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Birthday Success

We had a fantabulous day yesterday, thanks for all the birthday wishes!

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Kohl now thinks he is a star, after all he did make it on the internet.  Thankfully he is too young to understand, which means I do not have to worry about any future embarrassments to land him in the virtual world.  But just in case he does try to land in the news anytime soon, someone please remind him that some things have already been claimed.  Please!  I will be too busy drowning myself in wine due to the embarrassments. 

Just remind him that showing underwear is so yesterday – thankfully he still wears cartoon characters so if he shows his underwear – they’re cute! 


Both boys have summer birthdays so our tradition is to have a small celebration  the day off, and we have one party for the two of them in between both birthdates. 

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We started our afternoon off with a little fun in the kitchen.  Kohl was super excited to help make his birthday dinner.  We have a tradition in the Helen, Naturally household of choosing your birthday dinner.  Kohl gets to make a choice when given options.  You have to have a level of control with him.  Because if you do not then you will be having boiled crabs.  Not that there is anything wrong with boiled crabs, they are just a little pricey for a 5th b-day celebration.  What, you’re laughing??  I’ll remind you of that when your very own child is requesting boiled crabs!

So his choice of dinner was……spaghetti!  He loves spaghetti & meatballs.  I was super excited with his choice because I was able to incorporate some of my favorites into this as well.  I had a lovely eggplant that really needed to be cooked so I made eggplant parmesan.

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Another one of Kohl’s favorite things to eat would be deviled eggs, so they made it to the table as well!  Now for the star of the night….

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Fried Green Tomatoes!  We love fried green tomatoes.  Which you can also serve the same as the eggplant with a pasta dish!  I just made my version a little healthier by pan frying as opposed to deep frying, and I used a good light olive oil to cook them in.  By adding just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, it makes this more like sautéing as opposed to frying.

  • green tomatoes
  • 1/2c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/8c corn meal
  • salt & pepper
  • butter milk
  • olive oil

Heat olive oil (or oil of choice) in a pan.  Be careful to keep the oil hot but not to hot so you will not burn the tomatoes.  Slice the tomatoes in 1/2 inch thick slices.  Soak them in the buttermilk for a few minutes while mixing the flour, cornmeal, and seasoning.  Roll the tomato slices in the flour mixture until coated well, place in pan and cook until golden brown.

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Love, love, love fried green tomatoes 🙂

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Many people are afraid to eat these but I promise they are tasty.  You should really try them out for yourself!

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After dinner we moved on to cake & ice cream.  Is that not the cutest, smallest cake ever!  It was the perfect size for our family.  We each enjoyed a slice of cake with a scoop of banana pudding ice cream.  Yes, my child requested banana ice cream for his birthday!  Of course the remaining time was spent playing, reading, watching t.v., and just enjoying time spent with the birthday boy 🙂

6 thoughts on “Birthday Success”

  1. Aww happy birthday to your little man! That dinner looks awesome, he’s one lucky boy! I LOVE fried green tomatoes, they are so yummy! We served them at our rehearsal dinner. Also is that Bluebell ice cream I spy?? YUM, that is/was my favorite brand. They make the best ice cream. Used to be that they only sold it in the South, not sure if that’s still true or not!

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