Well, yesterday was our epic party, and I just have to say: Epic Party Was Epic. Friends came from near and far, everybody had fun, and we ate and viewed films from 8:00 am till nearly 10:00 pm.
Here are some highlights:
First Breakfast - steel-cut oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, cinnamon walnuts, muesli bread, tea, coffee, and cider, plus every possible condiment - honey x2, raspberry jam, orange marmalade, Amish butter, Battenkill half and half, and Meadowbrook cream for the oatmeal.
Elevensies - scones wrapped up as Lembas, and Wensleydale cheese with cranberries.
Luncheon - cold chicken and ham, a variety of pickles, hazelnuts, sautéed mushrooms, a collection of cheddars, and more bread and butter.
Afternoon Tea - seed-cake, lots! Also some Stilton.
Dinner - stewed brace of coneys, salad with hard boiled eggs, and the beer and wine made its debut along with root beer and ginger beer for the non-drinking set.
Supper - Shire Hotpot (which I forgot to take a picture of; please accept these sad hobbits instead).
Dessert - a miniature of Bilbo's birthday cake by Quigley's Cakes:
plus tiny mince and blackberry pies:
I was continually ahead of schedule all day, so eventually, sometime after dinner, I did actually settle in to watch along with everyone else. But only after I admitted to myself that my tuchus hurt, plus there was absolutely nothing I needed to do for over an hour into the future.
Thus ends this year's epic mission. Quest. Thing to give the spouse the best 43rd birthday possible. What next?...