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Syttende Mai birthday party for Adam

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OK, so Adam's birthday is really May 21 but because he loves being Norwegian, we scheduled his celebration for Norway's Constitution Day.
Party guests were greeted with rhubarb cordials (ok for kids). The recipe is simple: 2 lbs. of rhubarb cut into 2-inch pieces is brought to a boil in 2 cups of water, then simmered for 30 minutes. With cheesecloth over strainer, the liquid is reserved and the rhubarb remains tossed. In a clean pot, 1 3/4 cup of sugar is added to the rhubarb liquid and brought to a boil, simmered for 10 minutes, then poured into sterile container and  refrigerated. To serve, combine 1 part rhubarb liquid with 2 parts water.  Pour into glasses over ice. Lemon slices/mint leaves on the side.

Smorrebrod.
 That's the Norwegian word for open-face sandwiches, the theme for the party menu. Inspiration for all sorts of ingredient combinations. Salmon/cucumber/dill cream cheese/chives. Chicken salad/lettuce/parsley. Boiled egg slices/ dill pickle slices/sandwich …

Landon is 7!

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It was a great day for a backyard birthday party--a lovely free-for-all afternoon under the maple tree shading a circle of chairs for about 35 attendees...parents, grandparents, cousins, school friends, adult friends from church.
 For additional super-cushy seating, some chose the Little House.

Our Happy Graduate

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The graduate may be happy but so are we!

While working as Director of Cost Reduction and Productivity
for United Technologies Corporation, Dave did the work that it took to earn his MBA.
On May 6, 2017, he graduated from Upper Iowa University
 and everyone who could travel to Fayetteville, Iowa that day
 was there for the celebration.
Congratulations, Dave!