A Decade of Birthdays

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 11, 2010

Hey guys!

Last night we had a big family get together for Eric’s birthday. It was fun! :) We went out to celebrate and let the good times roll.

There was nothing vegan on the menu so I just asked the server if the chef could surprise me with a vegan dish and luckily he was more than willing. I was excited to see what he came up with!

This came out…


It was a Thai inspired stir-fry with rice and tofu complete with a Cashew sauce. It was pretty good although I am not a tofu fan, so I picked around it. :)

The rest of the evening was spent with family, kicking-back and catching up. :) It was a great night. My in laws are staying here to house-sit and cat-sit while we are in Chicago. Sketchie is very happy because he LOVES when his grandma and grandpa come to visit! I think he likes them more than us…


Eric and I have a big memory box that we store all of our notes and cards in since we started dating in 2000. I decided to go through it and bring back a few blasts from the past!

I admit, it was a bit hard stifling my giggles this morning when I read through our old notes. Said notes will never see the light of day on this blog. But I can show you a few safe ones… ;)

Our second Christmas together in 2001:


Clearly, he fell in love with my artistic ability.

The outside of a birthday card I gave to Eric for his 20th birthday in 2002:IMG_0004

The card:


The inside of the card…


Pics from 2002:

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That was just a month before we left for university together. 

A surprise birthday road trip in 2007:


I made us a picnic dinner and took Eric to the beach.


It was a really great night.



25, baby.


Sketchie was still cracking us up with his antics…


This one was last year’s birthday card in 2009.

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Happy 28th Birthday to the man who stole my heart and changed how I saw myself and the world around me forever.


Breakfast in bed is always a good start to one’s birthday, don’t you think?

Although shortly after I brought up breakfast, he got paged for work. :(

I used my Healthy Spelt Pancakes For One recipe (and doubled it) and I added his favourite pancake toppings- chocolate chips, coconut, and cherries.  :)


I had some as well as my mother-in-law! She told me that she grew up in Ireland eating pancakes without maple syrup! Her mom used to serve them with margarine, sugar, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of icing sugar. Sounds amazing!



Today’s question: Let’s talk BIRTHDAYS! What is your most memorable birthday? Share the nostalgia. :)

The birthday that sticks out the most in my mind was a surprise birthday party Eric threw for me on my 23rd birthday. He flew out my dad and best friend just for the party (I hadn’t seen them in ages!). Needless to say, the tears, drinks, and laughs flowed like wata.

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Nicole @ yuppieyogini August 11, 2010 at 8:36 am

When I turned 16, my boyfriend at the time threw me surprise party. It was just like you see on TV…I was totally surprised to have all my friends jump out and yell SURPRISE! Because I wasn’t planning to be seen by everyone I knew, I was in frumpy clothes with my hair in a ponytail–not very cute pictures ;)
Love all your homemade cards…so cute :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

I love the recap!

Breakfast in bed IS the best thing you could have on your birthday…especially if that breakfast is cake.


Jessica @ How Sweet August 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

I love the old pics! So adorable. :)
I can’t even think of a memorable birthday. They are ALL memorable when I’m with my family and friends!


Darcy @ shesingsatthetable August 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Awww this post is sweet! My best birthday was my last one (24). My two best friends at school planned the party and recreated the party Jim and Dwight throw for Kelly on The Office. Complete with a banner that said “IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY.” It was hilarious and my stomach hurt the next day from laughing so much :)


Danielle August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

What a great way to look back at memories! Such a nice post. :)

What does Eric do for work that he is on call?


Megan @ Sweet On August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

Awww, yay! Happy Birthday, Eric!

I recently found a few “memory boxes” from two boyfriends I had in high school. So hilarious and sooo embarassing! You’re right – those notes will never see the light of day! But somehow also nice to know how uninhibited you can be when you’re young and in love…ah, to be 18 again!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

Such a sweet birthday post!! I love going through old cards and photos– it’s so funny to see how a relationship grows and changes through things like that!

Happy birthday to Eric!!


