The Birthday Report

So, the birthday dinner that I’ve been waiting for began with a fairly normal day here. I made myself a cake, no biggie, except this was a totally made-up recipe – that I called “Pineapple-Strawberry Upside Down Cake” – wasn’t too sure how it would turn out…pictures at the end.

Once the clock slowly ticked by so it was time for Paul to run down and pick up the seafood, we (the dogs and I) waited patiently (well, not really “patiently”) by the door for his return with the food.


Waiting, waiting…


The table all set…


I saved myself for this night! Hardly had anything to eat all day, just a cuppa in the morning and a cracker or two. Because I wait all year for this stuff and Kip knew something was up, too, although what he didn’t know…


…was that he wasn’t getting ANY of it!




So there you go! I made a small salad of tomatoes, cukes, and olives to go with all the sinful stuff. In the end, Paul ate everything put in front of him, but I could not eat my salad – but I did manage to go slowly, and savor the tastes of the four different side orders we had here including fried clams, scallops, shrimp, and onion rings.

They make great onion rings at Dubes, and this year, rather than going with all clams, I decided on splitting it up and tried clams, scallops, and shrimp. My verdict: I honestly realized I like the scallops the BEST! Even better than the clams! I know!

In fact, there is a good chance I might order only scallops in the future… maybe. By next April, though, things might be different, who knows? Don’t quote me on this.

For dessert, which was iffy, here is my cake (and my boy):


And I say iffy because I really had no hope that we’d have any room left for cake after that mountain of seafood!

So we retired to watch the baseball game and then an episode of our current DVD series, “Marie Curie” (which is fabulous BTW….), and since the Sox were losing and making us crazy, we opted to slice off a tiny wee piece of that cake and eat it. Wow. It was so good! Here’s more about it below.

The cake when it came out of the oven.


The helpers, of course, supervising the whole operation:


Put a plate under the cake and turn it upside down:


And the final result:


It was pretty easy making this. I made it up as I went along. I had a whole fresh pineapple which was quite tart and not very tasty on its own, and I hade some fresh strawberries leftover from making Paul’s strawberry ice cream, so I combined the two fruits in my food processor along with some butter and brown sugar and made a mixture that resembled apple sauce. I put that in the bottom of a bundt pan and then mixed up a boxed yellow cake mix and poured it on top of the fruit. I’d save a little of the fruit mixture and poured it on top and swirled it into the yellow cake mix. And that’s it!

Just for the record, you can really do a lot with a simple little yellow cake mix! This was so good. We each had a tiny piece which hit the spot (what spot? was there really a spot left after all that seafood? no, but we made it happen).

So now I’m a year older, and I’m using today to kind of detox from all that food. I did notice that the serving sizes of the “side orders” have decreased quite a bit over the last year, since we got our clams last year. I’d say we had twice as many then as we got in a box this year. Good thing I got the three different things. But those scallops, OMG, they were to die for. Cooked to perfection, melted in your mouth… yum.

Earlier in the day I made this for Paul – his granola for breakfasts.


And that is that!



“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”

~from JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte~

I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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12 Responses to The Birthday Report

  1. Bex says:

    Yes, Nora, I have an ice cream machine (Cuisinart) and it is great. I make ice cream every week for Paul, he is addicted to it and always has been. (He never gains any weight either!). I also make the granola for him every 7-10 days or so… which he has for breakfast every morning. I make him a loaf of 10-grain bread every 4 days in my bread machine, too, and finally he gets homemade cookies every couple of weeks. But this is my job here, to do these few things for him now that I can’t do much else!

    As for “Marie Curie” (stars Nigel Hawthorne as Pierre Curie), I got it at amazon-uk and of course I have the All Region DVD player, not sure you could find it to play on a Region 1 player. But you could look. It’s a good and informational series. I have learned so much from it. This is the one I have: Marie Curie film.


  2. Hi Bex, First of course Happy Birthday again!

    I loved this entry. You know how I love photos and ones that include animals. The dogs supervising the cake making are hilarious just like the ones of them waiting for Paul to return with the loot.

    Having those step by step photos made me feel like I was there visiting. Your table is a mile high happy birthday feast. I love shrimp. That is a really nice photo of Paul and he looks happy and healthy. A completely divine birthday spread.

    Do you use a machine to make the ice cream? The cake looks good. I like things like this. Moist and yummy. The granola looks good too. Do you make it often?

    I will have to watch “Marie Curie”. She was someone I really admired when I was a young girl. She was obviously a pioneer!

    Cheers!!!! x0x0x0x


  3. Nina Camic says:

    Happy happy birthday and an especially happy year ahead! The food looks better than best!


  4. Eric Mayer says:

    Happy birthday. It looks like everyone had a good time except for your canine friends. But maybe dogs are not as fond of seafood as cats. That cake does look delicious. I am kind of like Bonnie, however. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a clam except a little piece in chowder, and not often, and I have eaten scallops only a few times many years ago. Maybe I should try some.


  5. Bonnie says:

    Happy Birthday Bex! I’ve never had scallops or clams either. You will have to enjoy the cake for me. Won’t be making it for my birthday in Oct. either. 🙂


  6. Betty Lou Parlee says:

    I am so happy that you had a good birthday – and the food looks and sounds marbelous (I am jealous). I wish I still cooked and baked, but I don’t. Enjoy your Birthday cake for the next few days !


  7. TopsyTurvy says:

    What a lovely birthday entry, Bex! The food sounds divine! (I love scallops, too.)

    And that smile on Paul’s face! Somehow I don’t think that smile is because he doesn’t have to worry about your birthday for another year. I have a feeling it’s because he enjoyed celebrating your birthday with you.

    I have 3 of you that have birthdays, now. Did you know that you and CrochetLady share the same birthday? And my older cousin, her birthday is on the 30th. She’s 73 this year.


  8. Bex says:

    It’s funny, I went back to last year and read this birthday supper entry and wow, it hasn’t changed much at all… same everything almost!


  9. WendyNC says:

    Happy day after your birthday! Great food there–now I want some!


  10. sandy freel says:

    YUM YUM on all counts of food!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. Bex says:

    Yes, he has a great smile, huh? He was happy that it was finally here and he didn’t have to worry about it any more – for another year! He gave me a new air conditioner for my bedroom and a card and a bag of Lindt chocolate balls that melt in your mouth, and two kinds of English cheese from the supermarket that he knows I love.



    The dinner looks amazing, and the cake, wow! Glad you had a good day. Paul looks awfully happy celebrating with you!


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