happy birthday, dad!

by Janetha on August 4, 2010

in meals

i am probably on the road to arizona right now.  or, more likely, i am scrambling around doing last minute things.. trying to get out the door and on the road.. because, no matter where i am going, i am rarely on time.

marshall hates this about me. yet, he married me anyway. that’s true love, people.

dad’s birthday shenanigans!

as i mentioned, yesterday was my dad’s birthday.  the big 9 – 5!

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oh wait.. no.. the big 5 – 9! 

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dear old dad requested chicago dogs, complete with all the fixings, for his birthday dinner. and whatever the birthday guy wants, the birthday guy gets!  momma b & i had no idea what “all the fixings” entailed, so we turned to wikipedia.. although i suppose i could have turned to mara! that gal knows her chicago dogs.

anyway, wikipedia said this:

A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed or water-simmered, kosher-style, all-beef frankfurter[1][3] on a poppy seed bun,[4] originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish (often a dyed neon-green variety, sometimes called piccalilli[5]), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.[1][6][7][8] The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be "dragged through the garden" because of the unique combination of condiments.[9][10]

perfect.

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instead of boiling them, we grilled the dogs. we also grilled chicken for the anti-hot dog people (aka me and my sister in law.)

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customary poppyseed buns.

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while the dogs & chicken cooked, my dad made fresh squeezed lemonade with a *hint* of lime.

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the lime matches his shirt!

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it was seriously delicious. too bad it hurt my geographic tongue and i couldn’t drink much :(

we also had watermelon & corn as side dishes. yum and yum.

here was momma b’s chicago dog:

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and my chickenago dog:

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it was so dang good! i have never thought to top a chicken breast with hot dog fixings. definitely a great idea.

i managed to capture several corn addicts in the act!!

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we love corn in our house.

there was one hot dog creep..

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and one hysterical momma b. love this shot.

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after our bellies were full of dinner, we sang happy birthday and candles were wished upon.

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then, before the cake was devoured, it was time for presents!

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he was super happy about the real vermont maple syrup marshall & i got him ;)IMG_9790

then.. CAKE! my mom makes a FANTASTIC red velvet cake. from scratch. she’s quite the baker.

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i ate around the frosting and picked out just the cake part. i am not a frosting gal.

i’’ll be back next time with another honeymoon recap! take it easy, friends.

Qs~

1. hotdogs: love them or hate them? i am not a fan. the only time i will eat one is when camping, but even then.. i don’t prefer them. i just hate the way they taste. i do love bratwurst!

2. favorite kind of cake? i am not really a cake person.. i am all about the ice cream. but if i had to pick.. i would say the almond cake with blackberry filling that was served at my wedding. excellent.

xo. janetha g.

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Susan August 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

I did not know such a thing as Chicago style hot dogs exists. Uh oh, now I have to get deep dish pizza AND hot dogs when I’m in Chicago next weekend ;) I actually love hotdogs. They remind me of my childhood. Favourite cake? New York cheesecake!!!

Happy belated b-day Poppa B!!

Sweet and Fit August 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

you have THE cutest family! you are all so happy and sweet! can you and marshall adopt me? =)

the red velvet cake looks amazing – you should snag the recipe from your mom for me! please! my birthday’s around the corner, haha!

1. definitely not a hot dog person, I question the “meat” inside
2.my fav cake is red velvet actually!

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