My daughter had a birthday and now, at least for the next four months, our entire family is odd. Odd ages, that is. We are: 9, 11, 13, 15, 39, and 41. Woot!

Birthday Girl’s breakfast was an blessed break from the standard (gross) tradition of sugar cereal: Russian pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream.

My play rehearsal threw a wrench in normal mealtime plans, so “lunch” was green smoothies at 11 am, followed by “dinner” at 3:30 when I returned home:

*chef salad (an awesome choice for a February birthday, I must say)
*takis chips (nod to Guatemala)
*Rosa de Jamaica Tea  (another nod to Guatemala) and 
*flavorless juice boxes

Dessert was red velvet cake (a bit on the dry side) with luscious cream cheese frosting.

As evidenced above, our birthdays revolve mostly around food: planning it, making it, and eating it. I’m always relieved when the festivities are over. Then I can go back to winging our meals and making what I want.

This same time, years previous: girl party, doctors galore, sky-high biscuits, and fire-safe.


  • Ellies Wonder

    I love it! (She chose salad though??) My family had the same tradition. My younger brother and I usually requested a meal of mashed potatoes with a side of mashed potatoes. Then for dessert my mom would bake the cake of our liking and let us decorate it. (Always a mess.) Such good memories!

  • Camille

    Happy Birthday to your little miss!! Odd…love it! Ha! And…the food…we do that, too. It can become stressful and overwhelming…I agree! When our kids began asking for specifics for all three meals of the day, I put the brakes on. It looks like your girl enjoyed her special day. 🙂 Hugs, Camille

  • Becky

    Birthdays are like that here too – only we also have the added party for birthday girl, so there are at least two baking events in her honor.
    Cream cheese frosting can fix anything. We once made a snack of it with animal crackers – so good.

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