Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Celebrating Ethan's 20th Birthday - A Big Summer's End Party

The cap of last weekend, and summer (sort of) was the party we hosted to celebrate Ethan's 20th birthday. It was well attended and everyone seemed to have a great time.
It was a potluck and we had a wonderful selection of stuff to eat.
I always try to make something special, handmade and symbolic for presents for the kids. When I went to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this year I was very inspired the art produced by Vintage Sculpture.
And I happened to have a wonderful photo of Ethan, Larr and Grandpa Don smoking cigars, laughing. Don has enjoyed cigars for most of his life. The yellow boxes are a part of the fabric of our memory of being at the grandparent's home, so it seemed appropriate to use one of those boxes for base of this year's present.
He loved it and I loved making it for him.

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

2 pound Pork Tenderloin
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 TBS Yellow Mustard
2-3 TBS maple syrup
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS Diced dried onions
1 1/2 TSP Garlic Salt or Powder

Mix ingredients above. Pour over Tenderloin in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

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