[email protected] August 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

So sweet! Happy Birthday Eric! I am amazed at people who marry someone they went to high school with. You two rock!


Marilou August 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

So cute! :)

By far my best birthday was my 25th, where my friends threw me a big surprise party, rented a limo, and I fell asleep on the bathroom floor of a bar. Epic :)


Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

Ok those card are toooo cute, thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday Eric, hope its a good one!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

Angela! That X-mas card is adorable! :) Happy B-Day to your husband. Looks like a lovely time you two had <3


Shannon, Tropical Eats August 11, 2010 at 8:54 am

WOWWWW now those are some good lookin pancakes :)

this was such a fun post! love going down memory lane with you. funny cards are the best! i haven’t really had any great b-days.. my birthday falls about 5 days after school gets out every year so i never got to celebrate with my college friends. sad :(


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

For my 21st birthday I went bungee jumping. It was such a fun (albeit incredibly scary) way to celebrate!


Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches August 11, 2010 at 8:59 am

My most memorable birthday was when I climbed my 21st mountain over 14,000 feet (in Colorado, my home state!) for my 21st birthday. I felt so proud of myself once I reached the summit and basked in the glory of the surrounding views of the Rocky Mountain expanse….conquering your dreams and exceeding your expectations for yourself is the best birthday present there is.


Ashley August 11, 2010 at 8:59 am

My birthday this year was a pretty memorable one. After changing my life DRASTICALLY (quitting my job, starting school, leaving my fiance) I moved in with 3 roommates about a month before my birthday. We decided to throw a huge birthday party and it was a great success! I spent the whole night dancing, laughing, eating, drinking and talking with all my favourite people in the world in a very HOT little dress. I had such a wonderful night and it really reminded me that I was in the right place and doing the right thing.


Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

My parents gave my hubby Kevin that handmans card for his birthday this past May. They thought it was only too fitting after he finished our basement and then my parents.


Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story August 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

For my 30th birthday (just this past March) all of my girlfriends and I went to Savannah, GA. I had to complete a series of outrageous tasks to earn charms for a Pandora charm bracelet. Each person had bought me a different charm that reminded them of me in their own way. It was fun, crazy and something I will never forget.


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

Awh a memory box – I have one of those too! Filled with cards and letters and random junk I can’t throw away :P they’re the best!
I think I’m yet to have a [good] really memorable birthda – I have a BAD memorable one, which sucks!!


Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

Hey Angela! Looking forward to meeting everyone at HLS. I’m local in Chicago so if you need any recommendations I’m happy to share! Those cards are hilarious – it’s so fun to look back at what we used to do in the name of love back in the day!


tanyasdaily August 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

I like the pic on the beach with 25…very fun!


Cristina @ mission262 August 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

HA! I am cracking up at his 20th birthday card, you wrote “Wowzers, U R old!” That’s hilarious :p


Laura August 11, 2010 at 9:09 am

No joke– I was about to type this exact comment. :-) Love it!


Wei-Wei August 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

I don’t remember any particular birthday celebrations. :( But hey, I’ve got a lot ahead of me! :D



Camille August 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

My 19th birthday was my most memorable…
I was at one of my lowest places with my eating disorder and I remember everyone sitting around eating cake and turkey (my b-day falls on Thanksgiving) and I was just sitting there by myself. That was the moment I decided to free myself from my ED!


Sarah for Real August 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

I want to be vegetarian or vegan if only so I can feel extra special when the chef at a restaurant makes me something not on the menu :D


Lizzie August 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

Lemon juice and sugar . . mmmmm . . that’s how I grew up eating pancakes too. Yum!!!

Thank you for that little bit of birthday inspiration. I think my most memorable was my 18th, where my group of girlfriends and I all went round to the art gallery/coffee shop where my mum was working at the time and the woman in charge of the menu had created this gorgeous birthday cake for me and we had the deck to ourselves, hanging out in the last of the summer sunshine and the start of our senior year. For my husband it would be the surprise 30th I threw for him, complete with friends flying in from out of state for it.


