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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Happy Birthday

We had a fabulous party with our family and friends on New Year's Eve....and I, as a blogger, am sorry to say that I didn't get pictures.

Oh , a few photos here and there of  some of the food, BEFORE the party. Once people started arriving, I just FORGOT the camera.
SOOO unusual for me.......am I getting old and losing it ?
NAWH...........NEVER !


We had 22  people share my birthday and to see the NEW YEAR arrive....and kiss the old year GOODBYE......

Homemade chili for FRITO PIE, or bowls of chili with cheese and all the trimmings....
 Rounds of delicious cheeses with crackers.....fruit bowls....
pig in the blankets....
several  types of dips and all kinds of chips....
and THESE were delicious. I think it was creme cheese with peppers, wrapped 
in crescent rolls....daughter made them and they sure were good.
So many foods and ALL delicious.
  I made a Lemon Pie...straight from a recipe from SOUTHERN LIVING...
Lemon pie is one of my very favorites and this recipe has always been so good.
I actually had to re-cook it before it finally set up....but the taste was over the moon.

 My 5 Buford Holly bushes lived thru the terrible long, extreme heat of the summer and the la ck of rain, due to the DROUGHT.
They usually produce a lot of beautiful red berries but NOT THIS YEAR.

Then, on the morning of my birthday, New Year's Eve, I went out to cut a few stems and there was
ONE RED BERRY. The only one on any of the 5 bushes.
I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt,
that it was ONE of my gifts from ABOVE...
♥ ♥ ♥
A beautiful lone red berry for my birthday......
The recipe for my pie is written in this OLDEN and very USED cookbook...
3 eggs, separated (yolks for pie....whites for meringue )
1 can EAGLE BRAND CONDENSED MILK
1/2 cup LEMON JUICE
1 teaspoon grated LEMON RIND
***
1/4 teaspoon CREME OF TARTER
1/3 cup SUGAR
1 Graham Cracker Crust.
MIX first 4 ingredients well, pour into graham cracker crust.
Beat the egg WHITES with the sugar and creme of tarter.
Spread on top of pie, bake for 15 minutes in a 350 oven.
Let cool and refrigerate for a couple hours before serving.
                                                                                               ************************* ***
The book came from a nursing home my Aunt Frankie was in for several years
before passing on. Several of her recipes are in the book.....
I have written favorite recipes in there so I can keep up with them.
ANGEL BISCUITS, with yeast, are out of this world....
I had forgotten about them until I got the book out for the Lemon pie recipe...
Now.......they are on my menu in the near future. 
Another adorable black and white cup...
If I could read music and play the piano,
I am pretty sure THESE NOTES on the cup would translate into
♫♪♪ Happy Birthday to you.....happy birthday to you....happy birthday, dear bj....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....♪♪♫
hahaaaahhhaaaa...AIN'T LIFE GRAND !

Stacy, my daughter, did get one photo, just 
after I blew out the candles on my
WHITE CAKE with FUDGE ICING...the candles.....one 4 and one 7...I had them on the cake, in that order and double-dog dared anyone to switch them around....:)
This is my favorite cake in the whole, wide world. My mom made it for me every birthday....and I wish she was here, RIGHT NOW.
That little red cheeked munchkin beside me, getting all ready for that cake,
is CATE, the great-g'girl...her cheeks were red that night but not THAT RED....
she looks red faced and I look tired.....*sigh
 ...ooo, and THESE....
ANGEL COOKIES, I call 'em..
 Ritz Cracker Cookies Sandwiches
 A Ritz cracker, a layer of PEANUT BUTTER.....
a layer of NUTELLA
another Ritz cracker...
Then dipped in  melted white chocolate.......
O HONEY

Now, let's see....any more food hanging around ?
yep....there were PEANUT CLUSTERS...a favorite of my family....

...fresh fruits....salads and crackers....homemade PEACH COBBLER with whipped creme...
Oh, my....so much good food...
I am getting full, just THINKING about it all.
My heartfelt thanks to all my family and friends that made MY DAY extra special.
I have no doubts whatsoever that this wonderful God-given new year is going
to be full of blessings and love.

joining in with:
OPEN HOUSE
TIME TRAVEL
FULL PLATE
THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS

52 comments:

Loretta said...

Oh I'm sooo wanting some of this delicious-looking food! Can't have none of it though! Happy B'Day to you and many more beautiful lady! Hugs!

Barbara F. said...

