Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Big T Celebrates Twenty-one!

It has become somewhat of a tradition to celebrate Tay's birthday on Memorial Day.  This year, after a breakfast of scrambled eggs and blueberry biscuits, we headed to the beach. 

We picked a secluded spot of sand and sea in a quieter location away from the Memorial Day crowds.  It was a perfect day at the beach -- highs around 90 degrees F with a gentle breeze -- it was one of those times when you could stay all day!

But we had to leave about 2:30, so Tay and Joe could go to work, and I could get ready for Tay's birthday celebration!   He got off work at 6:00, so we planned our feast for 7:00.  Here is a picture of the spread:

Alan grilled hamburgers and bratwurst and baked some Vidalia onions in butter!  We also had baked beans, salad, cantaloupe, and cucumber dip with baked pita chips.  It was just the kind of feast that Tay loves!  ;)

Our friends -- Tim, Sherri and Maddie -- joined us for the feasting and fun!

After dinner, there was a rowdy game of Catchphrase and then the moment Tay had been waiting for since his last birthday -- Dessert!  : D  Tay loves my special cheese cake, which is pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself!  ;)

Even though this cheesecake is totally delicious all by itself, I serve it with blueberry or cherry pie filling, and let each person choose their favorite topping.  I like it with cherry filling  . . . . or just plain, so I can really savor the flavor of the cheesecake!  :)  (Have I mentioned that this is the most incredible cheesecake ever?!)

Here is a picture of the cheesecake and if you want to try this at home, here is the recipe!

Then came the birthday presents in a Taylor-sized gift bag!  :)

Too much Beach and Birthday fun for Bethany!  :)


Rebecca's Refining said...

what a great birthday celebration! I will have to buy a new pan so I can try that cheesecake recipe! :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

You need to send me the recipe for the blueberry biscuits...those looked yummy too! BTW...have you figured out how to set the "scratch and sniff button" yet? :)

Greg and Donna said...

The food looks delicious. And I know envy & coveting is a sin ~ but the beach pictures did it for me. It looked like the perfect beach day~ Glad y'all had a good day & Happy Birthday to your son!

The Mayo Family said...

Happy Birthday to your son!
Looks like a special day was had all the way around!
Now I would love a piece of that cheesecake & a cup of coffee
(wink-wink) :)
Love your posts with your menus!
Also like to see that beach!

missusmechanic said...

awww, so cute that last picture. she was so tired wasn't she!

happy bday tay!
I need, need, need that biscuit recipe.

Donna G. said...

As always, your food looks delicious, especially the muffins and that cheesecake! Congrats to Tay on the successful completion of 21 years on the planet!

Katie said...

Blueberry biscuits! My FIL has a big blueberry farm and we've got a bunch of berries now....would love that recipe!

mommyx12 said...

You are so festive and fun. I love coming here for inspiration. I will have one turn 21 this month. They grow so fast!!

Pamela said...

Sounds delicious, I'm looking forward to making this cheesecake. When you add the water to the outside pan, does it matter what temperature you add? Boiling water, or cool?

busymomof10 said...

As far as I know, it doesn't matter what temperature the water is that you add to the pan. I always put in cool tap water. Let me know how this turns out for you!

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