Happy Birthday To Me, Vegan-Style

July 18, 2010 by Keri

This post title probably couldn’t be more narcissistic, but I’m alright with that.  Yesterday, my family had a little birthday party for me and it was so much fun.  First was the food.  My mom made vegan black bean burgers from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, cranberry broccoli slaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, plus fresh fruit and veggie trays.  Those Veganomiburgers are awesome!

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And of course I made Golden Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and silver sprinkles from VCTOTW!!

Vegan Cupcake Recipes

It was an absolutely beautiful day to play outside after a great meal.  There was even a slip ‘n slide (which I’m not posting pictures of due to the mostly naked children running around on it)!!

I was definitely not expecting gifts because I’d already received my present from my mom and dad early, but my mom surprised me with something amazing!!  Remember last month when I posted about the fabulous Christy Robinson’s eco and animal friendly jewelry designs?  Well, I joked about which designs my parents should get me for my birthday.  I was kidding, but not only did I get a Christy Robinson necklace, I got a custom designed one!!  I was so surprised and excited; it’s amazing!!  Thank you so much, Mom, and Christy for designing the necklace (and even explaining to my mom how to PayPal she says)!

Vegan Jewelry

Vegan Jewelry

Vegan Jewelry

She also sent these adorable butterfly earrings!

Vegan Jewelry

My mom also got me season 1 of Ally McBeal, which was my favorite show in high school, a Starbucks gift card (can anyone say vegan frappaccinos until I drop?!), and a Kohl’s gift card.  My dad gave me a Visa gift card, not to mention the pile of clothes he brought for my little guy!!  Thank you, Dad, especially for coming to the party!!  My aunt, uncle, and little cousin got me three new knives (which I needed so badly!), and my little cousin made me a special card all by herself.  Thank you, Mike, Mindy, and little M!  And my grandparent bought me a dress (which I’m going to wear today) I picked out while my grandma was staying with me last week.  I have the most awesome family ever!! Thank you so much Dad, Mom, Jeff, Grandma, Grandpa, Mike, Mindy, Little M, Chris, and Little Guy for such an amazing birthday.  And it isn’t even over yet!!

Well, I’m pretty sure I met my monthly quota for exclamation points in this post alone.  I’ll leave you with a little nostalgia- pictures from my first four birthdays.  I hope you have a great day!

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Happy Birthday!! I ♥ your necklace, it’s so beautiful – perfect for you 🙂 Those Black Bean Burgers are my favs…x

  2. Rebecca says:

    And I love your birthday hats!!

  3. JL Goes Vegan says:

    What a great birthday!!! Have a wonderful day!!! (exclamation points for your birthday!) 😉

  4. Stefanie says:

    Happy Birthday! That necklace is too cute. I hope the rest of your day is just as fun as the beginning. 🙂

  5. Krystina says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the necklace. 🙂

  6. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) says:

    Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great day. Cute necklace! 🙂

  7. Jenn says:

    That necklace is awesome and your cupcakes look devine. Happy birthday!

  8. I join in with all the exclamation points!! Happy birthday!!! It looks like the best time ever. You turned 18 right? 🙂

  9. Priyanka says:

    Happy Birthday! Loved your necklace and I loved watching Ally McBeal too.

  10. patricia says:

    happy birthday! i have to try those burgers this week!

  11. bitt says:

    happy birthday!

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    Major cute necklace alert!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

    And a very, happy Bday, Keri!!!!!!!!!! You deserve an amazing year and tons of happiness, health and joy!!!!

  13. Sarah S. says:

    So sweet! Glad you had a nice birthday. That necklace is great!

  14. Danielle (Runs on Green) says:

    Happy birthday to you!! (It’s ok to be self-centered on your birthday)

    That necklace is adorable and I love all the baby pics!

  15. Vegmom says:

    Awww! Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful family you have. That necklace is Awesome by the way… some more explanation points 🙂

  16. Dai Dai says:

    Happy Birthday! =]

  17. Kathryn says:

    Lots of love and fantastic-ness for you this year! Happy birthday!

  18. tasha - the clean eating mama says:

    I hope you had an AMAZING birthday!!

  19. Michal says:

    Oh my gosh happy belated birthday, I cant believe I missed it! It looks like you had a great day, and I love your necklace so much its beautiful you have a wonderful family 🙂

  20. Kristine says:

    Thanks for that jewelry tip. You just made a few birthdays and holidays easier. Great find.