The Never-Ending Birthday

My sister’s fiancee likes to joke that she has the longest birthday celebrations known to humankind. It starts off as a lunch or a dinner and pretty soon it’s a week long event that has even pushed two weeks before. I understand, it’s a slippery slope. You want to see all your family and friends but my sister definitely isn’t fighting the marathon celebrations for her.

We started out the day with pedicures and lunch with my mom. I whipped together something pretty quick and it turned out to be pretty fresh and delicious. I made a quinoa salad that I then put in wraps and toasted in the oven.

Here’s what was inside:

  • Chopped red onion
  • Slivered Carrot
  • Fresh Basil
  • Chopped Gala Apple
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Avocado slices
  • Pecans
  • Arugula
  • Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt, & garlic

Quinoa Salad WrapsQuinoa WrapsBirthday LunchI learned at work that ‘Fiesta Corn’ or ‘Mexican Corn’ is so hot right now. Basically anything goes for corn toppings: cheese, dressing, croutons, WHATEVER.

My first attempt was pretty tame but still lip smacking. I mixed veganaise, Dijon mustard, basil, and fresh pepper as a sauce before drizzling on hot corn.

Fiesta CornI went home to nap as Jordan celebrated with her fiancee’s family before I met her again on my dad’s patio for some drinks and dinner. I have had this Tiramisu recipe on my bucket list for about a year now so I decided to give it a try.

Wow. First of all I had no idea that this dessert was pretty much butter, sugar, coffee, and creams. Second of all….I don’t care.

My ‘lady finger’ cookies were pretty ugly but the dish was still pretty great. I have to warn you that it’s been in my fridge a few days and even though it still tastes amazing…it’s getting uglier as the cookies absorb more and more of the liquids in the layers. Eating it in once sitting will solve this.

Vegan TiramisuJordan's BirthdayJordan is probably still celebrating as of writing this post.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    The corn and cook look AWESOME! Ugly or not, I want that recipe!

    1. Haha it did taste pretty amazing! Did you find it on the link?

      1. Lisa says:

        OO yeah I found it-that is a TON of sugar and creams!
        And I said “cook” not “cake” in my previous comment…I really need to look over my comments (or have one less glass of wine) before I post!

      2. Haha it’s a lesson I’ve had to learn far too many times myself!

  2. Marcia says:

    I think your sister is channeling my Mother! She taught me to celebrate my birthday as LONG as someone wants to. So far my record was when I turned 30 and I celebrated from May to October (btw, my bd is in August)! It was exhausting but I lived to tell!

    Your tiramisu recipe sounds interesting and after reading the posts from others, it seems that the cookies being flat happened more often than not. I should think it would really be a challenge to recreate this recipe and make it vegan. As you said, it’s all cream, butter, sugar and coffee.

    Your corn idea looks yummy although I think I’d like MORE sauce! Have you tried rolling it in Daiya (sp?) pepper jack cheese and chili powder? Then it becomes like the street corn you find in Mexico. Thanks for your idea, I’ve never tried and now I’m inspired.

    Your salad/wrap looks divine! I think I’ll try making it for lunch today. Always looking for ways to enjoy Quinoa (and I love the wrap idea). Thanks for all you do.

    1. You know after I posted the photos I realized I should have put a layer of the cream cheese mix on top of the cookies to hide them. Oh well, still tasted great! I definitely want to play with MORE on the corn for sure! I love the idea of cheese and chili powder! Thanks for reading!

  3. butter, sugar, coffee and cream—sign me up! And I totally agree about the Mexican corn, though I never thought to add croutons.

    1. I confess that croutons were the craziest thing I could think of to put on corn so I haven’t tried it myself!

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