How do you let people know you appreciate their kindness? Do you send a card with the sentiments penned inside? Maybe you pick up the phone and call to say, “Thanks so much!” Well, I’ll be honest with you – I’m bad at both. It’s not that I’m unappreciative. Quite the opposite! I just show my thankfulness in different ways.
My favorite way to say “Thank You” is to cook. Yes, cook! Those of you who know me well are probably laughing right now because you either knew me when I was a newlywed who had never cracked an egg, or you’ve seen how far I have come by the pictures of my meals I post on Facebook. In fact, some of you even stop me along my travels to comment about my meals. “How do you find the time?” Well, that’s an easy one to answer. I make time. Cooking is my way of sharing appreciation and love.
My 40th birthday was no exception. My friend, Michele, had opened her home to me so that I might spend a weekend of fun in Las Vegas. After a whirlwind 30 hours in Vegas, visiting the Strip, sharing brunch with teaching buddies, revisiting my former home and photographing enough memories to last another 12 years, I pulled out the pots and pans and started cooking. “But it’s your BIRTHDAY! Are you SURE you want to spend the night COOKING?” Michele was in shock. Who spends their 40th birthday cooking in someone else’s home? “You don’t have to do this! It’s your birthday! We could go out to a restaurant and relax!” I simply smiled and asked, “Where are your measuring cups?”
So now you know the REAL story of my wild Vegas weekend. I spent my 40th birthday cooking for my dear friend, Michele and her family to show my appreciation for her kindness. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you’d like to see my online recipes, click here. I made Bang-Bang shrimp in the photos above, but I will post Michele’s delicious salad recipe soon!