Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Celebrations



Two November birthdays. Two beautiful young women. A daughter and a daughter-in-love. We gathered on Sunday for a late brunch/lunch.


I was in the mood to try a few new recipes. I made a baked, filled omelette, loosely based on this recipe. Sauteed vegetables and cheese filled the omelette and we had breakfast sausages on the side, along with a fruit plate and...


a braided apple bread that was quite good. I would serve a cheese sauce to accompany the omelette next time.


Cake decorating is NOT my forte, unlike DIL Katie. I browsed Pinterest and came up with the idea of a cupcake bouquet. There were even a few late, late raspberries to pop onto the centers. I'm sure these will be the last. 


Purchased macarons were a special treat. Tim took this photo from the other end of the table. Miss A is reading the macaron flavour key to Miss S. Notice the teacups? The girls asked if they could have tea, in their special cups, with sugar cubes. This Nana agreed with alacrity.


Grandpa suggested that the littles should have finger access to the piped green stems of icing on the cake plate. It didn't take long for that to disappear!


The dads got in on the play - one was a horse, the other helped to get everyone balanced. The ride was short, but fun while it lasted.

How often do you try new recipes? I feel like I've been in a bit of a rut, but all the time I spent in the kitchen this past weekend was a lot of fun.  

34 comments:

Marilyn Miller said...

Your family celebration looks just delightful. Love your cupcake bouquet idea too. And the grandchildren having tea time with macarons, of course that was extra special.

mamasmercantile said...

What a wonderful celebration, creating lots of lovely memories. I browse cookbooks for a celebration and try something new but my family love tradition and always ask for there firm favourites, tried and tested over the years.

Helsie said...

Looks like a lovely celebration Lorrie with great looking food.
I like to try out new recipes before bringing them out at an event so my girlfriends and I have made an arrangement to try one new recipe whenever it is our turn to provide the morning tea at one of our weekly meetings for Mahjong or Book Club. This way if there is a failure we have other cakes etc to fall back on and the new recipes are there, tried and tested, for all to use.

Mereknits said...

IT looks like a lovely celebration, so many smiles and good memories.

Mary said...

What a delicious birthday feast - all the girls, big and small, look so happy - you really made it a great memory for all Lorrie.
The cupcake 'bouquet' is a good idea and so pretty.

I too have been in a bit of a cooking rut since getting back. Just going out shopping has been a chore to refill the freezer/fridge after losing all the food due to the hurricane and lengthy power outage. The still warm weather has also meant hours in the kitchen concocting winter pots of rib sticking foods not really happening. I did however go through my 'Winter Savories' folder yesterday and saw many old favorites waiting to be made - perhaps soon!

Happy week my dear -

ourfrenchoasis.com said...

That looks like everyone is having so much fun and that is the most important thing. I love trying new recipes and there is nothing better than cooking, when I have the time! It's birthday week here too, one of our daughter's turned 12, and I have been making cakes like mad, for some bizarre reason she had a double feast, one with family and one with friends!

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful party!! I love the cupcake bouquet...and it appears that the girlies did too! What child wouldn't love permission to eat icing "stems"? I also love their sweet tea cups...so pretty!

Happy birthday to your dear ones!

mari said...

What a delightful celebration! and your cupcake cake is just lovely :0) I try new recipes as often as I can, but they all seem to be baked goods. We tend to like our tried and true recipes for everything else ;D ... have a blessed day! mari

Vee said...

Oh I loved seeing your family happily celebrating birthdays and life! I love trying new recipes, but there really is little need these days. That cupcake bouquet is quite marvelous!

Coastal Ripples said...

What a lovely family occasion. It's good to have a special reason to get cooking. Those macaroons look fun :) B x

Happy@Home said...

The menu for the birthday celebrations looks delicious and that bouquet of cupcakes is a great idea. I have no doubts that the birthday girls felt very special indeed.
A grandpa who suggests finger access to the frosting and a dad who doubles as a horse leaves me feeling certain that the day was a roaring success for all who were lucky enough to be in attendance.

Summer said...

So fun, yummy and wonderful ♥

Alex said...

