So many meals to celebrate 30 years

My friends have long teased me about “Ruth’s birthday month.” Honestly, the ribbing is well-deserved because over the years I have managed to celebrate my birthday which falls in the first week of November over the remaining weeks of the month; a couple of lunches one week, dinner and shopping the next week, brunch with family and cocktails with friends, sometimes a long weekend trip to a food destination too. The streak continued for quite a number of years and I basked in all the attention. Until finally my three adult children decided to sabotage my birthday month by each finding mates whose birthdays also fell in November! Can you believe the audacity? That they would dare to horn in on my birthday month so that we now must celebrate their spouses in the midst of my once-dominant four weeks of celebration?! LOL, I am so completely kidding. It was a very nice trade-off to gain three wonderful family members and give up my 30 days of celebrations.

But I rocked it for 2018, in commemorating our 30th anniversary with meal, after glorious meal. For this grand milestone, we managed to stretch the celebration for six months! Beginning in May, at a lovely Michelin starred restaurant in Barcelona, and ending last week in a long weekend trip in southern California, we’ve celebrated over some memorable meals along the way. The following are a couple of the highlights enjoyed most recently.

Anniversary Party at Venue Forty⎜50, Addison, Texas

Yes, we threw ourselves a party and my only culinary contributions were apple pie and a chocolate cake. It was such a fun evening with all of our children, parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. The food was excellent and the venue staff could not have been more professional, helpful, or pleasant. We will definitely host another party here and I cannot more highly recommend the venue, owned and operated by Macklin’s Catering to all of you.

Uchi, Dallas, Texas

October 18 was our actual anniversary and after a long day of cooking a special menu for my customers, I was thrilled to be taken out to dine for the first time at the much-talked about sushi restaurant. Our server began the evening on a perfect tone when learning our newbie status, by asking if we would allow him to construct a meal for us of his favorite menu items. As he had served there since their opening in 2015, and because he thoughtfully inquired about allergies and budget, we appreciated his offer and accepted. The evening was perfect and his selections flawless; we highly anticipate returning for another fabulous meal.

Fig + Olive, Newport Beach, California

Although this restaurant is owned and operated by a corporation, we quite enjoyed a delicious dinner beginning with 6 different crostini and ending with an anniversary flourless chocolate cake. The Fashion Island location boasts beautiful decor, impeccable staff and tasty meals. Added bonus: it was within walking distance from our hotel on a beautiful California evening, the perfect setting in which to end six months of celebrations.

Of course, the most remarkable thing about all of these parties, dinners and experiences is that I’ve been walking this life with my very best friend for over thirty years. I am so blessed. So very blessed and in awe that God could be so good. The travel is fun, the meals are pleasurable but it’s the relationship with this amazing man for which I am most grateful. I love you, JB; you’re my one and only forever. ❤️

Partie Trois: Paris, Pain au chocolat et Escargot

Partie Trois: Paris, Pain au chocolat et Escargot

Three beautiful days…eating our way through the city of lights…

60 Years and Counting

Sixty years ago on July 7, Robert (Bob) & Jeanette Butterfield were married and began the dynasty which produced 7 children, 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (thusfar). They’ve owned homes from Michigan and Illinois to Texas and finally, New Mexico. It’s been quite the journey and 50 of us gathered over the July 4th weekend to help them celebrate this momentous occasion of their anniversary.

It was such a good time to catch up on everyone’s lives—we will have another wedding to attend next year—thankfully not one of my children this time. A couple of the grandchildren are nearing their college graduations, one brother is building a home, new jobs and ventures, surgeries recovered from…we covered a lot of news! Not to mention how fun it is to see all of the cousins bond as they move into adulthood. But the highlight of the weekend was the party on Saturday evening with margaritas, sopapillas and mariachis.

Over the years, Bob’s speeches have delighted the entire family and extended relatives. He shares jokes and memories and almost always sings a song. His contribution in tribute to Jeanette on this evening was very touching.

Gentle woman, quiet light,
morning star, so strong and bright,
gentle Mother, peaceful dove,
teach us wisdom; teach us love.

 He wasn’t quite able to make it through the verses, due to emotion, but how sweet was this insight into their marriage? The love and respect that he feels for his lifemate was so evident and a glimpse of how blessed he feels after their 60 years together.

Another remarkable thought I want to share about Bob & Jeanette-you’ve heard the old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, I’d like to boast that my in-laws, at the ages of 80 and 82 ate SUSHI (for the first time ever) with us in Seattle when we traveled there in May. They were adventurous and fearless and I hope my children will say the same of me when I reach their age.

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