Twenty-One, Twice

I’m generally not a fan of birthdays – not because of some traumatic birthday event but because I just prefer regular days that turn awesome. But I’m super fortunate to have friends who refused to let me ignore my birthday yesterday. I’m very grateful to them that they insisted we celebrate; I felt quite pampered and loved.

Here are the angels now:

Blake, Erin, Erika, Bonita, and Anna

We had a (mostly) paleo picnic in the backyard. There is no photographic evidence of the tres leches cake with meringue and caramel on the top, but trust me when I say, it was deliciously decadent and worth every gram of sugar.

Take a look at the food:

We had Moroccan grilled salmon with mango-avocado salsa, Moroccan orange salad, cucumber & artichoke salad, fresh coconut and strawberries, almond-stuffed dates, riceless smoked salmon sushi (with avocado, red pepper, carrot, and cucumber), and pink champagne. Best party spread EVER.

I’m going to post my recipes for the salmon and orange salad over the next few days. Maybe if y’all are lucky, Erika and Blake will cough up their recipes, too. (What do you say, ladies?)

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  • Dave says:

    Happy Birthday Mel…Keep on Rockin

  • jencereghino says:

    Happy Birthday and…YUM!!!

  • Kat says:

    Glad you had a great day and doubly glad you have wonderful friends like those awesome ladies- Happy Birthday!!

  • Czeshia says:

    Happy birthday! We share the same day! Mine was my 21st!

  • Barbara says:

    Glad you had a good time with amazing friends. You deserved a day with laughter and smiles! was great to see you at the workout too!

  • girlblake says:

    Man, that salmon was divine! All the food was a treat, but the company was the frosting on the proverbial cake. I actually cribbed the artichoke/cucumber salad from something you posted a while back, Mel. All I did was dice up a cucumber, a zucchini, 1/2 a red onion, 1/2 can artichoke hearts, 1/2 a can of black olives, 1/2 a green bell pepper and then added the juice from 1/2 a lemon, some olive oil and some white wine vinegar, plus a dash of salt and some freshly ground pepper. I make this all the time with any veggies I have lying around. It works with pretty much anything. Thanks for providing the inspiration and the constant stream of awesome recipes!

  • Aaron says:

    Happy Birthday Mel!!