A simple birthday celebration

I definitely had a HAPPY birthday this 2011.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Simple things make me smile.

This year, it was as simple as having dinner with friends at home, having lunch out with friends, take-out food with family, an afternoon with the kids, a meal with siblings, and a dinner date with my husband.  Of course, it all din’t happen on my birthday, these were spread out throughout the week.

First off, we had an intimate dinner at home with friends for the September celebrants.  I cooked Baked Garlic Chicken and Artichoke Dip served with multigrain chips.  Had california maki from Cold Storage.  Friends cooked baked spaghetti and bought DQ Oreo ice cream cake!

My little helper...Grated the cheese for the Artichoke dip. Then started eating it! She helped with mixing all the ingredients and putting our McCormick spice!
My helper getting bored while waiting for ingredients. She helped with the marinade. Used a lot of garlic, spices, and olive oil for the chicken.
Again, I forgot to take a picture of the food before it was eaten! Aaargh!
So stuffed! (Tin and Jaimes, miss you guys!)
Candle blowing of the mouthwatering cake by the celebrants.

Then early lunch with friends…

Lunch at Healthy Shabu Shabu.
Our meat and seafood combination...we kept eating and eating yet it seemed it was never ending.

Then late lunch at home with family…but of course, I didn’t eat anymore…well, I ate dessert.  I never skip dessert! 🙂  I’ve been wanting to try Amber food since I’ve heard good things about it, so we had that for lunch.  (Tasted their food, wasn’t that great for me.)

The entire afternoon was spent with the kids.  Just playing and having fun.  Oh, let’s not forget, the eating part too!  We had an afternoon snack…cake, pancit, and pichi-pichi!  I know you’re thinking, “eat again!?!”.  I’ll use my birthday pass here 🙂

Kids blew another birthday cake given by my friend Cathy. Lexi accidentally held the fire so she didn't want to go near winnie the pooh candle anymore. Then Chesca started getting some icing using her finger! Lexi loved it that Barney sang Happy Birthday too!
Our little merienda with the kids. Pichi-pichi, Mrs. Polly's choco cake, & pancit...coffee for us moms. Lexi's first time to eat cake, look at her go!

Then off to dinner at Gaudi with Rick as I’ve been craving for their  steak for quite some time.  Just haven’t had the chance to go, so now, we made time.

Started off with bread...then our chorizo pasta arrived...oh so yummy!
Our steak finally arrived! 700+grams just for us!
Want a closer look? 🙂 It's pre-cooked a bit so it doesn't take that much time for you to cook it.

After dinner, we had a short trip to Fully Booked to walk off our heavy stomachs.  We also got some coffee to help.

But then, the night wasn’t over…or shall I say, the eating wasn’t over!  As we were parking our car at home, my cousin-in-law arrived with some goodies! yehay!!!

My cousin-in-law Audrey dropped off my midnight snack! 🙂 I had to make room for these 😛

After a couple of days, my siblings wanted to celebrate too…so we decided to try out Bonchon Chicken.  Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures of that.

Overall, this birthday celebration of mine was major eating!  Let me rephrase that….major eating and NO exercising for an entire week! 😛   But I’m not complaining…I thank God for all the blessings 🙂

Now it’s double time for me to lose all those extra calories I took in for an entire week.

Wish me luck 🙂

Happy Birthday to all the September celebrants 🙂



Mrs. Polly’s can be found at the top floor of Robinson’s Galleria.  Real moist chocolate cake.

Amber take-out telephone number: 531-0746, 533-1111, Edsa Branch.  They charge P100 for delivery.

Cold storage has several outlets, got our california maki at wilson branch.

DQ (dairy queen) ice cream found in most malls.

Gaudi at Serendra.

Healthy Shabu Shabu at Robinson’s Galleria.

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