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Birthday Goodies And Cheesecake Milkshake

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely week. Mine was a bit crazy but very yummy. On my birthday the girls and I went to my mother's and had lunch with her and my sister. My mother made fresh figs stuffed with brie, wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, heaven. My sister made the most interesting dessert (she says it is sooo hard to make me something I have not already made ;-) She made a Thia black rice pudding that she flavored with black licorice and lavender. I know it sounds weird  but you know it worked. It was subtle, not in your face, well done Laurie xoxox

We watched Confessions of a Shopaholic (which felt a bit like my youth flashing before my eyes, although I could not afford such high end stuff) I LOVED this movie. If you have not seen it you must. It is wonderful, fantastic fashion and so funny.

The rest of the week kind of got taken over by hauling free firewood. Which I am not complaining about, I mean what an answer to prayer !!! But not what I had been planning. David and I will make up for it in a couple of weeks. But the girls blessed and spoiled me, thank you girls. Auberne` made me the sweetest video on her new blog, I Talk in Movie Quotes. They made me breakfast in bed. Chocolate fill croissants, apple-wood smoked bacon, lavender/rosemary tea and homemade greek yogurt with fresh raspberries and lavender honey. As you can see it was a yummy week, the best thing by far was the cheesecake milkshake (recipe below)

I took a picture of some of my birthday goodies. There was also vintage pink pyrex, a pink tea cozy with rose tea spoons, pink tea and a Amazon gift card (thank you, both of you, you know who you are xoxox), books, crystal magnet, vintage hunting fabric for my library, a whole box of Sees candy, my hubby let me custom pick what I wanted, lavender caramel's wrapped in dark chocolate and more.

 Mostly though there was you wonderful readers, thank you for all the birthday wishes, gifts and love you showered me. Oh and I will wear the hat. You made me feel very special and that was the best gift of all. Thank you xoxo

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Cheesecake Milkshake

makes 4 large glasses

4 slice of cheesecake or one small whole cheesecake, you want a vanilla cheesecake with a graham-cracker crust

Vanilla Ice cream


In a blender put the cheesecake, 5 large scoops of ice cream and some milk. Blend and add enough milk to get it all going. Taste and add more ice cream/milk as needed. Enjoy, it is veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy rich, as it should be ;-)


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(((((HUGS)))))  sandi

ENABLER! LOL! That SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED! Aw man I'd like to make one of those TODAY! (((((HUGS))))) sandi~never even THOUGHT to do anything like that!


Happy belated Birthday! It sounds like you were treated like a queen, as you should be. And that cheesecake milkshake...well, that is just decadence defined!!! :)


Dear Clarice,

I'm so glad you have a wonderful day! It sounds like creative cooking runs in the family! Yum!

And the gifts, how sweet to be surrounded by precious friends and family.




Happy Belated Birthday Clarice!!
So sorry I misssed it.
You look beautiful in the photo!
It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday!!!
So glad you did.
I sometimes forget to check all of the blogs when I am busy making my crowns.
Chat soon,

Sharon D.

Hi Clarice!

I am so glad that you had a wonderful Birthday :) What wonderful blessings you received! Oh my the milkshake! I can't try that one! Your lunch sounds awesome :) I have never tried figs like that, yum! I LOVE the video that Auberne created for you, so sweet! Especially the last photo :)

Spending time with David again will be fun. Something more to look forward to :)

Thanks for sharing your special day :)


The Pleasures of Homemaking

It does indeed sound like a yummy birthday! Your whole family seems to know what to do in a kitchen! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday! Free firewood will be a blessing come the winter and since you get to make up for having to spend time hauling it - it'll be like having your birthday twice!



Dear Clarice,

The photo is gorgeous, your mom sets a beautiful table! I love it! She is so good with vignettes! I know that was special to you. I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday and a delicious meal and dessert prepared by your mom and sister!

The firewood is such a blessing! I hope you and David can do something special together soon. I love the video sweet Auberne` made. What a loving tribute to you Clarice! The breakfast your dear girls made sounds so delicious. The cheesecake milkshake sounds fabulous. I know my men folk would love that!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

I love the collage of all your birthday goodies. You found and were given such pretty things! I am so happy your birthday was wonderful! You deserve it, sweetie!

Love you, Paula


Awesome! The video was super! Please let Auberne' know! I tried to leave a comment on her blog, but.....

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Hi Claire~~~ You are by far the most lavished mother and sister that I know. Wow! Your gifts all sound so remarkably thoughtful and delicious. I am sorry I am so far behind in blogging (been up to my ears busy) but hope you have many more happy birthdays like this!



Sounds like a wonderful birthday!! So glad you enjoyed it:)


What a special birthday! So many beautiful gifts from the heart -- and yummy food! I'm glad you were honored in such a special way!



What wonderful gifties!! I am going to have to try that cheesecake shake-yum!! Hope you are having a happy weekend!!


Sounds lovely! Just my kind of birthday. Happy Day!


Clarice-sounds like a fantastic birthday was had by you! Love the gifts-how wonderful!


Dear Clarice,

It sounds like a wonderful birthday spent with those you love!
What a sweet video that Auberne' put together for you!
Have a wonderful weekend ~ keep cool!



The pictures look great. That rice pudding was really good. Love, Mom


So glad that you were properly celebrated! Free firewood is most welcome - especially in the dank dark November days.
Enjoy this sun-filled weekend!


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