The Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated not one, but two birthdays. We were celebrating both Lauren, whose birthday was on Friday, and Janet, whose birthday is next week. Larry and I prepared a feast for these two very special birthday girls.

We had a wide variety of different meats, including a big bison roast, bacon wrapped chicken, corned beef burnt ends and ribs. Larry prepared most of the meats, except for the roast. I did that, and he only finished smoking it after it was mostly cooked. Then I made all the fixin’s and fun stuff to go along with the meats and I made an Italian cake as the birthday cake, for all of us to enjoy after.

Of course we had enough food for a small army, but there were only 10 of us. We have plenty of leftovers. Anyone want to come and help us out? πŸ™‚

One of the things I just had to make were these fun little shark bites. Lauren bought me these fun shark molds when she was vacationing in Florida. They didn’t turn out quite the way we wanted them to, but we all had fun with them and they are now all gone.

Larry is preparing the chicken.

Larry was trying out his new smoker. When he “smokes” he “smokes”. He likes to use up every square inch of his smoker.

Once everything was prepared, it was time to sit down and let the feasting begin.

There was lots of food, lots of fun and lots of laughter all around the table. We all had so much fun. In between dinner and some of the fun, it was time to squeeze in the cake too.

Our new friend Rhonda had a great idea and passed around her phone. Everyone had to take a picture with the person sitting next to them. We had fun making new memories. I LOVE this idea. Rhonda, I hope you don’t mind, but I think this is going to be my new tradition too. πŸ™‚

Zoe and Vinnie having fun.

Rhonda and Lauren

Janet and Mike

Larry (the Daddy Dog) and Vinnie

Bob and Wendy

Wendy and me

Zoe, Vinnie and Alan

It was a very fun evening. We had lots of food, lots of fun, and lots of good times. Life is definitely very good indeed. This is what life is all about. Celebrating with friends, both old and new, and enjoying the fun times making lots and lots of happy memories.

Happy Birthday Lauren and Janet.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

23 thoughts on “The Birthday Party”

    1. Thank you. The shark bits would be fun for you and your grandkids to make together. Super easy to make. And the molds are fun. You know I will be trying them again, but next time, I won’t have anything else in the oven at the same time. πŸ™‚

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      1. I don’t know where my friend got the molds, but they are manufactured by Mobi Creations, and it looks like the website is If you go online at their website, you should be able to find them there and order them online.

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  1. What a spectacular spread! That cake!!! Oh my goodness, it was so delicious, almost like a cannoli cake of my youth. Larry’s ribs rocked and the bison roast was so yummy. I’m not sure this night could have been any better! Thank you from the bottom of my β€œI think I gained 5 lbs last night” heart.

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