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. 😉
My sister had made him a grenadilla birthday pudding, which looked really delicious. So as you may gather, no-one went hungry. 😉
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.
I want you in charge of my next birthday party!
Happy belated birthday to your nephew!
No problem, Russel. Thanks for camping out on my blog for a while. 😉
Birthday blessings to your nephew! 😉
Thank you. He is a dear child. 😉
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!
I’m so happy that my post made you feel included in the party, island traveller 😉
Aww a great family day and its so nice to see it. I rather like the sound of your pie!
Thanks, Gilly. That pie is a firm favourite. 😉
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!
Thanks, Naomi. I love my family to bits, and these Sunday lunches are such delicious fun. 😉
They look like so much fun, and it’s great that you all have each other and are making the most of it.
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 😉
Oooops! Sorry, TA. I’d almost forgotten that you don’t like pics of food. 😉 xx
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 🙂
Yes, I love those family Sunday lunches, Son. Chocolate pie isn’t good for you. 😉
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your nephew. He is now officially a teenager. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. Yes they do grow up too fast. 😉
Happy Birthday to your great nephew ad. he is the same age as my middle dort, she turns 13 this month too 😆
Thanks, Hopestar. Lots of really nice people born in July. 😉 Hugs xx
Looks like a grand celebration and a bountiful feast. YUM! Oh … and my eye caught the wine bottle, which seems to contain red.
Thanks, Frank. Yes it was. No, that wine we took was a Sauvignon Blanc, Bushvine, from a place called Darling in The Cape. There was plenty of red flowing though. 😉
The food on the grill cried for red, so no surprise it was flowing well. 🙂
Yes it was very yummy. 😉
Your chocolate pie looks divine! And those meringues…have never tasted strawberry and chocochip meringues before. Sounds awesome.
Yes, that dessert is deliciously decadent, Madhu. I bought the meringues. They just waved to me. 😉
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
Yes, I don’t know where I got that saying from, or if it’s one of my originals. 🙂 I think most women would say it the opposite way round. 😉
Well – keep the saying comings 😀 – maybe the cake, too?
I’ll see what I can do. 😉
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!
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. 😉
That choc pie is a calorie convention! 🙂
What a perfect description. 😉
you guys really know how to braai. that food looks amazing. Glad you had a great day 🙂
Well, with 17 people to feed, that’s serious braaing. ;)It was a fantastic day.
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, 😀
the grenadilla pudding looks delicious: -)
Hehehe, yes, she was quite shocked. 😉 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. ;(
Looks like Ethan had a fabulous birthday – i’m looking forward to seeing your sister’s artwork! xxx Ailsa
He was beside himself with joy, Ailsa. We all love him to bits. 😉
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…
Thanks, bdt. Your braai sounds delicious too. 😉
Thank you for sharing nephew’s 13th birthday with us, AD! Beautiful picture of you and your nephew!
Thanks, Amy. 😉
Love those shades
Yes, aren’t they just so cool? 😉
Wow,looks like an awesome day (teehee :P),happy b-dat Eathan 😀
Thanks, DC. Lots of fun was had by all 17 of us. 😉
best wishes hope you and nephew have a good day….;)
Thanks so much, Gerry. It was a great party. 😉
Great pictures… looks like everyone had fun and the food had me drooling… and what a handsome (rich) nephew! 😉
Hahaha…. yes both he and his older brother are very good looking blondes. 😉
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
Thanks so much, nia. Yes, we certainly did have a lovely feast and a very happy time together. 😉
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?!! 🙂
The children are all so pretty!
Thanks, PPD. I’ll try to find the link to that recipe when I have a few spare moments. 😉
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 😉
Absolutely agree with you, Leo Woman. 😉 Love your food order.
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 🙂
That’s why we’re still here. 😉
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!
Hope your niece also had a fantastic birthday, My birthday is this month too, so I definitely agree with you. 😉