My dad’s “official” birthday isn’t until Thursday, but we decided to celebrate it early this year, since everyone had today off.
Let’s all agree that birthdays just make the weekend more fun.
Mom was in charge of cooking and baking literally everything this year. From the roasted butternut squash to the cake to the entree to the carrot soup that we all gobbled up before the meal began.
And she did an awesome job as always (thanks, Mom!)
As much as I love cooking, I also love to sit back and enjoy what other people have cooked. 😉
The star of the meal was this Creamy Baked Penne w/ Chicken and Mushrooms, courtesy of a Cooks Illustrated cookbook. It was stellar! We demolished well over half of this baby by the end of the day.
Of course, I’m all about dessert, so I saved room for mom’s chocolate cake and icecream.
Time to open gifts!
Dad’s gift from my mom and I was a bit unusual this year. He’s getting some stuff for his motorcycle (don’t ask me what it is, because I know next to nothing about motorcycles!) but we still wanted to get a lil’ something for him to “open.”
Yes, my friends.
That would be a compost bin. 😉
My dad is big on going as green as possible, in whichever way he can. He had been talking about getting a compost for the kitchen scraps for a long time, so that we can put to use what we would normally throw away (watermelon rinds, egg shells, carrot peels, etc.)
After eating such a rich (albeit delicious!) meal, we came to a mutual decision that a walk was in order. Now that it’s staying brighter much later in the day, we were able to go for a nice 3-mile there-and-back.
I love these girls!
And now I’m munching on veggies and fruit…still full to the brim from lunch!!
Had so much fun celebrating Dad’s 55th Birthday!!!!
It’s time to watch Once Upon A Time and then Skyfall, the new James Bond film. That would be Dad’s choice of movie, in case you were wondering. 😉
And with that final note, we have reached the end. Good night!
QUESTION: What did you do this weekend?