I want a piece of that birthday cake, and maybe a scoop of the peach cobbler, and a pig in a blanket and, and, um, one of those white chocolate oreo thingies! Glad it was happy and I also feel it will be a terrific year! xo

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

It looks like a wonderful party with yummy eats. Happy Belated Birthday.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Well Happy Birthday to you! Looks like wonderful food, cake and happy memories! hugs, Linda

Linda Chapman said...

What a wonderful Birthday Post!! I thought about you! The reason you forgot your camera was because youwere CELEBRATING and having a good time! That, my dear, comes BEFORE blogging for US!!
May you have a blessed 2012!
And, by the way, you look GREAT!!!!

Salmagundi said...

Happy, Happy Birthday -- I thought of you on New Year's Eve; but here I am belated in wishing you a great one! It looks like it was a good one - how could it not be with all of that wonderful food. Sally

Marydon said...

What a delightful New Year greeting ... you!! I make the same Lemon Meringue pie, deelish! Pigs in a blanket, I'm on my way over!!!

May your birthday wishes continue to be full of blessings & joys through the year for you, BG.
TTFN ~
Have a great week ~
Marydon

PEA said...

I see you've just celebrated your 47th birthday...again! hehe I do that too, change the number candles around! lol Oh BJ, you sure know how to celebrate your birthday in style and look at all that delicious food!! I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful time with family and friends sharing your special day with you. May all your wishes come true this year:-) xoxo

Shug said...

My mouth is drooling right now! This goodies look GOOOD! Big happy Birthday Bj...I apologize for missing this...Isn't it wonderful to share such celebrations with great family and friends?
hugs

Kathleen said...

Looks like a great party, and g. g. girl is so cute!
I am so glad you had your family to celebrate, a bonus to having a bday on a holiday!
Many happy returns, BJ!

laurie said...

what a lovely post, I beleive that berry was a gift and you are a gift to us,, beautiful post,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks like a grand celebration. Happy belated birthday and you look mahvelus!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like such a wonderful day. I love the "47". Sound perfect to me. Hugs, Marty

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Oh boy how fun bj and some good eats too! Glad you had a great time.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Why'd ya wanna go and make me so hungry again? And just when I was giving up on Xmas food!

Everything looks so delicious!

Deb said...

Happy Birthday, BJ. I always come away hungry after visiting your blog. All the best in your 47th year. ;-) Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

So glad you had such a happy birthday, and hope you will accept some belated birthday wishes from me! May your 48th year be full of happiness!!

NanaDiana said...

I swear, Bj, everytime I come here I gain at least 2 pounds just reading your recipe. I love that lemon pie and have made it several times...it also makes a divine lime pie.

How wonderful that you had all your friends and family there to celebrate with you. That is what life is all about- Happy Birthday to you, my dear- xo Diana

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Birthday Sweet friend! i'd come to that party in a heartbeat, and not just because the food looks so good:>)

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

Happy belated birthday, BJ! What a berry nice surprise you had! And all of that food is making me VERY hungry! The snack with Ritz and nutella looks amazing. Might have to try that one!

Mindy said...

Holy moly, food fit for a queen, for sure! And those Ritz cracker treats?! Never heard of them, but my taste buds are EXTREMELY curious!!!
Happy birthday! Glad you had such a wonderful day.

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday. That food looks so good. Now that I am being good it looks even more tempting than ever.

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to you! Your recipes sure look yummy. I have promised myself to not let chocolate temp me or any sweets for that matter. I'M ON A WEIGHT LOSS MISSION. i'm turning 65 this year and I Would love to be 15 lbs lighter.

Pondside said...

What a great birthday you had! I'm so happy to read about it.
Now those ritz cracker cookies - who'd have thought!?

Kelly said...

My goodness all that food sure did look good! So glad to hear that you had a nice birthday. By the way, those numbers, in the order they were on your cake, is MY age! Ha!

Vee said...

Oh, Sweet Gal, you don't look tired, you look joyful! Happy Birthday! You always have the best fun.

♫ A happy birthday to you and the best year you've ever had!♪

Blessings...

Sarah said...

Happy, happy birthday, BJ. Looks like a great party!
~ Sarah

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Hi BJ! Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Looks like you've been having a wonderful time.

I've enjoyed reading your blog over the holiday season and seeing how you guys do things over there.

