So it was Gina’s 38th birthday on July 5th…Victor and I drove from Massachusettes to Virginia all day on the 4th of July!!! We got there just in time to help tuck the boys in and watch the Clarke County fireworks from their back porch…a great surprise perk that came with their new house!!This is the gift we gave Gina for her birthday…
Parker and Aaden helping her to open it…
I usually give her an outfit…she’s the only girl I have to dress up👛👗👠 So here is a butterfly print sleeveless top with a ruffle around the bottom, Nantucket red chinos, gold-tone necklace with red beads, Tom’s leopard canvas shoes, and a leopard dog leash (a hint of what’s to come in AugustSo, I chose this top for Gina because it has butterflies on it, she teaches yoga, loves animals and nature, so I thought the butterflies would be appropriate for her… While I was taking the photo of Gina below, Victor came running in the house all excited to show us the picture he had taken of this butterfly!! I happen to think it was syncronistic…perhaps Victor’s sister Rita or his mother, who both adored Gina, reaching from Beyond to wish her a Happy Birthday, in the form of a butterfly gift😇
Gina posing in front of her front door, with her new outfit on…Yes, she loves leopard…Even her stairs are carpeted with leopard🐆
Gina wanted to spend her birthday afternoon at a vineyard…I know from this vista you probably think we flew to California or even Italy!! But actually, we were at Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont, Virginia! (click here for info) My drink was amazing, so refreshing, strawberry basil sangria!!
Here is Victor, looking a little like the Godfather, with a Margarita pizza and a meat-lovers pizza, paired with the Vineyard’s Farm Table Red, all so very delicious!!Even Aaden and Parker had a great time…very kid friendly!!
Victor and Gina enjoying their pizza…yum!!!
Such a wonderful way to spend a birthday afternoon🍇
Gina always makes the cakes for family birthdays, including her own!! Whoever is having a birthday will choose their 2 favorite ice cream flavors for their cake… She chose chocolate and salted caramel!!!😋 She also makes the ice cream and whipped cream from scratch with whole ingredients…but you could use store-bought ingredients, then this recipe will be so simple, it just takes time to freeze between layers.
She starts a couple of days before…she had some good little helpers… Left, soften 2 quarts of ice cream and spread on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Top right…sprinkle 24 crushed Oreo cookies on top of ice cream, then freeze for no less than 2 hours, next spread 2nd layer of ice cream over crushed Oreos and then freeze. Bottom right…frost cake with whipped cream and freeze for a little longer before decorating it.
I frosted and decorated with my little helper…I used wildflowers that I picked from our walk around Gina and Tom’s property and placed them around the bottom of the cake, the top flower is a candle!!
EVENING FAMILY CELEBRATION
Singing happy birthday to Gina!!!
The view from Gina’s front porch, the end of a perfect day🙏🏽