Eva had a great tenth birthday celebration yesterday. We were joined by her friend Sarah and Anders, their parents Eric and Leigh, and of course Eva's grandmother Emily.
Eva carefully planned a menu of her favorite foods, and dinner turned out extremely well. We had pulled pork BBQ, Eastern North Carolina cole slaw (e.g. spicy), potato salad, fruit salad and tossed salad. It sounds like a lot of salad, but it all worked well. Eva had asked Cathleen to make her a cheese cake for her birthday cake, and it came out fantastic. As a last minute bonus I had gotten sour cherries at the farmers' market, and made a cherry sauce for the cake. It was amazing. I think everyone faced a battle between how much cheese cake they wanted to eat (a lot) and how much would fit in their stomach after the rest of the meal.
Grownups of course also had some good wine, an Amisfield Pinot Noir I brought back from Australia and a Coturri Zinfandel. These will be covered in more detail in later blog notes.