Birthday Roundup

Last weekend was fun.  But any time off is fun even if you don't have big plans.  I celebrated another birthday and it was perfect, even though I had to work half a day.  My boss let me go early so I got home in time to make a fresh loaf of bread for dinner.  Nothing like hot fresh bread!

My dear friend Mary Margaret sent me this wonderful candle for my birthday.  Since we spend as much time as we can sitting outside for meals, this will be well used.  I didn't even notice it spelled out my name until we had it lit on the table. Thoughtful and creative gift!


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Since I picked the menu I went with an international theme.  Cuban Mojitos, sushi, fresh bread, cheeses and fresh strawberries.   The refreshing Mojitos went very well with sushi - especially when you get too much wasabi on a salmon roll.

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Strawberries are in season here and they are juicy, nice and sweet.   Great evening, meal and company. We sat outside and waited for the foxes to come by and eat, plugged in the patio lights and lit candles.

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That's one of my favorite things to do in the evening - just sit outside, listen to the birds, watch the wildlife and chat with my thoughtful husband.   We make retirement plans, weekend plans, sip our drinks and give Aja treats.  Life is good.

 Sharing with with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


18 comments:

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Looks delicious - many happy returns!

Tina said...

Thank you so much, Mike!

Katherine P said...

Happy birthday! What a wonderful meal! I love the international aspect of it. The candles are lovely and such a thoughtful gift. I like you description of sitting outside. It sounds absolutely lovely and so peaceful. I need to focus on more time to do that as well.

Tina said...

Thank you, Katherine . It can be so relaxing sitting outside. You ought to plan a meal outside, I recommend it.

JoAnn said...

Happy Birthday! And what a delicious meal... I especially love your sentence "We make retirement plans, weekend plans, sip our drinks and give Aja treats" I'm hoping we can say the same thing very soon... but substitute "Zelda" for "Aja" :)

Vicki said...

I didn't even know about your birthday, sorry I missed it! Looks like a yummy meal, especially the strawberries.

Tina said...

Thanks JoAnn and Vicki - it's usually a low-key affair for celebrations and I love the ones at home the best!

Zelda has a buddy named Angus, right, JoAnn?

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

That sounds like a delightful evening! Happy birthday.

Tina said...

It surely was, Jackie. Perfect evening.
Thanks, Deb!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

That sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration- happy belated birthday.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Looks like a perfect and delicious night!
Happy Belated Birthday, my friend!
;-)

Vicki said...

I saw somewhere a few days ago the date of your birthday. It's the same as my daughter's. Again, sorry I missed it.

Carole said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Tina said...

Thanks, ladies, I appreciate the good wishes. We had fun but when we sit outside, we usually do. Sushi was a treat.

Beth F said...

We enjoy the same kinds of evenings. Lovely, lovely. What a great dinner and I love that candle holder.

Claudia said...

Looks like you had a Happy one! Hope the remainder of the year goes as well. Who made the sushi? It all looks good.

Tina said...

Thank you, BFR.

Claudia, the sushi is made at a grocery stire, Publix. They hire sushi chefs to make trays of it, you can watch them work on it. It's very cool.

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