The birthday boy was pleased. :)

And who wouldn't be? We had streamers...Balloons...
Mile high strawberry cake...thanks for the inspiration Meg!!
Doug LOVED it! :)
He even got candles. He felt special and loved. Mission accomplished. :) This is a man among men who works hard for his family and deserved all I could do and more!
This is what he wanted for dinner...chicken francaise. It is super yummy and is the recipe in case you want to try it too. :)


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 6 slices lemon, for garnish
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the egg and juice of 1/2 lemon. In another shallow dish or bowl mix together the flour, garlic powder and paprika. Dip chicken breasts in egg mixture, then flour mixture.
  2. Heat butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until golden on each side.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together broth and juice of 1 lemon, and pour mixture over chicken in skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for about 8 minutes.
Here is something else you should try if you haven't already...corn on the grill a la Crystal. :)
Line a pan with that wonderful non-stick in shucked corn, sprigs of Rosemary or is that Thyme...add a few pats of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on grill on low heat...turning the corn often...until it looks like this:That is not burnt...that is yummy!!And just some pics of pretty things in my Rhododendron bush is beautiful this hydrangea is going to bloom soon too!!!
And these happy little flowers are popping up too. :) Love all the things growing so well for me this year. :)
Still working my bum many ideas in my head just aching to get out...a fun birthday bag, long legged chickie...and more...I am getting there...will you hang in there until I do? :)


Lindsay said...

Oh my... Chicken Francaise is my FAVORITE!!!! it was one of the very few meals my mom made.... Thanks for the recipe...... btw- so excited to see your long legged bird. I am a terrible needle felter, and admire your little guys so much!

(oh, and I sent your card to my friend in NY and she said it was THE most beautiful card she had ever seen)

April said...

ok little miss can do did ya cut that cake...I noticed there were NO photos of a prefectly cut piece....its just lovely !!


Anonymous said...

What a good day! So glad Doug was pleased by all your efforts. Everything looked adorable.

Birthday banner? Can't wait to see all your new goodies.

Your garden looks lovely. So happy and colorful.

xoxoxoxo hivers

Amy Bell said...

oh please tell me you can make my birthday dinner next year...looks great....and, i LOVE the new picture of Moses and the keyboard at the it.

meg duerksen said...

that cake is awesome!!!
i want some right now.
it is so pretty and perfect.

sounds like your mind is full of creativity.
can't wait to see what you make.

and i think i'll try that chicken too. thanks.

Eric and Michelle said...

The cake looked yummy

Julia said...

OMG that cake is AMAZING!!! And the flowers are so pretty :)

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