Sunday Supper...Happy 75th Birthday!!!

Happy Mothers Day!!

I'm late publishing this Sunday because it's been a whirlwind around here for the past few days...We celebrated our Mother's 75th birthday with a surprise party last night...

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Sister and I have had a great time pulling it all together...

Hydrangeas are in full bloom right now...so they were the inspiration from the beginning...

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Tara (Talenas's daughter) is very creative and just loves invitations...so she took care of those ...and they were really beautiful...

Love the reverse side of the invitation as well...So for security reasons...we'll just show one side...

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We had about 50 guests...and it was a seated dinner. We passed wine and the appetizers on trays...it really helped with the flow.

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It was a family affair getting everything ready for the party to begin...

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These little mini individual layered dips were so cute and much easier than trying to hover over a bowl with a large crowd. We placed them on small plates with extra chips around them.

 Click here for the recipe.

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After the crowd had time to enjoy wine and appetizers we played a video that we had produced of Mother's life chronicled through both funny and serious photographs taken through the years set to music...It was about 15 minutes long and the music varied from big band sounds that had everyone tapping their feet...to Kenny Rogers "Through The Years", that had us wiping the tears away.

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Then it was time for dinner...

On the menu...

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin...

2 pork tenderloins

Bacon

½ cup soy sauce

3 tbs. grated onion

2 tbs. cider vinegar

¼ tsp. pepper

3 tbs. sugar

3 cloves garlic, minced

Place tenderloins side by side in large roasting pan. Wrap bacon around tenderloins, tucking ends beneath. Combine soy sauce, onion, vinegar, pepper, sugar, & garlic; pour over top. Bake at 300º for 1 ¾ - 2 hours. Baste often with juices during cooking. Marinate several hours or can be cooked immediately.

We did 20 of these...

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Tossed Green Salad with Black Peppercorn Dressing

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Green Beans Supreme

Just before we popped them into the oven...Click here for the recipe.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole.   We did these in two crock pots, because even with two large ovens, there just wasn't enough room to cook all of this food at the same time. They were delicious...

Click here for the recipe...

Dessert was birthday cake...

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Chocolate with creme cheese frosting.

 Unfortunately the ice cream is still in the freezer...don't you just hate it when that happens?

After dinner...it was time for the band to play...The Drugstore Cowboys.

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This 3 piece band is made up of a group of retired pharmacists. They sing "Country"and "Gospel" music and are phenomenal. They played for over an hour...it was delightful  to just sit and listen on such a wonderful evening outside..but at times the crowd just had to get up and dance...

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Mother and Daddy...they have been dancing together for over 50 years...

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It started getting a little dark for the guys to read their music...so we hauled a lamp out from the family room...we dubbed them the "French" Cowboys...

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The weather teased us all day long...literally up until the party started we were still afraid it was going to rain...but the Lord blessed the crowd with a beautiful evening and we were able to enjoy the party both inside and out...

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Happy Birthday Mother...and Happy Mothers Day too!

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