My dear husband turned 28 years old on Tuesday, and I’m trying to celebrate him in style this year with a real birthday party at the beach this weekend! Michael hasn’t had a birthday party since I’ve known him. It’s just that June 22 is usually sort of a tough time of year for getting people together. That’s why I’m enticing them this year with a vacation-style, kid-friendly beach party and an enormous cookie cake.
Cookie cake is Michael’s favorite. I use the very same recipe his momma uses (the one on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chips bag), but, invariably, Michael’s verdict is “good, but not like my momma’s.” Go figure.
I am also bringing some Mambo Jambos, a big sandwich the Francos make every Mardi Gras for parades. Michael isn’t big on sandwiches, but he likes these. Among other things, I am also making tomato-basil pasta salad and bought way too many bags of chips (darn my short memory and Kroger having all my favorite chips on super-sale yesterday).