I am finally posting about Greg's birthday celebration, an entire week later, because it took the entire week to wrap it all up! Around here, we draw out birthdays as long as possible.
On Saturday, January 31st, we had Greg's side of the family over for cake and ice cream. We bought a small white cake and a small chocolate cake from Schmits Bakery, our favorite. The kids played Nintendo downstairs while the adults lazed around upstairs and talked the night away.
His actual birthday was the February 2. Greg took the day off work, and I woke him up with a big nicely wrapped present. He received Rock Band 2 and a limited edition Star Wars Lego set (he collects them). He was especially excited about the Rock Band because we had heard that it and Guitar Hero's equipment wasn't compatible on the Wii, and had decided not to purchase both because of the money and amount of storage they would take. I later found out the Rock Band was indeed compatible with Guitar Hero equipment, and surprised him with it. In the afternoon we went to the Draper Temple open house as a family. It was lovely, a beautiful temple! In the evening, Sariah babysat and Greg and I went to dinner at La Luna and to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The movie was pretty ridiculous, but Kevin James still gave us a lot of great laughs!
This Sunday we celebrated with my side of the family at our bi-monthly Sunday dinner. We had chili, baked potatoes and cornbread and German chocolate cake with warm butter pecan coconut frosting and ice cream. The frosting is a family favorite, prepared for my father by his mother since he was a little boy. We always make it on the spot and pour it over each slice of cake while it's still warm. I've been really sick with the flu (maybe food poisening, because it's going on day four now) this weekend, and was not thinking straight when I made the icing. I mismeasured and even poached a few eggs in the mixture (it was pretty embarrassing), so London took over and started a brand new batch that was delicious.
Grandma Vera's Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened (about 12 minutes). Add coconut and pecans. Beat until thick enough to spread. Makes 2 1/2 cups.