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Birthday Food Fest (and Bathroom Mirror Pics)

So I’m pretty sure I’m still full from Saturday.

Saturday was Andrew’s mom’s 60th birthday (big day!), and to celebrate, his sister Catherine hosted a big party at her house with all of their family and close friends.

(Me with Andrew’s sisters Sharlene and Catherine. I am kind of tall.)

I had a great time hanging out with everyone, and also eating. Because OH MAN, the food. I cannot remember the last time I ate so much.

I stalked the appetizer table for quite a while…

Give me some shrimp and cheese and I am a happy camper.

I brought the goat cheese and honey dip, which again received rave reviews. People seriously cannot get enough of it!

While I was doing my snacking thing, Ando’s aunt Mirrell came over to me and was all “So funny! I always read on your blog that you like to hang out by the food table, and here you are!”

Yep. Not that I am anti-social (at all), I am not hanging out by the food table to get out of talking to people or anything. Usually I lure other people into hanging out at the food table with me, so the food table is where the party is.

Also, it should be noted that party finger foods are my favourite and I’m pretty sure I could live off of them. I kept coming back for more, and if I was just randomly walking by the table at any time I would usually grab a cube of cheese or something “for the road”, you know.

There were also various bowls of candy and chocolate around the house that I may or may not have dabbled in…

I don’t even think I can explain how much I love Easter chocolate.

I don’t know if I would recommend mixing shrimp, chocolate, chips and salsa, goat/cheddar cheese, sour cherry candies and fruit all before dinner. It was not exactly a winning combo in the ol’ tummers, and possibly not the best of ideas. I felt pretty sick afterwards, not going to lie…

But somehow I was able to still cram in dinner.

Dinner was catered by a local Italian deli and included chicken, veal parmesan, lasagne, meatballs, salad and rolls. I ate like a champ.

But I’m pretty sure I worked off some of my eats by playing with the kids (ie – letting them jump on me like a trampoline).

Andrew’s mom is actually birthday twins with his brother-in-law Joe, and since my birthday is fairly close to theirs, we usually celebrate all three of our birthday’s on the same day.

(Our birthday party last year.)

Obviously 60 is a big deal, so Andrew’s mom was definitely the star of the show this year. She got cupcakes…

As well as a big cake.

Joe and I got pretty giant cupcakes ourselves though, so no complaints here.

After dinner all the adults were hanging out downstairs, while the kids and teens were hanging out upstairs. Andrew’s sister Catherine noticed that the teens were changing their BBM pictures to self-portraits of them looking “cool” in front of the bathroom mirror. I am sure you know the type.

So we decided that we wanted to be cool too, and Sharlene, Catherine and I made our own super cool and attractive picture in front of the bathroom mirror, and then set it as Catherine’s BBM pic so the kids would see it. And we roped Andrew’s grandma into joining us.

Here is the comparison between the two bathroom mirror pics:

We win. And Andrew’s grandma kills me like no other.


Date and Plate-Filled Weekend


First of all, I think you guys should all check out my guest post on my friend Catherine’s blog Kitten The Cat. I think you will enjoy it even if you are not a cat fan, as it is a pretty funny story about how I accidentally locked my friend Lisa’s cat in my suitcase for three days (ACCIDENTALLY). He was fine, all is well, and you can all laugh guilt-free.

But then come back here because I am not done with you yet.

Um, did Daylight Savings creep up on anyone else? I totally forgot about it until I woke up this morning pleasantly surprised that it was only 8 instead of 9. Hooray for an extra hour of sleep!

Total unhooray for it being dark at 5:30 pm now though. Kind of a bummer because I am a fan of sunshine, but I am not going to let it get to me.

Today was pretty ho-hum around here. House chores and grocery shopping took up most of my day, but I did squeeze in a little gym time – 40 minutes arc trainer + 20 minutes weight machines. It wasn’t a bad little workout, but nothing to really write about.

Mainly I want to talk about yesterday, because it was busy, fun, and packed full of eating.

First we had a little brunch party at Andrew’s parents for his older sister Sharlene’s birthday.

Beautiful Girls

If you have followed my blog for a while, you probably know that brunch at Ando’s parents is pretty much my favourite thing ever.

Check the Spread

Andy-pop’s family really goes to town in the brunch department. And I go to town filling up my plate.

It’s the least I can do.

New to the brunch spread is this amazing breakfast casserole type thing that Andy’s mom made. It was amazing. It’s on the left, and I don’t know the exact ingredients, but I know it included bread, eggs, cheese, and peameal bacon, so…it included heaven, basically.

And of course I loaded up my plate with the yummy as always Tortilla Orlando at Dawn (bottom of plate).

And then I loaded up with cake and ice cream.

I had to eat and run because I had an afternoon date with my friend Leah and her bridal party (which I am so happy and honoured to be a part of) to go bridesmaid dress shopping!

Edit: I have removed the photo in case we do go with the dress I was wearing, as I am pretty sure Leah wants the choice to be a surprise, and I didn’t think of that when I posted it!

We narrowed it down to three choices, so I’m not sure yet what dress it will be, but they are all beautiful and I would be happy with any of them.

And after dress shopping extravaganza, I had a girls’ date with my high school homies, where we had a ton of girl talk and ate a lot of food.

Some of the highlights:

Crackers with goat cheese, sliced tomato and basil that my friend Joanna made, which were AWESOME. I had about four of those.

Sliced apples with a delicious cream cheese and caramel dip with crumbled Skor bar (Heath bar in the States) that Joanna also made, and I was hoping it was going to make an appearance because it is so good. I need to remember to make this the next time I need an appy.

Chocolate and peanut butter chip (!!!) cookies.

And my fave…

Joanna’s mom’s KILLER apple crisp. The apple crisp I made a few weeks ago absolutely pales in comparison to this deliciousness. Remember when I said Joanna’s mom used to make this when we were in high school and send it along with Joanna to school to give to me because she knew I loved it so much? Her recipe has not changed at all, and it was just as good as I remembered. I die for this apple crisp.

I filled my plate up several times with goodies.

My friend Emily also made a really good roasted red pepper and artichoke dip that included red peppers, artichoke hearts, banana peppers and cream cheese (on the crackers to the right) that I think I will also have to recreate.

I was a bad friend and did not contribute anything to our appetizer party. Not to worry though, I will get them next time.

Definitely a weekend filled with treats, but the rest of my eats were the usual healthy fare.

I am off to watch The Walking Dead and prepare for the week ahead! Have a great night!