Big Al is a real "outdoor" kid and loves playing sport!
A boy is Truth with dirt on it's face,
Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.
And he loves going to the beach.
His favourite food is pasta so we had spaghetti bolognese for dinner. I used the recipe that I posted the other day as a starting point and then added a few extra ingredients.
First I fried up some pancetta, onion, garlic, chopped celery and capsicum (red pepper) with some olive oil.
I then added some mushrooms and some fresh basil and oregano.
I cooked everything over a low heat (adding water when it looked a bit dry) for about 3 hours.
That gave me time to set a beach themed tablescape.
We had to fit quite a few people around the table so there wasn't much room to set an ornately decorated table.
I placed a Maxwell and Williams square bowl on a seashell serviette and a Maxwell and Williams side plate.
I used our Strachan silverware.....
and I used lots of seashells for a beach themed tablescape!
I served the pasta "family style" with a green salad and some cheese bread.
The birthday cake was a white chocolate mudcake (recipe from the great foodie blog Exclusively Food found here) and to continue the beach theme it was decorated with Guylian seashell chocolates.
All-in-all it was a lovely evening and I am pretty sure that Big Al had a good day.
Happy double-digit birthday my handsome son!
Thank you for visiting today and for helping me celebrate my son's birthday-I am so glad that I can share these special moments with my very special friends!
Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz
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