This was yet another Birthday Celebration… I said I was doing it up Big this year… Jeff & I invited some dear friends to join us for a special dinner at a local restaurant.
We went to Salut in St Paul and had arranged in advance (72 hours advance notice required) to have a family style dinner special called "Le Grande Boeuf" that they say feeds 8-10, but the 7 of us didn't even get through half of it! We did have appetizers first (chicken cordon blue bites & shrimp bruchetta), maybe that was part of the reason, but they did give us a wonderful feast.
This is a picture of the main course arriving… we had already had the appetizers & a nice salad of greens… main course was a very large bone-in roast beef, baby carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, drippings, hollandaise… yep, very spoiled!!
This candelabra was in the middle of our table when we arrived, the tapers had just been lit when we arrived & by the time we left had all burned down… we simply loved having a nice meal that wasn't rushed so we could enjoy a time of fellowship with lovely brothers & sisters in Christ.
Here are terrible pictures of wonderful friends:
|Morris Anderson & Jeff|
|Jan Wilke & Sandy Anderson|
Each of these wonderful people has served with and/or mentored us in ministry, so this is truly a precious group & dear to our hearts! We missed having Dave Johnson (Marianne's husband) with us, he's recovering from shoulder surgery, but we made sure to send a doggy bag home for him.
Here's a closeup (oops after we'd already consumed quite a bit) of "Le Grande Boeuf"…
Hubby surprised me by arranging a Birthday cake in advance, he had picked up a Carrot Cake (my favorite) from Wuollet in St Paul and brought candles from home (without me noticing)… I didn't get a picture (I was having too much fun)… so for dessert we had Carrot Cake!
I am so glad I decided to give myself the gift of time with precious friends for my Birthday - though the pictures aren't so beautiful the memories are, thank you sweet friends, and thank you Lord for the gift of sweet friends!!