If you get a moment, would you be interested in linking up some of your lovely recipes or makeover projects to my first ever linky party "Thriving on Thursdays"? I'd so love it if you could.

http://domesblissity.blogspot.com/2012/01/thriving-on-thursdays-linky-party-1.html

Thanks BJ!

Anne @ Domesblissity xx

Willow said...

WOW, Some good looking food you all had. I wish you a Very Happy Birthday and Many Many More.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful B-Day BJ! Love the little holly berry:@)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Happy 47th Birthday to you BJ! I adore that little red cheeked Cate beside you! Wishing you a fantastic year.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Your party sounds grand, Beeeej! Happy New Year, sweet lady!
xoxo
Me

Theresa said...

Beautiful Birthday celebration for a beautiful 47:) year old friend of mine! ALL of the food looks yummy and I am sure everyone was smacking their lips! Cate is precious enjoying her GGMA's birthday party!

Enjoy your day dear BJ, HUGS!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Happy belated birthday! I love, love, love your new blog look! And don't get me started on that pie!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well, I think you look wonderful my dear friend. Does this birthday mean you are up with me now? I would love for someone to be at least close! :)
Happy, very HAPPY Birthday, bj, and many, many more.
Your munchkin looked adorable as did her happy grandma.

Sue said...

Happy belated birthday, bj!!! Your "47th" was a wonderful celebration. I always luv seeing all your delicious food and I gorge on it vicariously. LOL
hugs, Sue

Madeline's Album said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. All the food looks so good the desserts especially but I can just look and not taste. Your one lone red berry on your holly bush was a gift from above. Hope number 74 will be great for you :) Have a blessed day. Madeline

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Only one Birthday pic, but it isssssss a precious one.

I'm sure it was a wonderful party. And your one red berry, was such a sweet surprise.

"Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink,
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
When I'm grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these."

~Christopher Morley

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Happy Birthday...love your thoughts on the candles...very creative! That pie looks scrumptious.

Sall's Country Life said...

What a delicious looking birthday party! Love the pic of you and grand daughter, the look on her face...priceless! Happy 47th :)!!!
p.s.(I'm pretty sure your mom was right there over-seeing everything)

Ginger Zuck said...

Just hopped over from Katherine's. Happy belated birthday! The food looks devine!! I'm full just looking and reading. Yummy.

Debby said...

Happy Birthday. I'd say you look more like the 47 than the other. You really do look and act so much younger. As my 2 year old grandson would say.......Happy To You.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Happy Birthday to you!! More wonderful food. And how wonderful to have so many people come celebrate your birthday!!

Love Of Quilts said...

Happy Birthday To You! Lordy Lordy Bj's Fourty Seven backwards....I loved seeing your gift from above the little red berry. Gave me a good feeling to see it.

xinex said...

OMG, look at all that delicious food! Belated Happy Birthday, BJ! Did you meet my new granddaughter yet? 2 more coming on 1/10. The twins are scheduled to come out by C section then. Please pray for them....Christine

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like a wonderful celebration, full of fun, family, food and love. Who could ask for more? When you were a kid did you think all the festivities were just for you?

I'm missing my mom alot right now too. It sort of comes in waves doesn't it?

I'm trying to get back to normal around here. It was busy, busy in Florida and busy, busy when we got home. Now it is time to regroup!

bridgetstraub.com said...

Happy Birthday. looks as though you had the perfect celebration!

Katherines Corner said...

Okay now I'm hungry! Happy belated birthday my sweet bloggy friend. I hope you get your birthday wish.thank you for participating in the Thursday Favorite things hop. I hope you made some new bloggy friends. Hoping your weekend is a sweet one xo

sabri said...

bj..it wasn't your fault sweetie...photo bucket wiped out my old blog..had to make a new one..you know i addore you...xoxoxo...thank you..and your posts..glad to have my old rms friend back..~sabri~

Neabear said...

Happy Birthday! Belatedly! But Hey! I bet you are still celebrating anyway! Moving the candles around would not have worked for me this year. It would stay the same no matter how you look at it! I am a dominoes double this year! And on my next birthday doing that will make me be older....that is not good.:( Guess I gotta wait a few years before I switch the candles around!

Love ya,

~Linnea

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi BJ, Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Everything looks delicious and I want to try the lemon pie recipe. Thank you for linking to my party this week.
Hugs,
Sherry

Miz Helen said...

A big Happy Birthday BJ! Just look at all that wonderful food and that precious grand baby. I would have loved that Frito Pie and the Lemon Pie, those two would have made me happy! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen