Birthday dinner #1- The Cheesecake FactoryOH-HO-YES!
|Me about to dig in. Happy 34th to ME!|
I actually ordered 2 appetizers for my meal. It was a lot of vegetation and a lot of YUMMY goodness!
|My roasted beet and goat cheese salad. I love this salad!|
|My other appetizer: Grilled chicken lettuce tacos, Thai Style. Those dipping sauces are outta this world! SO MUCH FLAVOR!|
|Lily was excited to dig right in. She ate a lot of the dark sweet bread they bring to the table before her food showed up.|
|Lily ordered: spicy buffalo chicken bites, and she LOVED them! I got to try them too, and they are really good.|
|Steve thought he'd get something small to save room for dessert.|
|Yet, these deep-fried mac-n-cheese balls were more than he'd expected. Quite good, especially with that red sauce.|
|Amara's kid's meal choice was the bowtie alfredo. She loved it, but ate 3 bites and was "SO FULL!" I tried it and I'm pretty sure that alfredo sauce was 70% heavy cream, 10% butter, and 20% parmesan cheese.|
And... you can't go to the Cheesecake Factory without trying a slice of cheesecake. Ok, you can, but you'll wish you had.
|The peanut butter cheesecake, Steve's favorite, which we all shared a taste of. The girls couldn't even finish their little portions of cheesecake because they were so full.|
Birthday Dinner #2 - My Dad's Sukiyaki!
|Dad posing with all his sukiyaki ingredients prepped.|
Dad made 2 big pots of sukiyaki, one chicken, one beef. I had both, of course. Lily couldn't stop eating the beef one, and I preferred the chicken. This is a must-make on my to do list, since I've never made it myself.
My cousin Ben recently moved to Salt Lake for a new job and he drove down to be there for my birthday dinner. I was so HAPPY to see him there and catch up with him.
We had brownies and ice cream with dad's homemade fudge sauce for dessert.
Birthday Dinner # 3 - Antica Forma
|They give the kids little balls of pizza dough to play with while they wait for their food.|
First, Surprise Birthday Breakfast in Bed! Then, Birthday Dinner #4 - Crab Legs!
The syrup was served in a little silver egg cup, so I could pour it on myself.
The plate, fork, and card were delivered to me on a cookie sheet.
Both girls came in with the breakfast and sang me Happy Birthday. Their smiles and surprise breakfast was the perfect gift!
|I love my kids! They are so thoughtful!|
We had purchased my 4th birthday dinner when we were in Vernal because they have a Smith's there that has a seafood counter. We picked up some shrimp and snow crab legs. Those are already cooked, so it makes it a way fast and easy dinner prep.
On the menu was:
- Crackers and Cream Cheese with Jalepeno Jelly
- Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- Gorgeous Green Salad with Ranch and Croutons
- Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Aunty Cheryl's Fresh Lemons
- Steamed Snow Crab Legs
Birthday Dinner #5 - China Star With The Relief Society Presidency
I didn't get a picture here :(
This year, the Relief Society presidency decided that we would go out to eat for each of our birthdays and everyone would split the check to pay for the birthday girl. I got to choose anywhere in Roosevelt to eat. I thought of each place carefully, because being in a small town, I know each place pretty well. I ended up choosing China Star.
We went visiting sisters like we do each week, beforehand, and then met at the restaurant in place of our usual meeting. I ordered the General Tso's Chicken salad. It was good, like always. Kelly (the president) ordered the sesame chicken dinner, as did Melanie (2nd counselor). That used to be my favorite until I tried General Tso! Arlene (1st counselor) got a philly beef sandwich with a side of egg drop soup. Why I can't remember what we talk about at our meetings, but I can remember what everyone ordered 2 weeks after the meal, I'm not sure. I think it's because it's food, and my mind is wired to think food-food-food.
It was yet another winner winner birthday dinner, and I loved going out with my friends in the presidency! Can't wait for someone else to have a birthday!
Birthday Dinner #6 - Mama's Meatloaf
|I can always count on mom to create such a warm and special atmosphere to be in. I love her table setting.|
- Gorgeous Green Salad and Ranch
- Steamed Green Beans With Walnuts
- Mashed Potatoes n Brown Gravy
- and to drink- Cold Duck Sparkling Grape Juice
|It was quite the delicious feast!|
|Tom's smile was inspiring. Geoff told me he was smiling on the inside.|
|Happy birthday to us!|
And that's about it for my birthday dinners. I say about because I've actually got a 7th dinner lined up at the Fuji House with my sister in Payson next time I see her. Happy 34th Birthday and month of celebrations to ME! I truly feel so blessed to be surrounded by people I love and good, scrumptious food! :)