JL Goes Vegan August 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

Happy birthday to Eric! Great pix and walk down memory lane. I had to laugh, though, about you picking around the tofu. I would kill for a restaurant to surprise me and come out with a tofu dish! (so fed up with salads as the option!)

I turned 40 in Cancun with two of my best friends. (love that the hubby had no problem with me making 40 a girl’s weekend!)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

Woo-hoo! Happy birthday to the most famous Blogger Husband :)

Seriously, your cards couldn’t be anymore cuter. The one with the photos of you + him – priceless. And thanks for throwing in a little Sketchie – always makes my day.


Kate August 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

My most memorable birthday was actually this past year. My dad’s birthday is three days after mine, so we usually combine the celebration. My brother just got married last year, and unfortunately due to his work, he and his wife have now lived in a couple different places. Anyway, so my mom took me shopping and said we were going to meet my dad for lunch somewhere. Well, when we got to the restaurant, my brother and his wife were standing there waiting for us. They drove 6 hours to spend the birthday weekend with us. I was bawling!


The Wife of a Dairyman August 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

I think I would have to go with my 21st B-day. What kid can’t wait to turn 21?! I definitely had a fun night with many of my friends.


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

I love that you have all those memories to look back on. My BF is actually the first boy I dated 14 years ago when I was just starting high school. Since getting back together this year I have had a lot of “remember the time when….” moments with him. I also read him some of my old diaries from the days when I had a huge crush on him but didn’t want anyone to know!!


Tina August 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

Love all the memory items. Those are always so special to look back on.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 11, 2010 at 9:46 am

You are too cute!! Love those cards and the photos are great! I’ve had a lot of really fun birthdays, but I think my 20th was my favourite – some of my best friends hosted a party for me and we went out after. There are lots of stories but to cut it short, it was an amazing night! My 22nd is this Sunday so I’m hoping it will be a memorable one too! :)


Jess @ MTL Veggie August 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

That’s so sweet that you and Eric keep your birthday cards and mementos! What a great way to keep your memories alive.
My birthday always falls in or around Thanksgiving so my birthday is always mingled in with that which to me, makes for the best memories, and I clearly have the best of both worlds: Holiday dinner, and presents! Not to mention all the wonderful friends and family gathered around to help me celebrate :)
I think the most memorable birthday though, was for my 20th, and my Mom ended up having about 20 people over for Thanksgiving dinner and she had so much going on that I had to make my own Birthday Cake! I found this really amusing, but made a delicious carrot cake that everyone still raves about to this day. The secret was about 3 cups of oil, no joke!


Kara @ MyWellnest August 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

That stirfry looks huge!!! How cool of the chef to whip something up for you!


Callie August 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

Happy birthday to Eric! :)
It’s nice how you keep all your cards and photos so you can look back on them.


k8 August 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

I was in treatment for my alcoholism on my 33rd birthday. I count it as the best birthday yet. Finally getting my life back on track.


Laura August 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

Well, first of all, I love it when chefs work at making something vegan. One time at our favorite inn they made me a lentil/wild rice/veggie/chestnut dish stuffed into a baby pumpkin and baked. So there’s my most memorable meal!

I’m not sure which birthday is most wonderful or most memorable. There are a few. About five years ago, just a few months after my mother passed away, I was a mess and couldn’t figure out what to do. The husband made dinner reservations with the few people who happened to be around mid August and then blew up balloons enough to match my age so they’d be there when I woke up in the morning. He had also gotten a magnum of Dom Perignon on a job he worked on and we all went back to the apartment and had that with dessert.

This year (it will be my birthday next tuesday!) I got a stove delivered! We’ve been cooking on an explosion hazard from 1935 when we’re upstate. It’s only got one temperature: ON, and it takes a half hour to boil water. Not great for a cooking enthusiast. So now I have a GE CAFE! The hood is so powerful I think it may suck up the cat.

AND, last year I really wanted to celebrate in a way that reflected my lifestyle and beliefs, so my meat eating husband actually took me to Pure Food & Wine in NYC. And I got a Vitamix! And my yoga friends took me out to a vegan restaurant for brunch after yoga…followed by decidedly unvegan cupcakes. But that’s ok, I flex. I just try to be healthy. But sometimes a little butter and sugar on a birthday just happen.

