Why the excitement? Because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH, that’s why! Gone are the days where my family and friends were collected in one general area and a proper party could be planned. With everyone spread out and conflicting schedules, one specific day for celebrating is too limiting.
Besides, so many other events happen during May that my birthday can become an afterthought, even for me! For instance, the beginning of the month has everyone surprised by how quickly April went by after all the Easter and Passover preparations that I can barely catch my breath before cruising all the Cinco de Mayo parties! (I LOVE margaritas!) Then you have Mother’s Day brunches and school graduations lumped together in the middle of the month. And, finally, the end of May is spent gearing up for grilling season and Memorial Day festivities. Add the fact that May weather gets warmer and coaxes everyone outside for last-minute cookouts and get togethers, my birthday is left desperately competing for attention!
So, instead of fruitlessly earmarking one day, I’m spreading the love and taking ALL THIRTY-ONE DAYS of May to celebrate my birthday! This just means doing a little something special for myself every day of the month, and the treat doesn’t have to involve spending money. For instance:
*May 1st–I went to The Body Shop and redeemed my free birthday gift for this Vitamin E face mist!I absolutely love this stuff because it is refreshing, cooling, and helps set my Chanel Double Perfection foundation properly.
*May 2nd–I made my own strawberry compote with almonds for dessert!I sliced a half pint of strawberries and cooked them in Grand Marnier, lemon juice, sugar, ground cardamom, and cinnamon. It smelled absolutely wonderful.I’ll keep you updated periodically during the month to let you know what treats I have in store. I highly recommend celebrating your next birthday for the entire month. And I invite you to offer suggestions for small “treats” as well. Because turning one year older shouldn’t be a downer. It should be celebrated! All month long!
Also, as a reminder, this Thursday, May 5th is the inaugural Ina’s Garden “cook along” recipe Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars! I hope you can bake these treats and link up your results on Thursday! The recipe is posted on my blog here and on Food Network’s site here.