Happy Birthday to Me.

I just finished celebrating the first anniversary of my 40th birthday. I’m not freaking out about being over 40, I just didn’t like the way 41 sounded. Whatever.

I threw myself a birthday party, which I haven’t done in years and years. Dinner with husband? Yes. Dinner with friends? Yes. But not a come-over-to-my-house-and-I-will-provide-you-food-and-drink party. I chickened out a little and made everyone bring something to eat, and just for fun, they had to give me the recipe.

Here is a picture of the best, most unexpected dish. The recipe is as follows, and is of unknown origin:

1 box vanilla wafers
sesame seeds
1 box Keebler Grasshopper cookies
3/4 c. coconut
white, yellow and red frosting with decorator tips to dispense
1/4 c. Karo syrup

Place coconut and a few drops of green food coloring in a plastic bag to mix. Set aside.

Place vanilla wafers on wax paper, top side up. Brush with Karo and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Set aside.

Place 40 more wafers flat side up on cookie sheet. Add a dab of white frosting on each, then place a grasshopper cookie on each. Brush cookie with Karo. Sprinkle coconut and swirl red and yellow frosting on each. Take the tops you made earlier and add those to the top. Viola!

me and my burger


Oh, and I also got myself a Sally Hanson give-yourself-a-french-manicure, polish-in-a-pen kit at Walgreens, and I think for $12 it looks pretty decent (and there’s plenty more for next time). And it wasn’t much more difficult than painting your fingernails with whiteout used to be. But prettier.

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