OMG These are the most incredible and delectable mini sugar free maple, banana and oatmeal muffins baked by my amazing wife Jessica. The watercolor painting of our cat Nigel was a gift from a local artist & friend Barbara Hughes.
*need to get out of self deprecation mode. I started taking note of calories and serving sizes while simultaneously make an effort to stop polluting my body with garbage food and lost three pounds 😁
my brother is equally as great a cook as me and had us over for dinner for slow roasted no breaded chicken parm with homegrown tomato sauce, mashed colrabi with cheese and homemade garlic toast. We also had homegrown heirloom tomatoes with balsamic and homegrown basil and vanilla fluff with apple muffin crumble made by my wife for dessert (not pictured)
A yummy salad, yummy garlic buns (not pictured), yummy penne pasta in vodka sauce that my wife had and a seafood combo cooked to perfection sitting on top of fettuccine (even though I ordered penne) in what was supposed to be a light white wine butter sauce (I’d say it was closer to bland dish water, or the water they boiled the seafood in. I never EVER add salt and pepper to a meal out, and even that didn’t help, bleech) at Mama Nina’s on Main St Bethlehem, normally really good. People watching on a bench in town.
So, Mark asked people to make a side to go with the sandwiches/wraps that was ordered so I made a version of pasta salad. Pasta with cherry tomatoes, pickled vegetables, summer sausage, sharp cheddar, black and green olives and creamy Italian dressing.
Definitely an odd meal…My bro requested I make decadent appetizers so I made Spicy Dijon/Mayo and Smoked Paprika Eggs with Sweet Labanon Bologna Rollups filled with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and onion and chive cream cheese. He also requested two bottles of wine. For dinner we had lame Latin fusion food delivered from this joint called Rice and Beans. A step above taco bell but nothing to praise that’s for sure, followed by a moist yellow cake made with Greek yogurt instead of butter and butterscotch fluff icing with sprinkles made by my wife.
It was a good evening ending on watching one of my childhood favorite vampire flicks. My brother-in-law thought the film was hilarious, normally I have issues when people make fun of flicks but hey the four of us had a great evening that’s all that counts. This was the first time in quite a few decades that we celebrated my brother’s birthday.