The Big 3-0

Yep, today’s my birthday. We celebrated with a deck party over the weekend so today’s it spending time with Emily and Logan. Perfect.

I know this is supposed to be a big deal, you’re getting old, life is different forever type of birthday. But I haven’t been dreading this one at all. I think it’s because my life is so great! Wonderful husband, sweet baby girl, friends and family, a job I love… The list goes on and on. God has truly blessed me.

People who share my birthday: (I’m in pretty good company)
*Shia LaBeouf
*Joe Montana
*Dr. Oz
*Gene Wilder (whose actual name was Jerome Silberman)
*Vince Lombardi
*Jacques Yves Cousteau
*Richard Strauss
(Source:  Famous Birthdays)

Important events in history that happened on this day:
*1509:  Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
*1770:  Captain Cook runs aground on the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
*1788:  Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
*1837:  The Broad Street Riot between English-Americans and Irish-Americans occurred in Boston.
*1905:  Penns Railroad debuts the fastest train in the world (New York to Chicago in 18 hours).
*1944:  Five days after the D-Day landing, the five Allied groups converged on Normandy.
*1959:  In the UK, the Hovercraft officially launched.
*1962:  Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from Alcatraz.
*1979:  John Wayne dies of cancer.
*1987:  An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit 14 Midwest states and parts of Canada.
*2001:  Timothy McVeigh executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
*2001:  The oldest known human skull fossils were found in Ethiopia.
*2004:  Ronald Reagan’s funeral was held at the National Cathedral.
*2010:  Opening ceremony for the World Cup soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa.
(Sources:  The People History and Dates in History)

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And, since the food was great at my party, I thought I’d share the menu and recipes! The nice thing about all of these was being able to do much of the prep work in advance. That made the actual day of the party pretty easy. Plus, using the grill to cook the kabobs kept the house nice and cool.

Cilantro Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Honey Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

Carrots and Dip (yes, I cheated and bought the dip)

Chips and Salsa (cheated there too)

“Ryan’s Dip” (I don’t know what it’s actually called, but my brother always makes it. It’s salsa, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese melted together and served with tortilla chips.)

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Lemony Lemon Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Naturally Flavored Water
(I made Mint-Lime-Pineapple Water and Citrus Water) 

Nice and summery.

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