This coming Tuesday is a big birthday, and it seems as if the day itself might be a little ordinary, but I think the whole month might be memorable!


Halley August 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

This post is SO adorable!!! I will be sure to save all my gushy, corny stuff for a laugh 10 years from now. Love it!!! Also, could those pancakes be anymore perfect looking?!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

Happy Birthday Eric!!
Thanks for sharing those cute notes!! hehe

I have been super lucky, as in high school I spent most of my birthdays in Mexico surrounded by all my friends!! But there isn’t one that sticks out to me!!


Lauren August 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

Happy Birthday Eric! I’m not really a huge birthday person and never do much for mine, so I don’t really know what my best memory would be. :-(


jayme August 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

i actually grew up eating waffles and pancakes with ‘white sauce’, which tastes suspiciously like vanilla pudding, and i LOVE it. any time i tell someone that waffles and hot vanilla pudding taste great together, i’m promptly met with an ‘EEEWWW.’

this post is so adorable! :D
love the old cards and pictures.

i thinkkk my most memorable birthday was my 18th, instead of going to the bar i had a huge party in my good friends back yard. there was a bonfire, sparklers, the people i love and lots of booze! lol.
(i was also given a blender as a gift, so i could make people drinks haha.)


stefanie August 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

Love your post today!
Very cute cards. its nice to go back and read the cards years later, they bring back such good memories.

I think the b-days that stand out for me are the ones celebrated out on my aunt’s farm. I grew up in Colombia (in Bogota) and my aunt has a farm an hour away from the city. I loved spending b-days there with my friends as my mom would make a BBQ, we would have cake and I get to do what I loved the most: ride my horses. It was so much fun! We would hike down to the river and see my aunt’s cows!

Another fun b-day was one in Guelph. My best friend and housemate had a scavenger hunt for me! I had to walk around campus finding my clues, and each clue had a letter associated with it. In the end I had to puet the letters in order to find out what my present was: A day at Woodbine race tracks!! It was sooo much fun and I knew someone that worked there and we got free food and behind the scenes tour. I also gto to present the trainer and jockey of one racer with their trophy!

Happy Birthday to Eric!


Katalina @ GreenLivingNY August 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

I remember witj pleasure all my birthdays, my family: parents, grandparents and fiance,always make me feel special, so all of them (23), sometimes we had a big party, sometimes only within the family circle, but all of them were filled with love and I really appreciatte the love and the happiness they still bring to me, I pray for them every day and thank God they I have them, hope I can return all the Love that they gave me all these years and continue to give to me now!
Have a nice day, full of joy, and just remember CAPRE DIEM( live the moment) and remember it, these is true happiness to me!
I am little bit nostalgig now, I moved to us with my fiancee and my family is inEastern Europe, I see them very rare, once or twice a year, but I want all the world to know that I love them all and every second my heart and soul fly to them, and thanks to my fiance for all the LOVE and joy that he brings me and to my family! His birthday is in October, he will be 25, :) I already started planning, I want to make him a surprise,and to take him to a very beautiful place in Arizona, wish me luck, hopes hi will like it, I will blog about our trip, didn’t have time to blog for a while, but I will get back on track!
Have a beautifuul day everybody, just tell today to your family and friends how much you love and appreciate them!!


McKella August 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

I need to get that handyman card for my husband!
My most memorable birthday was probably my 21st, which I spent on a bus in China after spending days in the Quinling Mountains looking for wild pandas. Our guide stopped the bus in a little village and got me a gorgeous cake decorated with fruit, a dog sculpted from whipped cream and tomatoes! They consider tomatoes fruits there, so they treat them as fruit! Later we got to our hotel, showered (yay!) and went out for dumplings, which is the best meal I had that whole trip. It was a birthday I’ll never forget!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 11, 2010 at 10:22 am

Happy birthday, Eric! That memory box is so amazing. :) You’ll be able to look back 50 years from now at all that stuff!

