A 31st Birthday.

Drew is 31 as of yesterday. We spent the day doing things he likes & enjoying a laid-back day. I have a tendency to go overboard but this year I decided to try his request for a simple celebration–I think he really did have fun, I know I did.
First we had a breakfast of Guilford Mill Yellow Grits, eggs & blueberry chicken sausages & then he opened his gift (a little silly, but he’s wanted them for years. It’s a ‘status’ symbol that he got as a joke.)

Then, we visited Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in search of something that might work for a worm bin bathtub, or any other useful items for the property. We scored some adorable vintage books & purchased a little Step 2 play set for the girls (mainly Leviah) entertainment at the property. The tree swing is just a bit much for a 1.5 year old.

Then home for some napping while I whipped up this, per Drew’s request:

& back out to the ‘homestead’ to meet the well guy & discuss placement options. A quick run through the dairy for some ice cream & back home for another nap.

Drew & I went out alone, thanks to my sister, to a restaurant we’ve wanted to try for some time. A fancy but out of this world meal at Printworks Bistro. Someday we’ll getaway at the hotel for a weekend…

Then home for some pie (recipe to follow), which I could barely eat after finishing my meal & partaking in some beignets! It was an indulgent day.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (rough measurement estimates b/c that’s how I roll, & not my Aunt Ethel’s recipe exactly, I couldn’t find it, but thanks to my sweet cousin it WILL be used next time. This pie did turn out quite well, however–so the eaters say):
Pie Crust for one 9″ double crusted pie. This is the recipe I always use.
1 pint strawberries sliced
2 cups rhubarb sliced
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
3tbsp quick cooking tapioca
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all the above ingredients together::Place in pie crust & dab with 1-2tbsp butter::Cover with top crust (don’t forget slits!):: bake*::slice & serve!

*Bake at 400degrees for about 30 minutes, until it looks a little brown around the edges & filling is bubbling, cool & eat. Brushing the top crust with egg & sprinkling with sugar would have added a little pizazz, but I skipped this step…


  • Joy Posted June 18, 2010 7:27 pm

    Happy birthday to Drew! The pie looks delicious. The crust looks great. You go girl. Crusts are not my forte. 🙂 Need to make my way to Printworks Bistro sometime. Mmmm…Guilford Mill!

  • Melissa Posted June 18, 2010 8:10 pm

    When the arrest me for stealing rhubarb from the garden at the Children's Museum will you come bail me out of the pokey? I need that pie!

    Happy Birthday to Drew– sounds like an ideal day!

  • Charissa Posted June 19, 2010 1:14 am

    Sounds like a fun day! The pie looks so good and I was sure you were going to say it was Aunt Ethel's recipe! BOO! Her's is SO good!

  • Plain and Joyful Living Posted June 19, 2010 12:23 pm

    Oh Happy Birthday to your husband! That pie looks amazing.
    What a sweet wife you are.

  • Tan Family Posted June 19, 2010 1:35 pm

    What a wonderful birthday! Being with family and celebrating in a meaningful way is the best. Beautiful pie. 🙂

  • My Life Under the Bus Posted June 19, 2010 5:29 pm

    I have to agree with your husband. I suffer from "overboarditis" as well. Of course some of the best days and memories are perfectly slow and easy.I hate when I go so overboard to make something special I am exhausted and don't enjoy it !!! That pie looks amazing !!! Sounds like the perfect day !

  • school house oils Posted June 20, 2010 6:40 pm

    when you get as old as i am you cant handle those fast paced birthdays anymore…thanks love

  • Groovy Baby Blog Posted June 20, 2010 10:45 pm

    I love your blog, It is so fun to read!

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