I had published yesterday’s entry before having access to this wonderful photo, taken last night by Ella as I blew out the candles on my homemade birthday brownies at Christine’s & Bernard’s house. As I mentioned yesterday, we were invited over to share in the pizza bounty, Bernard having made something like 300 pizzas and the family needing help eating them. Let me just say they were delicious, especially the salmon/mushroom pizza.
Let me ALSO say that Christine’s brownies are phenomenal. No, wait. What’s even better than phenomenal? Miraculous? Unparalleled? Because that’s what they are. Chloe told me that I should ask for the recipe, given it was my birthday. So as we ate pizza I said to Christine, “Chloe would like you to give to her your brownie recipe as a birthday present to me.” Christine deftly deflected the request.
On the subject of last night’s dinner, as if pizza & brownies weren’t enough, Bernard made chocolate mousse. There were three candles sticking out of the mousse and four with the brownies. Christine announced I was either 34 or 43 or 4 + 3 or I behave like I’m 4 – 3 or something. Of course I insisted that everyone sing.