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Dire Wolf for Birthday Week…

Okay, this was last April 26, oldest son’s birthday present. Commissioned this from my very talented friend at Sonofabeach for my son. My son is a huge Game of Thrones fan and wants a collection of the four main houses for his rec room (heads up for future orders, T!)

Below are the two he has so far. Fabulous, right? Thanks so much to T and his amazing artist wife. I also have three of the cutest seahorses that they’ve done. They can create just about anything you can dream up!

So today began birthday week in quarantine. It’s a little weird as we can’t go anywhere yet in Illinois, but we had a great take out dinner and chocolate chocolate chip bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes tonight as today was oldest’s birthday.

Tomorrow is mine and we may just take a cake break as I’m attempting a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for youngest’s birthday on Wednesday. We were able to scrounge up a single birthday candle in order to sing, which at least kept us from having to use an extra Advent candle from last Christmas…

But, sing we did and even though life is just plain crazy this year, the celebration continues.

Splitting Headaches…


I’ve told you about my wonderful group of friends and our birthday dinner celebrations before.  And I’ve told you how we insist on singing to the birthday girl and ordering  one or two lovely desserts to share.  But have I told you what happens when we get the check to pay?  Yes, we become that women eating out cliche where we pull out our phone calculators and try to figure the bill out to the penny.

Well, last night we went out to dinner to celebrate two birthdays.  And we went to a Spanish tapas restaurant, a gorgeous mansion built in what was once a doctor’s residence and clinic around the mid-1800s. If you’re not familiar with tapas, they are small plates of food, cold or hot, that can be shared or eaten as appetizers or dinner.

There were seven of us at dinner and we usually get separate checks then everyone pays their own and chips in for the birthday person so they don’t pay.  Well, this restaurant doesn’t do separate checks.  In the end, it probably wouldn’t have helped anyway!

Three ordered their own plates and the other four ordered five plates to share.  One friend had a glass of wine, one had iced tea, the rest of us stuck to water.  The restaurant very graciously comped us two desserts to share.

When the bill came, we discussed how to split it and no one really was sure.  We tried dividing it first by seven, then by five (taking out the birthday people).  We took out the price of the drinks first so those people could pay for their own.  We added together the five tapas dishes, divided that amount in half, because the two birthday girls were part of that group.  We tried dividing their portion by seven, as each birthday girl would get her dinner free then pay one seventh of the other birthday girl’s meal.

It would have made a great word problem on a math test.  You know, “Seven friends went out to dinner.  Four had five plates to share, three had their own dinners.  One had a glass of wine, one had an iced tea.  Adding in a tip of 18 percent…”

The waiter came by to see if the check payment was ready and we waved him away, by now laughing uproariously over our arithmetic attempts.  He backed away looking a little confused.  Finally, somehow, we arrived at amounts that everyone was happy with, paid our bill, hugged each other and left.  Truth be told, we were happy to come to any resolution. 

When I got home and told hubby what had happened, he said, “Why didn’t you just split the bill?”  But, Honey, I explained, we were celebrating two people’s birthdays and they shouldn’t pay for their own dinner and one person had a glass of wine…  Hubby just shook his head and smiled.


Diane D.

Photo from Pixabay

#atozchallenge, X is for Xylophone…


The perfect birthday gifts for babies and small children IF they are not kept at your house!  (And tambourines and drums and cymbals…)

~Diane D.

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays!)

My Favorite E-Mail Today…

Happy Birthday

Your friends at Suburban Gastroenterology, Ltd. wish you a very happy birthday. We hope that you have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best Wishes,

Suburban Gastroenterology, Ltd.    

(I love this because these are the doctors who did my colonoscopy!)


Milky Way Cake Recipe …



My 3 1/2 year old grandson, JP, sent me this adorable flower cupcake for my birthday today  ❤

We went to dinner last night for his daddy’s (oldest son’s) birthday and then back to our house for Milky Way cake, a recipe passed down from my mother-in-law that my boys always request for their birthdays or holidays.   It’s so good and birthday calories don’t count, right?

Here’s the recipe:

Milky Way Cake (makes 2 three layer cakes!)

8 regular size Milky Way bars

2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup pecans (optional)

4 eggs

1/2 t. baking soda

1 ¼ cup buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream one stick butter and sugar and set aside. Melt one stick butter and candy bars in double boiler until candy is melted.  Beat eggs into sugar and butter one at a time.  Put baking soda in buttermilk, then add to melted candy bar mixture (take off of heat).  Add chocolate mixture to butter and sugar and beat, then add flour a little at a time and beat to combine.  Add nuts, chopped, if using.

Put into three round 8 inch pans, greased and floured, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.

(You will need to make this recipe twice for each recipe of frosting and to make two three-layer cake


2 ½ cups sugar

1 small can  (5 oz.) evaporated milk

1 stick butter

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff

Cook sugar and milk over medium heat (until soft ball stage) about 4 minutes after it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, beat until smooth.  Cool until almost cold before frosting cakes.

The cakes freeze well, frosted or unfrosted, wrapped well in plastic wrap and then foil.