It's my birthday! I'm now the ripe age of twenty-seven, and I've had a great day celebrating on the road. The Field Band started Summer Tour today, with our first concert in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The American Legion presented Colonel Palmatier with a bouquet of roses, and he kindly bequeathed them to me, since it was my special day and all. Here I am suffering from Miss US Army Band pageant delusions.
Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday by making Star Wars cookies. These are my newest kitchen gadget. The first time I used them, it was with Betty Crocker's sugar cookie recipe, from scratch, and they came out perfectly. This time, I was in a hurry, so I just bought the store brand refrigerated dough.
Clearly, that didn't work out so well. I learned my lesson, and even though they were a bit nebulous, the peanut-butter chocolate-chip Darths were delicious. Brendan's present was a generous gift card from Williams-Sonoma, so now I'm trying to decide on my next baking project. He said, "well, I knew it was a gift that I would benefit from too." Ha.
Last Spring, the landscapers working on my yard found some bulbs hidden in the mulch beds. They re-planted the bulbs, and by the end of June, my yard blossomed with beautiful orange daylilies. Now I like to think of them as my birthday flowers. I've been watching them grow for the last month, just waiting for the first flower to open. Sure enough, they bloomed just in time to enjoy before we took off on tour. I'm hoping they will attract some bees to my squash and cucumber plants.
Brendan and I sprayed down the crop one last time, and now we are back on the road. I'm grateful for the many friends and family who got in touch throughout the day—it made my 27th very special!