Monday, April 13, 2015

a Spring birthday and a triple coconut cream pie

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating my husband's birthday!

Our six and seven-year-old were on Spring break last week, so we enjoyed a lot of down time.

We ventured North to the South Bay area to spend time with my mom for a few days to play and make memories with her and extended family. We had so much fun! It was nice to take a break from the daily grind. We filled our time with lots of family and outdoor play.

When we returned home from our little getaway, we shifted gears to planning a special weekend for 'Daddy's' birthday.

We made new memories with our little ones by venturing North to Los Angeles' Little Ethiopia, where we met friends to enjoy authentic Ethiopian food and fare. I took a ton of photos, of course!

Afterwards, we visited the famous Hansen's Bakery to enjoy cupcakes. I've never seen so many celebrity photos in one place! And the best part . . . their cupcakes are amazing!

We spent the afternoon and evening enjoying great food and the company of our wonderful friends.

I was grateful for a quiet Sunday with my little family. It was the perfect way to end our Spring break.

We spoiled 'Daddy' all day with home-made cards (LOVE those!!), lots of fun family games, and I prepared many of his favorite foods throughout the day . . .

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lemon ricotta poppy-seed & white chocolate waffles
with fresh strawberries
old-fashioned honey crinkle cookies
.     .     .     .     .     .     .
lamb shanks 
with a red wine & mushroom sauce
roasted sweet potatoes
with whipped butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar

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When I asked my husband what kind of birthday dessert he wanted me to make, he quickly answered, "Coconut Cream Pie!"

I shared this incredible recipe with you last year, when I made it for his birthday for the first time.

It's still one of my top 3 most visited recipes!

I hope that you stop by to read the original post for all the great details . . . and to get the recipe, too!

If you love coconut, then you'll LOVE this pie!!

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  1. I love how you get little bits of so many bold flavors at Ethiopian restaurants. I think I want to come to 'Daddy's' birthday next year! I love everything on the menu and the pie looks fabulous!

  2. Oh My!! I can't stop drooling!! Now I have you to blame for not starting my diet until I make the beautiful triple coconut cream pie and sample it. Coconut cream pie is THE favorite dessert in southern Indiana. They can't keep it in the restaurants :-) At the end of this month we are having a family gathering at our son's house and guess what I'm taking -- Triple Coconut Cream Pie!!! I'll let you know how it goes. I hope you share some of your travel photos -- I love looking at each shot. Have a great week!!

  3. Sounds like a fun spring break and a great birthday! Your husband made a good choice asking for that beautiful pie!

  4. How sweet of you to make a coconut pie-I remember that your husband is a coconut guy. Your whole week sounds so memorable- time with family, adventures, and fun food. The menu for your husband's birthday is so impressive. It's like he has a live-in professional chef! I hope you have a little break from birthdays for a while, although I'm sure you enjoy all the planning and beautiful outcomes. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Well this is certainly not going to help the Looks like it will melt in the mouth!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  6. Your pie looks dangerous. I think I could eat the whole thing. :)

  7. My husband loves coconut cream pie as well. I am going to ave to try this, he will love it.

  8. Yum, this looks so good! I love a good coconut pie!!

  9. Hi there! Visiting from the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. This looks so delicious! I love your cake stand as well.

  10. Always have to click for a coconut recipe! This pie looks wonderful! My husband and I are both huge coconut lovers.....maybe it will be our anniversary pie!

  11. I love all things coconut and this pie sounds incredible! I may have to make it for my husband's birthday this May :) Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? this will be one of my features this week!

  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful time Suzanne. I have never tried Ethiopian food. But I would love to. Coconut Cram pie is one of my favorites. I make my mother in laws delicious recipe, but will give yours a try sometime. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. What a pleasant weekend! The Ethiopian food looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us on Weekend Bites

  14. I absolutely love all things coconut! This pie looks amazing. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing Suzanne!

  15. This looks delicious! Thanks for joining HSH!

  16. The coconut pie looks so yummy! I can't wait to try it. I love anything coconut and would love to add this to my list of favorite coconut recipes.

  17. This pie will be for Father's husband loves coconut pie! I pinned it...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  18. Just in case you haven't seen it yet...I chose this delightful pie for my personal fav at Weekend Potluck this week. Thanks so much for sharing...stop on over and check it out.

  19. Coconut is by far one of my faves! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features this week at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope you have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. 3 Researches PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually burn fat by eating Coconut Fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from major medical magazines are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

  21. Thanks for the post.


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