March 20, 2011

White Dog watched over me carefully hawking to make sure I didn't get tired or overdo the celebrating at my Birthday Feast (althought the actual day was the 15th). The Other White Dog and Another White Dog made WD (and the rest of us) proud as they assumed the host/hostess greeting duties as guests arrived. Still Another White Dog was an excellent helper to Steve in setting up and pre-party organization but is still too shy to make much of an appearance in a houseful of people. Michael was tucked in his bed with chicken noodle soup and a pitcher of water, our latest flu victim.

White Dog and Steve, as usual, pulled off a fantastic meal. This year they had an Army of Sous Chefs to assist in sampling and watching. The menu was a lovely tribute to Spring and my favorite foods. We began with dolmades in yogurt lemon dill sauce that shared the plate with delicate green Moroccan date balls made with dates, olives, spices, almonds, walnuts and rolled in ground pistachios.

Gregg prepared grilled and marinated baby vegetables including the thinnest asparagus and adorable baby finger-sized zucchini, baby (more like newborn) beets, pearl onions, fingerling sweet potatoes, teeny tiny carrots, daikon, and more. Steve's mushroom and artichoke heart bread pudding cradled the apricot orange glazed pork tenderloin in a pillow of deliciousness and both were the perfect counterpoint to the chile lime cilantro jumbo scallop and prawn sculpture that begged the chance to add a little fire to the meal.

Judith added homemade hamantashan cookies in honor of Purim to the dessert plates already laden with incredible deep dark chocolate cake layered with chocolate whipped cream and raspberries. No one complained...at least not seriously.

The pups were not ignored as they feasted along with us The entire Army was in heaven, including the honorary White Dog, Dragon, and his new brother (who gets his big boy surgery on Monday). The afternoon became evening became night as we toasted and talked and ate and shared. By 10 pm when the last guest hugged us all goodbye, I was beat...so were the others. But we were all glowing.
Puff makes a final inspection before guests arrive.
All is ready! Let's Party!
Nuka welcomes our guests! Come in, please be comfortable! Weare glad to see you!
Quinn is so busy engaging our friends that he doesn't even notice the camera!
Everyone seem comfortable and relaxed!
Thanks for coming! It was a wonderful evening!


TwoSpecialWires said...

Happy Birthday, a day late but still full of best wishes for a perfect year, Sue! Since we couldn't be there to celebrate with you ... we're happy we could enjoy your special day through pictures. Love and Joy shine through!

Jake and Fergi and OurPeople

rottrover said...

Happy birthday! What a wonderful party - good food, good friends and dogs. Who coud ask for more?

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are so happy you were able to enjoy that special day. Now we are all very hungry. Mom is always looking for a good recipe for pork tenderloins, apricot glazed sounds really good.

Hope Michael feels better soon.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ginger Jasper said...

What a fabulous birthday feast. Mum was reading this to me and her mouth was watering especialy at the sound of the lovely nuts and dates rolled together and prawns too. Dad was agog at the chocolate cake ( his favourite ) It sounded wonderful and I am sure it was. I hope Michael is today feeling much better. Hugs GJ xx

Kari in WeHo said...

Sounds wonderful and am glad to read Gregg could make it!


Brian said...

Sounds like quite a pawty! Happy Birthday. I was late too...twas my Mom's Birthday yesterday.

Sagira said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was a great party. :)

Asta said...

White Dog
I think you made a pawfect Biwfday pawty!
I loved the food and the bootiful day you pwepawed.
I know it was a vewy Happy Day!
smoochie kisses

ra husky said...

woooos! happy birthday, looks like a good time:) love the pic above your fireplace- is that a tile?

RA & Isis

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Wow, Happy Birthday. Can I come to your house for the next party? I am all white, so I would blend in.

Mr. Pip said...

Sounds like quite a feast. I am glad you were well enough to enjoy it. Sorry about poor Michael.

Your pal, Pip

Furkidsmom said...

Wow, you had some yummy noms!! We're glad you had such a nice birthday!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Asta said...

Deewest Siku and all the White dogs,
Thank you fow that bootiful comment you left on my bloggie. I will wemembew what you said about the golden and silvew thweads in ouw tapestwy of love wif all ouw fwiends.
I tweasoowe you
smoochie kisses

Mack said...

What great pics, and what a special celebration you had!!

Mack said...

PS: Note to Dragon's new brother: RUN!

Laila said...

The white dog is really busy entertaining the guess...That was a nice celebration there...Good job!!!

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Amber DaWeenie said...

Glad you're all better now. Your pawty sounds pawsome!

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

That sounds like a most pawsome pawty! I'm sure the guests were furry glad to have the WDA as hosts.

Hope Michael feels better soon!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a feast!!!

Mom and I are chukhkling fur our word fur the khomment is



Teddy Bear said...

What a pawesome celebration of your beautiful Mom.:)

Teddy Bear

ForPetsSake said...

Awesome people and delicious cooking? How wonderful! I'm so glad you could celebrate your birthday without the icky flu bugs. And to have such attentive and polite four-legged hosts is simply sublime!