Five years ago, I would have celebrated my birthday with balloons, confetti, and pin-the-donkey. My parents would have ordered a custom made birthday cake, and I would have invited all sorts of people to a big, PINK girly party. Then, we’d sing happy birthday and I’d get all pink and embarrassed. And we can’t forget the kids not wanting to go home after hours of fun and games.
Now, my birthday is super low-key. It’s a day that I get to relax and get pampered by family and friends, which I can’t deny, is pretty cool. My parents and I will go to a place like Nothing Bundt Cakes and get a small birthday cake, go birthday shopping, and of course, make a ton of food. I’m that one person who wants to make my own meals on my birthday, because it’s an excuse to make some of my favorite foods that my parents don’t always enjoy. I know, it’s kind of weird, but for some reason baking and cooking makes me really happy.
13 going onto 14. Here we go.
Breakfast: I recently got a waffle maker by Cuisinart at Costco for fifteen dollars off, which I immediately took advantage of (because, why wouldn’t I?). I have always wanted to make my own waffles, and I was so excited when my parents surprised me with it as an early birthday present. So, naturally, I made these delicious Snickerdoodle Waffles from Lil’ Luna.
Lunch: One of my absolute favorite YouTube channels to watch is Laura In The Kitchen. She’s the most adorable, hilarious, inspiring Youtuber, and I love seeing her videos popping up in my subscription box after a long day! I adore her lobster bisque recipe – this is actually my third time making it! I made a mess, but couldn’t have been closer to perfect.
One of my friends sent me a delicious vegetarian chili recipe from a magazine. I was skeptical to try it at first, but it’s really good for a vegetarian chili. It’s called “chili”, but it’s really just chili-fied pasta. As you can tell from the photo, it was almost all gone before I remembered to take a picture… typical me.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can of black beans
- 1 lb. macaroni, cooked
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large pot, sauté together the chopped onion, chili powder, canola oil, and salt, on medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often. Add the crushed tomatoes and black beans, rinsed and drained. Heat to simmering on high, and simmer for 5 minutes. Toss with cooked macaroni and shredded sharp cheddar.
Dessert: My bestie Brooke brought me these peanut butter brownies she made from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and let me just say I was addicted to them. I was especially thrilled because peanut butter is my favorite food in the world, and brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Unfortunately they were too good and I’d scarfed them down before I got a picture :(
Thank you to everyone who made my special day the best it could have possibly been. I’m grateful and thankful for all I’ve been blessed with and I’m so incredibly lucky to have my family and friends to help get me through the 13 years of my crazy life.