As if I could turn back the hands of time, I am posting backwards. I turned 50 before my son’s wedding but I couldn’t wait to post about the wedding….. SO the week before Grant and Misty’s big day, I had a big day as well. My 50th birthday..

I wanted to share a few pics from this momentous occasion!! I have the reputation at work not to show up on my birthday because I hate for anyone to make a fuss.(There is a long story about this I will save for another time) So they did a super whammy trick on me and had a party on a different day. The girls here were clever in creating a theme for my party. It had to be 50 of something…..

Chelair gave me a red and white crocheted doily her mother made. Inside it was 50 pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Of course this came in handy because the next week I was headed to Vegas. I am sad to report that I no longer have any of the coins, but will always treasure the red and white doily. Dollars, confetti, ribbons and “50 sucks” suckers were thrown in by some of my other “friends” here.

Susan, who had the brilliant idea of 50 of something, gave me 50 fat quarters from her stash all neatly pressed, folded and displayed in a paper trunk. She even found this treasure from a 1997 Deb Strain Christmas collection. Susan’s birthday is coming up. I will have to see if I can create something from these fat quarters and Re-Gift her.

 Cheryl and I share the love of Salsa and everything spicy. I received a colorful bowl full of enough ingredients to make salsa for the week. Delicious!!

 Outlaw snuck in 50 fortune cookies. I start each morning with a fortune cookie and a cup of coffee.

The first fortune I received said, “Treat yourself to something of quality. You deserve it.” I was so excited I ripped the fortune in half so I don’t think it counts. Did you know that you are supposed to add the words… IN BED to the end of your fortune. Read the above fortune and add In Bed. It makes every

fortune pretty funny.

And regardless of the fact that I was on my “Shedding for the Wedding diet”, Outlaw made one of her wonderful cakes. She has been so kind to let me share the recipe here. I gained 10 lbs.
Mississippi Mud/ Fudge Cake
4 eggs
1 c. butter(original says oleo)
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. pecans – chopped
1/3 c. cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
Melt butter & cocoa, add to other ingredients. Bake 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes in a floured and
greased pan. Time will depend on size of pan.
Spread 1 jar of marshmallow whip over cake while hot and top with icing.
1/2 stick butter
1/3 c. cocoa
1/3 c. or more of milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
Melt butter. Add other ingredients. Have icing warm enough to pour over cake.

My tricky husband and family threw a small impromptu surprise party at our favorite burger joint. I thought we were headed there to watch the Dallas Cowboys opening day.
My husband thought I might have figured it out, but he said, ” I knew when you came downstairs dressed like that, that you didn’t know about the party.” And he let me go any way. After all I was in my lucky Emmit Smith t-shirt. My daughter and now daughter in law helped him pull off a wonderful evening. They even had everyone take their picture holding a “BIG 50”. Here are a few of the pics!

I will move forward with my blog posts now, thanks for letting me share the pics and catch up on a few of my posts. Thank you to all my family and friends for making me feel so special.


  1. laurie says:

    Yeah, how DID Outlaw get her name??!! Happy Birthday! I can see by the pictures, a tiny bit of me was there. Hah. Oh, I loved the wedding pictures too. See you soon

  2. CaraQuilts says:

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like both a great day and an even better family! Celebrating your 25th annual 25th birthday is a great accomplishment when done with so many loved ones!

  3. Belinda says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Love the patchwork "50's"
    My youngest, now almost 22, graduated from elementary school on my 50th! I think life after 50 is awesome. Enjoy!

  4. Oh, I'm so loving your patchwork 50's sign, so clever. I say start counting cause research shows we get happier (men and women) after age 50.

    Bill Hendrick at WebMD said,
    "So why are older people on average happier and less stressed than younger people? The authors say it may be as simple as this — with age comes increased wisdom and emotional intelligence."

    I turned 50 this year, I'm under-employed, had to give up my house that didn't sell for 3 years while I took a job in another city, am now renting a room from a friend with all my worldly possessions in storage (except my fabric stash), but hey I've never been happier!

    I appreciate you actually coming out and saying you are 50. So many of my former coworkers will not allow a celebration. From what I've seen, women who are male-identified (get all their self worth from having the admiration of men) have the toughest time with age.

    All that to say, Happy Birthday!!!

    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

  5. Kim Walus says:

    I know I'm REALLY late to the party but I wanted to stop in and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May all of your wishes come true. Thanks for your friendship. P.S. I'm 50 too and will be celebrating the next step into the 50's by turning 51 in December. Yikes! I think I should stop counting too! lol.

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