Birthday BBQ

July 25, 2010

Saturday morning I did a long run of 10 miles; I was excited to get back in the double-digits. Craig rode his bike, which caused me to push my pace a little harder than I normally would, but I still felt good! Only the last mile was a little tough.

Within a few minutes of being done, I had an energy gel to hold me over while I stretched and made myself something to eat.

The consistancy of this was quite runny, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, and the vanilla flavor was quite pleasant. The taste, however, was very sugary–even for my sweet tooth. I don’t think I would purchase this kind again, but if I was desperate, I could resort to it.

Yesterday we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 50th birthday. The weather wasn’t spectacular but everyone seemed to have a good time nonetheless.

Before heading over to the BBQ, I made a fruit pizza to bring over. I love fruit pizza and haven’t had it this summer yet, so I decided yesterday would be the perfect time to make it.

Fruit Pizza


– 1 (20 oz.) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough

– 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, soft

– 1/3 cup sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– fruit of your choice


– Press cookie dough into 12 inch pizza pan. (I used a glass pan and should have sprayed it with non-stick spray.)

– Prick with fork and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool

– Mix cream cheese with sugar and vanilla and spread over crust.

– Arrange fruit on top.

Intense grilling was going on when I arrived at the BBQ.


A hummus appetizer platter.

A fire for me to stay warm–although once the rain started I had a hard time choosing the tent to stay dry or the fire to stay warm.

Birthday cards, presents, and flowers.

The food.

Birthday cake.

After the BBQ, Craig and I went to see the movie Inception–wow, what a crazy movie!! If you like action movies and ones that blow your mind, you should definitely see it.

    1. Those were great pictures of the Birthday BBQ……all the food and the Chef. But………..I didn’t see a picture of the birthday girl!!!
      I want to see what the birthday girl looks like at 50!!!

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