Saturday, November 3, 2012

Witt's Surprise Party

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On a cool, crisp night in October, I threw a surprise party for Witt. He turned 30 this month which is a pretty big cause for celebration. Over thirty five people stood under the trees that night, sipping hot apple cider and waiting for him to arrive.

I love the invitation. This is the front and back.




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Our friend, Adam, took Witt canoeing the day of the party. They were supposed to ride together back to the house and we and Adam's friend Jade, were all "going out." I got a frantic call from Adam as 6:30pm rolled around saying that Witt had left by himself to get back to the house and change. I had to stall Witt so a few more guests could arrive by calling and asking him to go to the store for me and get some white wine. It took me five minutes to convince him that I really wanted and needed some white wine and that it was more important than him taking a shower right away. I thought the whole conversation was hilarious knowing what was really going on.

He was very very surprised.



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For appetizers I made a black bean and mango avocado salsa. I was so busy that night I didn't take many pictures but Cate did and so most of these are by her.



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The Friday before, my mom, sisters and I spent the day baking pies and making candy apples. We had a coconut cream pie, Witt's favorite, a pumpkin pie and an apple pie. My Dad smoked his wonderful barbeque and we had baked beans, corn pudding, hush puppies and rolls.




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Hallowed out pumpkins filled with ice hold the wine and root beer (Pinterest idea!).


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How lucky I am to have found such a great man. I love his sense of humor, his love of music, his hard working spirit and the way he always sees the best in people. I love how everyone he meets falls in love with him, too. I have never met anyone who has so many friends, of all different ages and walks of life. Witt sees life as an adventure and I love that I get to be a part of it.

I can't for 30 more years together and then 30 more.




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I want to leave you with the recipe for the Black Bean and Avocado Mango Salsa, it's so delicious and tangy and fresh. My Aunt Ann made this for my grandfather's birthday a while ago and it was so good. I found the recipe she sent me which is originally from KalynsKitchen. I added corn to mine because I love corn and also chopped jalapenos. Here's my version:

Mango Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, Cilantro, and Chile-Lime Vinaigrette


1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 avocado, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
1 mango, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
1 cup corn
4 tablespoons chopped jalapenos
2 T minced red onion 
1/4 cup thinly sliced cilantro leaves
4 T + 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar (or rice vinegar)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. chile powder 
salt to taste
2 T good-quality olive oil

Drain the black beans into a colander placed in the sink, rinse beans with cold water until no more foam appears. Peel the avocado and dice into 1 inch pieces. Toss avocado with 3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice. Peel and cut up the mango and dice into 1 inch pieces. Add mangoes, avocado and black beans and stir very gently to combine. Gently stir the chopped red onion and cilantro into the salad mixture. In a small dish, stir together the 1 T lime juice, white balsamic vinegar (or rice vinegar), ground cumin, chile powder, and salt to taste. Whisk in the olive oil, one tablespoon at a time. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and gently stir to combine.



Enjoy!


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