In honor of my sister’s graduation on Saturday morning, family and friends gathered for a party Saturday evening.
There were dancing girls.
…and live music. My brother Beau is the drummer with the band The Soul Section – we had a subsection of The Soul Section play at the party. However, I failed to get him in the picture. Oops.
Not just the live band outdoors but a special piano solo just for Kathleen: Pomp and Circumstance played inside.
There was flirting. Yup, this little cutie stole everyone’s hearts. Including the drummer’s from the band.
The food was delicious – with guacamole and tortilla chips, salads, trays of veggies and fruit, meatballs, cold cuts and rolls.
And not one but two cakes made from scratch.
This Oatmeal Cake is a Faw Family favorite. It is a moist sheet cake with a delicious, buttery, coconut and walnut topping. My mom made it and her recipe is at the end of the post.
The second cake was made by Ariel, Kathleen’s little sister. The outside: chocolate ganache. It is so yummy.
Inside: dense vanilla and chocolate cake in a checkerboard pattern.
In the photo below if you look carefully, you’ll see a dog hoping for a bite to get dropped in her direction.
We even had a cop show up because of a complaint about loud music, which some say is the sign of a successful party. But the band had packed up by 8:15 PM so he couldn’t even tell them to turn the music down.
The MOST important ingredients at the party were the people, the laughter and the love.
Kathleen’s first little sister, Tricia, was there with her husband, Jason, and their four beautiful kids: Lora, Silas, Jace and Raima.
Lora is Tricia’s oldest and she’s dancing here with Ariel, Kathleen’s current little sister.
My nephew Sam, sat in on the drums for two songs and played a solo.
My niece, Leah, voguing with the girls.
Lots of kids, lots of dogs, lots of fun. Folding laundry and grading papers were put aside for awhile and we celebrated together.
it was a wonderful evening!
Congratulations again, to Kathleen.
1 ¼ cup boiling water
1 cup quick oats
¼ lb. margarine (mom’s recipe – I would use butter)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons melted margarine (or butter)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup canned evaporated milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl combine boiling water, oats and margarine or butter.
Stir in both brown and white sugar and the eggs.
Sift flour together with baking soda, cinnamon and salt and add to first mixture.
Pour into lightly greased and floured 11×13 inch pan for 40 minutes.
Combine topping ingredients and spread on baked cake. Place under broiler until browned.
Thanks for the visit.