The end of another month. An exciting and rather fun-filled month! Yesterday was my birthday….and it feels like I have been celebrating for a week! I have been reminded how very blessed that I am – and it has been a special birthday, to be sure. Oh, and it continues:) Tomorrow, some friends and I leave for our long getaway weekend to Waco. (Yes, I may have mentioned that a time or twelve here on the blog…and, no doubt, you will hear about it again after I return. Sorry about that. Sorta.) Nevertheless, I have time to squeak in one last post for the month, and then I will return next Wednesday. And it will be May….woohoo!! Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you will come back next week. Finish out April well!! I hope all your trees are blooming. (Isn’t this pink dogwood – taken in my brother’s neighborhood in the heart of the city – just a beauty??!!)
DOING. Obviously, quite a bit of “celebrating” or spending extra time with friends and with family….which also translates into a lot of extra eating!!:) I have been to all my favorite restaurants and have had some great meals lately. We have this little (very little) “thing” when celebrating birthdays. The birthday person gets to order everyone else’s meals. Yes, it can be tricky. And risky. Truthfully, I made some suggestions last night but, for the most point, everyone made their final choice. (We have done it before when there was no choice!) I like to try new dishes and I enjoy picking something new for everyone else to try. My husband is much more of a “tried and true…order what I always do” type of diner, but he was a good sport last night and had an amazing pasta dish. It even looked delish…and he ate the whole thing, so I know he liked it.
We also do not usually bring gifts to a restaurant. Does that bother you? My husband really does not like it and I suppose he has been conditioned. However, my brother rode the train and had to bring his things inside with him. I was a good sport about it:) Our server noticed his gifts sitting there beside me…and brought dessert to the table! That was really nice. We also do NOT tell servers if someone is celebrating a birthday. I’m curious – do you think that is fun, embarrassing, or just plain unnecessary?? If I’m completely honest, no one was really hungry for dessert and we left most of it. Rather shameful – but the thought was super nice!!
COOKING. I have not done a lot of cooking this month. Obviously, I have not a lot of eating at home this month!:) I did try a couple of new keto ideas for dinner but they were mediocre. Not bad (and I would certainly eat then again) but not worth noting or making mention of in a post. I do need some new ideas though.
One thing we did have dinner last night was cauliflower hummus. Who knew? I had never heard of hummus made with anything other than beans. We all loved it! Ok, my husband would not even try it! Good grief. I will definitely be looking for a recipe and making that at home next month. Now I am wondering just how many ways are there to make hummus??
GIVING THANKS. There is just so much to be grateful for this month. I have been repeatedly reminded how blessed I am – just how much my family, my friends, my church family, my ministry opportunities, and more, truly really mean to me. Truthfully, I have felt loved and appreciated…which a girl just needs every once in a while 🙂 I am thankful for the gifts, the cards, the flowers, and all the good conversation over meals. I am also thankful for all my husband has done to make my trip possible. Even a long weekend trip can quickly add up but he is not only generous but also so supportive. I know he would enjoy getting away as well – and hopefully, we will be able to do that soon – but he is happy that I have this weekend ahead with my friends! Oh, and I am super thankful at the idea of traveling without a mask!:) Just sayin.
I am generally terrible at taking pictures when I am out and about – but I will try to have at least a few to share next week. For sure, I will be able to ramble and share my adventure in words. I look forward to sharing it with you!!