Life of a Wallflower Part 2 – 27th Birthday

Just another little peek into my life. =)

I don’t look forward to growing a year older. Who does, right? Sometimes I feel as if there’s extra pressure to be more accomplished, to be something greater, and I’m worried that I don’t meet those expectations.

But birthdays are always fun too. What’s the best part about birthdays? The birthday cards! Lol. It’s the always the best part of birthdays and Christmases for me because it’s the most sentimental.  I love reading what people write to me.

I turn 27 today, the 15th, but I celebrated with friends a few days earlier, because it was the only time we were all free. I wanted to dedicate this post to my friends, who know who they are and have been there for me through the years.

We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. I know it’s odd that I ended up going to a chain restaurant, but I love the food there and the cheesecakes are amazing though so very fattening. I figured it’s okay every once in awhile though to live it up =)

I ordered my favorite dish, Chicken Madeira. One of these days, I’m going to figure out how to make this dish and share the recipe with you. I’ll have to run out to get Madeira wine first though!

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Some of the other foods we ordered.

Complimentary bread.

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Mozzarella, tomato, and basil flatbread.

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Skinny shrimp tacos.

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Chicken Madeira and Herb Crusted Salmon Combo.

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As for the presents? I love cards as I said above. This was perfect and so true!

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And the ultimate surprise was this. But… I haven’t opened it yet because I don’t have a cover to protect it. Yes, I’m one of those people. I can’t stand scratches on my screens. It drives me crazy. lol.

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This post is really just a public thank you to my friends =)

Anyways, I’m about to post a yummy pancake recipe for you guys to start the weekend right. Have a wonderful weekend!

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69 thoughts on “Life of a Wallflower Part 2 – 27th Birthday

  1. Happy Birthday! I’m glad you spent it with those you love! The card is adorable! I had forgotten about the Cheesecake Factory, great food!! Hugz to you from Lisa and Bear

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    • I know. I love a card more than anything else. It could even be a message written on a piece of paper. It’s the sentimental part that I like. No desserts! I always tell myself that I should order the dessert first, but I don’t always do that. I only ate half of the dish before I was full. I brought the rest home. There was no more room for dessert, sadly.

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  2. Happy birthday! I turned 34 on my last birthday and I can say that every year my love gets better and better!
    Also I love Cheesecake Factory! I wish I could somehow eat the cheesecake (especially the red velvet one) for every meal without getting fat. 🙂

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  3. Happy Birthday! Mine is on the 18th, my dear mother’s (if she were here) would be on the 19th together with my husband, and my grand-daughter’s was on the 13th, Lot’s of Pisces, here!!

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  4. Kid take a bit of advice from a middle-aged sort. It don’t mean a darn how “accomplished” you are, and there ain’t no such-a-thing as being something “greater”. And anyone (and that includes ourself) who gives you the feeling you don’t live up to their expectations doesn’t love you yet. Learn contentment, and keep your senses open. That pressure you feel, and the fear of growing older that is just your next swimming lesson waiting for you. Don’t struggle, float and breath. What is the worst that can happen? We’re all goin’ the same place. It don’t mean a darn thing – float, and breath. The water will carry you.

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  5. Happy Birthday! Looks like a splendid celebration–Madeira chicken is not that common outside of California. My 2nd great-grandmother, Mary De Abreau, was born on the Azorean Island of Madeira. I thought I’d get some Madeira wine as a nod to my ancestors and found that it is much better for cooking than drinking straight. Your posts are lovely.

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    • Thank you! I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I’m starting to use it in my recipes.So if I’m buying a bottle of wine or any alcohol, it’s probably for cooking.

      I didn’t know Madeira Chicken isn’t common outside of California. I’ve only had it at the Cheesecake Factory and I thought they would serve the same thing in the different restaurants.

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      • I suppose you’re right–at a national chain it would be on the menu. When I lived in Minneapolis I did not ever get to the Cheesecake Factory because that city had too many spectacular local places to eat! But no Madeira Chicken that I saw. Do try Madeira for cooking though…excellent cooking wine.

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  6. Happy Birthday from Australia!!!! I’m a little bit older than you. In fact, I’m retired! The great thing about birthdays now is that every day is a birthday – you don’t have to go to work. Just do the things that you want to do – like blogging and taking photos – what great life!!
    Thanks for liking my photos, BTW.

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  7. Happy Birthday Andrea! I love your blog!!! Cooking makes me whole, I love tomatoes and the chicken dish up there looks fantastic! I am looking forward to the Madeira chicken recipe. I also like asparagus soup and mushrooms and avocado. I also hate scratches on my screen so I’m with you on this – open it only after you have that sticky something to protect your screen again. I also have fantastic friends who make my life beautiful and full.
    Happy belated birthday, again!!!

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  8. Hello Andrea! Happy Bday! From the pictures I can tell u had a very special birthday! Well, I stumbled upon your blog coz u happened to like one of my posts. Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to read! Keep smiling, cooking and experimenting! 🙂

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  9. I was perusing your blog after seeing you liked one of my posts. I got a kick out of reading this because on the 14th of March I celebrated my 4th birthday. My grande tante Henrietta said all the best people were born between the 12th & the 17th. I’ve come across another one. 🙂 I really like your style. Thank you for checking out my blog. Glad to have met another piscean 🙂

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  10. Hi Andrea – find a recipe for “meat” marsala and substitute the Madera – that’s what I did until my grocery store quit carrying the Madera – it’s a bit sweeter than Marsala. Thanks for stopping by my blog – you hit it almost a full minute after I posted it.

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  11. That card re: facebook is so appropriate. Facebook birthdays post feels so empty to me – there’s really no effort involved at all! Even the simple act of remembering. Looks like I turned 29 only a few day after your 27th. Happy belated birthday. Growing older is really not that bad, youth is overly glorified these days, much rather be wiser and more content. xx

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  12. Thanks for finding my blog…and actually liking it 🙂 ENJOY being 27 – I have a feeling you already know all you need to know, no pressure. Would love to switch with you…but still know all that I know now 🙂

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  13. I just turned 51 and don’t mind at all. I think my outlook is purely based on the way my mom lives her life. This past Mother’s Day, my 82-year-old father bought his 78-year-old wife a shiny red kayak. I hope to be like her.
    You seem like quite an intelligent young woman – you’ll be a success in whatever you choose. Enjoy 27!
    AnnMarie

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  14. Great post… you know what? I got an IPAD mini and i was stupid not to buy a cover. I scratched the screen THEN bought a cover but it was too late and I can’t see anything on the screen now. I miss it! And happy birthday!

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