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A Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Last night we celebrated Mom's 70th birthday and I thought it would be fun to share the menu with ya'll. Before I go further, Mom is the reason I love gardening and decorating.  I shadowed her for 17 years and learned and am still learning from her.  Mom and I also share a love of Ina Garten's recipes.  I mean who doesn't?


I'll share the details of this arrangement in another post, but all of the cuttings came from our yard and I was happy with how it turned out.

The Menu:

Baked Potato
Ribeye Steak Topped With Blue Cheese




I served the fresh corn salad on a bed of baby kale.  This might be my new favorite corn salad.


My apologies to my vegetarian friends!  As a side note, I found sliced blue cheese at Costco and oh my!


This is so much better than your every day strawberry short cake.  The cake itself has a delicious flavor and the texture is more substantial than pound cake (which I also love).  Note:  the recipe makes two cakes and you only need one cut in half to make the cake pictured above.  I froze the extra cake to have another time. Oh darn.


Happy birthday Mom!

10 comments:

  1. aaaaw, how sweet! happy birthday to your mom! :)

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  2. Rene, so pretty!! I love it all (your flower arrangement and menu) and your mother looks fabulous at 70! What's her secret? Happy Birthday!

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  3. I love Ina, too. A great steak dinner is always a celebration. Your mother looks wonderful!

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  4. What a perfect celebration ~ family and good food at a pretty table! She's beautiful, and obviously an inspiration!

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  5. What a beautiful evening - you are a great host and a great daughter!!

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  6. Happy Birthday! Delis menu! My Favorite Foods! I'm hosting a 70th Birthday event this Saturday for my Babe!

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  7. Such a lovely birthday treat for your mother, who looks very hip and stylish, by the way! Please tell her I send wishes for a happy birthday!
    Claudia

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  8. Happy Birthday Rene's mom! Your flower arrangement is gorgeous Rene and your menu makes my mouth water. What a special way to ring in her 70th birthday. A beautiful celebration. You and your mom are classy elegant women.

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  9. This is absolutely perfect! I'm looking forward to this birthday party for sure and your mother looks fabulous at 70! What's her secret? Happy Birthday!
    Apartment with Glass Design

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  10. Everything looked amazing! I love hearing how much of an inspiration your Mom is to your gardening and decorating... she obviously has a great eye!

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