I love birthdays. I always have. My mother always made them very special for my siblings and me. During childhood I looked forward more to my very special cake, baked by local baker Mrs.
My 10th birthday was slightly traumatic because 9 was my favorite number and I thought so many things would change once I hit double digits. Alas, I survived. My 16thbirthday was celebrated with a party. It was fun but I don’t really remember any of the details. My 21st birthday was nothing crazy. I was in college and my family came to town to take me out to dinner and
As I write today I am preparing to celebrate a milestone birthday next week. I don’t like to think of birthdays as any other day. They’re special (even though I know about 6 other people who share my special day). And I don’t want to think of the sad possibility that birthdays are just another part of childhood that goes away when we grow up. To
On average in the United States, most people will live to see 78 birthdays. Not too shabby considering that in many other countries people are lucky to see just 48. Birthdays should be cherished. Even though getting older is a kick to the gut, if you look good and still have your health you have much to celebrate!
And there are many ways to do so: Instead of dinner on your birthday, have a dinner the night before your birthday, staying up until midnight so you can ring it in like New Year’s; take the day off if possible and do whatever you want; eat your favorite foods; do something adventurous that you’ve never done before; if you’re out and about
As for me, there’s really only one way I want to celebrate– just a fabulous dinner at home with my family. I know, shocker! But the menu is ready to go and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll be channeling my Italian grandmother as we prepare the meal. The most important thing to remember is how fortunate I am to celebrate with good food and good wine all with my family. What could be better than that?
Kara’s Birthday Dinner Menu
White Bean Hummus
Roasted Red Peppers with Mini Toasts
Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts
Baby Arugula with Shaved Parmesan and Figs
Entrée – Pasta Trio
Goat Cheese Ravioli with a Lemon Pink Peppercorn Sauce
Carrot Cake Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Icing