ANOTHER YEAR OLDER

Greetings. Yes, it’s my birthday today. One of the things that makes turning another year older more palatable is celebrating these occasions with good friends. This year my dear friend Brenda hosted a birthday celebration for me and another one of our besties, Maureen, in her lovely Lake Arrowhead home. Maureen and I have birthdays just a couple of weeks apart.

Brenda set a lovely and intimate table in her kitchen. Since she was preparing wood-fired pizza in her kitchen pizza oven, dining nearby allowed us all to be a part of the action.

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The evening began with tasty appetisers accompanied by delicious wine. Brenda served my favorite Grilled Mini Peppers Filled With Herbed Cheese. Get the delicious recipe by clicking here.

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We also enjoyed delectable & refreshing Burrata and Fava Bean Crostini.

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The beans, fresh from Brenda’s CSA delivery, were tossed in olive oil, lemon zest and chopped mint. They were so good I could have eaten far more than my share and called that dinner!

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Everywhere you look in Brenda’s French Country style kitchen there is a pretty vignette.

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Brenda is a very talented fine artist and her latest passion is to challenge herself to do several small painting a week. Here are 3 of the 1-hour, plein air landscapes she painted just this week from a visit to our local Deep Creek here in Lake Arrowhead.

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This was the setting from which she painted her current masterpieces. So pretty isn’t it?

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Back in her kitchen there were flowers freshly cut from her garden, candles lit, and the pizza oven glowed in the background. Such a lovely ambiance.

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Fresh herbs and fresh mozzarella stood at the ready for her next pizza masterpiece.

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This pizza was made with fresh sliced pears and sage. Delicious!

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After dinner we all enjoyed an espresso.

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A yummy 3-Berry English Trifle Birthday Dessert was piled into beautiful cut-glass champagne glasses.

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We spent the rest of the evening playing a fun board game called Therapy that kept us laughing and celebrating until 1 am. As I said, great friends and good food & wine sure makes turning another year older a whole lot of fun. Thank you Brenda for a wonderful evening. Want to see more of Brenda’s Art Studio? Click here.

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So there you have it: ANOTHER YEAR OLDER

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Comments

  • Rosanna Hunt

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! What a lovely way to celebrate… It turns out your birthday is the same day as one of my friends!

  • Lisa Sanford

    Happy Birthday Dear Celia,
    What a beautiful dinner party celebrating two amazing women! Looks so intimate and cozy! You are truly blessed, as am I to call you dear friend / sister. Hope your days is perfect! XOXO

  • Shelly Mathes

    Oh happy day! Happy birthday Celia! You are blessed to have great friends.

  • Happy Birthday, Celia! Happy, Happy Birthday to you!
    What a wonderful celebration and such a great reason to gather with great friends. I truly hope you had a wonderful day…with many, many more!

    XOX – All the best..

  • A million thanks Vanessa. I am now in Vienna, Austria celebrating with Mozart music on the Danube. Life is good. XOX

  • Yes, great friends are indeed the spice of life. I do feel blessed and grateful. Thank you!

  • My dear Lisa, I wish you were here with me to celebrate life and friendship here in Vienna. Love you!

  • Thank you Rosanna! Lots of fine people I have found were born in May. Send my greetings to your girlfriend. Cheers!

  • Anne clougherty

    It was wonderful to spend your birthday with you Celia, I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip xx

  • Happy Belated Birthday! What a lovely party you had! Please post the fava bean appetizer recipe!!

  • Thank you Cindy. There really is no recipe for the Fava Beans. Just cook them and then dress them with extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest and diced mint. It’s divine!

  • Dear Anne, so special that we met you and Johnnie on our river cruise. Thanks for helping to make growing another year older much more palatable. Brad and I look forward to enjoying future adventures with you guys!