An ice flow in one of the washes.
Several recipes and cooks were called into action to recreate the famous black bottom pie that our mother had made for many years as Jon's favorite and always requested birthday dessert. The original recipe has been lost so there was a bit of discussion about which way to go, we settled on a traditional crust for one and a chocolate cookie crust for the second with same fillings for each. We also all agreed to use the maximum amount of chocolate recommended, 6 ounces per pie, and voted for whipped cream folded into the middle custard layer instead of whipped egg whites. As we say in our family, we were able to choke it down.
Jonny with his birthday pies
In fact, I knew I was truly on holiday when Jon, and I still in my pj's, had pie with our coffee on Thursday morning, December 23rd, his actual birthday.
Turns out the main reason his crew wanted him to work on his birthday was that they too had been hatching a plot. We stopped by his office later to see that they had gone all out in decorating the place with multiple "over the hillville" props. Alex and David try out the hearing aid and cane.