This past weekend we celebrated Sonia’s birthday. She had a party with her friends earlier in the week, and a family dinner last Friday. I am still getting used to the idea that my 12 year old is taller than me!
She wanted Italian sausage sandwiches for dinner– her idea of comfort food. For the sandwiches, I sauteed a yellow and a green bell peppers and a sliced onion with some oregano, and also a few sweet Italian sausages. I then sliced a ciabatta loaf in half horizontally, spread with pesto, layered the peppers, sausages, and provolone slices, wrapped in foil and warmed in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melted. We had the sandwiches with a Caprese salad. It was probably the easiest birthday dinner I have ever made!
I bake cakes for all my children’s birthdays and they usually request the same kind of cake every year. Sonia’s is red velvet. I have a red velvet cake recipe on the blog but wanted to try a different recipe this time. I think I will be using this one from now on. It is from Epicurious. I made a few changes: doubled the amount of cocoa powder and red food coloring and replaced half of the butter with canola oil — the oil makes a cake more moist as opposed to an all-butter cake.
After the cake and opening the presents we spent a couple of hours playing this game.
It helped that Phoebe can read all the instructions and participate. It was a hit, highly recommend if you are looking for a family game that all ages will enjoy. It was a low-key birthday, the best kind.