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There is the birthday boy, all handsome and dapper. We are going to have dinner at my mother’s house, something simple, sautéed shrimp with garlic, butter and parsley served with quinoa. Tomorrow night we are going to my sister’s where we are going to celebrate my husband’s birthday and my upcoming birthday in style, lobster dinner for everyone!

We are keeping our birthday celebrations real simple this year, ordinarily I bake a special French dessert such as a Paris Brest or a crown of cream puffs, but this year we are just not in the mood. We would rather indulge in good hearty food instead. I mean who would say no to garlicky, buttery sautéed shrimp on a bed of nutty quinoa? Who would sniff at a lobster dinner? It is going to be a tasty birthday!