Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday birthday








I've had the loveliest birthday-holiday weekend! The weather has been absolutely beautiful, far warmer than usual for this time of year, sunny and clear. I wouldn't mind something a little more wintry, but I won't complain too loudly. I'm sure there's plenty of winter in store for us later on. For now, we've been spending time outdoors, cleaning up the yard and pruning the plants that need it now. We've been indoors plenty too, watching movies and relaxing. I've been crocheting a lot; I started a new stashbuster a couple of weeks ago and I've made a lot of progress already. I'm so happy to use up lots of yarn and to watch a blanket growing before my eyes.

For my birthday, I baked something wonderful: dulce de leche cheesecake! I'd been wanting to try the recipe ever since I saw it on Pati Jinich's cooking show a few weeks ago. I've really fallen in love with her show, which focuses on Mexican home cooking. The Bear even gave me one of her cookbooks for my birthday! I'm so excited to try some more of her recipes. I've been looking for a good Mexican cookbook for a while and I think hers will be just right. I received many nice gifts: two (!) new purses, a cookie press, cake decorating tools, a silk scarf, and a garden decoration made by my children. Friends near and far - including blogging pals - have sent their wishes, and my friend Jo sent me a lovely chicken-shaped basket that she sewed herself. I've been spoiled and I appreciate it very much. We had our Thanksgiving dinner out, as planned, and it was really fun! I loved going out for the holiday, and of course it was nice not to be cooking on my own special day. The food itself - meh, I can do much better. But the company was great, the whole restaurant was in good spirits, and everyone was happy to be out on the town on a balmy Thanksgiving afternoon.

Thank you for the birthday greetings! I hope you're having a nice weekend. I did the grocery shopping and we went to the feed store (chickens need groceries too). This afternoon, I'm hanging out in the house, watching TV and thinking about getting my yarn basket out. I've been feeling a little raspy in my throat today and I'm hoping it's not going to amount to anything, but I'm keeping a cup of tea by my side as insurance. Tonight, the Bear and I will have our at-home dinner date with soup, salad and bread. Nothing fancy, just me and my guy. I think we'll watch the Ron Howard film about the Beatles on PBS. Life is about to get very busy over the next few weeks, so we're very glad to kick back while we can, before it all goes Christmas crazy. Have a good week, friends!

18 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Jen! Love from your friend Jo xxx

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  2. Happy belated birthday! That cheesecake sounds amazing! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Wonderful photos and thoughts. Hope you had a lovely Birthday. Best wishes!

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  4. Happy birthday, Jennifer! Sounds like you had a great weekend, all in all.

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  5. I loved hearing about your birthday and all of the wonderful gifts you received. It sounds like it was a perfect day. Praying for good health for you my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. Happy birthday!!! Sounds like a really lovely week and Thanksgiving!!! I am so glad for all of these blessings!!!!

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  7. Glad you had such a lovely few days. The cake looks scrumptious and I shall look forward to seeing what you make from your new cookery book. I hope your sore throat doesn't amount to anything. Have a good week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  8. It sounds like you've had a lovely birthday holiday weekend. I remember going out for Christmas dinner once, it was nice not to have to make it for once, especially as I was seven months pregnant with Daniel at the time, but the food wasn't up to what I'd make myself. Hope you're feeling a little better today.

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  9. Happy Birthday Jennifer, that cake looks absolutely delicious X

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  10. Happy Birthday Jennifer. Your cheesecake looks fabulous, and I love the pecan border. The blue skies are shining down on you. Have a great year!

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  11. Belated birthday wishes! I think you are right, conserve your energy before the craziness starts xxx

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  12. I am glad you enjoyed a lovely Birthday Jennifer. I like your Birthday gifts, too. I emailed Richard the recipe of your birthday cheesecake (found it on Pati Jininch's website) and he and Annie are making it as I type - for Sam's birthday. Have a wonderful week Jennifer. xx

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  13. Happy Birthday. Glad you had a lovely birthday holiday weekend. Best wishes

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  14. Happy belated birthday wishes Jennifer! It sounds like a wonderful time. Enjoy your relaxation too before the festive season starts! xox

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  15. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday DEAR Jennifer! Happy birthday to you! Your pie/cheesecake looks super tasty!

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  16. Happy Birthday Jennifer! Sounds like you had a lovely Birthday :))))

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  17. Belated birthday blessings. Sounds like you had an excellent celebration. I spy lovely granny squares. My favorite thing to make at anytime for any reason or no reason at all. ;)

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  18. I'm so glad you had a chance to relax. So important before it all gets really crazy. X

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