Æbleskiver (30th) Birthday Party

February 13, 2013 · 17 comments

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So I turned 30 on Sunday. Like last year, I’d been looking forward to this milestone. Though I have my fair share of regrets about things I should or shouldn’t have done in my past, I’m pretty confident that I’m on the right path (or at least a good one) now. I feel completely satisfied about being a little older and hopefully a little wiser. (Erin put many of the things I’ve been thinking about birthdays into words here.)

My birthday is usually a pretty low-key affair. The weather is often nasty this time of year, and everyone always seems to be too hunkered down to go out and do something fun. This year, however, I decided to shake things up a bit. The brainstorming actually started way back in the fall after my trip to the Coburg Antique Fair. I bought a cast iron Æbleskiver pan without ever having cooked Æbleskivers before. I got to talking with my friends Lisa and James, and it turned out that quite a few people in our social circle owned their own Æbleskiver pans as well. What do you do when you know nine people with Æbleskiver pans? Well, you throw an Æbleskiver party, of course. And what do you do when you want to have a party, but you live in a tiny house that barely fits the four people who live there already? You rent the Marys River Grange Hall, of course. (Actually, because I’m an active Grange member, I get a once-annual member rental for just $25. One heckuva deal.)

I had planned on taking lots of beautifully styled photos during the party, but when the time came, I got caught up in actually talking to my friends (some of whom I don’t see very often), and happily, I set my camera aside for most of the morning. I did catch a few moments to share with you, though.

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Though I did most of the planning, shopping, and set up for the event, as soon as my happiest-in-the-kitchen friends showed up, they went right to work mixing batter, pouring, and flipping. My coffee-nerd friends brewed the coffee, and in the end, I didn’t have to wash a single dish because everyone chipped in with the clean up.

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The buffet of Æbleskiver toppings/fillings was pretty astounding. I brought a ton of jars, some from the last Portland Preservation Society meeting, some full of jam that I made, and a few that I’d been gifted by friends and family. A few folks attending the party brought their own homemade preserves, too. It was impressive.

There were some savory topping (blue cheese, capers, pesto, etc.) in the mix, too, and Henry cooked up a big pan of potatoes and leeks to counteract the sweetness.

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We cooked up pretty classic white-flour Æbleskivers, but I also mixed a batch of my favorite yeasted buckwheat pancake batter. The buckwheat ones came out a little flatter and darker, but I thought they were delicious.

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When Henry went off to California last week, I insisted that he had to bring me back at least five pounds of every kind of citrus Heath Ranch Organics had in stock. Henry and Heath Ranch did not disappoint. We had navels, novas, blood oranges, cara cara navels, satsumas, clementines, and kyomi tangors. I brought my manual citrus juicer down to the Grange for squeeze-your-own juice (mimosa-fied or not). (Anyone who lives in or ever drives through Northern California MUST stop at the Heath Ranch farmstand right off I-5  for the best citrus ever!)

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My friend Suzy snapped this photo of Charlotte and me (with Levi hiding behind me).

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My Valentine-making station was a huge hit. I was afraid that it would be too nerdy for people, but everyone really dove in. I’m sad that I didn’t take any photos of the finished products. Everything was so cute and creative!

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My kids had a great time running around, eating too many jam-soaked Æbleskivers, and showing the littler ones the ins and outs of the Marys River Grange.

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Just to be ridiculous, I also baked “The Best Mascarpone Cheesecake You’ll Ever Eat” (Yossy‘s recipe on Joanna’s blog) in my barbecue and brought it along to share.

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I was too full of Æbleskivers to eat any cheesecake at the party, but later I had a slice slathered in my homemade meyer lemon curd plus honeyed blueberry-peach sauce. Man, that slice was crazy good.

Overall, it was a great day full of good food and good friends. So far, being 30 is pretty awesome, and I’m going to predict that this year will be one of my best.

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julia February 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

what a fantastic party! i absolutely love breakfast/brunch parties- so much fun and people always end up lingering into the afternoon. also, i turned thirty in october, and i have to say that i’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. hope you do too.

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catie February 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

i remember eyeing your pan back when you bought it – i want one!
happy birthday, camille!

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Rachel February 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Sounds like a wonderful and delicious get-together. Definitely an auspicious start to your 30′s!

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Becky February 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Sounds like it was an awesome birthday! I love the picture of Levi swinging Charlotte around on the broom. That looks like fun.

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Camille February 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

They were having a blast!

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Kathy February 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Sorry I missed the party! Everything looks great, the kids are adorable and please don’t be mad at me for saying you are looking more like your Mom. Happy belated birthday, hope you have a great year!

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Camille February 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

I can live with that :)

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MaryDeluxe February 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Hi!
Happy Birthday! I also had a birthday on Sunday but I turned 41! There’s something about being in your 30s that’s simply awesome…so much better than 20s. My day consisted of homemade waffles and “Casablanca” in an old movie theater.

Been reading your blog for a while and just wanted to say hi!
~MaryDeluxe

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Camille February 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

Happy birthday to you, too!

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Mary & Tim February 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Happy Birthday Camille! Welcome to the 30′s — man does that marscapone cheesecake look sinful! I can taste it through the screen. Best Wishes!

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Camille February 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

The cheesecake was pretty easy to make. You should try it!

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Woman on Wild Mountain February 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

Beautiful! lovely post. Happy Birthday you young thing. Love your blog.

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Elaine February 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

In the town next to ours, which is primarily Dutch, there is a bakery which twice a year, (at the county fair and on Dec. 6th, Sinter Klaus Day) make poffertjes. They are similar to these, without the filling I think? They are so good. We pace ourselves out at the fair so we can get several plates of them before we leave. Several years back I bought a aebleskiver pan at a garage sale. Sadly I didn’t know what to do with it so I let it go. Totally regret that decision now! Sounds like you celebrated your day in the most perfect way!

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Janna February 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your blog and photos! :)

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Marisa February 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

Oh my gosh, what an absolutely fantastic way to celebrate your birthday! My 34th is looming and I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to do it justice (I’m the party planner around these parts and so am always responsible for my own shindigs). I may just have to get an Æbleskiver pan and invite some people over. God knows I have the preserves to put out a pretty good fillings bar. :)

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Camille February 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

To feed Æbleskivers to a crowd, you’ll definitely need more than one pan. You could, however, make a whole lot of pancakes or waffles or something else that doesn’t require too many special tools. Hope your birthday is a good one!

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Asli February 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

Hi Camille
First of all: Happy birthday (even though I am a little too late).

And then second of all: How amusing to find Æbleskiver on an American blog! I am from Copenhagen, Denmark, and here we eat æbleskiver every year for christmas, but I kind of thougt it was a Danish thing.

I have been following your blog for a couple of months now and I am totally in love with your picures and your projects and the way you write about them. Thank you for sharing! :-)

Kærlig hilsen/best regards,
Asli Sørup

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