birthday dinner

One of the sweetest friends I know celebrated her birthday recently! The last time we were in their home for a meal she handed me a butter knife and asked me to assist with dinner and cut an apple. Her knife ‘collection’ is hilarious, even to her. We have often laughed about her knives.

We had their family over for dinner and to gift her with my current favorite knife, the J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife. It’s a sturdy knife that has a good weighted feel to it and is easy to handle. It is the primary knife I use for cooking. I hope she loves it!

Between our two families we have six kids, all under the age of 9. I always prefer to plan a meal that allows the kids to eat the components separately, allowing for pickiness but without preparing a second meal. For the birthday dinner we had:

big steak salad from The Pioneer Woman – I make it as-is on the recipe and we built our own salads so everyone could choose what they wanted.

green beans boiled and tossed with a butter and lemon juice

grapes

simply delicious strawberry cake from Paula Deen – a southern classic the birthday girl requested

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