Berries + Birthdays

May 11, 2008


I made Oatmeal Berry Goblets my mother and grandmother this morning -topped with some cinnamon-sugar, walnuts, and fresh berries. Both requested a “tiny bit” of oatmeal, so I made up for volume with height. Complete with tiny spoons!


I had a Kath-size portion (well, it was actually 1/3 cup oats/milk) with the same. The oatmeal also had a few dried cranberries and peaches. My grandmother always has fresh berries so I had a little of each kind :)


I love freshly squeezed OJ but never have it at home. It was divine – perfectly sweet and tart.


Church Birthday Brunch

My grandmother was in charge of an after-church brunch for Pop’s birthday. We set up all the food and decor this morning before church. It was a huge hit! We thought we might be lugging home leftover cheese and crackers but it turns out almost everything was gone!

The spread included…

4 kinds of crackers with sharp cheddar and brie, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers with pumpernickel bread, ham salad, chocolate almonds, mini corn dogs, carrots and grapes, brownies, cream puffs, hot milk cake and punch.



The centerpiece was two photos of Pop with a little car to represent 1918 :)


I had a cup of church coffee while folks mingled in…had to use a little half and half as there was no skim milk to be found.


Here’s my plate of salmon + pumpernickel sandwiches, carrots + grapes, 2 chocolate almonds and a cheese and cracker


And #2 with a piece of cake!


(I nibbled on a few more carrots + grapes)

This was the best homemade cake I’ve had in ages. It’s my grandmother’s Hot Milk Cake. I plan on putting the recipe up this afternoon so look for it on the side bar!

It was so good, my mom and I did a round of mindless but delicious nibbling with the leftovers. Scraping icing off the sides – you know the deal. So I probably ate twice as much as was on my plate.

Despite eating my share of cake and munchies at lunch, I do feel a little hungry. I might need some more berries as a late snack. I just hope I can stay away from the leftover cake


I took a video of the group singing to my grandfather. He loves baseball, so he threw a pitch at the end :) In fact, he been invited to throw the opening pitch at the Orioles vs. Red Sox game Tuesday night! I hope they put it on TV.

The Husband

With his blackberry glued to his thumb, I said to the husband last night “Hey, take a photo of your dinner so I can see what you make.” So those of you who wonder what he’s been eating, he cooked for his mom last night for Mother’s Day.

Crabcakes, buttermilk-parsley mashed potatoes and broccoflower. Guess we both eat the same things (crab) even when we’re apart :)


See you all late tonight :)

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1 Alex May 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Just thought I would let you know that your blog does not go unappreciated!
Thanks for all the work you put into it!


2 Becca May 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I love the mini-oatmeal goblets! How cute!


3 creatingadiva May 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

that goblet looks amazing! yum… and so cute that you and your husband ended up coordinating your meals w/out even meaning to!


4 Renee May 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

that video of your grandfather is so sweet! I hope he has wonderful birthday! by the way, all of the food looks delicious :)


5 VeggieGirl May 11, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Oooh, those Oatmeal Berry Goblets are gorgeous!!

What a lovely celebration for your grandfather’s birthday!! Great food and great company.

So cute that you and Matt basically ate the same thing, haha :0)


6 katie May 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Hi Kath! I saw this packaged scone mix at my local farmers market and thought of you…here is the link where it can be purchased if you’re interested!
it even includes nutritional information :) they had samples and i thought that they were quite delicious!


7 Suzanne May 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Oh, that video of your grandfather is so cute! He looks so happy. I know I get all embarassed when people sing Happy Bday to me. haha…

That spread looks so good – a lot of variety. I think we just have to accept that in those types of situations a little mindless eating is inevitable. I know I’m guilty of it! But most of that food looks pretty healthy…

The husband may have to start his own blog…his dinner looks great, and I don’t even like crabcakes!


8 Sidi May 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Look at those fresh berries and the mini, tiny goblets. Kath, I wish I had the same relaiton with my parents and grandparents. I hope you realize what a great thing this is! Have a great stay!


9 MoniMoni May 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Hi Kath… A while back you said you really like the book Superfoods. I googled the title and there are a million “Superfood” books. Which were you referring to? Thanks for the time and effort you put into responding to everyones questions and keeping up with the blogging – I love it!


10 Kristie May 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Your grandfather is adorable! And that food spread looks delicious. Especially the Hot Milk Cake mmmm, it sounds so intriguing!


11 Christy Greene May 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Hey there! So glad to hear (see!) that your trip was lots of fun….the food looks wonderful (as usual) and it looks like you had great family time.

Hope your trip home goes well! We definitely need to get together soon!


12 dc_rd May 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I am going to that baseball game tuesday night!! I am so excited it will be fun to see your grandfather! :)


13 hk May 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

what a fun birthday celebration, too cute :) glad it was a nice day!! your goblets are very pretty!


14 Katers May 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm

How sweet! Your grandpa is sprightly for 90! Good for him!


15 Allyson May 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Always great to spend time with family. The berries on the oatmeal look delicious, I’m so glad they’re in season now!

Safe traveling :)


16 Kelly T May 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Dang, hubby, you proved me wrong.

Why was your grandpa invited to throw out the pitch? Is he well known for something?


17 Another Kelly May 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I have a quick question for you. When you made bagels, did you grease the baking sheet. I can’t remember seeing this as part of your method, but had a bit of a problem with some of my bagels sticking after flipping and completing the last 15 minutes of bake time. Typically I use parchment for everything but can only use it up to 450?F, so I had to go without. Just curious because that was the only slight glitch, otherwise they were delicious.


18 Jen May 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Great video of your Grandfather! He reminds me of my Grampie….looks like he had a wonderful birthday with his loved ones. Lucky man!


19 Cassie May 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm

That spread of food looks amazing! Glad you had a wonderful weekend


20 the husband May 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

RE: bagels

I usually flour the sheet pan, or use spray… someone else reported having the same problem, so maybe I need to specifically mention this in the recipe.


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