Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Turning 25 on a Tuesday: Birthday Fiesta!!

Yesterday I officially reached the quarter century mark! It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was turning 18 and ready and raring to embrace adulthood! Man, if only I knew then what I know now! Usually my birthdays are spent enjoying dinner at the restaurant of my choosing with close friends and family members but since this was my first birthday spent away from home, I knew it would be different!

I am incredibly lucky to have met some pretty amazing women here in Colorado. Upon learning that my birthday was coming up and with some clever undercover work they planned to make me a birthday fiesta! In casual conversation these ladies learned that I had been having a hankering for Mexican food and that G.I. Joe was not a fan. Needless to say, I was more than thrilled!

Good thing I came hungry!!! These ladies had prepared a delicious spread that satisfied all of my wildest pregnancy cravings! I was in fiesta heaven! I stepped in to a kitchen filled with the aromas of chicken quesadillas, taco cups, seven layer dip, and delicious mommy approved drinks! 

The crown jewel of my birthday fiesta was a delicious fruit pizza my friends Loree and Sarah had painstakingly prepared! It was beautiful and most importantly delicious. The pizza featured a sugar cookie crust, topped with a delicate mixture or cream cheese and whipped cream, crowned with tasty, ripe fruits and a drizzle of Nutella! Yum, my mouth is watering recalling the experience!

We ate, we drank, and enjoyed excellent conversation. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my first birthday away from family and friends back home!

When you've got a sweet bun in the oven it's easy to feel left out in a social or party atmosphere, but my friends had me covered! My friends whipped up a delicious fruity little concoction that gave me the sensation of enjoying a drink with the girls while still keeping our growing baby safe. We lovingly call this drink Loree's Sunrise because the colors are beautiful and the taste is amazing. My non-preggo friends enjoyed their drinks with the addition of rum or flavored vodka while I enjoyed mine straight up ( fruit juice only), on the rocks, and with a straw!

If  you're ready to embrace the tropical deliciousness of this drink you're going to need some pineapple juice, grenadine syrup, sprite, and ice. Now, this recipe doesn't use exact measurements but rather a "to your own taste" measurement system. So, in a glass you begin by pouring in some pineapple juice. To the pineapple juice, add some sprite or lemon-lime soda of your choice (I like equal amounts pineapple to sprite). Then add in grenadine syrup until it forms a layer in the bottom of your glass. Grenadine syrup makes the drink sweet, if you like sweet, let 'er rip, if you prefer tart, use the grenadine sparingly or omit it altogether. If you, like me, are a mama-to-be your drink ends with some ice and a straw. If you're not expecting, then feel free to add the alcohol of your choosing. My friends enjoyed theirs with strawberry vodka or rum. It's really quite tasty, you should give it a try!

Yesterday was definitely a great day! I missed spending it with family and friends back home but am super blessed to have an amazing husband, precious son, and a wonderful group of friends here who helped make my day special! The next time you're looking to enjoy a drink with friends give Loree's Sunrise a shot, you won't be disappointed! Happy Wednesday, wishing you and those you love well from the Wild West! 



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