Friday, 27 May 2016

Bonfire at Moonlight Beach

One of the few San Diego beaches that still has fire pits. 

Who doesn't want to build a fire, watch a sunset, eat some dinner and watch the flames dance in the darkness.

We went old school with wood from fence posts and tree limbs, a couple of matches, twigs and some newspaper.

 And it worked out fine.

And the sunset was beautiful.

And the fire really took off when it got dark.

Nearby, were little kids in pajamas, a large group of high schoolers and a couple of families.

And just off to the left of us, there was a group that really meant business.

They carried a gallon jug of gasoline down the hill.

And one of the longest pallets I have ever seen at the beach.

There was shock and awe and screams of "I think the fire department might be coming by."

So for fun and fire and entertainment, check out Moonlight Beach, it is never boring!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Meat Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

I have a sweet tooth. Or perhaps sweet teeth is more apt.

I like chocolate and cake and candy and ice cream and all things sweet.

I have never understood people that don't have a sweet tooth.

Which brings me to my brother. Who always passes on dessert. Doesn't matter what kind. 

So for a milestone birthday, one has to be creative.

Hence a meat dessert.

That has an air of celebration about it.

Bake your favorite meatloaf or meatball recipe in individual portions in a cupcake tin (skip the liner, it will just get greasy). Bake, remove from pan and set them to cool on a wire rack.

Place on a pretty plate, platter or cake stand.

Whip up your favorite mashed potatoes and scoop into a piping bag (once they are cool enough to handle or use a kitchen towel to hold the piping bag).

Frost (realizing that it would have been wise to whip out all the lumps ahead of time).

Sprinkle/push in diced colorful bell peppers and thinly sliced scallions into the mashed potato frosting (in lieu of chocolate sprinkles).

Top with candles.

Light and sing Happy Birthday!