Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me

I'm a little late on this post.  My birthday was on the 6th and we we forced to celebrate it early because the husband had to leave for work.  So these photos are from the 3rd.  I just have to take up some space bragging about my wonderful family and friends.

First of all, Kaitlynn, who is only 11, and a completely fabulous young lady, wanted to cook supper for me. She decided that keeping it simple would be best.  She did not want a whole lot of help from her Father. The dinner consisted of a delicious, tender porchetta, roasted asparagus, and twice baked potatoes.  Everything tasted so good.  And they took it one step further, and made sure there were leftovers for the next day. Yay! - Two days with meals made for me!

Our tasty dinner!

Dinner was followed up with this fantastic white cake that my daughter baked from scratch.  She also did the decorating.  Did she not  do a fabulous job for her first time ever???  It is a sunflower, of course, because we all have Spring on the brain.  It tasted so good served up with french vanilla ice cream and sugared strawberries.

First time cake artist, my 11 year old daughter!

If that all wasn't enough, there was also a shockingly large pile of gifts for me.  There were so many cute and thoughtful things in those boxes.  There were gardening knee pads and a butterfly wire sculpture for the garden.  I now have a trio of the most adorable little songbird figurines, thanks to my daughter, and they have various homes around the house.  My son found an adorable little, baby bunny figurine for the mama bunny I have in the living room.  I'm also now addicted to a very unique candy called 'Chimes'.  Strong ginger is the main flavor, and I can not get enough of them.  I try to limit myself to 5 a day.


There were also some dip mixes that I'm looking forward to trying.  And someone must have been paying attention to how I cook my egg in the morning, because I've been given the handiest little thing.  I'm forever pushing my egg whites into a neat, tight circle around the yoke.  I hate when it gets thin, and cooks up like crunchy paper.  This little silicone ring solves the problem!  Just toss the ring in the non-stick pan, be sure it has made firm contact all around, and crack your egg into it.  Voila! - no more thin egg whites.  A revolution, I'm sure. 

On the 6th, my actual birthday, the kids were in school, and the Mr. was at work.  But a couple of friends were free for breakfast, so out we went.  And they put together a wonderful garden themed gift for me too!!! I felt so spoiled.  Gardeners soap, body wash, pumice stone, wind chimes, a flower shaped body puff and they bought breakfast for me too!  Thank-you to the wonderful thoughtful friends!   I even got to drag one along with me for a bit of shopping after.  

Before I had even left town to go into the city for breakfast, I ran into my little sister who had picked up the latest issue of our favorite magazine, (The Country Sampler) and a a couple of yummy smelling Scentsy wax melts.  Thank-you so much Sis!  I have the strawberry one on now, and it is just great!

The day got even better with a meeting I had that night being postponed to next week, so I got to spend the evening in with my kidlets.  I also received steady emails throughout the day from friends on Facebook.

Thank-you to everyone who made my 38th birthday awesome!


  1. Happy belated Birthday to you....I'm so glad to hear that you had a wonderful day with family and friends. Your gifts sound just lovely.

  2. WOW! Your daughter definitely has an eye for beauty! Happy birthday Andrea, and your dinner looks lovely. Thank you so much for coming by to visit and to leave a comment. I am hoping that this freelance writing opportunity will open more doors for me as I take one article at a time.

    I hope spring is coming in your part of the country! It is finally thawing out here and that makes me very happy! Enjoy your week, Anita

  3. happy birthday wishes Andrea! what a beautiful day you had ♥

  4. Happy birthday to you, mine was on the 4th and we had to celebrate.

  5. Happy Birthday to you-your daughter did an amazing job! her cake is just beautiful-

  6. Thanks so much for visiting my nest,belated Happy birthday, wow what a wonderful talented daughter you have all the work she did was fabulous, imagine she is only 11 what a woman she will be. I had a good snoop around your blog, you do have some beautiful things your pie cupboard is fantastic, those gourds will last forever, they dry out, when dry and you shake them the seeds will make nose it's like an instrument, I made one into a humming birds nest for my DS., you take fantastic photo's, love the images, I just became you new followers, thanks for sharing hope you have a wonderful week...

  7. You deserved to be spoiled and I am glad you were. Happy Birthday.

  8. Happy (late) Birthday. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful celebration. Your daughter did an outstanding job preparing the meal and baking the cake. What a wonderful girl you have.

  9. Happy belated birthday. Looks like your family are taking care of Mom. Spring is coming...I just know it. Thanks for popping by with kind comments.

  10. Happy belated 38th birthday - you are still a spring chicken!!!! Your cake was amazing:))) Your daughter did a great job with the cake and icing.

    Blessings for the week ahead.

  11. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family and friends... lucky you! Just a friendly reminder though... in a few more years--- the birthdays start coming closer and closer together. I think it has something to do with the earths pull.... gravity.... I'm not sure, but it does happen lol
    big birthday hugs!

  12. Happy belated birthday!! You must be such a proud mom, wow... Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Wishing you a sweet week.

  13. Happy Birthday Andrea! March is a birthday month at our house as well. My son on the 7th and me on the 31st. Sounds like you had such a lovely day. And your daughter! My goodness she was ambitious and she really pulled it off. Everything looks delicious. If I want dinner on my birthday, either I have to cook it or we go out :o

  14. Hi Dear,
    Happy Birthday. Well, it's funny, my birthday is on the 6th too - but know what - I'm at least some years older!!! Anyway, was fun to read that - wunderful meal and cake!
    All the best from Austria

  15. Hi Andrea, I've not been by your blog in a long time. Belated happy birthday greetings to you. Sounds like you had a fab day. Your daughter sure is talented cooking that lovely meal and as for that beautiful cake - wow. I'm very impressed :))

  16. Happy the day was SO wonderful. - tell your daughter she ROCKS... What a fabulous cake she made. HAPPY BIRTHDAY - XO


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