My Birthday

by Joanne on January 25, 2009

Yes it is. Today I am one year older. I don’t feel my age.  When I look at myself and compare myself to others the same age, I never think I look as old as they do. But I know that to everyone else, I’m one of the unfortunate ones who DO look their age.  Guess I’ll go on believing it’s in your heart what counts.  AND… by the way, I’m not that old! 🙂  You know those little on line tests you take to determine your age based upon life style? Well my age would be on or around 32. Ok – I exaggerate. But REALLY, it’s gotta be pretty close.

This morning, Ted took me to my fav. breakfast place :  Creekside Diner. I had my favorite breakfast. The Vegetable Giambrotte.

The menu page for Giambrotte

The menu page for Giambrotte




The Breakfast Giambrotte complete with sunshine

The Breakfast Giambrotte complete with sunshine

For the rest of the day, I’ll reflect on my life.

Interested? Well, ok, just the highlights.

  • born in Montreal, Canada.
  • Favorite childhood dog, “Romper”.
  • lived in Teeton England for a couple of years.
  • lived in Wylie, Texas for another couple of years.  We had 2 horses, Shangrila and Lucky Sabe.  Two dogs: Romber and Paddy, a golden retriever. Rabbits. 
  • We finally moved to New Hartford, New York. I graduated High School at New Hartford. Went to college for a Bachelors in Marketing, SUNY Oswego. Got my Masters degree in Business.  Moved a few miles down the road to our current house in Utica, NY.
  • Rode and showed Saddlebred horses. Won at the 100th Anniversary Show, Devon, PA .  Most rewarding show experience!
  • Worked for my father in Industrial Turbines, then for Chicago Pneumatic, and finally, through my father and other connections, the great opportunity to begin the adventure of running my own business. Had two of the most wonderful German Shepherd dog friends, Ninja (first) and Frisko (second).
  • Met my wonderful husband, Ted in 1997. Married in 2000.
  • Today – Ted and I share a wonderful life.  My sister Sue and I still work together. My parents are still happy, healthy and living active lives in Myrtle Beach, SC.  And I have my 3rd GSD, Shane (he came along last year in December).  What a blessed person I am!   

What were the activities of the day? Not much. As I said breakfast.  I did some chores. Ted and I went cross country skiing but it was cold, windy, my gloves were wet from running this morning, then my ski pole broke. Oh well. We went home, lit a fire, poured some wine and Ed’s Sherry and got warm.

Tonights Dinner:

Tuna Tamale Pie with Broccoli and a Dundee Cake for dessert. Ted wasn’t looking forward to it since he doesn’t like polenta.  He LOVED this meal!

Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

Note: Now a true Tamale pie is made with ground beef or you can use ground turkey. But since I eat neither… tuna was the substitute since Mr. T wanted some other protein in it, rather than just beans.

  • 1 can 12 oz Tuna
  • 1 TBS chili powder
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1 4oz can green chilies
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans
  • 2 TBS sliced Calamata olives
  • 1 1/2 TBS dried cilantro
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Polenta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS parsley or cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese
  • Olive oil

Heat a large pan on medium and add tuna, chile powder, salsa, chilies, beans, olives and cilantro. simmer.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cook polenta by adding 3 cups water to pot. Add 1 cup polenta, 1 tsp salt, parsley or cilantro and boil, stirring constantly until thickened. I cooked it on medium, reduced heat to simmer and continued stirring about 10 minutes.

Pour bean/tuna mix into cooking dish. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with polenta – spread evenly. Drizzle with EVOO. Top with rest of cheese. Cook 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil 5 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.

Serve with steamed broccoli.

Tuna Tamale Pie with steamed broccoli

Tuna Tamale Pie with steamed broccoli

Dessert… well that is a Dundee Cake. I made this a few weeks ago, but with this cake, you have to continue to pour beer over it.

Finally, we didn’t need a whole cake, so here is the 1/2 that we had for my birthday:

You all have a great night. God Bless!

Dundee cake
Dundee cake
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  • At 2009.01.26 09:32, runningwithfood said:

    Happy (belated) Birthday, Joanne! Such a lovely reflection of your life … sounds like it’s been a blessed one!

    Have a great Monday!

    • At 2009.01.26 20:13, applec said:

      Thanks so much!

      • At 2009.01.28 22:28, Bonnie said:

        Sorry to have missed wishing you a happy birthday.
        The cake you made for Jack Ruhmel was both adorable and delicious. Now I am curious how your birthday cake tasted? You had to pour beer over it on a daily basis? Sounds like a fruit cake that Rick’s mom used to make. She used to “water” it every night – and it wasn’t water she was using!! 🙂

        • At 2009.01.29 09:29, applec said:

          Thanks for the birthday wishes. Glad Jack’s cake turned out good.
          My Dundee cake was wonderful. Both Ted and I loved it. Very moist and no beer taste. If there was, I wouldn’t have liked it. Actually, you can use brandy, rum, whisky, sherry to pour over the cake. It preserves it at the same time as adding moisture. In regards to using the harder liquors listed above, … I think you can taste those but, as I said, the beer you really couldn’t. If you like raisins and other dried fruits, it’s a great cake to try. Just let me know Bonnie and I’ll make you one.

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