My most memorable birthday kind of had a bad ending but it was soooo much fun. The bad ending was an intense case of poison ivy for me and about 5 of my guests. So bad we needed steroids and had to take a few more drugs to keep it from spreading into our eyes. The party itself was incredible. My friend’s band played a few songs for us, we had a huugeee yard to run around in, and an entirely empty house (we were in the process of moving). It was the last birthday party in my Tennessee house and it couldnt have been any better. :)


Run Sarah August 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

Happy Birthday Eric! Loved seeing the cards and photos from your past – so cute!


Amber August 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

My favorite birthday was 24. I had just put an offer on my house. It was so exciting going through this experience. Plus, 24 was the year I met my husband! Will always be my favorite.


Tina-The Wellness War August 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

My best birthday was my 28th-I got engaged!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

your post just made me tear up…how wonderful to have found that man who has changed your heart! i know that’s what Nate did for me, but i just haven’t found the words to describe that feeling til now :)

happy birthday eric!


Jess August 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

Such cute cards! You guys make a great couple, and obviously love building memories together!

On my 13th bday (like 1996, i think?) I dislocated my collar bone at my soccer game. I got pushed from behind, went up in the air, came down and landed on my elbow and my collar bone shot up through my neck. Like out of the skin, with all the cracking, popping and blood. Hope no one is too grossed out reading this :) My mom and dad were on the sidelines. My mom freaked, naturally. I think she took it worse than I did.


Jo @ SeekingHealthyBalance August 11, 2010 at 10:42 am

Love birthday surprises – breakfast in bed is the best treat.

Loved seeing your memories on the blog


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 11, 2010 at 10:44 am

Happy Birthday Eric


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

Sorry I hit submit before I was done!

This year was a good bday for my husband, he turned 30 and I threw him a surprise party. He has a huge family and I actually got them all in the same room for the party — his parents are divorced so family stuff can be uncomfortable, but it wasn’t! It was great and the surprise part went well. :)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ERIC!! It’s crazy that it’s already been 10 years since 2000…time definitely flies faster the older you get!! Hope you two have fun celebrating :)


Vegan by Valerie August 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

Happy birthday week to Eric!!! This was such a lovely post, you guys are so lucky to have each other since there’s obviously so much love there :)

Have a great flight to Chitown!


Gail August 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

Happy birthday Eric!
My best birthday so far was my 40th. Instead of the usual presents, cake, etc, I decided that I wanted to go skiing for my birthday (it’s in February), and stay up in the mountains. So, my husband and I spent 3 days at Breckenridge Colorado, and had the best time. The weather was perfect, sunny and not too hot or cold, the snow was perfect, our lodge was just across the street from the slopes, so all we had to do was walk across the street, strap on our skis and have fun. After the skiing we’d go back to the lodge(which was a really nice place) and soak in the hot tub, swim in the pool, then go to town and have a fabulous Italian dinner at this little mom and pop restaurant in Breckenridge (the best food!), it was so much fun. After dinner we’d walk around town and window shop (it’s a cool mountain town that has an old timey feel to it – not like Vail which is more modern). I’ll never forget it. After that trip, whenever we want to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or something, we go on a mini weekend trip, usually to the mountains to Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Breck, etc., instead of exchanging the usual presents. Such a better time and such good memories.


Amber K August 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday to him!

I love how you called him old at 20. My husband just celebrated 30 and I know that we’ll look back and laugh when we’re older at how OLD we think 30 is. =)

I actually don’t have good birthday memories. They are either uneventful or they are bad. Something about that time just gets me down for some reason!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

I love memory boxes. I actually have two (there are just too many memories!) and it is so fun to go through them. Sometimes it makes me a little sad but I really do love looking through what I have saved and remembering what made them significant enough to earn a place in the box. Although sometimes I will look at something and think- why in the world did I save you?? haha


Dani @ Body By Nature August 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

Wow that dish looks amazing! I love when chefs are happy and eager to accommodate vegans.

