I started a birthday tradition for everyone in my family many years ago. When someones birthday comes along, the birthday girl/boy can choose whatever they wanted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At first it was just dinner, but eventually this evolved into a whole day of favorite food choices. There are no limitations to the choices, including going out to a restaurant if the birthday person so chooses.
When they were little, the kids would choose things like spaghetti, pizza, tacos or my personal favorite hot dogs on the grill. As the kids have gotten older, however, their choices have become a bit more sophisticated. Breakfast could be Belgium waffles, country boy omelets, or crepes. Lunch might be something as simple as fried chicken or as elaborate as shrimp alfredo. Dinners range from chicken scampi to an entire Mexican smorgasbord to roast turkey with all the fixings.
Yesterday for Grace’s 18th Birthday she had to be at work at 7:30, still she requested homemade apple fritters. I didn’t mind getting up a little earlier than usual to make them, but next year I doubt Grace will be so quick to ask for a special breakfast. She too had to get up earlier in order to have time enough to enjoy them and a morning person she is not.
1 Cup Flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/3 Cup Milk
2 Large Granny Smith Apples, chopped
4 tsps. Butter, melted
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Orange Juice
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
Oil for frying
Cinnamon/Sugar for dusting
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, beat egg and milk.
Add the apple, butter, sugar, orange juice, and vanilla; mix well.
Stir into dry ingredients until moistened.
In an electric skillet heat 1/4 inch oil to 375° F. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons into oil.
Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm.
We had an early dinner on Grace’s birthday because she had to get to her second job of coaching adaptive softball in the evening. She couldn’t decide what she wanted, but because we were so busy getting her permit and doing other birthday-type things, I decided to make one of her favorite meals, Beef Stroganoff. Grace was happy with this, and I was too, it’s a quick fix and hearty meal.
2 lbs. Chuck or Round Steak, cut into thin slices
2 lbs. Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1 Onion, chopped
6 tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Salt
6 tbsp. Flour
3 1/2 Cups Milk
1 tbsp. Beef Bouillon
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
Brown steak in fry pan till cooked.
In electric fry pan, melt butter and cook mushrooms and onions till tender.
Add salt and flour to make a roux.
Slowly add milk and stir to combine.
When thick add bouillon and steak, including any juice from the meat. Cook for 30 minutes till warm and bubbly.
Cook egg noodles. Just before serving, stir in yogurt. Serve over noodles.
I love making my family’s birthdays special and one way to do this is to spoil them with the foods they love. What’s the saying? The way to a man’s heart…Well I think that goes for the entire family, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.