Happy Birthday celebrations for my great-nephew.


Today was my great-nephew’s 13th birthday, and we went for a celebratory lunch at my sister’s house. The Birthday Boy was all smiles as he came to greet us, and I’m not surprised. Most people had given him money instead of a present, and he had quite a decent nest egg already. He’s saving up for some fancy cricket gear. I persuaded him to pose with me in his new cool shades, and with his wallet full of notes.

Although it’s mid winter here, the children were in and out of the pool. Their soccer ball kept landing in the water, so they just jumped in to retrieve it, and had a whale of a time.

The men were all busy cooking the meat on the braai, and jolly good it smelt too. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the word ‘braai’ it literally means, “burnt flesh, or roasted meat.”

It was such a happy time, with seventeen of us, ages ranging from three to eighty-seven years. I love these family get-togethers; such special times. Eventually the food was ready, and we all tucked in as though we hadn’t eaten for a week. There’s just something so tasty about meat done over the coals.

My contributions was the dessert, which was my famous chocolate pie which always goes down a treat, plus extra whipped cream and strawberry and chocolate chip meringues.

One of my sister’s friends asked me what was in the pie. My reply was, “You really don’t want to know.” Anyway, after she’d eaten a good sized portion, she asked me again, and as the damage was already done, I told her, ” A packet of chocolate cream biscuits, butter, milk, cream, three bars of chocolate, a whole packet of marshmallows, and two Cadbury’s Flakes.” There was hardly a morsel left, but hubby scraped the dish. Better go to waist than to waste, I always say. πŸ˜‰

My sister had made him a grenadilla birthday pudding, which looked really delicious. So as you may gather, no-one went hungry. πŸ˜‰

Whilst we were waiting for lunch to be ready, I was getting some pics for Ailsa’s travel theme this week, which is “Art.” My sister is an artist, so I thought I could show you some of her work, but that will have to wait until tomorrow, because now it’s time for bed here. Hope you’ve all had as splendid a weekend as I have.

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64 comments on “Happy Birthday celebrations for my great-nephew.

  1. Thank you for making us feel as if we were there , having a great time at the pool, having a happy laugh and chewing a delicious BBQ. Such a fun post!

  2. Dear AD, this is an absolutely delightful post! What a great family you have. My sister is an artist too, and I had thought of posting some of her work if I could. I really look forward to your Art theme post!

  3. I disappear for a week and when I come back, I’m bombarded with foodie pics. I really think that I need to boycott your blog πŸ˜‰

  4. The food looked absolutely delicious. It’s a blesseing to have times like these with one’s family. Wish I could taste that chocolatee pie πŸ™‚

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your nephew. He is now officially a teenager. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  6. Your chocolate pie looks divine! And those meringues…have never tasted strawberry and chocochip meringues before. Sounds awesome.

  7. Wow looks like you had a hoot! I like the saying “Better go to waist than to waste” – brilliant! Hope you have a great week

  8. Food looks absolutely delicious AD, the chocolate pie looks wonderful and I am sure leaves us all drooling, and it certainly looks like the kids had a good time. Weather in JHB has been so mild the last two days its almost like summer here!
    Have a good week ahead!

    Regards,
    GAIL

    • Thanks, Gail. So glad you’re having some decent weather up there too. So many Gautengers and Freestaters seem to be down here at the moment. πŸ˜‰

  9. One can see from the photo how happy your great nephew is,teenagers with money,I love braaied meat,
    I wish I could’ve seen the face of your sister’s friend,after you told her what’s in the chocolate pie, πŸ˜€
    the grenadilla pudding looks delicious: -)

    • Hehehe, yes, she was quite shocked. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t get any of that grenadilla pudding, as hubby and I had to leave early to take my mom home. She was very tired by 4-o-clock. ;(

  10. happy birthday to the boy.. and the braai looks great… had a de-boned Karoo lamb bout on the braai this weekend, it really went down well… have a good one… Tot siens…

  11. Thank you for sharing nephew’s 13th birthday with us, AD! Beautiful picture of you and your nephew!

  12. Wow,looks like an awesome day (teehee :P),happy b-dat Eathan πŸ˜€

    The DC

  13. Great pictures… looks like everyone had fun and the food had me drooling… and what a handsome (rich) nephew! πŸ˜‰

  14. WOW! Happy Birthday to your handsome nephew, you are so beautiful too dear AD! Seems that there is a great feast there, Thank you, love, nia

  15. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy!! I love the chocolate pie – I think you have posted the recipe before? If you have, please give me the link, alternatively I would love the recipe?!! πŸ™‚
    The children are all so pretty!

  16. Some of the best people are born in July, don’t you agree?
    All that food looks scrumptious. I’ll have a kebab, garlic bread, potato and some sausages, please πŸ˜‰

  17. Hi AD, pool would be too cold for me. Used to tell people we have better winters here in South Africa than they have summers in the UK πŸ™‚

  18. Looks like you had a fabulous day and Happy Birthday Ethan – incidentally it’s my nieces 17th birthday today so obviously some of the best people are born on this day!

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