My birthday isn't until tomorrow, but over the weekend I threw myself a country-themed birthday party. I grew up in Appalachia and the entire time I lived there, I identified more with my family in New Jersey. I was just a Yankee, through and through.
But somehow by the time I graduated high school, I realized I had come to identify with Appalachia (where my father's family has lived for generations). I had become a country girl, through and through. So to celebrate my roots, I decided to blast country music, serve fried food and don plaid. And for the second year in a row, I had a birthday game night.
I set out some liquors to make the drinks "hard": bourbon and jack, to spice up the cider fizz and peach schnapps and Firefly vodka for the lemonade.
My friend Erica has started a tradition of giving me a gift to play, so this year she bought me "Balderdash," which is my new favorite board game. If you've never played, it's hilarious and fun.
And instead of birthday cake, my friend Ashleigh brought her deep fryer and made me fried Oreos! They are so bad for you, but even one is worth it. We froze the Oreos for a couple hours first, and then dipped them in Bisquick batter and fried until golden. I sprinkled confectioner's sugar to serve and they were DELICIOUS.
It was a wonderful birthday party, and I feel so lucky to have such good friends. Maybe next year I can have a Jersey-themed birthday?