The Works

The 22nd was my amazing husbands birthday, Happy (late) Birthday C! And what does one do for their spouse when it is that special day? Spend all day in the kitchen of course! Unfortunately, he could not open his birthday present because it would give away his Christmas present. So instead, I spent the day making some of his favorite foods.

We started with homemade turkey noodle soup for lunch. It was delicious and nutritious! The meal is so incredibly easy to make; start with turkey breast (rotisserie or cook one the day before) and just add veggies, noodles, and chicken stock, BAM! amazing soup.  This soup freezes pretty well too, but be warned, after defrosting you have about 12 hours to enjoy before it gets too soggy.

Dinner was not conventional, but not quite original. Brinner! I made one of C’s favorite meals: chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream! My favorite part of this meal is that eating the leftovers cold makes them taste like fluffy chocolate chip cookies. The pancakes were accompanied to brinner by crisp turkey bacon and farm fresh scrambled eggs. If you’ve never had fresh eggs (I mean actually straight from the chicken coop to your fridge) I suggest you try them. You might say I am crazy (and I am) but they taste creamier. I get my eggs from my wonderful aunt and I am sure if you look hard enough you will find someone near you who sells them. Don’t think that just because they are farm fresh they break the bank. Most sellers will sell a dozen for $3.00.

Dessert was the best part (when isn’t it?). We had homemade sugar cookies and turtle brownies. What is a turtle brownie you may ask? It is a double chocolate brownie with walnuts baked in. It is blanketed by a nice thick swirl of creamy caramel on top. I promise it is one of the most moist and creamy brownies you will ever try.

For drinks we did something extra special. I made my husbands favorite fruit smoothie and added well over four shots of black cherry vodka. To make the fruit smoothie extra creamy I added heavy cream and used frozen fruit instead of fresh. This allowed me to skip the ice, which will just water it down.

I had a blast with all the cooking and felt it was a much more personal gift than taking him out for a steak. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice thick steak, but we can do that any time. I would much rather show him my love with my cooking than my wallet.

Hope you had a great birthday C! I love you!

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