I feel a bit like the Queen, in that I've kind of had two days worth of birthday! Last night we went out for dinner with my husband's family. Today was my actual birthday and I was properly spoiled by all of my boys and my beloved. I was going to say I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking but I'll need to explain some of them too!
My father-in-law, back left, and I share the same birthday so my parents-in-law and sister-in-law came with us all to a restaurant for dinner last night.
Before the food came out we swapped presents. My hubby had passed on the message about the new Nigella book to his parents. I'm looking forward to sitting down and reading it later. More importantly, I'm looking forward to trying out the recipes! My sister-in-law gave me the lovely tweed purse you can see David rummaging through in the background!
The boys started the meal with corn on the cob. The adults skipped starters, opting for desert instead - always a wise choice!
My main was a delicious Thai green chicken curry.
Pudding was an even more delicious chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and ice-cream.
This morning the boys came bouncing through to our bedroom with my presents. They all climbed into our bed and Alasdair helped me open them. Two beautiful tops and some soap. Then they all went downstairs and helped daddy make the pancakes and set the table.
Saturday mornings my husband coaches shinty at the boys' school. The boys all play too (well, except Alasdair!) I went along today because we were all heading to Costco afterwards, where we had a cheap and cheerful birthday lunch.
We spent the rest of the afternoon around the house before heading out for a late afternoon coffee at M&S.
Then it was back home, and time for all the boys to help make a birthday
Calum (7) made prawn cocktail for starter. He made the marie rose sauce himself, added the prawns and finished it off with a touch of paprika. (The tomatoes and salad are from my garden.) It was more than just delicious!
My beloved made Cajun Chicken for main course, a future Recipe of the Week no doubt.
David (4) prepared the strawberries for the Strawberry Crumble. Mmmm.....
Finally, in case anyone was still hungry, I had made a sponge cake in the afternoon. I had bought some ready-rolled fondant icing and left James(10) to sandwich the cake together, ice it and decorate it.
He did an amazing job of decorating it I thought!
One truly blessed and thankful birthday girl.