Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brian's Birthday Party

We had Brian's birthday party on Saturday. I did not take any pictures - how strange of me! A bunch of people came so it was a nice turn out and Brian was particularly happy! Our main activity for the party was food. Here was our menu:

Shredded BBQ Beef
Chicken Salad
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Green Salad
And a nice Fruit Salad

I really liked the chicken salad but I think the BBQ Beef was the biggest hit so here is the recipe.

Barbecued beef sandwiches, cooked in the slow cooker.

2 1/2 to 3 lbs lean chuck roast or bottom round
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 tablespoons spicy mustard or Dijon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Place beef roast in crockpot. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Remove roast, shred meat. Place shredded meat back in crockpot; stir to coat well. Spoon barbecued beef onto toasted sandwich buns and serve with extra sauce, if desired.
Serves 6 to 8.

The girls had quite a few friends there so they were super happy and occupied the whole time. And when they were tired of playing with the kids they had plenty of people to help them play the Wii. The Wii was Brian's birthday/graduation present from my mom! The girls are finally figuring out how to do most of the games on their own. Apparently Gwen is really good at golf which makes sense beacuse she is spinning all of the time.

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