Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to...

And now you have that song in your head!

This past weekend was my birthday. It was another weekend filled with good fun, good friends, and good food.

It all started on Friday. Even though I had to work, it was not busy at all, which is always a good way to start the weekend. When I got home I had a nice surprise waiting for me. My biggest birthday present:

Brian had printed off about 50 pictures, sized them, cut them, and put them all into frames. It was a huge and awesome project. I can't thank him enough for doing all of that. He also bought me really nice decorative vases from Pier One, flowers and the Joy of Cooking cookbook. He did a great job this year for my birthday. After opening all the presents we went ahead and hung all the pictures around the house. It looks great, but now I really need to start painting the walls.

On Saturday (my actual birthday) we got up and did some shopping and went out to lunch before people were to come over for our little get together. We had lunch at our favorite place, Longboards. We both got "cool" wraps (with lettuce instead of rice), and felt like we were eating fairly healthy. After lunch and shopping we went home to get ready for the party that night. I made all of the food except for the dessert, which was a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake (yummy!). We had hummus for an appetizer:

And then we had Allegro marinated chicken, corn on the cob, grilled pineapple and baked mac and cheese for the main meal:

It was a lot of good food and we had a great time hanging out and chatting it up until late in the night (or morning, I guess).

On Sunday we woke up and we decided we really wanted to take Taigan for a hike. The original plan for the weekend had been to go camping in Manhattan, but we found out that it was Country Stampede weekend and we didn't want to have to fight for a campsite. So we thought hiking would be fun to do instead. I found a new place we had never been to before called Weston Bend State Park (near the historic town of Weston, MO, about 30 minutes north of us).

The hiking was just okay. One of the trails was too wet and muddy to walk on (I think maybe the area had been flooded), so we tried the bike path, but that was just boring. There was no shade and you couldn't even see the river that we were walking next too. As we were headed out to leave we found another trail that wasn't flooded and was shaded, so we took that.

Again it was just okay. There were too many mosquitoes to enjoy ourselves, so we hurried along the trail.

After hiking we drove through the town of Weston and stopped at Pirtle Winery and tasted all of their wines and ended up buying two bottles. For some reason all local wines are sweet, even if they call them "dry". I have no idea why. We bought some anyways, and we will use them for dessert wines.

The weekend still didn't end there. I don't work on Mondays so I did the normal errands, mowing the grass, etc. and then made an awesome dinner. It was a Rachael Ray recipe and I can't remember the name. Greek Shrimp something. But it had shrimp, Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, red onions, parsley and red pepper flakes on a bed of thin spaghetti, topped with feta cheese. Excellent!


  1. [...] and I got baths - we both smelled so good! Saturday night, we went to Taigan’s house for a birthday party. There were a bunch of people there, and everyone was really nice and played with me. Me, Taigan [...]

  2. Thanks for having us over and feeding us :)

    Ice cream cake is a perfect food.