Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Big 7 0 Celebration

We celebrated Frank's 70th Birthday Sunday, however today is his actual birthday.  As my regular readers know, Frank had a rough start to this year so we had much reason to celebrate.  

Man holding stuffed penguin

God smiled down upon us and gave us one beautiful day between last weeks rain and this week's forecasted rain.  It was sunshine and 80* perfect for an outdoor celebration.  The Angel Face made this stuffy for her Grampy for his birthday, she sewed it herself.
We were further blessed to be able to have many of Kirsten's family join us before they had to head to the airport for home.  Kirsten's twin, Katrina, and eldest son, Michael are remaining in town for as long as they are needed.  I will be joining them this morning to assist with thank you cards for all those who showed such amazing love and support at this awful time of our lives.

Mezze Platter and Wine

The day was a joyful celebration as Kirsten would have insisted.  There were lots of hugs and love floating around.  I started the celebration with a Mezze Platter paired with some Lebanese Wines. I will be sharing my thoughts about the food and wine pairing in a couple of days so stay tuned.

Shish Tawook, Lebanese Rice and Beef Kafta

The main course was Shish Tawook, Lebanese Rice and Beef Kafta.  I am sharing the recipe for the Shish Tawook with you today.  It is delicious and easy to make.  It does require a 4 hour marinade time so you have to plan ahead but actual cooking time is only 20 minutes on the grill.

Dessert Collage

And there were wonderful desserts.  The Teen, who works at Big Boy, assembled and brought home 2 Banana Cream Pie's which is Frank's favorite. Frank's sister provided the birthday cake featuring their Mom's Buttercream Frosting and Frank's sister in law brought cookies and brownies.

Today, on his actual birthday we are celebrating our anniversary which was actually Sunday.  This is perfect because our 29 years of marriage has been a topsy turvy, exciting roller coaster of a ride with no signs of slowing down or changing.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Shish Tawook that I adapted from the Feel Good Foodie.  The Beef Kafta recipe was also from her blog.  They were both incredibly amazing and I have a feeling I will be visiting her blog on a regular basis.

Chicken, Grilling, Kebabs, Skewers, Marinade, Spices, Entrees
Entrees, Chicken
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Shish Tawook

Shish Tawook

Incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy this Lebanese chicken kabob is sure to become a favorite for grilling this summer.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinInactive time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 30 M


  • 4-5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into large chunks
  • 7 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato paste and seasonings.  Pour into a sealable plastic bag.  Add the chicken, release the air, seal the bag and massage so that all the chicken is coated.  Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hrs.
  2. Place the chicken onto metal skewers and grill on a med high heat for 8-10 minutes per side.  Remove from skewers to a platter for serving.


Adapted from a recipe found at Feel Good Foodie



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  1. Happy birthday Frank. And happy anniversary to you both. xoxo

  2. Looks delicious - Happy Birthday to Frank and Happy Anniversary to both of you !

  3. Happy Birthday to Frank and Happy Anniversary to you Wendy and Frank. God Bless You'll with good health, joy, peace and happiness!


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