Well it’s finally over… Wayne’s birthday weekend! haha. Yesterday was his actual birthday, and we decided to go to an amusement/water park for the day.
This place was definitely Cedar Point ‘s little brother, but it was fun nonetheless!
Favorite ride of the day… Power Tower! This place had many rides identical to those at Cedar Point. Apparently, Cedar Point and ValleyFair are owned by the same company. <—Just a fun fact for you 🙂
First sugary purchase of the day… an atomic green, highly disturbing, green apple Jolly Rancher slushy. The picture really does not do it justice in terms of the color. It was blinding. I had a couple sips, and yep, spot-on liquid Jolly Rancher.
After riding the rides, we went back to the car to have a little lunch and get our gear for the water park. I packed sandwiches, carrot sticks, chips, water, and Nutty Bars (*gasp!*).
I left the camera in the car for the rest of the day, so just imagine your typical, extremely packed water park 🙂 On the way back to the car at the end of the day, we may have purchased some cotton candy to eat on the way home. Here’s the photographic proof…
Awhile after we got home, it was time for Wayne’s birthday dinner. He really wanted his grandma’s German Potato Salad, and he even called his Aunt (who lives with grandma) for the recipe. I made this the day before since he said it tastes better the next day. Coincidentally, we bought almost everything we needed for this salad at the farmer’s market! I just had to go out and buy the bacon.
Grandma Betty’s German Potato Salad
- 8-9 potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 lb bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp, 2 Tbsp grease reserved (I used 12 oz. turkey bacon which did not yield any measurable grease.)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- cornstarch + water slurry (I would estimate 1/4 cornstarch + 1/4 cup water)
- Soak the onions and cucumbers in a bowl of salt water while the potatoes are boiling and you are preparing the rest of the ingredients. (I’m not sure what the purpose of this step is… perhaps to take the strong onion flavor away?)
- Once the potatoes and bacon are done, combine them in a large bowl and set aside.
- In the same pan you cooked the bacon, add the vinegar, water, sugar, and reserved bacon grease. Bring to a boil, then add some of the cornstarch slurry, using a whisk to mix it quickly and avoid lumps. Keep adding the slurry until the sauce reaches a consistency just shy of gravy.
- Remove sauce from heat and let cool slightly for a few minutes. Drain and rinse the cucumbers and onions.
- Add the sauce, cucumbers, and onions to the potato/bacon mixture and combine everything gently.
- Season with salt and pepper if desired. Salad can be served warm or cold.
As with every year I’ve been with Wayne, he requested his favorite cake… German Chocolate of course! I usually just make the boxed mix (*another gasp*), but this year I wanted to try a homemade version. I used the recipe HERE, halved it, and ended up with a 9×9 cake. This cake was very dense, almost like a brownie actually. I think that’s because I refrigerated it, though. We left it out on the counter last night, and Wayne said it tasted MUCH better at room temp today.
Lastly, here’s the birthday boy… aww, ain’t he cute? (Please excuse that pile of junk behind him!) Bonus points if you can find my son in the picture 🙂