This event perfectly exemplifies why I am so blessed to be connected to this amazing family. Knowing Donna’s fondness for the Food Network competition show “Chopped”, my sister Kate sent out this email:
Subject: TOP SECRET SURPRISE PARTY THIS FRI!
OK, this Friday is Donna’s birthday!!!
My Dad and Neil [her husband] have convinced her they are going to AZ for a PowWow . . . but really they are staying here & we are going to have a surprise party with a CHOPPED Competition!!
There will be 3 teams all competing to make the best dessert from 4 SECRET ingredients in 30 minutes flat!
We will all meet @ La Jolla Groves @ 6:30pm this Friday (June 15) & eat dinner with Donna… then, we’ll say “we made a special dessert at home” and head back to the house around 8pm to compete in the CHOPPED competition!!
If you can’t make it to the dinner @ 6:30, just meet us up at the house @ 8 for the dessert round!
See what I mean? How fun is that? Too fun to not share with all y’all. So here are a few highlights of the festivities – the SECRET INGREDIENTS being Moon Pies, raspberries, silken tofu, and Heinz 57 ketchup.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DONNA! I am lucky enough to know you – to get the added fun of this amazing family is ketchup icing on the Moon Pie. I love you all!
To check out the whole set, see the Flickr slideshow here!
— posted by Anne, in lieu of actually getting to be there. NEXT TIME!