The much anticipated birthday has come and gone. I’m officially 27 and so far it hasn’t been that bad despite my issue with the number 27 – it’s main offense is being an odd number. I hate odd numbers. Oh well. Good thing it changes every year so it won’t be odd forever. I got to spend lots of time with family celebrating my birthday and I would love to get you the highlights!
On Friday, Jeremy and I went to the grocery store because we literally had close to no food. I was living off of a cereal as long as the milk held out. I also needed supplies because this year I planned on making my own birthday cake. Food Network Magazine had a whole section on birthday cakes this month and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a Pina Colada cake – part of the reasoning with show up later in this post. The downside of shopping at Walmart in Lewis County is that it doesn’t have the same supplies I’m guessing the average high end grocery store in New York City has (the home of Food Network). I had to do some substituting and because this cake to feed more than myself I went a bit on the safe side to make sure it was edible. I did use Betty Crocker mix and frosting, but I made the pineapple filling on my own. The cake gets brushed with pineapple juice and I added coconut extract to the frosting, so even Betty got improved upon and not left in her natural form. Like all good baking projects, I know what I do differently next time, but overall the result was a success – even if it wasn’t identical to the cake in the magazine.
Saturday was my birthday celebration with my side of the family. Jeremy and I drove up to hang out with my sister, brother-in-law and parents. We played a board game in which my dad who never plays games thoroughly beat us all. The meal was Pizza Hut carryout. I really indulged and got cheese pizza with cheese stuffed crust and cheese sticks. Everything is better with more cheese! The activity during dinner was 27 things our family loves about Amy. My poor brother-in-law – this was not his game and I totally understand because I was made to play as well. Each family member took a turn until 27 things had been said. Funny, but awkward in a loving family kind of way. Once the meal was over it was on to presents! April and Andrew got me A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. I’ve already finished it and can’t wait to blog about my thoughts! After I opened my gifts, it was time to give a gift to my mother. Just after Christmas, our family started scheming to form a family vacation to Hawaii for her 50th birthday. My dad had been planning the trip for a while and was gracious enough to let the rest of us join in. It was so exciting to finally tell mom about the trip! The last three week I’ve been bursting with Hawaii joy and having to keep it contained! The evening concluded with 2 hours of Downton Abbey! A great birth day celebration!
Sunday was a different day by all accounts. Our church had decided to change our schedule and show the Seahawks game. Since I’m not a football fan, I stayed home. It was great to have some quiet time at home on Sunday. Opportunities like that are rare. Once the game was over and Jeremy was home from the hoopla, we traveled over to his parents house to celebrate with them and Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law. It was a fun day full of table games and good food. As the birthday girl, I got to request the menu so we enjoyed Piggies-in-a-Blanket which for the Scott family resembles Biscuits and Gravy with sausage in the biscuits. Very tasty! Dessert was red velvet cake from Costco which I adore. I love birthdays because the food is always sooo good! I appreciated all the love and laughter that I get to share with my family. Because of icy roads, the evening ended in time for me to get home to watch Once Upon a Time and Downton Abbey. Sunday night is a wonderful night of television! It was the perfect way to wrap up the day!
Monday was my actually birthday! I had doughnuts for breakfast and worked on the big girls sleepover coming up in a month. It was fun to spend the morning working on a creative project that I love so much. I met up with my mom & sister for lunch. Jeremy joined us and it was lovely time. I enjoyed warm soup and bread before heading off to Starbucks for a hot chocolate. During the lunch hour it started to snow, so my afternoon at home involved watching snowflakes and reading my new book. A great way to spend the day! My mom had gotten me birthday balloons, so they festively bobbed around while I watched the snow come down. The snow and wet roads did freeze over so our plans to go out to dinner were postponed. I was fine with that. A quiet evening at home is never something to complain about in my book. Last night we made our way to Red Robin where I used my free birthday burger to end the birthday celebrating!
It was a great week full of family time, good food and celebrating! Thank you to all the loving family members and friends who blessed me and made my birthday special! I am so thankful!