Dave turned 33 on Monday and we were all home to celebrate! So fun!
We started the day off with birthday hugs and presents.
I took Mason with me on Sunday to pick up a few last minute things for Dave and when we were walking through the men's department he saw the lime green nike shirt and excitedly insisted that we get it (and the matching shorts) for Dave so that they could match.
"Daddy LOVES my green shirt and shorts and he needs some to match me!"
Let's go ahead and pass the "Dad of the Year Award" on to Dave :)
After a lazy morning we headed to the library to pick up a "few" books and movies :)
Shameless selfies with my girl :)
After the library we headed to Dave's lunch of choice - Baker's Drive-In! An "original McKinney" staple :)
Side story about Baker's - The day I got my driver's license I drove to Baker's to pick up dinner for Dave and I and I was going to bring it to him at the tanning salon he worked at (seriously... his aunt and uncle owned a tanning salon). I pulled my mom's acura into the spot where the Lexus SUV is in the picture below, ordered our food and when I got back in my car I realized I was going to have to BACK OUT onto the highway!!! The speed limit along HWY 5 was 55 mpg at the time and there were always tons of trucks. I sat there for what seemed like HOURS waiting for the perfect opportunity to pull out and panic started to set in. FINALLY a super kind soul saw the panic in my eyes, stopped his 18-wheeler and let me back out. God bless that truck driver!!!
Griffin got chicken tenders which comes with THE BEST Texas toast and gravy and then Dave and the boys and I had cheeseburgers and onion rings. There may have been a foot long corny dog in the mix as well. Because #birthdaylunch
If you're ever in McKinney do yourself a favor and stop at Baker's and get the onion rings. It seems sketchy... but I promise it's worth it. PROMISE!!!
Dave is a HUGE coconut fan, so later that afternoon I whipped up a CRAZY easy birthday treat for him. I wanted to make cookies for him since Mason, Griffin and I aren't crazy about coconut and I knew that Dave and Luke wouldn't be able to finish an entire cake themselves and this way I could freeze a bunch and he could grab them as often as he wants.
I googled "Almond Joy Cookies" and decided to try this one from Mom On Timeout because it looked super easy. I'd never tried a cookie like this before and, according to Dave, the recipe is a total winner.
Here's all you'll need....
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (14 oz) bag sweetened coconut
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Chopped almonds
Since I refused to pay a CRAZY amount for a bag of chopped almonds I grabbed a can and chopped them myself. I needed 2/3 of a cup, so I had some left for snacking this week during in-service.
In a bowl, combine the chopped almonds, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and coconut.
Mix until it's all combined and coated.
This is where the process got tricky for me - simply because I haven't made cookies like this before. I used a tablespoon and scooped out the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. They were a sticky, messy, mess. After I had scooped them I dipped my fingers in a bowl of cold water and then shaped them into circles and patted them flat.
I thought for sure I was doing it wrong, but they turned out great!
I baked mine for 13 minutes at 325 degrees and they were perfectly gooey and golden brown.
When it was time for birthday cake and singing I stacked a few up, stuck a candle in them and called it a day :)
Dave has already asked me to add these to the top of the "make again" pile and I've caught him pulling them out of the freezer on multiple occasions. Luke has asked for one as a treat in his lunch and while I can't attest to the taste (again, not a coconut fan) I can couch for how great they smelled :)
We sang a pretty epic rendition of the Happy Birthday song complete with lots of "cha cha chas" and topped off with a super loud "EAT MORE CHICKEN" and then each kid took a turn blowing out the birthday candle. ;)
It was so nice that Dave's birthday fell on a day this year where we could spend all day celebrating him together. The perfect, low key, family day we love.