Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Weekend!

Well I had a very nice birthday weekend. My family and I had a barbecue with tri-tip, chicken, french bread, beans, potato salad, and corn. Santa Maria style tri-tip is famous worldwide. Our beans are famous too, and super good.

Then after that we had s'mores and exchanged funny stories. Also, my parents got all of us cupcakes from KK's Gourmet Bundt Cakes as my cake. My dad got me a customized wine bag, a charm photo bracelet, and a CD. My mom got me a pretty snow globe with kitties in it. My sister got me a salad spinner and a flexible liquid measuring pouring cup for baking. My boyfriend gave me one of his treasured beanie babies and his mom got me a pretty bookmark. So I felt very special.

The next day, my boyfriend and I went to a Chili Festival in Arroyo Grande, near Lopez Lake. It was really fun and we got to try all kinds of different chili recipes-- vegetarian, red (spicy), chili verde, and some other unique styles of beans. The spicy beans I voted I liked the best were one of the groups that won-- these beans came from Chele's Food & Spirits, in Pismo. Apparently they haven't changed their chili recipe in 22 years and they've won at the festival two years in a row. I may need to check out that restaurant sometime! :)

There isn't much summer left, but I'm trying to enjoy the rest of it as much as I can. Saturday, I'm having a birthday party with my girls. Looking forward to that!


  1. Hi Jen!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful birthday celebration. All that delicious food--Mmm, mmm good--the thoughtful birthday presents and, of course, being surrounded by the special people who love you was icing on the cake--Woohoo!!! Many happy returns...why am I suddenly hungry

  2. Yep, being surrounded by the special people in my life has been the best part :)

  3. Hi Jen!

    Happy Tuesday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend, especially Saturday's birthday celebration with your girlfriends, who hopefully reminded you that you are special to them--cheers!

    Took the liberty of adding your interesting website to my blog. Have a great week, Jen!

  4. Hi Al :)
    It was a very nice weekend, I'll make a post about it soon when I get all the pictures. Thanks for adding my site to your blog, I will look forward to reading your blog when you start it.

  5. Hi Jen!

    Great to hear your weekend celebration was "very nice"--that's usually the outcome when good people and good friends get together to highlight milestones in each other's lives. Looking forward to your next post. Happy Wednesday!