|Rose from my mom, Gerber daisies from my Stephen (he also gave me a mango dark chocolate bar- yum)|
My kids and husband made me breakfast in bed! I had toast, bacon, an over easy egg, a yogurt parfait, and water. Then, when I got out of bed to start Zumba with the girls, I was surprised by all the decorations around the living room including crepe paper strung from one end to the other with other dangling strands spaced along it and a shiny gift bow at the end of each of them. But the biggest surprise was the homemade confetti Amara lovingly made and threw right in front of me as I came out!
|Lily is behind the camera. Picture is blurry, but Amara is bringing back my breakfast tray and she and Lily were getting set up to surprise me with confetti.|
Amara is getting to be quite the artist. She drew this frog on the napkin at the restaurant.
|Side dishes: kimchi, spicy cucumber salad, sesame bean sprouts, sweet beans, braised potatoes. rice|
|Spicy Fusion Chicken Kalbi with rolls of chewy rice cake, just a little spicy. Perfect.|
|Tommy eating soup. I love watching him eat. And I love that he LOVES soup.|
Another little birthday blessing was the chance to hold my little nephew that always gives me smiles. He's soooo precious!
And, I think I'll note here that this winter has been remarkably dry and warm. It made it easy for us to travel and make this impromptu trip.
|Amara snapped our picture right outside the Asian market.|
I was looking forward to my birthday dinner the night before, but it actually was a bit dried out and hard being a day old on my birthday (sushi is really best fresh). It still tasted good, but after such a flavorful and filling lunch, dinner didn't need to be amazing. We were all still so full that we really only ate a little of the sushi. I ended up giving the rest to my neighbors.
Earlier, I had found a recipe in a cookbook I got from the library (Six Sisters' Stuff Desserts) for No bake Nutella Cheesecake. It had a chocolate cookie crust, a thick nutella-cream cheese filling and a rich ganache layer on top. It was delicious. It was also so very hard to eat because I was still full from lunch. I only had a couple bites, but it was all I needed. It was perfect.
The next day as I went on visits with the Relief Society presidency I got to take home my birthday gift, a sweet little rice bag I can use as a heat pack or an ice pack. These are what the Relief Society president has made to give out to everyone for their birthdays. I'm a huge fan, they're so cute and perfect. She also gave me a a little angel figurine made by Willow Tree. I have a small collection of those and I do love them. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift.
So, all in all this birthday was full of wonderful surprises and I thank all my family and friends for making it so special!