There are a lot of fun things going on this summer vacation. Besides swimming classes for darling daughter, birthday parties and special event invitations are keep coming in.
Yesterday, DD got invited to a birthday pool party. It was not a Luau Party. Just a typical kids pool party. Darling daughter enjoyed it very much. As you know, she likes swimming. My dear friends and I watched over the young ones because the pool was quite deep. That is why wearing a life preserver is very important even in a shallow pool. Age-appropriate and US Coast Guard approved life jackets should always be handy, and adult supervision is advised on young children.
Friends, happy kids, birthday party
As for the party, my dear friends and I had fun catching up while the kids were swimming in the pool. This is the very first time K and I went to a pool party. There were lots of food and we met new friends. It was awesome.
We always enjoy having company and shooting fireworks on 4th of July Independence Day celebration. We are not great at hosting parties but we make sure we have lots of food to accommodate our guests.
Here is our simple menu:
Pancit (rice noodles)
Smoked red snapper
Smoked hotdogs for kids
Tomatoes and cucumbers salad
Our friends also brought some delicious food and desserts to share.
Since we do not have a big dining area, we bought a couple of tables and chairs from Walmart. I bought two long blue rectangular table covers to cover the tables. Adding patriotic banners around each table made it look pretty neat.
Then around 9:00 P.M., we started shooting fireworks until 11:00 P.M.
Filipino-American moms got together for a 1980s themed birthday party for our dear friend R four days ago. Most of us grew up in the 80s and 90s and when someone suggested the 80s theme birthday party, we all went nuts. LOL.
Anyway, it was a potluck party. Everyone brought special dishes for all to enjoy. Made some Chayote Cabbage with Pork Stir-Fry.
Pork frying with onion garlic.
Chayote and pork stir fry in a pot.
Chayote Squash and Pork Stir-Fry
I don’t cook that often at home. But when I do, I stay in my kitchen until the food is cooked and the place is cleaned.
1 lb. pork (for stir fry)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 pcs. chayote squash, peeled and cut into cubes (bite size)
1 beef bouillon cube
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
In medium heat, saute garlic and onion until brown and soft.
Add pork. Stir fry for about 5-8 minutes until pork is brown.
Sprinkle a dash of salt and a dash of black pepper.
Simmer for 5 minutes while cooking in it’s own sauce. Stirring while simmering.
Add chayote squash, water, and the beef bouillon. Stir to blend and let simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the vegetables and meat are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with rice.
Pretty birthday cake.
The little ones playing the Cup Game. They had so much fun!
Everyone had a great time at the party, I think. Especially when we started the disco and karaoke in the evening.
We had a blast celebrating New Year’s at our humble home. Two of my dear husband’s co-employees and their families came over to celebrate with us. They bought fireworks and we had fun shooting fireworks in a cold New Year’s Eve. The kids had fun dancing with Just Dance on Wii U. We’re supposed to do Just Sing Karaoke too, but for some reason the CD didn’t play.
It was a great New Year’s celebration. We missed a few family and friends but they were sick and my brother-in-law and his wife already had a commitment ahead of time.
Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the best of 2017.