Sunday, February 05, 2006

Birthday at the Bigger Jigger!

I've blogged before about how funny my Mom is. She loves to do parties in "themes." My birthday party was no exception! I knew she was going to do something fun and corny, but this just takes the cake! (and I loved it!) The theme of the party was "Mama's Family." I absolutely love this show. (I TIVO it every day!) It is soooo campy and silly, but really the humor is very small town. Having grown up in a small town, I can really relate to a lot of the jokes on the show. If you have no idea what this show is or don't know much about it, you might want to go to the next paragraph, ha. :) On my mom's front door was a sign that said, "Welcome to the Bigger Jigger!" Inside the house was another sign that read "Raytown City Limit." And on the inside of her backdoor was the sign "Quick Keys - Vinton Harper, mgr." :) So funny! She served "La Vienna cookies, " chips and dip (something the Harpers considered very fancy), and we played Mama's Family trivia and had Mama's Family word searches. Love it! We also sang 70's and 80's karaoke until we couldn't stand it anymore. (Let's just say that my family is NOT the Osmond family!) My Mom just got new next door neighbors and I was thinking "I wonder if they can hear us AND if they've seen the 'Bigger Jigger' sign on the front door." haha! It was a really fun night and my hummingbird cake was delicious. :)

And here are my birthday presents! I got two new pink watches (something I asked for, and the one on the left has pink indiglo!), the Paula Deen cooking DVDs, some fun jewelry from Am. Eagle Outfitters, and a Target gift card. (always fun!) The ribbon was from one of the gifts, and you know I'll be saving it for scrapbooking. :)

Oh...and on the morning of my birthday, my sweet husband made me the BEST breakfast! I was served a beautiful breakfast in bed. Homemade blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs with provolone cheese, bacon, orange juice, and fresh-roasted coffee. It was wonderful! My husband is such a blessing. :) As he was carrying the tray into the room, Noah ran ahead of him and pretended to do a trumpet fanfare, haha!

Since the Super Bowl is on tonight, I'll share a favorite dip recipe. This is REALLY good with french bread pieces, crackers, or tortilla chips. Serve it right out of the oven!

Artichoke Dip
2 cups grated parmesan cheese
2 cups mayonnaise
26 oz. marinated artichoke hearts, drained and smashed/cut into small pieces
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, throughly mix the mayonnaise, parmesan, artichokes, mozzarella, and garlic powder. Transfer the mixture to a greased 13x9 baking dish or large, flat baking dish. (it will be a thin layer in a larger pan)
Bake 30 minutes, or until surface is lightly browned and bubbly.
Sprinkle with paprika and serve while still very warm.
God bless you this week! :)
- Jennifer

"Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me." - Anonymous


Miss Carrie said...

Happy belated birthday!

I've been such a bad blogger friend, but I promise to be better.

Whew, I've got lots to say. First, I can't WAIT to see your space in the March CK. I can't wait to tell my sisters, "Yeah, I know her." I'll feel soooo cool saying that.

And your birthday scrap goodies look devine.

And those Andes Mint Cookies will be the death of me.

If I come visit you, will you cook for me?

wendygirl said...

Happy belated birthday, lucky girl!

Bonzairn said...

LOVE the Mama's Family idea. I love that show!!!! Happy Birthday!

Kim said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday, Jennifer. Love all your birthday goodies!!!! Hope you are feeling better!

SuzieG said...

Sounds like you had a fab birthday (I don't know that show!), and some lovely gifts. Happy belated birthday.

em said...

Great gifts! Sounds like you had a super fun party!!

Maureen said...

I hope you have a great birthday year Jennifer! Happy Birthday!

Hanni said...

hope you have a wonderful year, my friend!!!

Dar said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer! Sounds like your birthday party was a hoot!

Jackie Pettit said...

Love your new banner, and Happy Birthday!

Heather D. White said...

Okay..that is HILARIOUS that you had a Mama's Family birthday! LOL! So funny! Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday...I'm so glad!!! I love Paula's cooking too....wish I had more time to watch food many shows I love! Oooh..and love your new banner. It's so "scrappy" and fun!

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday! I love your banner!

TracieClaiborne said...

Oh my goodness, can I be adopted by your family? What a great party!!!! I love Mama's Family too although I haven't seen it in years (we don't have that channel). I get all the references except Bigger Jigger - you'll have to explain that one.

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one!

Jennifer said...

Happy late birthday, Jennifer! It sounds like an incredible amount of fun was had! I loooovvveee that necklace!

Jana said...

Your family sounds so cool, that party theme is just hilarious. Glad you were feeling better so you could enjoy your special day! You are VERY blessed. :-)

Cathy said...

I love the Mama's Family theme for your party! Your mom is a riot! I grew up in Kansas and visiting Mama's family is like going home...well, maybe we weren't quite that bad. But I can relate, let's say that! Love the Paula Deen videos. Let me know what they are like..are they compilations of her TV shows or all different things? Sounds like a great birthday and great birthdaya breakfast!

Deanna- yep Dee-na said...

what a fun b-day Jennifer! : )
love the Mama's Fam. theme. that is so cool! tee hee! oh and i bet the paula deen videos will be awesome. i love her! have a great week!

Carla said...

Jennifer, what a wonderful birthday! I'm so happy for you. That party theme -- what a hoot! Now I see where your creativity comes from! Loooove artichoke dip, yum! (Hey, FYI, I've made your easy skillet mac recipe several times now. Dh loves it!)

RN4JCHRIST said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!! Don't ya just LOVE theme parties?!!! I do!! Great gifts!! Wishing the best for you this birthday year!!HUGS, ~Dawn