'Twas an action packed, fun-filled weekend! Bruce's brother,sister in law,and nephew all flew in from Seattle to go with us to 2 MilwaukeeBrewer games versus the Seattle Mariners (appropriate). After Saturday's game, we headed to the Comet Cafe, which was featured on Diners,Drive-Ins, and Dives :)
The options were so diverse and varied from Bacon martinis and bacon apple pie, grass fed beef burgers, to vegan salisbury steak and salads with marinated tofu.
The little jumpin bunny indicated the option of "veganizing" a dish.
Bruce's sister in law had her brother and fam drive into town and meet us here. Therefore, we were a party of 10 with the 6 adults and 4 kids.
It was a funky, laid back, un-kid friendly cafe. But, I have to give props to the servers who were very tolerant of the all the high-strung excitable kids.
I just stuck with a simple salad as it was the end of the day of already eating alot! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and would recommend the Comet Cafe to the adult crowd with a daring food attitude :)
Going out to eat is usually a frustrating and pointless endeavor for me, as it usually ends up with me just sitting and watching other people eat while I drink coffee. Or I have a measly little salad, while everyone else feasts.
But, there is a place in our tiny midwestern town,El Mariachi, that has blessed me with making the PERFECT grilled veggie salad that has no food allergy triggers in it whatsoever!
My dad took us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday :) I only took pics of the kids, because they're the best looking out of all of us! Aren't they GORGEOUS?
DISCLAIMER: I requested he place his hands this way! He does not normally hold them like that :)
I just happened to notice for the first time (bad mommy) how nice his hands and nails are! I seriously think he could be a hand model.
Now, he sees his future as a skydiving instructor/hand model.
Birthday documentation picture. I'm wearing my fave 50 cent dress ever. Bruce says it makes me look very post WWII.....guess I just need a nurses hat, cuz I got my sailor ;)
OOOOH, and garden growth! We have peppers!
Roma tomatoes. They should be changing color soon.
Snap pea flowers :) This poor plant has taken such a beating with all the severe storms and hail we've had.
Thanks again to all my friends and family who made my birthday such a memorable and special one! You are all the best part :)
Generally these are made in an 8x8 inch pan, but for my purposes, they were made uber thin
The ingredients for the top layer of chocolate "bark"
Coconut oil, cocoa powder, and sugar (you could substitute the sugar with stevia for a sugar free version)
Melt all in a pan on low until sugar *mostly* dissolves. It tends not to dissolve completely.
That's ok :)
The special ingredient-the inspiration of the mind-blowing experience-BACON! (actually, pms and its resulting desire to consume salty and sweet things at the same time is probably a more accurate source of inspiration)
If you are turned off by bacon, you could always use fak'n (a fake bacon), or soy-based bacon bits, as these slices will be crumbled into bits anyway.
Sprinkle bacon, or fak'n bits into melted bark mixture. Pour into shallow vessel. Freeze. This won't take long at all-15 minutes, maybe.
The middle layer of "ganache" is made of coconut milk (must be high fat-yum), cinnamon, cocoa, and not pictured-maple extract flavor.
mix all together.
Layer all the components:
It's time-consuming, messy, and fatty. But, so worth it. The piece above is more than enough to satisfy a sweet and salty craving.
So, are you intrigued? Disgusted? Both?
I'm already dreaming up more delicious/disgusting/intriguing things to add to the chocolate bark....how do wasabi peas sound?