Thank youThank you all for the nice thoughts. I wish I could say it was the best birthday ever, but it was "just another birthday" and hey... for me...that does make it the best birthday ever! In fact until I was writing this I hadn't thought of it that way so thank you for that. I feel much better! :bounce:
Actually I took the week off. It started out great with a visit from my sister whom I haven't seen in years, and my niece and nephew whom I haven't seen in awhile as well. It was a great visit! We couldn't have had a nicer time! They are all vegetarians so I was challenged to do the holiday meals without our usual meat! It was fun. I made Stuffed Peppers w/ Cornbread, Currents, Ricotta Salata and herbs over a bed of French Lentils with a Balsamic Vinaigrette, we started with a cream of wild Mushroom soup. Dessert was their favorite Chocolate Truffles. I made Pistachio and a batch of Chambord.
The next night I did a grilled veggie pasta with French Feta and a Dijon dressing. Fresh Garlic bread and of course...more Truffles! After that it was Eggplant and Artichoke pizza etc, and guess what....More Truffles :bounce: :bounce: :D
They went back to NYC on the 27th and my son and I got a bug after they left, so I spent my B-day and my vacation feeling like... well you know! :o :(
But by New Years eve, I was feeling better so we had a candlelight supper to make up for feeling ecch.. I decided to spend a couple of bucks so we had Maryland Blue Crab stuffed Shrimp, Lightly pan fried Scallops and rice pilaf. We started with a composed salad of Dartagnans Chicken Truffle sausage and Wild Greens with a Dijon Vinaigrette. For dessert I took some leftover Cheesecake and White Chocolate and heavy Cream and made a White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse with Chocolate Sauce, so that was good. We rang in a quiet New Year and now it's back to semi normal. We're going to eat badly today and tomorrow and come Monday it's back to Brown Rice, Tofu, Chicken and walking! :rolleyes:
So all in all it wasn't so bad. I got to spend the week with my family and for that I am thankful. So again I thank you for the birthday wishes, next year....send money :eek: :D :bounce: