On Canada Day, we went to a house party hosted annually by our friends, Jamie and Sandra Myra in Lunenburg. There was food, beer, bouncy houses, more food, more beer, another boucy house, a pool, even more food, trampoline, lawn games, fireworks, and I wouldn’t be exagerating one little bit if I said there were over 60 kids.
They were like ants.
From 4pm until 10pm I barely saw the kids. Only when one yelled at me for food, and I literally threw him a hot dog as he continued to play soccer, was I reminded that they were even there. It was delightful, and then there were fireworks.
See, this is how serious fireworks people go about lighting fireworks.
It was like we were at Disney World. All they needed was Mickey Mouse.
The people were awesome! Happy, fun loving people, who, along with bringing their great kids, they brought great food, which made them all the more awesomer. I love when people bring their best salad, dips and dessert. Not so good on the muffin top thou, but what the hell.
On the way home I explained to Evan and Colin how lucky we are to have nights like this and that these are things that they’ll remember about their childhood. Not how many DS games they had, or what kind of bikes they drove or if they had Guitar Hero Beatles edition; it’s the nights like this, where they hang out with friends that they’ll remember. Things like….
Strategizing football plays…
When parents and kids genuinely like each other…
When brothers don’t even mind having their little sisters and brothers around.
These are the things that are important.
“And that doesn’t change when you become an adult”, I said from the front seat.
And that “Littlest House on the Prairie” moment was lost on the boys who were both asleep in the back seat, beat from exhaustion, faces dirty, smile still slightly visible.
We picked them up and put them in bed. My God, they’re heavy. I tucked Colin in his bed and he woke for just a moment, long enough to look at me and say,”Dat was the best night of my whole wife.” and fell fast asleep.
Here are the recipes of the desserts I brought. Enjoy them as you make childhood memories.
If I don’t have carmel corm at a party there is usually a riot. And while this is 5 bags of microwave pop corn, I should have made 2 batches, and we would have still run out. It’s so good and fairly easy, it just takes time. There are a million recipes on the internet, so try a few and go with what you like, but I like this one. It might seem like a ton of bad stuff, but keep in mind, it makes a lot of popcorn, and few can eat it all in one seating. I think I hold that record.
5 bags freshly popped microwave popcorn lightly buttered and salted
2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup (white)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda and salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cook butter, sugar and cornstarch in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add the salt and baking soda and stir, remove from heat. Add vanilla. Pour over the popcorn. I do this by dividing the popcorn in 2 roasting pans. Bake stirring every 15 minutes to make sure all the popcorn gets coated. Remove and let cool and break it up.
Bake and cut puff pastry according to directions on the package. Cool and split in the middle. I cut them with my maple leaf cookie cutter because it was Canada Day and because I lay awake thinking of stuff like this. David later told me that he ate 6 of them. I’m sure people are still talking about him.
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups of milk
4 beaten gg yolks
2 tsp vanilla
Combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt in a sauce pan, gradually add the milk. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Add a little of the mixture to the beaten egg yolks and then return to the hot mixture. Stirring constantly just until smooth. Cool and then add to vanilla. Chill and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbsp boiling water.
Mix altogether and drizzle on the puffs.
Fill with the filling and top with the glaze