Tis the Season

2010 July 28
by Jennifer

It’s that time of year again—the stores have all extended their hours, the city is all a buzz with preparations, and there is a palpable excitement in the air. The sun shines a little brighter, people smile a little bigger, strangers give me high-fives on the street, and I get no red lights.

That’s right, it’s my birthday week month season. Technically my birthday isn’t until Sunday, August 1st, but my sister was in town from Nashville so we kicked off the festivities early with a family celebration last night.

The birthday meal, by request:

While I was quite sure what I wanted for my birthday dinner, the only direction I gave for dessert was something with strawberries. I had thought of all of using going out for food, my friends even suggested that I take a look at Francisca as they do great Latin American food. She even sent me the link to contact them about getting a table booked (which I’ll share with you guys here:, I was very tempted to go out, but I decided that a home-cooked meal would be better. Besides I just really wanted something with strawberries. This is the masterpiece made with love by my mom and my sister.

It was divine. Seconds were had by all. Thirds were had by the Birthday Girl. You can find the recipe here.

What’s that? You say you need gift ideas? I’m pretty sure our wedding registry is still active at Bloomingdales and Williams-Sonoma. And a gift card always fits.

Today is the end of the 5-7 day window where standard shipping rates apply–so I’ll let you get to it.

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