Original plans were to have five of my sister's dearest friends over for a little gathering and have snacks, cake and ice cream to celebrate her birthday. So Dad and I were surprised on Friday when we learned that a small gathering had been transformed into one of over 14 people and also dinner (a cookout, but still!).
The weather was hot and muggy and by the time it became pleasant to be outdoors, it started to pour. Good thing that Dad had finished with the grill by then.
It lasted for six hours, so someone must have liked it. The cake was a variation of Frankfurter Kranz, but made in chocolate. The icing had rum added to it, although next time we should substitute a little rum for some of the water or milk in the cake batter.
Before the party, I let my sister pick out ice cream flavors from the local farm stand: chocolate turtle with cashews, butter pecan and vanilla.
And of course, Mom made a strudel.
Non family members had only cake and ice cream.
Everyone else had strudel, cake and ice cream.
Then my sister shared a video of someone making a strudel. It's stored here, along with Mom's own recipe, which is a lot easier and we think tastes the best of any.
She also shared a video that I'd forwarded to her, courtesy of @Rokke:
The Mom Song, with the best delivery:
The Mom Song, by the author:
It was a lot of work and we were all beat at the end, but somehow it all came together and everyone was fed.
I had a talk with my sister offline about our parents' increasing frailty and she had the opinion that they looked so strong I told her what they thought about their own condition so she knows. Dad had a hard time bringing up the folding table (I would have helped if I had known he would try to take care of it alone). Mom had hoped that my sister would be back in October and my sister told her no, that's not a possibility this time.
Meanwhile, this Mom story is too good:
I was upstairs and Mom was telling a story. I am deaf in one ear so I was incredulous and asked: "Someone found a knockwurst at the library?"
That wasn't what she said, but I still love Mom.