Birthday girl

May 2, 2012 in Entertaining , family     5 comments

Our first baby girl is NINE today.

Nine years? Wow, that happened fast!

Avery is such an incredible kid.

She is smart, hardworking, witty, playful, thoughtful, creative, loving, sassy, musical, beautiful……..

This short list of adjectives hardly does her justice!

We love you so much, Avery.

You are such a blessing to us and everyone who meets you!

(Early morning birthday pic!)

(One month old)


Let’s take a minute to discuss birthday parties, the worst case scenario for any family trying to feed kids real food!

What we do when going to a birthday party:

• Feed our kids a big meal before they go to the party.

Van likes to try and get junk by saying “I’m hungry” so we make sure to feed him well so we don’t  fall into that trap!

• In the car, we talk about what food is going to be at the party, why it is not a healthy choice

• Take a small snack/bottle of water to the party

• Promise kids that they can have a “treat” when we get home if they do not ask for any junk at the party.

I always have dark chocolate in the house….don’t you?!

This was not always easy in the beginning, but I assure you they get used to it and it becomes totally normal and no big deal.

When we host a birthday party:

• Serve food we would always serve! Hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit, cheese, sweet potatoes, etc. No one ever misses the bread!

• Paleo brownies, Maple Nut Oaties, Gluten Free chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, etc. Kids will eat it if you make it!

Pretty simple!

Earlier this week I hosted a Heartworks meeting at my house.

Heartworks is a non profit Acts of Kindness group that was created in response to the tremendous kindness that sustained so many families in the months and years following September 11, 2001.

The group is new in our area and I encourage you to read about it on the link provided. If you live along the Emerald Coast and are interested in joining, please let me know so I can send you more information.

I was absolutely thrilled to be able to host because I love feeding people and having them in my home!

I spent the day preparing food and hanging out with my dear friend Cat Clay! It was so fun to just spend the day in the kitchen with a friend. I could do that everyday and be 100% happy!

Brittany was kind enough to snap some pics of the food!

Roasted Veggies: Eggplant, Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, and Onions. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic gold. Tossed in EVOO and baked at 350 for about an hour.

Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Fresh Basil from our garden. Topped with a simple balsamic reduction.

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad. Fresh Cucumbers, Red onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, salt and pepper.

Chicken Salad. Chicken breasts baked with salt and pepper, tossed with home made mayo, and diced celery. Seasoned with salt and pepper.

Deviled Eggs. Egg yolks mixed with home made mayo, goat cheese, cayenne pepper, and salt. Topped with Green Onions and Bacon.

Maple Walnuts: Walnuts tossed with melted Butter, Maple Syrup , Cinnamon and Vanilla. Baked on parchment paper for 10 minutes at 350.

Chocolate bark: Melted dark chocolate spread on parchment with cashew, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots on top. Chilled until firm.

And lastly a shot of the table!