Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom + 4 New Things

My mom's birthday was on the 27th and this year's dinner was hosted by yours truly.  She requested enchiladas, so enchiladas it was.  With Mexican-style rice and a mixed green salad.  I decided that since she was Queen Babysitter for all our holiday and birthday functions this month, the least I could do was set the table for a sit-down dinner.

Four of my Christmas presents were used in the making of this post.  
Anyone up for a game of I Spy?

First up, the table:

The tablecloth and four matching napkins came from a free pile after a garage sale extravaganza in my sister's old neighborhood.

The chargers were .50 each on clearance at Walgreen's several years ago.

My MIL gave me the wine glasses shortly after we got married.
Those suckers are heavy!

The snowflake napkin rings were another Walgreen's clearance find years ago.

I bought the ornament placecard holders at Joann's on clearance for less than $3 bucks.  
There's 12 of them total.
I just cut up a bough and stuck it down in.
The name is printed on card stock with a birdie sticker.

The blue napkins were a gift from my mom this Christmas.

As well as this sweet little birdie.

I couldn't help throwing in pictures of my table setting helper.

The appetizer was a last minute, what can I round up and throw on a plate, deal.
Salami, pepperjack-stuffed olives and delicious, spicy, pickled carrots that my sister had canned and given us.

And some wasabi almonds.

We did salad first, mainly because my table isn't big enough to serve six people an entree AND a salad plate at the same time.  :o)

Did ya notice the third new thing yet?
Also from my mom.
I love them.
I had seen them at the Dollar Store in my Christmas travels and just mentioned them to her in passing.
And now they're mine.
Did I mention I love them?

Up next, the main course.
Chicken Enchiladas.
I made refried black beans in the crockpot the day before.
Have you done that yet?
So good.
I use this method, with a 1-pound bag of beans.
Minus the food processor.
I just mash them up with a potato masher or the back of a big spoon.
I like 'em still chunky.
I didn't even soak them overnight this time.
Super easy.

The rice was out of a box.
Two of them to be exact.
Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Onto the present opening and birthday cake.

My sister made a chocolate pudding cake that was insanely good.
And she left it here.
And I had a piece for lunch yesterday.
And another piece last night.
And I just might be partaking in another piece for breakfast when I get up from here. 

Anyone notice the fourth new thing?
Here's another hint:

A fancy one.
So long, point and shoot.
You've treated me well, but it's time to move on.
I'm seriously still in shock.
Every time I pick it up, I still can't believe it's mine.
I put it on my wish list, but I also put a new kitchen on my wish list.
I didn't think there was a chance in hell I'd actually GET one!
I'm so excited I could pee.
The Dad gets a HUGE shout out for that one.
Bonus points for sure.
I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I'm resolving to learn how to use it.
No getting stuck in an Auto Shoot rut for this gal.
I will learn how to use all the fancy buttons and I will know what the heck aperture and ISO mean.

So now that I've turned my mom's birthday post into a post all about me, (typical daughter), I will end this post with a....... 
Hopefully being stuck in a house with five screaming kids didn't top the list of worst birthdays ever.


  1. What a pretty party for Mom! Looks like it was delicious too. :) It took me awhile but I never use auto anymore. pictures aren't always spectacular, but at least it's my fault and not the camera's. You'll get there.

  2. It was the perfect day. The best part was this post. Thank you! A picture with you and Holly would have been nice but oh my, the ones with my my five grand babies are the best!
    I love you, Minners.

  3. Your table looks so pretty. I LOVE those dishes from the dollar store. I saw those too and thought they looked like Pottery Barn dishes. Wish I had room for extra dishes but my tiny kitchen won't hold one more plate. Congrats on the new camera! What an awesome present. The Dad gets brownie points for sure.

  4. Minners, adorable is that?!!! What a great party. I'm so excited for you and all your goodies. Especially that new camera - woohoo.

  5. Your Mom is beautiful! Happy Birthday to her. Your table setting looks great and so does the food. I really love that you got a new camera-even though I am so jealous I could spit! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday with you family- xo Diana

  6. What a lucky mom to have you! Love the setting expecialy that gorgeous tablecloth! Love your little helper too. Happy new year.

  7. Happy Birthday to moms!!! Beautiful dinner, Mindy. White dishes are on my wish list too! I'm so sick of my big ol heavy dark ones.

    ANDDDD a New Camera!!!!!! Yay!!! I can't wait for you to learn how to use it, so you can teach Me! ;)


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