Since having kids, my main birthday wish is always to have a night out, at a real restaurant, with adults only. This year was no exception. The Dad made reservations at a restaurant we had never been to and my sis and BIL joined us, as they always do.
They brought a yummy bottle of wine and we did as well.
The food was AMAZING. Seriously. Every single thing we ordered was good. Better than good.
To start, we ordered the deep fried Brussels sprouts, potato-blue cheese croquettes with a garlic butter dipping sauce, and bread with a roasted tomato spread.
We shared a salad that was grilled kale, roasted beets and blue cheese, with a creamy horseradish dressing.
For dinner, my sister ordered butternut squash dumplings, which were reminiscent of gnocchi. My BIL had halibut with a spinach-mushroom sauce. The Dad got the best burger I've ever tasted in my life. I had a delicious steak with Parmesan gratin potatoes.
Aaaand, just in case you doubt my sincerity, or think I'm exaggerating when I say the food was amazing, here's proof.
For dessert, we ordered banana cream pie and chocolate-nutella mousse.
Again, they didn't suck even a little bit.
Here are a couple child-free, enjoying a rare dinner out, happy faces.
Before heading out to dinner, we dropped all the kids at my mom's house and opened presents.
I'm pretty spoiled.
I got all kinds of good stuff, including a box full of cheese from my sister.
Yep. Cheese. And goodies to eat with cheese.
Did I mention I got a box of cheese?
And now, what I'm about to show you is going to make you really jealous. But it's too cool not to share, so here goes.
My brother-in-law made the frame out of old fence boards. The glass is from an old storm window they tore out and he used a Dremmel to etch the flower into the glass. Awesome, right? He made it for outside, but I'd be afraid it would get broken. :( It's temporarily hanging in my hall.
Once all the Christmas stuff is put away (any volunteers?), I'll find a permanent home for it. I'm thinkin' it would be pretty darn cool hanging in front of a window too.
All in all, a good day to have a birthday!