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Thursday, January 7, 2016

celebrating 31!

i really enjoyed my birthday yesterday!  (i still can't believe i'm 31!)  in the morning, a sweet co-worker surprised me with cupcakes at work.  after work, i treated myself to a much-needed massage, and it was absolutely heavenly for this dancer's aching body.  it was the perfect way to relax on my birthday after a day at work.  happy birthday to me!

after the massage, ryan and i went out to dinner, then we came back home to enjoy some birthday cake and i opened my birthday presents from ryan (with a good deal of help from leko too)!

we'll be in birthday mode all week at our house and we're continuing the birthday celebrations straight through the weekend.  we're looking forward to getting together with our families this weekend to celebrate!

^we went out to dinner at tiffany's which is a cozy little restaurant near us decorated with pretty tiffany lamps.  for dinner i had penne pasta with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, roma tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and pine nuts, all tossed in a pecorino romano sauce.  it was really good and i will definitely need to make it at home!  ryan had veal topped with prosciutto, mozzarella, and a roasted red pepper cream sauce.^
^when we came home after dinner we enjoyed birthday cake!  for christmas, ryan's parents bought me the dessert for two cookbook and i just couldn't wait to try it out.  since all of the recipes are miniature sized it was perfect for my birthday because i wanted cake but i didn't want to make a whole ginormous cake.  we made a six-inch chocolate cake with peppermint frosting and decorated it with chopped up chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.  it was so cute and was the perfect size for our mini cake stand.  the combination of the chocolate and the peppermint was so good!  it reminded me of the cake version of a york peppermint patty.^
^after cake i opened presents from ryan.  he surprised me with a new cardigan that i have had my eye on for months, and a gorgeous black suit jacket for work.  he also got me a uv lens filter and two lens hoods for one of my camera lenses!  he did good!^
^how cute is that wrapping paper?!  the little red and blue bikes were so cute, especially since we both love biking so much.  leko was pretty excited about the paper too.  he kept pouncing on it!^

i'm looking forward to continuing the birthday celebrations this weekend with our families!

love, laurie


Mom H. said...

Dinner looks delicious and that cake is so cute (and also looks delicious)! Great photos. I like the bicycle theme wrapping paper - very appropriate. We are looking forward to continuing your birthday celebration.

ma pa camlet said...

I really like the bike wrapping paper. I bet you can't wait to get out and ride. That cake looks delicious, chocolate and peppermint great combo. Your dinner is making me hungry. Your helper is cute, too! You could not have done it without him.