Shane and I must have been drunk when we decided it would be a good idea to have two back-to-back birthday parties for Rose. After everyone left, Shane swore that next year there would be just one party. It really was a lot of work, but they were both so much fun!

Left to right: 1 & 2. Preparing the Oktoberfest stew*  3. Decorate your own donuts from the Donut Pub, one of our activities (it was a rainbow & donut themed party)  4 & 5. Donut decorating and another activity, eating donuts from a string without hands  6 & 7. The complete meal, stew, two wonderful salads by Rita, crispy kale (recipe below), potatoes and country bread  8. Shane “cleaning up” after dinner  9. Birthday girl with birthday donut
*Everyone said the stew was amazing.

• Crispy Kale •
Heat oven to 275. Wash kale and dry well. Cut ribs from kale and tear or cut into big but bite-size chunks. Coat with olive oil until well coated but not drowning. Sprinkle with salt. Roast on a baking tray (or trays, you don’t want to crowd the kale) in oven until crispy, turning if necessary to crisp all parts.