Sherry A. Phillips

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Best Birthday EVAH!!!!

Yesterday was my birthday!

I turned 50 years old. Yep, half a century! I figure I’m in pretty good company with people like Elle Macpherson, Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp, Phoebe Cates and Vanessa Williams all hitting the big 5-0 this year!

I have to say that I could not have designed a better birthday if I had planned it for myself.

It snowed. It was only about 2 inches, but it was enough to keep the kids out of school and for us to sled, have snowball fights and play. We went out twice yesterday and had a wonderful time.

My husband was going to take me out to dinner, but when we found out it was going to snow, I told him I’d take a raincheck and I would make myself the same birthday dinner I always asked my grandmother to fix me every year. It was my favorite meal.

Hold onto your arteries, because it’s a doozy! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes (made with TWO sticks of butter and real cream), corn in butter sauce, yeast rolls and coconut cake for dessert. There are two dishes I cheated and did not attempt. The yeast rolls were made by Mrs. Schubert (frozen food section and the closest thing I’ve come to my grandmother’s homemade yeast rolls) and the coconut cake made by Pepperidge Farm.

I could have attempted to make my grandmother’s coconut cake, but frankly, I’m just not going to go through all that labor. Which is why I only got that cake once a year. She made her cake from scratch. And when I say scratch, I mean everything. She had two version and I’d switch off every other year. One was with oranges and the other was with pineapple. She would buy the coconut and crack it herself, then cut the meat out and shred it by hand with a grater. She would cut the fruit up herself and reserve the juice. She made her famous white frosting. Before putting on the final coating of frosting, coconut and fruit, she would take long skewers and poke holes all the way down the cake, then pour the reserved juice from the pineapple (or orange) over the cake.

That cake was so decadently awesome that there were years I would cut the cake in half and freeze the other half to have during the summer, because I didn’t want to have to wait an entire year to have it again.

Today, it’s back to eating mostly vegan/vegetarian. I had a banana and a wonderful red grapefruit for breakfast. I’m still running 5 to 6 days a week and am planning on running my first marathon this year. Right now, it’s between the Marine Corps Marathon in DC or the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in VA Beach. Both happen in the fall, so I have a little while to decide.

I have had a wonderful life so far and yesterday was the perfect way to celebrate the 50 year milestone. I had a variation of the birthday meal I had every year growing up, I spent the day with my husband and my children. I took the dogs for a long walk through the snow. It was a perfect day.

Here’s hoping the next 50 years will be just as wonderful as the first!

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