Happy birthday Eric!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 11, 2010 at 11:36 am

Last year, my friends and I all dressed up in our “Sunday Best” and went for pancakes at IHOP. They weren’t quite as amazing as yours though!


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston August 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

Awww wow that was so fun so see the birthdays throughout the years! My husband and I have a box of notes and cards and stuff too — actually I’m starting to scrapbook it all! I’m not sure what my most memorable birthday was.. probably my 23 rd birthday because John proposed to be 4 days before it! :)


Erika August 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

I love birthdays. Unfortunately I remember the bad ones just as much as the good ones. I just turned 30 a few months ago and that one will be memorable thanks to family.


Shanna, Like Banana August 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday to Eric!

Fave Bdays were when I was 11 and my Mom surprised me with a trip to Disneyworld in FL (we lived in WI and it was January so it was awesome).

30th Birthday to myself was 2 week trip to Italy :) :) :)


Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday to Eric!

My most memorable (certainly not the best) bday was my 18th. My brother and best friend came to town from far away to surprise me and my friends threw me a surprise party. But the night before, I got REALLY sick. Monday morning, my appendix came out :(.


Holly August 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

You two are so incredibly sweet!

Last year, there was a huge snowstorm on my birthday. It was so bad that all of my friends couldn’t drive in it. That didn’t stop the party though…my boyfriend has a huge truck and picked them all up so we could celebrate! I was so happy that everything worked out and it would have never been possible without Bill and his monster truck.


Adventures in Veg August 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Awww those cards are so cute!! They remind me of me & my boyf, we found some old birthday cards while tidying the house recently, it was so fun to look back at things like moving to Dublin (a big move for us) and be happy with how things turned out.

Yep in Ireland we have lemon and sugar on pancakes! I never liked pancakes since I don’t like eggs, so discovering vegan pancakes was brilliant. When Pancake Tuesday (the Catholic holiday Shrove Tuesday) occurs every year nearly every home, religious or not, makes pancakes with lemon & sugar or chocolate. Maple syrup is seen as unusual here…!

Gosh I’m not sure what my best birthday was…! I got to work in a health food shop (for an article I was writing) on my birthday this year and that was pretty great – the best place to work on my birthday ;)


Laurie August 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Adorable, he is! and you two are!
For my 40th, I had a Red Tent party for myself. The Red Tent is a book of historical fiction that takes place back in biblical times. It talks about how the women took care of each other in the Red Tent either after they had a baby or during their period. So, I had all my girlfriends over and we had “girlie” food and drinks and had a lovely time. Here’s the catch, my husband’s birthday is a week after mine. We were going to have “Laurie and Bruce are turning 80” but I ditched him for the Red Tent. In 5 years, I think we’ll have our 100th party!


Sarah August 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I think we have similar artistic abilities ;)

Those pancakes look scrumptious. I need to stop being lazy in the morning and make myself some pancakes!

I think my most memorable birthday would be my 21st birthday because it was my senior year of college, our first home football game that season (Go Hokies), and all my besties were 21 so we partied down town all weekend!!


Amanda @Run4Ayden August 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Aww what a sweet post! I love going through old things filled with memories! It’s like taking a mini vacation!


Pure2Raw Twins August 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Love this post, you two are so cute! Happy Birthday to Eric! Birthdays are so much fun!


Therese August 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

My most memorable birthday was just last year for my 30th. My boyfriend planned the whole thing and it was themed to all of the places I have visited so far in my life. Everyone got a “passport” when they arrived (courtesy of “Air Therese”) and throughout the house there were stations representing Cobourg (where I was born), Toronto (where I live), Japan (where I lived for over a year), Australia, New Zealand and the Dominican Repulic (where I visited). At each station there was a sample of drink and food that represented those places. He even travelled two hours by transit out of his way that morning to buy me fresh “melon pan” (Japanese melon bread) up in Markham as I kept raving about it. But everyone was to try one of each and get a stamp on their passport and then they’d get a prize!

My best friend, later in the evening, presented a slide show of pictures that my friends and family submitted of my life thus far.

It was, truly, the best birthday EVER!


