Wake up annnnnd…
Smell the roses BAM…you’re THIRTY!
While I’m still trying to figure out just how the hell THAT happened so fast, I have to say, I’m looking forward to the next decade of my life, especially since it was rung in in the most MARVELOUS way possible…with wine, laughter, wine, good home-cooked food, wine, great company, and…wait, did I already mention the wine? 😉
On my way out of town early Saturday afternoon (which for all practical purposes, I pretended was my birthday this year*), I stopped in at a gas station to fuel up, pee (duh), and snap a selfie in the bathroom once I noticed that my hair and makeup on POINT (rainy day curls are the best, ya know)!
But just WHERE was I headed??
Remember how I was marvelously spontaneous earlier this year ended up joining a wine club? Well, I finally got a chance to revisit Bean’s Creek Winery after ten long months and I definitely made the most out of it. Not only did I snatch up a case of some of my favorite wines (at a 25% discount I might add) but I also got to attend one of their wine tasting classes that I’ve been pining over for months!
During the class, we learned all about Riedel Wine Glass Company and how they have tailor-made glasses to enhance the flavor of certain wines. We also got to see, first hand, how a particular glasses can affect the taste of different wines and seriously, you guys, it was like magic. But the best part? I got to keep all five of my glasses!
I’m now well on my way to becoming the wine snob I’ve always hoped to be! 😉
Especially after the food pairing section of the class!
Clockwise from the top we have: sausage and spinach stuffed mushrooms (INcredible!), cracker topped with an herbed-caper spread and smoked salmon, almond cookie, and a cheese-wrapped grape (heaVEN!). The recipes for the mushrooms and the grapes can be found here. I highly suggest you make one (or BOTH!) for your next holiday shindig because they are the shee-UT! 😉
But the birthday fun had only JUST begun!
My buzzed little booty then found itself in the middle of Foodie Mecca where it then began frolicking among the flavored coffees, internationally themed sauces, COCONUT RICE, and mysteriously flavored Greek yogurts…
Ba ba ba BAAAAAAAA! Superrrrrr TarrrrrrGET-all-my-money-out-and-hand-it-over-to-a-girl-clad-in-red.
I’m pretty sure she was an elf. Or maybe that was just the wine goggles. Regardless, I came away with quite the haul…which deserves a post all to itself so stay tuned for that!
The culmination of birthday events and excitements was set to end at the place where it all began…well, not technically since we lived in Portsmouth, VA when I came into this world, but uh…well shit, now I’ve ruined the poetic moment I had going on. Forget it.
LOOK, guys, FOOD!
Upon my request, Broccoli Mama made one of my all-time favorites: pot roast with gravy, potatoes, carrots, and biscuits…and then some green beans because she said (and I quote), “It’ll make for a prettier picture!” God, I love this woman! And not just because she makes me mouth-watering birthday dinners.
She ALSO makes my FAVORITE brownies!
There are many many things I will take over a slice of cake…but brownies are at the TOP of that list (along with cookies…but there were no cookies…at least none that I could see before being hypnotized by the scent of dark chocolate Ghiradelli brownies (with ooey gooey melty chocolate CHIPS hidden inside))…and yes, I did take the middle one! 😉
After dinner, there were ab-inducing laughs, cheers with some of the metric ton of wine I had in the car, and of course, PRESENTS!
There was also a trio of earrings that managed to escape a picture since I was already engrossed in my literary adventures. Seriously, these books were FUCKING made for me, right?! And a total surprise! The problem is I can’t seem to read more than a page or two at a time without switching books? Lol.
*Yesterday was actually my birthday, but I couldn’t get all three days of my weekend covered at work. When it came down to it, it made more sense to have Friday off so I could have all day Saturday to spend with the people I love.
If this birthday is ANY indication of how the next year is gonna go or the rest of my thirties, I say bring it! Just umm, go easy on me with the gray hairs, would ya, Daddy Time? 😉
What has been your most MARVELOUS birthday to date?