Guitars and BBQ

1953 Gibson ES 175D

Jay just turned 40 this past week! We had seriously considered a trip to Tuscany to celebrate. However our poor little Mistletoe kitty is not well and we can’t leave her for over a day due to her medications. So, Italy has been post-poned for awhile. The birthday was nevertheless fantastic! Keeping with the tradition we started on his birthday last year, we traveled to Action Music in Falls Church and Jay picked out a new guitar for his prezzie from me. His newest addition is a 1953 Gibson ES 175D. There were only 182 of these guitars made at the Kalamazoo, Michigan Gibson factory in 1953. Not only does it look fantastic, but sounds amazing as well! Just listen for yourself:

Continuing the birthday celebrations, on Saturday evening we had some friends over for a southern BBQ/firepit  evening. We had quite a spread of food: delicious North Carolina pulled pork and beef from Bubba’s Bar-B-Q, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread ebelskivers, and three different Smith Island Cakes-a traditional chocolate, a chocolate salted caramel and a key lime. YUM! I’ve actually been driving over to Tilghman to learn how to make these cakes from my Aunt Deenie. (I’ll write more about my cake apprenticeship soon)

Everyone digs in!

Cornbread/Jalapeno Ebelskivers

Key Lime Cake

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake

Ainsley Enjoys Some Corn

Jack's First Time Toasting Marshmallows

It was a very fun, laid back evening. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us. Happy Birthday Jay!

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