Friday, April 19, 2013

80th Surprises and Sentiments

I got a little sneaky at the end of March, which is why I have been MIA for the past few weeks.  My Gramma's 80th birthday was on April 1st and I wanted to be involved and do something special.  Unfortunately, I live over 1,000 miles away so I just assumed that we wouldn't get to do anything celebratory that included me.  Well, two weeks prior I decided to book a plane ticket without telling anyone.  Since I don't get to spend as much time with my Gramma as I would like I wanted to show her how I like entertain  (I moved away from home immediately following college graduation).  So to prepare for the big day I handmade invitations using my Aunt Peggy as a cover story.  She "hired" me to make invitations to invite the family over to Gramma's house for the Easter lunch that she was going to "bring" over.  I sneakily flew in to St. Louis on Friday, visited my bff Casie who was visiting from out of state, did all the shopping and cooking Saturday, and then Sunday morning at 10 a.m. showed up on Gramma's front patio with a homemade feast!!  I was soooo happy to be able to pull this off.  I love my gramma!!  Happy 80th!!


Pumpkin Muffins
Lemon Poppy Muffins
Shrimp Cocktail
Quiche Lorraine
Lemon Roasted Asparagus with Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
Mini Fruit Kabobs
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Blood Orange Italian Soda
Frutta d'Isola Italian Soda
Taste of San Antonio Coffee

One of the best moments of the day was that I got to use Gramma's vintage dishes and utensils as the tableware.  

Thank you all for being my Easter brunch guest:  Gramma (Guest of Honor), Aunt Shirley, Aunt Peggy, Uncle Rick, Aunt Roberta, Aunt Sheila, Aunt Sarah, Uncle Homer.  Thank you Uncle Jim for transporting Aunt Shirley!

I do apologize to all my friends and family that I did not get to see make time to see that weekend.  I hectically did a turn around flight that following Monday.  I can't wait to visit with everyone next time!

Quiche Lorraine

Fruit Kabobs

Lemon Poppy & Pumpkin Muffins
Lemon Roasted Asparagus with Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper

Gramma's Place Setting


  1. Wow -- that was great -- I know that your Gram will remember with a overflowing heart what you did for her 80th!! You are a wonderful Grand-daughter!! And this I know personnally to be true!!! Love you - Nannie