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Surprise Birthday Party

So far today, the husband and I have made breakfast gone grocery shopping to both Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop and made lunch.  So far it’s been pretty productive.  Tonight, I’ll be cheering on Mike’s hockey team, which I will do if the games are at a reasonable time of day.  Sometimes he plays really late at night. 

Yesterday, I spent most of the day shopping and running around.  Then we had to get ready for my mother-in-law’s surprise birthday party.  My father-in-law planned the party at a greek restaurant near their house in Long Island.  I had been to this restaurant one other time, and had enjoyed my meal. 

Here’s the dress I wore, that I purchased yesterday at TJ Maxx at a really great price.  Mike told me I looked like a cocktail waitress, but I liked it and got compliments all night.DSC01633  Here’s Mike and I together before leaving.  This was a self portrait of course, and it’s one of the best pictures we’ve taken recently.DSC01634  When we arrived at the restaurant, several of my in-laws friends were already there.  We chatted with them for a bit before leaving with two of the couples to wait for Mike’s parents in the front of the restaurant.  The plan was that we were meeting Mike’s parents and two other couples for dinner.  It was classic when Mike’s mom walked into the restaurant to bring me water shoes, and to bring him his mail.  Once we got to the back of the restaurant where the party was taking place, my mother-in-law had no idea what was going on.  She was so surprised.  My husband’s family is really good at pulling off surprise parties, that’s for sure.  Here are my mother and father in-law.DSC01649  My mother-in-law has some really nice friends.  One of them made this great sign-in board for people to sign.DSC01635  This had some really great photos on it.

My father-in-law was very thoughtful and went to Fairway, a local grocery store here, and bought a variety of gluten free foods for me and another celiac who was attending the party.DSC01637


This was great because one of the appetizers they served was hummus.  So I happily took some hummus and dipped the shar breadsticks into it.  I had never had these breadsticks and they were very good.  After appetizers, many of which I could not eat, they served greek salads.  The waitress actually remembered me from the last time we had dined there when I ordered a greek salad for my meal.  She reminded me that the dressing is gluten free and wanted to make sure the cheese was ok.  DSC01641For my main course I ordered the salmon.  There were no seasonings on the salmon and the rice was only cooked with butter.  The salmon was just okay, but there was definitely an abundance of food for me to eat so it was just fine with me.DSC01644  I also took a picture of Mike’s filet kebab.  He said it was great.DSC01646

For dessert, my father-in-law had bought three cakes from a local bakery along with some gluten free treats.  One of the cakes was for another woman’s birthday who celebrated her birthday the same day as my mother-in-law.  The second cake, which was carrot cake, was to celebrate mine and Mike’s first anniversary.  This was not gluten free.  The third cake was to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.  Here’s a picture of our cake…unfortunately I couldn’t take all the cakes because the waiters took them away too fast in order to serve them.DSC01654  I heard this cake was very good.  Here is the dessert that I had.DSC01659DSC01657DSC01658

The glutino chocolate covered wafers were great.  These cookies were just ok.  If you’ve ever had passover cookies, these tasted very similar.  I would eat them if I needed something sweet and didn’t have anything else around, but I would not go and buy them for myself.

This was a great party, and my mother-in-law had a great time.  Her brother, who lives in Florida now, even came up and surprised both my mother-in-law and her mother.


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Back in NYC

What a whirlwind weekend we’ve had.  I will spare you the negative details of the weekend which mainly had to do with our air travel.  I love going home and visiting my family.  We spent about equal time with both of my parents, and we saw many old friends and family.  It’s always great to be back in your own element too.  We definitely did a lot of eating on Saturday since we celebrated Rosh Hashonah with my dad for lunch and my mom for dinner…Here are some pictures of the weekend food.





























The above foods included roasted root vegetables, quinoa with sundried tomatoes and peas, and steamed asparagus.  On the full plate of food, my mom made acorn squash, quinoa with sauteed mushrooms and onions, and peach chicken.  As soon as I get the recipe for the peach chicken, I will post it here because it was so delicious.  Not pictured are the flank steak and tzatziki, a really yummy salad, chicken soup, and of course apples and honey for a sweet new year.

Here is the non-gluten free, but very pretty challah…DSC01337







There was also a few birthday celebrations…DSC01398













Lots and lots of chocolate and cool candles.  The cupcake is a gluten free bakehouse cupcake from Whole Foods, and the cake is a flourless chocolate cake from Trader Joes.  Both are really good.  I had never had the Whole Foods cupcake before.  The icing was very sweet and the cake part tasted almost bittersweet…it was a very good combination. 

Here is a family photo with my dad, my grandma, two of my sisters, Mike, and one of my sister’s boyfriends.  It’s so nice being with family.DSC01336






More tomorrow!

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