the rest of the story.

by Janetha on July 5, 2010

in meals

in case you missed the story so far.. check out my last post about friday + saturday.

now it’s time to talk about sunday + monday!

but first.. a little shameless self promotion. i mentioned that the votes for mine & marshall’s photo were reset with the new month, so i am trying to log more votes.  please vote again so your vote counts for july!  if you can please take a minute.. vote for my photo by clicking here!  that would make my day.


i had to sit here for a few minutes trying to remember what i did on sunday! then it came to me. marshall rolled out of bed after i blogged and we went to get coffee.  iced for me, hot for him. i don’t know how he drinks hot coffee in this hot weather!

we went to my mom’s house where i baked up a storm! i was in charge of bringing dessert to the 4th of july BBQ later that day. i noticed on a lot of the blogs i read, you guys call BBQs “cookouts”! i wish i called them that. i love that term. ha.

on the recipe agenda?

i made a vegan version of each dessert because we have a lot of vegan friends.

i am pretty speedy. i mixed and baked 5 sheets of cookies and two fruit pizza crusts all in a little under two hours!

the final products:



these vegan cookies were the best vegan chocolate chip cookies i’ve made/tasted yet! very chewy and moist. (i hate the word moist) thanks for the recipe, mama pea!IMG_7403

i make my chocolate chip cookies for any social event. they are always a hit! the recipe makes about 48 cookies (depending on how much dough you eat while making them) and they were all gone or taken home by people by the end of the night!IMG_7404

this vegan gives the fruit pizza 2 thumbs up! IMG_7391

vegan on top, regular below. IMG_7394 

the BBQ was a blast. there was so much good food!  behold:

nick’s first batch of homemade hummus! sun dried tomato garlic: IMG_7396 IMG_7397

chips & queso: IMG_7398

grapes! IMG_7406

potato wedges: IMG_7415

burgers & dogs: IMG_7436

vegan chick’n patties & seitan skewers:IMG_7437


apricot glazed apple tart:


(american as) apple pie: IMG_7405 

there was more.. but i think that is enough for now.

fun with friends!!IMG_7469 IMG_7432 IMG_7433 IMG_7434 IMG_7458 IMG_7449  IMG_7462

anakin is the cutest little guy around :)


my plate:


i also had a few bites and nibbles of the chips & dip, the fruit pizza and that awesome apricot glazed apple tart.

tried this brew:


super delicious!

i also ate my weight in melon.. because that is what i do. marshall picked up a new-to-us melon, the santa claus melon! i just love the name. IMG_7412 IMG_7409

this stuff literally melted in your mouth!


after our food digested a bit, we headed to the park to play with volleyballs, soccer balls and frisbees. i am not so athletically inclined, so i mainly watched.. but it was nice to enjoy the summer night.


then it was back to steph & alex’s for fireworks!

 IMG_7495 IMG_7497 IMG_7511 IMG_7523 IMG_7539 IMG_7541 IMG_7557 IMG_7558 IMG_7577 IMG_7579 IMG_7591IMG_7596 

no fourth of july is complete with a little pyrotechnics ;)



before any birthday festivities occurred, marshall and i ran errands.

among those errands?

we bought a kitchen table :)


we also bought three bar stools to match, but i can’t find the photo of those online.

we also bought bedding!


matching pillows:


cute, no?

and the last errand was greek food!


oh greek. you know the way to my heart. three of my fave carbs on one plate? potatoes, rice, pita bread. at least it was semi-healthy with salad, albeit drenched in fattening dressing ;) and the chicken souvlaki was amazing. i finished about half of each of the starches/pita and all of the chicken & salad.

THEN it was off to memory grove for randy’s birthday fun!


kristen, rory & harley joined marshall, penny, randy & me.


SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE.IMG_7691 IMG_7697IMG_7703 IMG_7702IMG_7729

not a cloud in the sky! IMG_7741 IMG_7756 IMG_7758 

momma & the birthday boy. he’s 5! IMG_7631IMG_7632

when we came home i baked randy a peanut butter birthday cake!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water

bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, slice in half, frost with peanut butter and stack!


at the last minute, marshall put an “R” made out of bread on top! because randy’s favorite food is bread. he takes after his mom ;)


we sang happy birthday to the birthday boy!


and then they feasted on the cake!IMG_7781 IMG_7793 IMG_7802 IMG_7828 IMG_7829IMG_7830IMG_7835

happy birthday, randy dog.

DANG. what a long post. what a long weekend. what a wonderful life :)

back to the grind in the morning!


1. best thing you ate over the holiday weekend? pita pit grilled chicken pita saturday night. YUM.

2. do you use the term “cookout”? i have never heard anyone say that! but i read it on about 4,532 blogs this weekend.

xo. janetha b.

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Patricia Braithwaite July 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

This post totally made me laugh! I had the same experience when my relatives from Florida visited. We were having a bbq and I mentioned it to my sister in law and her grandson. He made a comment about loving bbq as long as it was cooked all the way. I had a puzzled look on my face and she told him we weren’t having bbq; we were having a “cook out”. I hadn’t heard it called that before, but now I know :).

Kelie February 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I DIE!! The bottom right picture of Anakin is ADORABLE!!

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