#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Over 50s Lifestyle

What was on my plate during August? A Birthday Celebration

September 1, 2021
Sue at 64

I love birthdays and look forward to mine each year. I am so very grateful that not only am I surrounded by love from my family and friends BUT I can actually visit them as here in Queensland we aren’t suffering under the COVID lockdowns that our friends in NSW and Victoria are.

At 10:30pm on 23rd August, 1957, Susan Irene Roberts was born, weighing in at 5lb 3oz. As I wrote in a recent post

64 seemed ancient when I was younger but now I know it isn’t

For this month’s #whatsonyourplatechallenge, co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass, I’m sharing my birthday celebrations with you. Family, Friends, Food and celebration go hand-in-hand.

An early celebration

After our usually Saturday Run with one of my Saturday Sisters I enjoyed an early birthday brunch celebration. On the menu was Zuchinni Fritters, topped with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Poached eggs. I did need my protein after running 39kms!

Here is a recipe I found for the Zuchinni Fritters which I’m going to try.

Sunday Celebrations- ’64 with hugs galore’

I celebrated with my son, daughter, their spouses and grandchildren with a delicious lunch of Roast Lamb with Roast Potatoes , and Greek, Potato and Cauliflower Salads (look for future posts of #whatsonyourplate for the recipes).

This was followed by a delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese icing and a special happy birthday song. My grandson, Ethan had added in the line ’64 with hugs galore’ to the normal Happy Birthday song. It’s the little things that are so special. It isn’t really about the gifts is it? Although I am always spoilt by my family with thoughtful gifts.

My actual birthday celebrations

As my birthday fell on a Monday, we spent a quiet day at home but I was delighted to receive many birthday wishes via social media and the mail, including a pot plant sent by a very dear friend who lives in Canada. My darling husband put together this delicious seafood platter for dinner. Combined with a glass or two of bubbly and it was the perfect ending to another year around the Sun.

Seafood Platter

On a bed of lettuce and served with lemon wedges, combine seafood of your choice.

Fresh prawns
Smoked Salmon
Fresh Oysters or Smoked Oysters
Kalamata olives
Stuffed baby peppers
Herbed Fetta
Sundried Tomatoes

What else is on my plate?

Too much! I’m notorious for living life to the max and sometimes I just need to Press the Pause button because I have too much on my plate. I wrote about this earlier in the week and the importance of finding Balance and Prioritising what is most important to you when you need to Pause.

What was on your plate during August?

Below are some links of the co-hosts Donna & Deb as well as other contributors for their monthly #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge. You can take part by leaving a link in the comment or posting on social media with the hashtag #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge.

Donna – Retirement Reflections – sharing The Friendship Edition

Deb – The Widow Badass – sharing The Staff of Life Edition

Deb – Deb’s World– sharing a yummy breakfast favourite

Jo – And Anyways -sharing her No-Kead Bread

whats on your plate blog challenge

Women Living Well After 50

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  • Reply Debbie Harris September 1, 2021 at 17:51

    What a beautiful post Sue and again Happy Birthday, you look a million dollars! Your grandsons are so cute and that 64 with hugs galore line is just adorable. A wonderful celebration! #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2021 at 09:31

      Thanks Deb and also for the compliment of looking a million dollars in Kmart t-shirt LOL 🙂 xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass September 2, 2021 at 02:22

    Happy belated birthday, Sue! Wow, so much to take in…you really do like to load up your “plate” (aka life)…LOL! And it all looks so delicious – evidence of a life very well lived. I agree with you – 64 used to seem very old to me and now it isn’t very old at all. Cheers!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2021 at 09:32

      Thanks Deb, I’m very grateful to be surrounded by love. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey September 2, 2021 at 07:02

    So much yumminess, joy and love right there. So glad you had a lovely birthday. xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2021 at 09:33

      Yumminess in food and love and joy for sure. I’m very lucky xx

  • Reply Toni Pike September 2, 2021 at 07:35

    How lovely Sue – i’m glad you had a wonderful birthday x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2021 at 09:33

      Yes I am very lucky Toni that we aren’t in lockdown and I could spend time with my family xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly September 3, 2021 at 08:14

    You live such a full and inspiring life, Sue. I love that you know when to take a risk, when to rev it up, and when to press pause. These are three essential skills! Your birthday brunch and your birthday cake look amazing. And that seafood platter makes me want to defy travel restrictions, hop on a plane and visit my good friends in Austalia! Heck, I want to do that anyway, but…that seafood platter would be icing on the cake!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2021 at 09:41

      You do need to come over and visit – wouldn’t that be wonderful? xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections September 3, 2021 at 08:15

    Oh, and I got so caught up in your delicious post that I neglected to thank you for being a regular contributor to WOYP. Deb & I appreciate this greatly!!

  • Reply Antoinette Truglio Martin September 6, 2021 at 03:40

    What a fantastic celebration. Happy Birthday!

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