What is age but a number?


My mom celebrated her 89th birthday on Saturday. As we headed to the farmer’s market, I asked her what it felt like to be 89 years old. She laughed and said “Old, I guess,” almost as if that was what she thought she should feel but I suspect she really didn’t feel that old. Sure doesn’t look it!

The birthday girl

We had plans to have her over for supper, followed by dessert with my aunt and uncle. Since my mom gets her big meal of the day at noon, we decided to lighten up for supper. There were so many great fresh veggies available, so we concocted a big salad of mixed greens, turnips (one of Mother’s favorites), red and yellow peppers, snow peas, onions, lovage, basil, parsley and dill.

When I was a kid, summer meals often featured open-faced tomato and cheese sandwiches. We settled on our own version of that — an assortment of bruschetta, which technically is an appetizer with origins in Italy. But they also serve well as a light summer supper. Using a purchased whole grain baguette, we sliced it diagonally, lightly spread them with olive oil, placed on a large cookie sheet and toasted them in the oven. We then added toppings such as soft goat cheese with asparagus; fresh tomatoes, broccoli and topped with goat mozzarella; hummus, thinly sliced turkey, aspagarus; hummus, broccoli, goat mozzarella. All were sprinkled with onions and assorted herbs, then broiled briefly. It was a fun way to use some of the goat cheese we’d brought back from Virginia.

Assorted bruschetta

Of course, no birthday party is complete without dessert, so we decided on make-your-own sundaes. All we decided was chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, fresh strawberries, chopped nuts and whipped cream. Here’s are some samples of how those turned out….

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