Saturday, July 13, 2013

Barkley Birthday Blow Out

It's Saturday!  After some much needed sleep, it starts with "this complete breakfast".

Caffiene and Carbs.

Namely in the form of the World's Fluffiest Pancakes.
Then to the days adventures.

You know how you see those "free sofas" on Craigslist, and they are either junk or a biohazard.  This one wasn't.  Sure the fabric is ugly,  but fabric is easy.  It's an $1800 Basset Grove Park Mission sofa bed.  The bed part will be removed and replaced with storage, then some black canvas and re-covering the cushions (which, other than the Saturday Night Fever print fabric, are in good condition) and with a polish up the wood it will be done.  It will go nice with some Mission chairs recently recovered in black "pleather".
All for the cost of a case of beer.

But until then, there's other things to do. First some laundry and organizing downstairs.

And a little tidying up from breakfast.  

But I  didn't get any pancakes.
How about I make some zucchini bar cookies with cream cheese frosting and a pitcher of iced tea. Some friends may come by to see you for your birthday.
That's right, no sweets for you,  but I DO have a surprise for you. it's time to unload your birthday present. You had a bigger inflatable pool last year, but your eating the edges of it  like a bagel didn't turn out so well.  We'll see how this one holds up.

 See, it's just water from the hose.
Nothing to be afraid of.

Mom, it's the world's biggest water bowl!  Where's the food bowl that goes with it?
This is the shallow end, right?
Look!  Someone threw your ball in the water!
 Operation Ivy Balls.
OK, once more.
 It was the best birthday ever!
It gets better Barkley,  There's some of your favorite "people" here to visit this weekend. . .

Surprise!

 And burgers to grill!
The burgers- 1 and 1/2 pound ground choice (you want a little fat to help hold these burgers together), 1/4 cup Heinz chili sauce, 1/2 tsp minced garlic plus a few small pieces of chopped roast garlic, a few shakes of black pepper, 1/4 cup beer (I used Guinness), slightly less than 1/4 cup Knorr French Onion Soup Dry Mix (about half a packet)  and 1 generous CAPful of Scoville Brothers Hot Sauce (Singing Smoke variety). Mix and grill, basting with remaining beer as they cook.

Hey, where did the birthday boy go?
Is my new sofa done yet?