birthday cake

Barefoot Summer

One of my favorite memories as a kid was spending summers on my aunt’s farm south of Salem. The annual family reunion was the highlight of the year for us kids! We’d run around like we were feral. Playing, swimming, eating, jumping into hay in the farm, playing with cousins. So much fun!

On Saturday we got to go down to my aunt’s farm for a birthday party for my cousin Adam. He turned 40 (holy cow! I’m not far behind and holy cow his kid is now 16 and driving!!! God we all got old…) and we got together to celebrate.

I was excited to see everyone and also excited for Logan to get to experience “farm life” a little bit and running around barefoot in the grass.

He got to try an Otter Pop for the first time. Not sure if he liked it. He seemed a bit confused by it at first. Hahaha!

My cousin Carrie, expert mixologist, made this magnificent drink:

Fresh raspberries from their garden blended with ice, 7-Up and Peach Vodka. It was so good and refreshing and easy to drink too many of!

Logan LOVED the cows and chickens! In fact, if you saw my Instagram, Logan got to feed the cows! He LOVED it. He spent a lot of time feeding the cows and laughing. šŸ™‚

They set up the sprinkler for the kids. It was 95 degrees out and I thought Logan would love running through the sprinkler (I know I loved it as a kid) but he didn’t seem to be too much of a fan. Maddie the dog loved the sprinkler, though!

My uncle grilled up sausages, hot dogs and the best hamburgers you’ve ever had (they are very fresh and organic if you know what I mean…but we try not to think too hard about where they came from….!). It was a potluck and everyone brought something. I made my Greek Orzo Salad again. There was a pasta salad, coleslaw, potato salad and a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries and mangoes.

And of course birthday cake:

Logan LOVED the cake and ice cream, of course. And man he was SO filthy.

He was covered in dirt from running around barefoot, cake and ice cream, Otter Pops, and just summer. LOL I loved it. I loved seeing him running around playing with his cousins and having fun outside. Thankfully my aunt let us give him a quick bath in her amazing clawfoot tub (original) before we headed back to Portland.

It was such a good weekend and so much fun!

We Have Cake

We had a busy weekend being social this weekend. I did the usual stuff-working out, etc. Then Saturday night some friends came over for dinner. It was my friend Star’s birthday and we often do a joint celebration since our birthdays are pretty close together. She requested Michael’s fish and chips.

I got some tilapia for the fried fish and I got some fresh cooked shrimp for shrimp cocktail. I also made a bit salad with mixed greens and a Mediterranean mix. On a whim I bought this bottle of sparkling soda. I’ve never had it before but I highly recommend it! It was REALLY delicious and only 45 calories a serving. I would definitely buy this again for something fancy and sparkly without alcohol in it.

Dinner was really tasty. The fish turned out perfectly. Logan is going through a picky phase, so he didn’t eat any of it. He had a few bites of salad, but basically had green beans, mini corndogs with ketchup (his new favorite thing) and some yogurt. LOL Toddlers.

Star made a cake. It was A-MAZING. She used a dark chocolate ghiradelii mix and then made her own cream cheese frosting from scratch. It was the most delicious, decadent cake I’ve ever had. So good! Even Michael loved it and he doesn’t like cake.

LOGAN LOVED IT. šŸ˜‰

It’s so funny because last year for his 1st birthday party IĀ slaved for hours making homemade chocolate cupcakes and homemade frosting from scratch and he hated it and refused to eat them and cried. Now he loves cake. Of course. šŸ˜‰

Sunday was a busy day, too. We went to Michael’s mom’s house for my belated-birthday dinner. We were supposed to do it last weekend but I was in Seattle. I appreciated that they could reschedule. Michael’s mom made a fantastic Mexican themed dinner for me (my favorite). She did a variation of Pioneer Woman’s Mexican casserole. It was so good.

Layers of chicken, cheese, tortillas and a few different canned sauces plus Rotel. Topped with freshly made guacamole, beans on the side. She left the rice out, which was a good call. The casserole was perfect without it. And because Michael’s family is from Texas there were about a dozen different kinds of salsa and hot sauce to choose from. (hehehe, not that I’m complaining)

Gifts — my favorite running shoes! Yay! I needed a new pair. Now the weather needs to cooperate so Logan and I can get back to going for runs together on my days off.

Star left me with half of the leftover cake so I took that to Michael’s mom’s house to share with everyone for dessert. It was a hit there, too. Trust me, this cake was to die-for. And thankfully, there isn’t half a cake in my house tempting me now!

It was a really nice, but busy weekend–the kind of weekend where you feel like you need another day to just rest!

Michael’s back is in bad shape right now. šŸ™ I feel terrible. He’s in a lot of pain and the usual stuff isn’t working. Mostly he’s just resting and going to the chiropractor. I hope it heals soon.

That’s about it for updates from our neck of the woods. What’s going on with you?