But, I reasoned, a man's gotta eat. So, the meals of the day became the moments to pause and reflect and make him feel special through food. I think it worked.
The breakfast ingredients: basil and cherry tomatoes picked from our small garden moments before preparation; and eggs from our friend MH and her chickens Phoneix and Big Red.
The resulting breakfast, served on a tray, breakfast-in-bed style: omelets with sauteed onions, basil, and tomato; fresh-baked baguette and focaccia and a bite of salty caramel brownie, all from Batch Bakehouse; and juice and water and the ever-present sriracha.
After a lunch of taco salad and a dinner of Vientiane, our Madison nearest and dearest joined us in a little park off State Street for an event that has alternately been referred to as a "surprise dessert flash mob" and a "30 minute birthday party."
Such a spread of desserts! Cookies, lemon bars, ice cream sandwiches, chocolate zucchini muffins, chocolate chip cookies, zucchini bars, and double-chocolate cookies!
And we ended the day by sharing some smiles, along with a a bottle of JH's first batch of home-brewed beer, courtesy of Mr. Beer! (I'm hoping JH will report back and describe the process here on D&O).
Happy food-filled birthday!