Friday, November 25, 2011

It's My Birthday and I'll Eat if I Want To

I had to make a crucial decision. As usual, crucial decisions revolve around the food I intend to eat. And, to make it even more crucial, it was revolving around my birthday. I'm a little behind in telling about my birthday, but since I have the whole month to celebrate, I guess I still have some time!

Hubby, Amazing Daughter, and I decided (against our better judgement) to start Round 2 of the HCG Diet. We knew November would be a tough month, but we decided to go for it. I decided to wait and celebrate my birthday with Amazing Daughter, (I got her permission first. I didn't want WW3 to start!) in December. 

We've had a much harder time staying focused this time around. I don't know if it's because of the gloomy weather, the chilly weather, or what, but it has been challenging. Typically, we start getting ready for hibernation by eating everything in sight, as soon as the weather starts getting cooler. After the daily discussions on whether we should continue the diet or just wait and start again in the spring, Hubby announced, on my birthday, that he was going to just try to maintain, and start again in the spring. (Since my birthday is in early November, you see how long he lasted!) Jennee and I were still straddling the fence on what to do.

Now, a few days before this announcement was made, Jennee asked me if we were doing anything on my birthday, because she was being asked to work that evening. I said, "Go ahead and work. I'll just wait and we can celebrate our birthdays together, if it's alright with you!!" Add a big smiley face here.

I had already cheated the day before when I celebrated my birthday with my mom, sister, and sister-in-law. We made plans to go to this very lovely "tea room" for lunch. They make a wonderful strawberry pretzel dessert, which is our main reason for going there. 

We are usually pretty frugal when we go out, but on this day, we all went a little crazy. We started off by ordering these multi-berry scones, with ...arrrgggg...brain fart.... some kind of -shire cream. I KNEW I waited too long to blog about this! All I can think of is herefordshire - herefords are cows, so I'm quite sure that isn't it! Or, Wilshire, no that's not it!  Now, I've gone and ruined the whole, very elegant, English mood. I'm counting on my English friends to set the record straight. Anyway, it was quite delicious,and I felt it was my duty to eat every last scoop of  _______-sire cream!

This was my meal: Spinach and red pepper quiche, lemon tea bread, and strawberry pretzel salad.

Usually, we all end up ordering the same thing, but this time, we branched out and we all ordered something different.
Chicken Salad

Potato Soup and Cornbread

Creamed Chicken and Noodle
This was the setting:

 After we were stuffed to the brim, we asked the waitress to take our picture. 
My Sis, Sis-in-law, Me, My Mom
So,the following day, Hubby makes his announcement, and I decide "Why fight it?" and go off the diet, too. Then, the flickering light bulb turns on, and I declare, "OH, well, we can go out for my birthday after all!" Yipee! I said that part silently. The only problem was that Amazing Daughter was now working until 7:30; I had to call Son to alert him to the change in plans, and hope he could hold out for a late supper. And, Hubby was running late in getting back from a job. After all was said and done, we managed to meet at our favorite Mexican restaurant at 8:00.
 I didn't have cake, but I did have this:


  1. Well my friend, I can see that your diet is going really well!!!! (NOT!!). All that food just looks so scrummy. Where I come from in England, down here in Devon, we are very famous for our Devon Cream Teas and clotted cream, so I suspect the 'something shire' could well have been Devonshire!! Lovely photo of you all together. I'm disappointed that the pink feather boa didn't get an outing though! (Hee Hee!!). Oh! I almost forgot - Happy Birthday! Here's to a lovely year. Cheers!

  2. Happy Be-lated birthday to a very wonderful lady! Everyone deserves to cheat a little during their birthday month! You can start your diet back up in December!

  3. Definitely Devonshire! And those scones look lush! Who could diet with food like that around???

  4. YUM YUM and double YUM! That tea room looks like the tea room that my daughter and SIL and I went to a few years back. I love the mis-matched chairs! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Blessings, Joanne

  5. Happy Birthday!! Looks like you all had a good time. I'm also saying that the cream would have been Devonshire.

    Happy Birthday Again! Enjoy your birthday month, It's not over yet...

  6. Happy Birthday and enjoy your day!

  7. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! The tea room is so sweetly decorated, I would love to go there, and the food, looks so good and more variety than most tea rooms have. Most just have finger sandwiches and little cakes.

  8. Great pics and lovely tea room! Happy Birthday. I have read plenty about the HCG diet and your blog is the closet I have come to knowing someone who has given it a go. I am a new fan from the hop and will be following along and cheering on your success.


  9. Following you now from Over 40 Blog hop.

    Happy Birthday - nice food and fabulous place!!

    Hope you'll return the follow

  10. Happy Birthday. As long as you enjoyed it is all that matters! Nice picture of you all too!

  11. Happy Birthday, Darlene!!!!!! Love that photo of the four of you. And love the food and drink photos too!! It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday with wonderful meals -- wish I were there!
    Have a happy and healthy birthday year. You're 39 now, right??

  12. Happy Birthday! So glad you got to enjoy it with good food and your wonderful family!

  13. Oh my...All the food looks Delicious!
    Came from Follow Friday Over 40...
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  14. Those were some nice birthday celebrations and hope you had a nice birthday. And the clotted cream is so good, I love those tea houses. And then to shop in the British stores are fun.

    And one can never have too much Mexican food, yummy.

    And keep to your guns about your diet, we are all pulling for you.

    Thanks for sharing your great days with us, it was a lot of fun.

    God bless.

  15. WHY AM I SO LATE? You've pigged out on all these delicious eats and treats without me. Oh, don't tell me you deliberately didn't invite me? I am definitely going to have to sulk now.

    Happy Birthday, Darlene! I am so sorry my wishes are a tad belated (ok, a LOT!) but they are meant no less sincerely. I hope you have a WONDERFUL year! xoxo

  16. Now my tummy's rumbling thanks a bunch, happy belated birthday Darlene.

  17. I'm so glad we took a few more months off. Can't wait for my birthday meal!


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