It’s a Surprise Birthday Party

I know I’ve said this time and time again, but five years ago when I started this little blog, I had no idea the sense of community that would come from being a food blogger. I have met some really interesting people, both online and in real life, and made some amazing friends through blogging.

Today is one of those amazing friend’s birthdays! Fiona from A Boston Food Diary is celebrating a birthday today. Fiona is one of the most caring, funny, passionate, and enthusiastic people I have ever met. I wanted to do something to celebrate with her and some of her blogging friends.

I decided to throw a virtual surprise birthday party for her today! Similar to the online showers I’ve participated in throughout the years, I asked some of her blogging friends to post about something Fiona would enjoy to celebrate her special day. Be sure to check out what everyone made to bring to Fiona’s birthday party. And, for an extra special treat, be sure to wish Fiona a Happy Birthday on her blog, or twitter!!

Amber from Bluebonnets + Brownies made Sunday Cupcakes with Fleur de Sel Caramel Frosting

Aimee from The Apron Archives made Carrot Raisin Scones

Erica from In and Around Town posted Ocean Views at Legal Harborside’s First Floor

And last, but not least, I made a Happy Birthday Cocktail. I didn’t really know what else to name it. It is reminescent of some great cocktails I’ve been enjoying lately. The drink contains Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain, and Champagne! How could that not be amazing?!?

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Happy Birthday Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail


1 part gin (recommended: Hendrick's)
1 part St Germain
3 parts champagne
1 cucumber slice
1 lemon wedge


Fill glass with ice. Add gin and St Germain. Stir to combine.

Top with champagne.

Garnish with cucumber and lemon.

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6 Responses to “Beet Smoothies”

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    Bree — July 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I love everything about this! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    Tara — September 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    i have a few questions regarding freezing smoothies. I have been told that every day you have a smoothie in the fridge, nutrients are lost. Is this true with freezing as well? Can I expect to have the same exact nutrition in a two day old smoothie as in one prepared five minutes ago? And lastly, how would thaw a smoothie that has been frozen? It seems like putting them in the fridge overnight to thaw would defeat the objective of trying to retain nutrient quality. Any thoughts?

    • beantownbaker — September 26th, 2013 @ 8:45 am

      I’m not sure about what happens to the nutrients when you freeze a smoothie…

      To thaw it out, I just put it in the fridge overnight. I freeze smoothies for convenience.

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    Cyndi — March 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    What is the calorie count per serving

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    tonia — August 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Like it

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    Karen Durham — January 23, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Gotta try the smoothies.

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