Most interesting dishes you presented! I think the omlette sounds really great, the perfect lunch recipe.
Nice to see pics of the family...I like the way the girls drank decorously, like little ladies, from their special teacups but then had a riot afterwards...unlike the Victorians, children today are seen AND heard and so it should be!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

That looks like an amazing birthday spread. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Love that 'pinterest birthday cupcake bouquet'!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Looks scrumptious Lorrie!
I try new recipes often and especially when we are entertaining family or friends.
Your table looks so inviting and those we wee ones look like they are having such a good time!

Margie said...

Your cupcake bouquet looks amazing, Lorrie. What a delightful way to celebrate birthdays.

NanaDiana said...

What a great celebration you had there! Your dd and dil are both beautiful girls. I love your breakfast! Sounds good to me. The little girls with the macaroons are so very cute. xo Diana

happywonderer.com said...

Such lovely celebrations! Love your brunch ideas and that cupcake bouquet is fabulous.
All the girls seem to be delighted with the celebrations.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Everything about the special day was perfect, right down to the grands enjoying the icing on the plate, so cute! You are very talented to have created such a pretty cupcake bouquet! The omelette looked delicious too, what a lovely way to spend with your family! Have a lovely weekend ahead :)

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a heart-warming post, Lorrie!
It looks everybody was happy and enjoying the delicious dishes prepared by you. The cupcake bouquet looks lovely... and very pretty with the candles too.
Thank you for sharing!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Fun,family and delicious food....a winning combination!
Happy weekend!

podso said...

I've enjoyed some new recipes lately. Some will be keepers. Your cupcakes are so cute! Well done!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

The littles are adorable and you did an amazing job with your cake bouquet! You daughter and DIL look so much alike in that photo they could be 'real' sisters! :)


I recently tried a new soup recipe and just printed out an italian bread one that a quilting blogger recommended : )

ann said...

I don't try new recipes often. I do love your cupcake flower. I am going to share it with my daughter, the cake builder. You have a large and lovely family who I am sure enjoys your adventurous cooking. It all looks so yummy. I am interest in the omelet that you made. Looks so good.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful birthday girls for a wonderful celebration, Lorrie. The grand girls are adorable, too. I'm loving your cupcake bouquet and I'd be licking the stems with the girls. How often do I try new recipe?? I'm always trying them out. Last night I made a Cowgirl Lasagna, which was quite good!
I loved seeing your hike in your previous post. How nice to pack a quick picnic and enjoy time with your hubby!

September Violets said...

Happy Birthday to both your girls! What a beautiful happy shot of them in the first photo. You are a GOOD grandma for putting all this together, and with new recipes too! The grandkids look like they quite enjoyed tea, macaroons and icing on fingers ;) so sweet! I used to love trying new recipes, but have kind of lost interest in that now. I don't have much opportunity as my husband makes our suppers, but occasionally I look for a new dessert on the weekend.
Wendy

Lowcarb team member said...

What a fabulous family gathering, just love all of your photo's here.

I did like the look of your omelette.
You can make so many different types - omelettes are definitely yum!

Have a great weekend

All the best Jan

My Little Home and Garden said...

That looks like a wonderful, fun gathering. You have a knack for making an occasion feel extra special, I can see.

Karen

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The omelet roll looks amazing ... I love brunch recipes and I made a note with the link.... for later ...

Charm and Grace said...

How I loved these photos... your cupcake bouquet was amazing. And I giggled when I saw that the girls had dragged their fingers through the stems! Lots of lovely ladies in your family. :) What fun!

aimee said...

Loved the pictures of your grandkids-it inspires me to have a tea party for our youngest granddaughter:):) What a neat idea to make a bouquet from cupcakes!
Blessings, Aimee

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun birthday for these lovely ladies. Your cupcake flowers are gorgeous!

Daniela said...

I so love cooking and to read new recipes feed my enthusiasm, dear Lorrie !
Besides I have to say that I so love to see little girls doing experiments in the kitchen, so happy belated birthday to both of your girls and thank you for such a cheerful post !

Hope you're having the best of weeks,
I'm sending blessings of joy on your days to come

Xx Dany

Anneliese said...

This is just such a sweet post in every way! From the birthday breakfast party to the cupcake bouquet and the girls enjoying tea and sugar cubes!