For various reasons--inclement weather, schedules, etc.--my friends and I celebrated our January birthdays on February 1 this year. We have been doing this for about twenty-five years, give or take a year, now. It all started when we had just moved here. After church one Sunday, I overheard Jane and Diana discussing having lunch to celebrate their mutual birthday. Never shy, I stepped right up to them and announced that I, too, had a January birthday. What could they do but ask if I'd like to join them?
We've dined out and in. Now we take turns hosting the party in our homes. Ellen, another January celebrant, joined us a few years ago. Sheila has also joined us as a party guest and our crafting instructor.
This birthday, Jane was our hostess and preparer of our lunch. The recipe is originally from Weight Watchers and was deliciously tweaked by Jane. Her recipe is below and contains her changes. The dish is beautiful to behold and oh so good! It was accompanied by yeasty rolls. Our birthday "cake" was actually carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting that disappeared before I had a chance to photograph them.
These chilly snowmen and snowladies kept us company at the table.
These bookish fellows were charming. The smaller one is reading one of Jan Karon's Mitford books. He has excellent taste.
Our craft this year was making felted wool flower pins. The wool is recycled from old sweaters.
Aren't they beautiful?
We headed out into the frigid temperatures to go home. Our hearts were warm with love and friendship!