Monday, July 19, 2010

Birthday fail or learning lesson?

Saturday we had dinner and cake to celebrate big A's bday. He's turning 14 this week. He requested tacos and chocolate mint cake. Since one boy doesn't eat beans and one doesn't eat rice I decided to make grilled mexican corn on the cobb and a latin fruit salad as sides. Since there were 8 people eating by the time A's friend joined us and T's fiance I decided to make 24 tacos. Little A doesn't eat tacos so this easily should have given us 3 per person. WRONG!

Do not have a taco bar with teenagers. This is the lesson of the day. By the time all of the kids made their plates and B and I went to make ours there was no meat left! 5 people took 2 pounds of meat. Insane. When I went to check on little A I noticed big A took 6 tacos and had a ridiculous amount of meat in each. To make it worse he threw 3 out. None of the kids touched the sides that were supposed to stretch the meal.

Are you kidding me?! Needless to say I was a little livid. I get that teenagers have little awareness for others, but come on.

I've decided that when we do tacos in the future I will plate the taco w/ meat and they can just add their toppings. When they eat all of their food (including free sides) then they can have more.

On the plus side, Big A loved his meal. The adults who actually ate the mexican corn thought it was great and everyone loved his chocolate mint cake. I'm sharing the recipe below.

Chocolate Mint Cake

1 Box triple chocolate cake mix
1 Can chocolate frosting
1 Package Andes mints
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c softened butter
1 tbsp water
3/4 tbsp mint extract
3 drops food coloring

Bake cake according to package directions (for 2 rounds) and let cool completely. Mix sugar butter, water, mint, and food coloring in medium bowl w/ mixer. Spread mint center on 1 cake layer and cover with the second. Frost the cake. Coursely chop Andes in food processessor and press on side of cake.

Little A LOVED helping make the cake. He was so proud of himself that while we were eating it he told everyone what was in the mint center, how he helped, and that it was his favorite part.

Next month we get to do this all again for S's birthday. Let's hope we don't run out of food again!

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