Happily EverAfter

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH WALNUTS

Quinn turned 3 on Monday. THREE! I can’t believe my little baby is now so big. It seems like just yesterday I was holding a 7 lb bundle in my arms. She was so wee and fragile.
Today, she is a big girl that is rough and tough, sweet and sassy, feminine and all girl.

She told me her perfect birthday would include Snow White. As a mother, I had to make that happen for her. Nothing like all of your 3 year old dreams coming true on your birthday.

I searched ads for characters for hire. I could find characters, but not the kind that are appropriate for a child. I thought of asking a friend, but I really didn’t have any friends that could pull it off without Quinn recognizing them. I was running out of options. I was starting to feel like a failure.

Then it happened. I was at a wine night with some friends, where there were a couple new people there that I have never met before. I looked at one of the new girls, Sarah, and said, “Has anyone told you that you look a little bit like the singer Lisa Loebe?”

“No,” she replied. “But I did have a girl come up to me one time and ask me if I was Snow White.”

My heart started racing. “Really? Have you ever dressed up like her before?” I asked.

“I actually have a Snow White costume I made for Halloween once.”

The skies parted and Angles started singing.

“So, how do you feel about dressing up as Snow White and coming over to our house on my daughter’s birthday? I realize I just met you and all, but you would make one little girl’s year if you are interested.”

She said yes. She was actually excited about it! I couldn’t believe this opportunity fell into my lap like this. It was Divine intervention I tell you! I could give Quinn a fantastic birthday AND be the hero. It was perfect.

Let me tell you though, the real hero was Sarah, er, I mean Snow White. Coming to our house was a perfect treat for our little girl. It went something like this:

From 2009-10-19

Yes, she cried. I wish they were tears of joy, but alas they were not. However, once she realized that it really was Snow White the tears dried and she was in heaven. Snow White read to her. Snow white ate cake with her. They drank out of twisty straws together, and Quinn couldn’t take her eyes off of her. Quinn showed Snow White her bedroom. If she knew the saying, I bet Quinn would have said, “Somebody pinch me please!”

It was a pure success. And you know what? I don’t even feel like I need to top it for her next birthday. She was happy. The great husband and I were so happy to see her that way. I love that night. I love my family.

Here is a wonderful side dish to serve. Fabulous for Thanksgiving…not so much for a 3 yr. old’s birthday dinner.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts Walnuts

serves 4-6

3 c Brussels Sprouts

1/2 c Walnuts

2 Tb Olive Oil

2 tsp salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450F. Cut bottom core off each Brussels Sprout, then half. Place in a roasting pan big enough for them to lay flat. Sprinkle nuts in pan. Pour in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss until everything is evenly coated. Cook for at least 15 minutes, shaking pan occasionally, until nicely browned and roasted.

Serve hot.


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