Thursday, July 9, 2009

How Not To Have A Birthday


Don't add way too little breadcrumbs to your meatballs so they end up tasting like lumps of beef straight from the cow....

Don't buy garlic bread that is so garlic-y everyone in the house has to be quarantined for two days so the smell can dissipate....







Don't wait until the last minute to plan decorations and end up having the kids scribble on scrap paper while mom hovers over holding the tape and checking her watch....





For goodness sake, try not to burn the lasagna so much the top half is barely recognizable....




DO breathe a huge sigh of relief that the inside of the lasagna looks like this....



...And an even bigger sigh that they are all still smiling at you.


Thank goodness my family accepts my lack of culinary skills....next year on my hubby's birthday the only thing I'm making is reservations.


33 comments:

Nancy said...

LOL, I don't like to cook so I'm sure my attempts would have turned out much worse. The happy pic of your family is precious. Happy birthday to your hubby!

Nancy

Gwen said...

It is the thought that counts right?

I ran out of frosting for Mr. M's birthday in April. It was sad looking, but tasted good.

aprilfoolwed said...

Oh no! At least you can smile about it now, right? I'll give you an "E" for effort. And there's nothing wrong with reservations!!!!!

Susan said...

Looks like it all turned out good. My hubby's bday is today. I'm heading to the shore so the celebration will have to wait till Friday night. I think he is kind of happy for the night "off"

Stacey said...

I just bet he was still perfectly happy. To make you feel better I will tell you that I burn something at least once day! It's the running joke in our family.

C Maisy said...

Actually, for me, the more garlic the better. I think the meal looks delicious. Your family is just beautiful. You can cook for me any day.
You are a sweet wife and mother.
xo

Theresa said...

I LOVE Garlic too and use it on and in just about everything. Have you ever tasted the ugliest cake and it is the best one? That lasagna looks delicious to me and what is better than a hand-made birthday sign by people you love? I think your Hubby wouldn't have changed a thing:)

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Yellow House!!

Luv ya Michelle!!

Darlene said...

You are so funny and it sounds like your cooking skills are about as good as mine!!! Happy Birthday to your hubby!!! I'm sure it was a GREAT one!

Finding Home said...

Awww :) The "cake" sure does look good!!

Eileen said...

I actually prefer my cheese burned on the top of my lasagna and ziti! It looked like perfection to me!
And from reading you, your husband sounds like an A-OKAY guy and I'm sure appreciated any effort made on his behalf!
'Hope it was a happy one for him!

Cute post!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

LOOKs like it was full of a lot of love and that is what def. counts. cherry

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Tootsie said...

I have done much worse to meatballs!!! hope he had a great day in spite of your rotten day!

xinex said...

What a lovely family! Happy birthday to hubby! It's the love and thought that counts when cooking....Christine

Lynette said...

You sound like my kinda cook - reservations anyday over a cookbook - UGH!

Happy Birthday to Mr.CozyHome -

Have a Good Weekend -

Marie said...

Oh Michelle - it was definitely the thought that counted, and I'm sure that's why they're all smiling so sweetly! The lasagna looks yummy (I happen to like the top well done).

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

from our front porch... said...

My mom always says-it's the love you put into the meal that counts most :)
Love the sippy cup on the table.Too cute!

Blessings, Misha

Family American Style. said...

Very cute and funny

Room design studio said...

this cracks me up!!! so funny and so cutE!!!

beth said...

Ah, don't be so hard on yourself. It all looks great, and you were all together on your husbands birthday. That's the best part. Just being with each other. Your meal looks similar to what we had for our daughters' birthday party this week. We had Spaghetti and meatballs, Texas Toast, and green beans from our garden. Yummy. :)

Brenda said...

I'm with ya, hon! My best dish is my scrambled eggs the dogs and I eat. Reservations are good. Then you can blame someone else if things go wrong! They all look mighty happy to me though!
Brenda

Kelli said...

Hysterical!! Thanks for making me smile today!

Tootsie said...

how sweet are you to think of me when you go out in your garden!!! I am glad some of my little tips that I have learned over the last few years is helping. I used to think that gardening was a hobby that had to cost a lot of cash, and being a college student for a long time forced me to figure out how to do it the easy way!!! Most of the rules get broken at my house!! Have a great week!

Lynette said...

Michelle - you came over and commented on my door knob project today and I wanted to also mention that I screwed the dowels in from the back once I had them in place. Oh, and I dropped some wood glue down the hole bfore I pushed the dowel in the hole. I didn't use a big screw, just made sure I went through the dowel and that it sort of split the dowel so it would stretch and fill the drilled hole and make a tighter fit - does that make sense? Those knobs were pretty heavy.

Thanks for the visit -

Sarah said...

Michelle! I have a little award thingie for you on my blog. Come see. :)

Ron said...

Sweetie, The lasagna was great. You underestimate your cooking skills. Oh and the pie was awesome too. Thanks again, Love you Ron

Kasey said...

am i the only one noticing that your hubby is not smiling.....
lol

Blessed Mama said...

It is funny, but this will probably be the most memorable birthday ever. I hope you are laughing by now! Bless you! You have a precious family..:)

janet said...

oh Michelle, this is absolutely priceless and goes to show you just how much your beautiful loves you. Thumbs up for giving your best effort and with you, i would prefer reservations. Thank you so much for stopping over to visit my little tiny makeover stool and thank you for your sweet words. Have a great day!
hugs
janet

sharie said...

Great funny post, gave me a giggle as I know the feeling!
Happy Birthday!

Rue said...

Hi Michelle :)

It looked pretty good to me! As long as it tasted good, that's all that matters ;)

Am I allowed to say your hubby is a hunk? ;)

Oh and the screen door is perfect!!

rue

Melissa Miller said...

Too cute! ~Happy Birthday to your hubby! :)