Thursday, July 05, 2007

Our 4th of July Barbeque ...

Most people rightly assume that a barbeque's focus should be on the grilling aspect of the meal - the burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc. Recipes and books abound claiming to have perfected the art of the BBQ.


I have come to realize that the secret to a good barbeque has nothing to do with the meat.

It's all about the cupcakes. You can be forgiven a lot of other things, as long as the cupcakes are good. Ours were festively decorated with red, white, and blue well as orange, green and yellow ones just for kicks. And I think they were pretty good too. At least, the monkey thought so.

The first taste ... like a true connoisseur, monkey savors the complex blend of flavors as they hit his taste buds.

He thinks about it for a minute and considers whether classic chocolate frosting would complement devil's food cake cupcakes better than the golden yellow cake of this particular batch.

Maybe another bite is in order.

Yeah, ok. They're pretty good.

They even warranted another round after lunch.

We did serve some alternate options for the healthier eaters. This is a nectarine, peach and blackberry salad with lime zest.

Miss Mina sampled those out for us.

Cheeks puffed out to full capacity is usually a good sign with her. It's like her own version of a "two-thumbs up."

The fruity facial is also another dead giveaway.

In between gorging on sweets, the monkeys also took a few minutes to hang out with their friends.

At this age, "hanging out" is loosely defined and can include grabbing toys from one another, screaming when one doesn't get her way, and other such examples of bad behaviour not normally tolerated in polite company. Miss Julia and David handled it all with grace and charm. Hopefully, we'll do it again soon.
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