Happy Birthday, Jim!

Is it really Monday again already? This weekend was too short!

I had some posts planned for this week, but instead of catching myself up, I’ll do a quick weekend wrap up, and we’ll get to the recipes later.

Jim's Birthday Cake | Oysters & Pearls

It was our good friend Jim’s 30th birthday on Saturday, so we threw him a party! Any excuse to bake a cake.

I picked some basil…

Making Fresh Pesto | Oysters & Pearls

And made some pesto orzo pasta. I won’t rehash it today, but {Click here} for my pesto recipe.

Fresh Pesto Orzo Pasta | Oysters & Pearls

I tried out a new recipe (post coming tomorrow) for a spicy corn salad that was a HIT with everyone.

Spicy Corn Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Everyone brought a steak, and we did a surf and turf supper. I made my baked buffalo shrimp, which everyone seemed to love. {Click here} for the recipe – you won’t regret it.

It was so much fun. We are so fortunate to have a good group of friends and it was great to be able to celebrate Jim’s birthday together.

To recap: there were a lot of laughs shared, and there may or may not have been some “icing” going on that had nothing to do with the cake. We are so mature.

The kids played with Wallace and Harold a whole lot.

SC, Karri & Wallace  | Oysters & Pearls

SC really loves Wallace, who she calls “her kitty.” Wallace, on the other hand, was a little nervous around SC, so they had some supervised visitation with Mrs. Karri.

Karri, SC, & Wallace | Oysters & Pearls

B just chilled and hung out with Harold.

B & Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Note the eyeblack leftover from Friday night. That boy loves football more than any kid I know.

Richard & Jim | Oysters & Pearls

The birthday boy got a lot of hugs from Richard.

And then Banks wanted in on the action and attempted a group picture. But somehow it almost turned into wrestling. I guess boys will boys, no matter how old they get.

This was the best I could do.

Banks, Richard, & Jim | Oysters & Pearls

After much begging and pleading from B, we finally sang happy birthday and Jim blew out the candles so we could eat cake.

Happy Birthday, Jim! | Oysters & Pearls

Jim's Cake & Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll post the cake recipes later this week, but here’s the spread. I gave Jim some pepper sauce and hot sauce I made last weekend (posts still to come – promise!) as a birthday gift. It was a last minute affair so I just threw all this together, but sometimes those are the very best parties. This one was pretty great!

Then yesterday while Wheat played golf, I went to my parents house to hang out and start a couple projects. One involved picking six gallons of grapes. :)

Grapes | Oysters & Pearls

Hope everyone else had a great weekend! It’s back to recipes tomorrow. Happy Monday!


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  1. Jim McClellan

    I showed my wife the picture of the cake and said, “Why don’t you make me a cake like this?” She replied, “If you turn 30 again, I will.”


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