Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday Celebrations Plus Recipes

Hello Everyone.  This Springtime has been so busy around here as our family celebrates six birthdays from late March until late April. Plus we all enjoyed the joyous celebration of Easter.  Plus two sets of our children came home to celebrate some of their Spring Break with us.

Of course my camera is never too far away as I try to capture some of the fun and the beauty all around.

We enjoyed a fun backyard cookout for my husband and daughter.  My husband requested his favorite lemon cake and our daughter wanted to make her own chocolate cake.

In the below photo we see Grandson Chase and Son-in-law Charlie enjoying the family birthday dinner.

My husband requested a fried chicken dinner.  So, of course, we had the fried chicken, plus another couple of his favorites, pimiento cheese sandwiches and deviled eggs.  I always make our daughter's favorite fried won-tons....because she likes them so much.

I will include these recipes at the end of this post just in case you would like to try them.

Below we see a photo of birthday girl Sharon with the pretty and delicious birthday cake she made.  I wanted to make it for her, but she loves to bake and wanted to make it.  As you can see her cake topping is her monogram.  She loves monograms and this cake topper is perfect for her.

If you would like to order a monogrammed cake topper you can click on the link below.

The next birthday celebrated was for grandson Preston.  Can't believe he is turning 15 already.
He mom baked this requested delicious chocolate cake.

We were so proud for him when the next day after his birthday
he took the test and passed for his driver's permit.

And then the next birthday was for our daughter Stephanie's son Ryan. He too requested the lemon cake.  In a previous Sweet Southern Days I included this family favorite recipe. Click on the link below if you would like to see this recipe:

The next family birthday was just recently for grandson Lawson.  As you can see he is turning 12.  He too wanted a chocolate cake.  His mom loves to bake and went looking on Pinterest for this Kit Kat Chocolate cake recipe.  It is a three layer cake with white buttercream icing for the first layer and for the second layer she used chocolate buttercream icing (both icing recipes included broken up pieces of Kit Kats).  Then she placed Kit Kats all around the outside of the cake.

I must add that this is probably one of the most delicious cakes I have ever tasted.

Our local grocery store Publix has beautiful fresh flowers.  They are just perfect for making a Happy Birthday flower arrangement.  And, this arrangement would be used the next day for the Easter table centerpiece as well.

Daughter Stephanie with her son and our grandson Chase.

We enjoyed celebrating Easter at our daughter Sharon's home.
I love the Easter wreath she made by gluing all of these plastic eggs in place.

Every year we make this Easter Bunny Cake for the table.  I usually make him with a bow tie covered in jelly beans, but this year we decided on a girl instead ... See her pink bow on the left side!   She was chocolate with white butter-cream-icing with a little pink coconut for her cheeks and ears.....So good!
Oh! And also jelly beans for the eyes and mouth!

An Easter decoration in the flower arrangement.

Below you will see the recipes included in some of the Birthday dinners:

Pimiento Cheese Spread
Papaw’s Favorite for sandwiches.

·      1 – 8 oz. package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
·      1 – 8 oz. package shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
·      2 – 4 oz. jar pimientos, with juice
·      ¼ cup mayonnaise
·      Salt and pepper

1.    Mix the shredded cheeses together with the pimientos and their juice.
2.    Stir in the mayonnaise until well blended.
3.    Add salt and pepper, to taste, and stir.
4.    Keep covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
5.    It is easier to spread if left on the counter for 30 minutes before serving.

6.    Great on bread, celery sticks, or crackers.


Deviled Eggs

·      12 Hard Boiled Eggs
·      ½ cup Mayonnaise
·      2 teaspoons Vinegar
·      2 teaspoon Mustard
·      Salt to taste
·      About 2 and ½ teaspoon Sweet Relish or to your taste.


1.    Halve hard-boiled eggs lengthwise.
2.   Remove yolks to separate bowl and mash with fork.
3.   Stir in mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and salt.
4.   Add relish
5.   Mix all until very smooth.
6.   Spoon into prepared eggs.


Fried Won Tons

·      1 pound Ground Lean Pork (looks like hamburger)
·      6-8 Green Onions,  finely chopped
·      2 teaspoons Soy Sauce (you can use more if you like)
·      ½ teaspoon Salt
·      a little Pepper
·      2  and ½  teaspoons minced fresh Ginger
·      1 Egg beaten
·   1 package Won Ton Wrappers – I usually get Egg Roll Wrappers and cut them in ¼ sections.  Available in produce.
·      Cooking oil
·      Duck Sauce

1.     Combine pork, onion, soy sauce, salt, pepper, ginger until well mixed.

2.     Place a won ton wrapper on the counter.  Place about a teaspoon of filling in one corner.

3.     Dip finger in egg and dab around sides of wrapper.  Fold the corner over filling and roll to tuck point under.  Moisten the two side corners with egg.

4.     Bring side corners together, overlapping slightly.  Pinch together firmly to seal.

5.     Have a frying container with enough cooking oil to cover won tons.

6.     Fry as many as will fit into the cooking pan and continue to fry until browned and long enough to cook inside.

7.     Place on paper towel to drain.  Serve with Duck Sauce (found in the Chinese food section at the grocery store.)

8.     Can be reheated in the microwave, maybe 10 seconds.

9.     This recipe is not nearly as complicated as it sounds.

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It is always fun celebrating the special times in our lives with family and friends.

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and that the new week ahead is filled with 
wonderful blessings for you and your family wherever you may be.

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