I had plans to make hubby’s usual b-day dinner – steak (like the kind I made the first year we started dating)

Hubby and I ventured out in the icy weather to hit up the grocery store and hubby requested Ina’s Beef Brisket for his special dinner. I was happy to oblige since I love that dish, too.

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First, we made some crostini with some baguette slices drizzled with EVOO and spinkled with some oregano then broiled until toasty.

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We enjoyed the crostini as an appetizer with some Fromager d’Affinois (a brie-like cheese) while our brisket baked away.

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Nom nom nom

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Here’s the brisket with the veggies pre cooking.

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Hubby picked out this Flying Tomato Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy with our special dinner. It was really good – nice and smooth.

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Since our dining room table is currently covered with the plateware and what not that is supposed to be in our cabinets, I found another random table to set up in the sun room for our special dinner.

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Not the most photographic dinner ever, but certainly tasty enough to make up for it.

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Check out this neat container my cupcake came in. Pretty cool, huh?

I was planning to bake a cake but since we were a bit late getting to dinner (the brisket takes 3 1/2 hours to cook) and since the oven was taking up the oven, we decided to pick out some sweets at Earthfare.

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Hubby selected a cheese cake slice.

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I picked up an All Natural vanilla cupcake. It wasnt my favorite. The cupcake was a bit dry and the frosting was not what I expected at all. It was sort of airy and different. It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t the best cupcake I’ve ever had.

Sorry Earthfare! I still LOVE your whole wheat cookies and I ADORE your vegan chocolate chip muffins. 🙂

All in all, I really don’t think I did a great job with hubby’s b-day this year. Guess that’s what happens when you’ve got a billion different projects going on AND a kitchen in the middle of some serious renovations! Eek! Hopefully I do better next year!

(Still hoping to bake a cake…maybe later this week) 😉