whole BAG of fun. For reals.

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  6. The Minister Of CultureJune 9, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Thursday night I made my yearly pilgrimage to the Greekfest,(more greeks than you can shake a stick at,but I forgot to bring my stick!)and got to see the gang(your entire family sans you and sissy)it was great seeing everyone!Your Mom got me to try the afore mentioned Flaming Cheese.It was very good. Your Mom was shocked that after 20 years I had never tried it.I have a small problem though,when the cheese is set aflame is'nt someone supposed to say HOPPA!Also,I think their may be a nice picture of our diarist out there when she was A Hellenic dancer(att.Mom)I think we would all like to see it!

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  7. That looks really fun! And anything with flames and cheese has my vote! Opa!

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  8. Now just a minute, minister, I most certainly yelled OPA when your cheese was made!

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  9. The Greek festival looks like an absolute blast! Fried cheese and all! And your flower pot? LOVE! I missed buying flowers this year due to the sale of my condo. Hopefully I'll move into a new place with enough time to enjoy some greenery!

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  10. oh my gosh...yum. fried cheese, you can't go wrong with that! mad i missed the greek festival here in the DC metro area...

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  11. I was wondering what was missing from my life, and now I know it's flaming cheese.

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  12. I had no idea that flaming cheese existed but now I want some real. bad.

    God I love Greek food.

    And Greek men are hot.

    So a Greek guy making flaming cheese?

    Oh. Yes. Please.

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  13. oh, ok, so setting cheese on fire with alchohol? does it get any better than that? I totally want some!

    although, i dont envy you in this heat we had uh mah gawd.

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  14. Oh my god, I want to go to one of those birthday parties. Bounce house? EVENT STAFF? AWESOME!

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  15. Fire and cheese -- what an awesome combination. I could do without the 90 degree humid ass weather though.

    I almost went to the Italian fest but not in the heat -- you are brave.

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  16. greek is the #1 Type Of Family I Wish I Had. well, probably that tied with Huge Alcoholic Italian. (i do have a Huge Italian family on one side, but they're dysfunctional and not alcoholics in the good way. alas.)

    uh, what that's MEANT to say is that the weekend looks really fun and i'm jealous :-)

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  17. ok... it's been decided. my next function WILL have a moon bounce!

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  18. sounds like a fabulous weekend. and seriously can my next party have event staff? haha that is awesome.

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  19. Flaming cheese! God, I love flaming cheese.

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  20. Oh man, I can't WAIT for all the local Greekfests!

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  21. The birthday looks/sounds like it was a lot of fun. And that flaming cheese? Amazing! Send some this way!

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  22. alexa, i want you to realize that you just got 21 people excited for flaming cheese!

    ps. poo poo congrats on your big day! i am so happy for you!

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