This is a birthday post! Doug is finally as old as I am and we celebrated in style. Breakfast out but dinner at home because we can enjoy ourselves more.
This is also the year he retires and becomes a house husband, a gardener, a gentleman at leisure and whatever else he would like to do. So it's two celebrations here and we were up to the task. We are about to start the next phase of our lives and I hope it includes lots of travel and good food and music.
First, a ride with the top down on the Mustang as early morning is the only time it isn't too hot around here. It's been so humid and steamy lately. We did get some Mustang time in though.
Beginning with breakfast of French Toast at Village Inn.
Midday we ended up reading and he finished the first in the DCI Banks series by Peter Robinson. I'm working on the first book in the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves, Nice relaxing afternoon.
Dinner was all homemade with the exception of the cantaloupe we didn't grow :-) Freshly baked baguette, sliced cantaloupe.
Panko breaded lump crabcakes and Remoulade sauce.
Champagne to celebrate - a Moet & Chandon. Pity that market Square liquors uses those price stickers. Oh, the champagne glasses are those we bought on our honeymoon 34 years ago. Can't believe they have survived so long!
Harbison cheese. This is such a treat, It's a creamy cheese wrapped in Spruce from Jasper Farms in Greensboro Vermont. Not an everyday cheese course for us, it's rich but worth it for special occasions.
Black Forest Pie for dessert. Recipe may be found HERE. I haven't made one in ages.
By the end of the evening we were in the den, listening to music, a bit of Chris Rea and a great combo album of Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. We finished off a half bottle of Sancerre that was in the fridge. Aja enjoyed getting her green bean treats and hanging out with us.
It was a fabulous day and admittedly one of overindulgence. But what are celebrations for - we just cut loose and had us a time :-) Looking forward to Fall now and some cooler temps. Time on the patio and cool breezes.
Sharing this foodie post with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.