Sunday, September 20, 2015

My 36th Birthday Recap + A New Breakfast Muffin Recipe

My birthday was last Monday and I had a wonderful day, but it was right in the middle of a job I was working on for my company. I was up till 2am from last Friday (the day I realized I had more work than I initially thought) to Tuesday. Saturday night (the 12th) Nick and I went to one of our favorite sushi restaurants for dinner. I can't stop thinking about the sushi. Those are mashed sweet potatoes, which we were surprised to see on the menu. They were so good along with the fried ice cream we had for dessert.
I wore my new jeans that I can't say enough good things about. I love the gray, the destroyed look (or broken, as Ellie says) and they are so comfortable.
Sunday night my parents had us over for dinner (Thai pasta and shrimp) and dessert. I had to get a picture of this cake. My parents have been getting all of their cakes at Whole Foods and they are so delicious. I highly recommend their bakery. However, my Mom has baked the best chocolate cake ever. We were just talking about how she hasn't made one in a while, but she definitely will once she retires!
Monday morning I was woken by Ellie and Summer jumping on my bed and giving me balloons, flowers and my present. This present was my favorite gift because it was so meaningful. I burned my hand baking the girls' birthday cake last April and when Ellie found out I burned myself she came up with the idea that she was going to buy me an oven mitt- in pink, of course! She talked about it for weeks, then said it would be my gift for Mother's Day. That didn't happen and she talked about it periodically and much more recently when I burned my arm cooking dinner a couple weeks ago. My husband finally got the hint that Ellie was serious about buying me an oven mitt so I wouldn't burn myself anymore. I got a bright pink oven mitt that I love! And, it works so well I want to buy another. Ellie is so thoughtful!
We went out to breakfast at the diner that morning, then I took a nap (since I was up so late) and Nick took the girls to the playground. He had off that day for the Jewish holiday. Afterwards, we went to Morris Auboredum- my favorite place. We are members, but haven't been there very often lately. It was a beautiful day- in the 70s, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. I brought the camera and took lots of pictures. It was great to spend the afternoon as a family. I left early to go to my massage appointment. It was also nice to have some quality spa time. I had an amazing 50 minute massage. Next time it will be 80 minutes! The Eagles played their first game that night so I happily put the girls to bed myself. We read more books than usual and I snuggled between them. I am one lucky mommy and wife. It was the best birthday yet!
 // Pictures at Morris Auboredum //
Gorgeous view from the top of the hill
 Ellie insisted on standing up here by herself. We were just a little nervous!
Walking towards the cabin (tucked away in the woods). It reminds me of Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
 So precious!
My best friend, Lauren, was so generous and sent me this beautiful "E" bracelet. It goes well with my Stella and Dot bracelet so I will be wearing it often!
Tomorrow is Ellie's official first day of school. Last week her and I went to school for an hour to meet her teacher and half of her class. I'm very happy with her teachers this year and am confident she will be prepared for Kindergarten next year. The girls have been tired of their regular breakfast (waffles, pancakes or yogurt) so I am determined to make something new every Sunday and keep in the fridge or freezer to heat throughout the week. I have pinned a lot of yummy breakfast ideas. Today I made these delicious muffins (I had to try one!). I like that they are flourless and contain pumpkin and oats. They have a lot of flavor. I used less mini chocolate chips than the recipe called for and almond milk (Whole Foods brand). My girls have not liked any bread or muffin I've made with banana so I'm hoping these will be on rotation this year. We will pair these with fruit in the morning. 

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