Rachel August 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I grew up having my pancakes with lemon and sugar too, although the pancakes themselves were a bit different, more like a crepe (just flour, milk and eggs in a 1:1:1 ratio, cooked fairly thin). We’d butter the pancakes, then add lemon juice and brown sugar, and roll them up to eat. So tasty! Sometimes when I visit my parents my mom makes them for me even now. :D


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

This is seriously SO adorable!! Reminds me of the cards my high school boyfriend and I used to share. I just love how much you guys love each other. Makes me smile!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC!

My last birthday would have to be my best. I decided to dedicate my 25th year to my own growth and it has been going awesomely so far! :) I also spent the weekend doing all of my favorite things so that was pretty cool, too. :)


sassy molassy August 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm

That is so cute that you’ve saved those cards. I want to do that with my bf as well. We have stashed some cards away so far (dating for 1.5 yrs now). My grandparents have done the same and are no almost 80. Each anniversary they dig through the box and read some to each other. Now THAT is love and truly adorable. Hope you two enjoy his bday together after he returns from work!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

heheheee those cards are hilarious! And that picture of Sketchie is classic. Shane’s birthday’s coming up soon and I have NO idea what to do for him. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve:)


veronique August 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Aww those cards are SO cute! My favorite birthday memory was just this past one (last December). It was my 21st birthday and my first birthday spent with my amazing boyfriend. He was so cute! He showered me with gifts and flowers and we acted like tourists in our own city and stayed in a fancy hotel downtown and I got treated to a lovely spa package… ahhh I wish I could re-live that moment over and over again!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Awww Happy Birthday to Eric!! My most memorable was probably my 21st.. it was great!


CathyK August 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Happy Birthday to Eric! Just tell him he CANNOT celebrate with a Coke! :) (I feel I can say that because Eric’s positive example helped me ditch Diet Colas back in April! – still free of them, too!)
A memorable birthday was my 16th: I wrote and passed my beginner’s driver’s license that day! I really felt like I was becoming an adult!


Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I love your birthday cards – so funny! (all the cards I give are the same way)


Diana @ VEGeneration August 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

The stir-fry looks delicious! I’ll take the tofu you don’t want :D
Eric is so lucky–your birthday cards are so cute and thoughtful!!! Happy belated to him!


Stacey August 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love the old cards, they’re great! So much better than store bought ones, much more personal.


Melissa August 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Love all the birthday memories!!
The hubby got that same 2009 handyman card LOL!
One favorite birthday was when the hubby planned a trip for me to see my best friend. He got me the time off work, booked my flight, and worked it out with my bestie!


Lori August 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Haaaaaaaaaaaapy Birthday, Eric! Sweet words and great cards, Angela! So cute!!!


Adina August 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Awh the birthday cards you’ve made for Eric are so sweet! I also have a memory box for my high school sweetheart and I and keep all the silly drawings and birthday cards we’ve given each other over the years :) I’ve only had 18 birthdays so far ,I’m still a young’n lol :),
but my favorite birthday was probably my 17th birthday where my sister, parents, and boyfriend all got together and surprised me with a trip to Disneyworld ! They set up a scavenger hunt for me where my airplane ticket, a birthday cake, and my poor boyfriend (Dressed as Mickey Mouse with the Mickey gloves, ears, and all ) awaited me at the end. Hands down best birthday so far !
p.s Hope Eric had a great birthday !


Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

What a wonderful trip down memory lane!!!!


[email protected] August 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

For my 21st birthday, i had rehearsal at 8 AM the next morning for winterguard. So. all my friends threw me a birthday party at like 4 in the afternoon until 10 so I could get some sleep. It was so early to be drinking and celebrating but no one minded! I felt so loved.


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Those are great looking birthday pancakes. I love them stacked and layered.


Emily August 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

You and Eric are so cute and considerate with eachother’s birthdays. I love how you both try so hard to make the day so special for the other :) My favorite birthday so far was my 21st birthday, for which I had a luau themed party at my house! It was a great way to celebrate my birthday with both friends and family.


Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

On my 21st birthday my husband took me to an amazing tiny little French restaurant that blew my mind. We had such an amazing evening so I’d have to say that was my best breakfast.


eat move love August 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Is it weird that I can “feel” the love coming off of this post? …It almost makes me sad.

Blessed are you.

What is it that you do for a living? It seems you are pursuing your passion and have the effort and time to put into your blog. I don’t have the time, but God – how I wish I could travel and write – I suppose we all do…but sometimes, it almost breaks my heart…


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Happy birthday to Eric!

One of my most memorable birthdays was my 18th, when I went out to dinner with a bunch of friends, and later a group of my other friends set up a full band in the park and played me ‘Happy Birthday’!


Michele August 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

For my 31st this year, my boyfriend and I agreed not to exchange gifts and save for a mini-weekend vacation. On my birthday, he asked me if I’d run a work errand with him. It was a Sunday morning, so I was taking my time getting ready. He kept rushing me and I thought that was strange because he’s NEVER on time to anything. At noon we pulled up to the spa our friend works at as a massage therapist. He surprised me with a ninety minute massage. It was the sweetest thing ever and the best massage I’ve ever had. Anyone living in the Metro Detroit area, hit me up if you’re looking for a WONDERFUL massage therapist!


Caz August 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Maple syrup is such a Canadian thing! Because it’s SO expensive overseas most places don’t have it/use it on pancakes etc. That’s why you often see “Canadian Pancakes” on a menu which means it’s served with maple syrup. Otherwise they’re generally not. (At least in Australia/NZ)


[email protected] Miss Locavore August 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for sharing your birthday nostalgia. I have been with my guy for about 9 years now and we too have a box full of adorable/somewhat embarrassing cards and letters from years ago. I love birthdays and thinking of ways to make them special. This week I celebrated a birthday week for my guy, with a new decoration and something special each day leading up to his birthday. Oh and those pancakes look delicious! I will have to get some cherries from the farmer’s market and make some this weekend.


courtney August 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Happy Birthday to Eric! Have a safe trip tomorrow :)


Elle August 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

My most memorable birthday was in 1999… my DH arranged for me to have an English Springer Spaniel puppy conceived on my special day (born 2 months later) and gave me a couple of books about raising puppies, a birdhouse which he had built himself and a card, from the puppy, saying ‘come pick me out of the litter’ – she became my dearest baby and I will never forget how happy I was know that she was on the way!


katie August 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

I totally teared up at your birthday greeting to him this year. (L)

My most memorable birthday so far is this year. I was at my grandma’s for my birthday dinner and the power was out. So they had to cook the sweet potatoes and dishes alike downstairs on their wood stove. We ate by candle light. It was so much fun.
The lights came on while we were enjoying cake, but I wish they had stayed off the entire time,
Hahah :)


Ann August 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Hahaha Sketchie looks so scary in that picture! I love that you guys have a memory box! My boyfriend and I have been going out four years now (since senior year of high school!), and relationship stories always inspire me! I think my favorite birthday was a surprise scavenger hunt that my boyfriend did for me that ended with a paddle boat adventure on a neighborhood lake!


Dominique August 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

What beautiful looking pancakes! This coming from a gal who doesn’t even like pancakes but the photos of yours always look amazing and delicious.

Your memory box must be filled with really cute stuff, as evidenced from the few photos you shared with us. I have a memory box of stuff with between the BF and I as well (mostly cards, concert tickets, movies passes, notes, etc). It’s almost 10 years old now…longer if you count our first two failed relationships, hahaha.

My fave birthday was my 25th. It was over a two-day span in which the BF treated me to everything for the first day since it was my actual birthday. We went out for dim sum and then spent the day at the zoo. The second day involved roti, throwing up in a parking lot and a DQ cake with so many candles it should have been considered a fire hazard.


Ranee Franti December 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

This is really a wonderful recipe. Yesterday I tasted it and it was delicious. This is the first time that I cooked very well. You keep it up your posting like this way. Thank you for sharing such wonderful creations. My good wishes always with you.


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