Take The Cake

December 19, 2010

After quickly blogging and changing into our nice dinner outfits, mom and I headed over to Gram’s to meet my Uncle Chris, Aunt Mary Ellen and Cousin Mary Jane  plus Uncle Mel and Aunt Betty for dinner in the dining hall of Gram’s building.


But first, cocktail hour. A drink and a toast.


Nothin’ like a Manhattan made by a Kiehne! If you’ve never had a Manhattan, you should try one. But make sure you request it to be “extra sweet with tons of cherry juice” or you will risk wrinkling your nose at strong straight bourbon.


In the dining hall, we started with salads from the salad bar. Pile those veggies high!!


I also got a small cup of Shrimp Bisque upon recommendation


But the recommendation was really for the splash of sherry on top when a fellow resident came over with the bottle telling us the soup was 10 times better with sherry ; )


Definitely made it more delicious!



For dinner I chose a piece of miso glazed fish, which was really really good! Plus spinach and green beans.



Guess who has a birthday tomorrow!!


I think she’s saying “Wheeeee” here!


That or “peaches” : )



High quality icing and cake-part. Hard to find! It was almost like wedding cake!


Happy Birthday Gram!

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1 Matt December 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Lookin’ good Kiehnes!


2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

CAKE!!! So thaaaat’s why you visited Grams :)


3 Kath December 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

:) You know me so well!


4 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Awwww too sweet! :) Happy birthday to her! :)


5 Hannah December 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

*laughs* My 96 year old grandma is a sherry fiend too – must be something about getting older! 😛


6 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Yum – what a good dinner!


7 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Cake looks delish! and after all the talk of Manhattans, I have got to break down and try one!


8 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

oh yum, wedding cake (if done right) always tastes SO good! happy birthday to your Gram!


9 Natalia - a side of simple December 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Mmm it was a weekend for cake. Happy birthday to your Grams! I celebrated my birthday this weekend and made sure it was well equipped with cake :) AND! I had my very first Manhattan! I confess, you’ve made a recruit out of me.


10 Regina December 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

My stomach just growled for that fish. YUM!


11 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Happpy Bday to your Gram and your cake description: quality cake AND icing…so key!

“But make sure you request it to be “extra sweet with tons of cherry juice” or you will risk wrinkling your nose at strong straight bourbon. “–LOL

The sherry in shrimp bisque..yes, sherry does make everything better. Growing up, I knew it was the holidays when the smell of shrimp and sherry wafted thru the house. Ahh. Memories!


12 Amanda (Eating Up) December 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I LOVE good cake! It is hard to find. Whenever I find a good bakery, I’m a loyal customer for life.


13 Dee December 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Mmm cake! Happy Birthday to your Grams! :)


14 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds December 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Wow… that cake looks so moist!


15 [email protected] December 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I want a plate of your dinner choosings too… sounds delicious!


16 Alaina December 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Aww, Happy Birthday to Gram! Let them eat cake! 😛


17 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey December 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Happy Birthday to your Gram!

We had a huge party for my Gram in May when she turned 80. It was so nice that T and I were able to go back to IL for her birthday weekend. I know how special it is to get to celebrate those birthdays together as the years go by… :)



18 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

The cake and the rest of the food looks amazing! Happy birthday to her!


19 Lee December 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Happy Birthday to your Gram!

I have to admit, I’m a bit afraid of a manhattan as the smell of bourbon kind of makes me cringe. My husband likes it though.


20 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Happy birthday to Gram!
I would love to live where she lives!!


21 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Awe, so nice of you to celebrate with your Grams! I am sure she was so thankful!


22 Laura (Starloz) December 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

oh boy, strong alcohol makes me cringe.

Happy Birthday to your Gram


23 Ann @ Day by Day December 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Mmm that fish looks so good. That’s so sweet that y’all are with your grandmother for her birthday. She looks great! Enjoy your family time together!


24 faith @ gracefulfitness December 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm

p.s WE need to make that fish soon.


25 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 20, 2010 at 12:10 am

Happy birthday to your Grandma!! :) I just celebrated my birthday this week, too! Annnndd you would have loved my cake; it was wedding cake quality through and through! 😉


26 Anna @ ciaotochow December 20, 2010 at 12:54 am

Happy Birthday, Gram! :) Looks like she had a delicious dinner (and dessert!) to help celebrate!!


27 Angela December 20, 2010 at 1:06 am

Your dinner looked amazing! I want a big salad now. I have grown to love a salad with red grapes!



28 Marina December 20, 2010 at 1:16 am

Happy birthday to your Gran!
have a nice time with her!


29 carlee December 20, 2010 at 2:01 am

Happy Birthday to your grandma! she’s a cutie!
that cake does look bomb indeed!


30 retro sweets December 20, 2010 at 4:18 am

Happy birthday to your Grams! That cake sure looks delicious! Recipe please!


31 Cara Craves... December 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

I love the resident’s advice of spiking to soup…too cute!


32 Carol December 20, 2010 at 5:53 am

So happy you were able to celebrate with your gram! She looks wonderful! Hope you enjoy the rest of your visit!


33 Amalfi Girl December 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

That soup and fish look absolutely delicious! Major envy!


34 stacey-healthylife December 20, 2010 at 6:46 am

Oh so cute. Happy birthday to your grams.


35 Kristina December 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

Happy Birthday to your Grams! (I call my grandma grams too)


36 Lauren December 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

Aww, your gram is adorable! Happy birthday to her! :)


37 Jen December 20, 2010 at 7:09 am

Happy Birthday to your Gram! Dinner and cake looked really good :)



38 Katie December 20, 2010 at 7:28 am

I know cake is cake BUT that Cake looks REALLY good! YUm!!!

Happy Birthday to your gram! SHe is so sweet! Im sure having her family there is the best gift!

Miso glazed fish looks yum too!!!


39 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 20, 2010 at 7:46 am

Happy Birthday to your grandmother. And boy oh boy, that cake looks amazing!!!


40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 20, 2010 at 7:55 am

Happy birthday to your Gram!

The food at her dining hall looks good! Does she get to eat like that everyday? She must love it!


41 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

Happy birthday to your gram!! That cake does look fantastic…I would have gone straight for a rose :)


42 Faith @ lovelyascharged December 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

Booze on top of soup? Of course it’s going to be delicious! Happy birthday to your gram!


43 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

That cake looks perfect!! A well-put together cake really *is* hard to find. 😀

Happy Birthday to your grandmother! 😀


44 Madeline - Greens and Jeans December 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

Happy Birthday to her! I call my grandmother ‘Gram’ too! :)


45 Jen G. December 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

I’m from Kentucky — we just skip the cherry juice and go for the strong, straight bourbon :-) And bourbon + cake? Dinner of the gods…


46 Meagan December 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

THAT cake looks GREAT. I’m such a frosting and cake person!


47 eliza December 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Kath, do you happen to know where Snow Creek, VA is?? All my family is from there..


48 Kath December 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I don’t, sorry


49 Ellen December 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I’ve been following your blog now for a couple months, but this is my first time commenting! I love your blog so much. This fish looks incredible and so does the cake! yum!


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