Saturday, January 25, 2014

We Ate Cake

My mother and grandmother's voices keep whispering in my ear "don't go out in bad weather unless you absolutely have to".  After postponing our mutual birthday celebration once, it seemed sort of necessary to me and my friends agreed.  Despite winds blowing newly fallen snow around and a temperature barely above zero, we decided to give it the old schoolgirl try.  We were smart enough to turn back home if the going got too rough.  One friend drove up to ride with me the fifteen or so miles to the scene of the party.  She brought along a bag of even warmer clothes than she was already wearing.  There may have even been a shovel and kitty litter in there!!  Diana was prepared to dig us out or go for help.  Sticking to the main roads as much as possible, our only peril seemed to be pot holes.  I managed to avoid most by maneuvering a la Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.  We made it!!



We ate cake!


Dark chocolate and cherry bundt cake 
with black cherry ice cream
and hot chocolate sauce.



First we reminisced over
chicken-a-la-king
and


a sunny bright 
carrot and orange salad.


Even the presents
were packaged with warmth.


Our friend, Sheila, didn't make it down from the north side of Chicago.  Alas, we'll have to have at least one more celebration when fairer weather permits her attendance.  Such is the life of January birthday celebrant in the midwest.

Thanks to Ellen for a delicious meal in a lovely setting!

27 comments:

  1. I have a little chicken in the oven now, the plan was Chicken and Dumplings tomorrow... Now I have a-la-King on my mind:@) Glad you got together, be careful out in this crazy winter we're all having!

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  2. I'm glad you got to make for the birthday celebration! If I lived in your area, I am afraid I would have to hibernate all winter. I don't drive in storms!!!! I don't mind driving up in Big Bear during the snow, as long as the roads are plowed. I have a nice big 4 wheel drive vehicle too, which helps make me feel safe.
    The food and sweets look divine!
    xo Kris

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  3. Happy birthday to you!! I'm glad y'all had a chance to get together. Everything looks delish!

    We haven't had much snow or even any sub-zero temps, but the constant thing here has been gray, inversion-y skies. Since Christmas, we've seen blue sky and sunshine only 2 times. This coming week is supposed to be the same---bleak and gray. I am SO ready for sunshine!

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  4. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Glad you were able to celebrate despite the weather.

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  5. it all looks worth the trip in the snow... that cake with cherry ice cream is divine.

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  6. Brave ladies. I remember packing up extra stuff and "what if" emergency supplies including, always, the shovel when we traveled in that kind of weather. The food looks perfect for a cold day and I am wanting some chicken a la king now. :-)

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  7. I would drive a long way for those pretty cakes Bonnie. Looks like a great celebration despite the bad weather conditions. Since Sheila couldn't make it, you'll have to have another celebration.
    Sam

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  8. amazing! I love the cake with cherry Ice cream, just lovely!!

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  9. Chicken a'la King is my favorite comfort dish ever! I'm weird though--I HAVE to have it on rice for some reason, which I see you did, too! Good for you for braving the weather!

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  10. well happy birthday!!! everything looks delicious!

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  11. Happy Birthday!!!
    What a lovely meal and wonderful cake!! I love chocolate and the cherry ice cream is perfect compliment to the cake.
    That is o.k. to keep celebrating. It will be fun.
    Stay safe, warm and cozy, cause it is cold!!! outside. blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  12. Your birthday lunch looks great. I especially like the cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday. I probably would have been chicken to brave the elements like you did.

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  13. A gorgeous birthday lunch, especially those cakes. Happy Birthday. I'm too much of a wimp to go out in tough winter weather.

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  14. I loved when my mom made chicken a la king..:) I should make some again..
    Your group..so lucky to have each other!

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  15. Bonnie, I do love the way you girls celebrate. If I were closer I would beg to be included. Have a warm weekend!

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  16. I'm glad you had a nice birthday. It's a mess here and who knows what mine will be like on Friday. Stay warm!

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  17. Glad that at least some of you were able to brave the wilds and get together! It looks like you had lots of birthday fun. :)

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful day minus the weather.
    Glad you were able to arrive safely. Loved the
    Mr. Toad comment!

    M :)

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  19. Sounds and looks like it was a perfect outing despite the dreadful weather. Happy you made it back home . . . Be safe and warm . . .

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  20. and Happy Birthday! The Bundt Cake, Cherry Garcia, French Chocolate Sauce was the PERFECT treat . . .

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  21. The effort to gether with friends just makes the meal and the company that more special...Glad everything worked out, and that you ate cake.

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  22. Glad you got to go to your get together! Yep, not sure how much more we can take of this winter - hopefully by Thursday we'll thaw out!

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  23. Cakes are so delicious. I want to try my self.

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  24. Happy belated Birthday wishes dear friend. I am glad you got to celebrate a bit through the snow. The food looked so delicious. It kinda broke the dream I had last night. I had a houseful of guests and was cooking a huge pan of leftovers to make soup to feed them all! xx

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  25. So worth the adventure out in the bad weather!! And, a little added excitement from snatching the joy back from possible delay! =) blessings ~ tanna

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  26. Despite the weather it looks like you had a lovely party. I still can't believe all the snow that fell over the holidays...and it just keeps coming.

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  27. Bonnie,
    Happy Belated Birthday Wishes! I don't know where you live, but it sounds like the Chicago suburbs. I live in the Western burbs, so our weather has been brutal this winter. I would like a piece of the Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake, especially with the cherry ice cream, to make the day better;)

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