My mother's and sister's birthdays fall within 5 days of each other right at the end of November, so we've traditionally celebrated them together, and this year I offered to host the festivities. To try and ensure that everyone got to eat something they loved, I suggested a small plates dinner, and there was universal approval so I ran with it.
I think you'll agree that it looks pretty tasty:
Everyone sat on the comfy couches and chatted while we noshed and drank. For birthday dessert we had this stunning number, courtesy of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook:
That's a marbled pumpkin cheesecake tart with gingersnap crust, and it was exceedingly well-received, shall we say. Very tasty.
All in all it was a terrific way to spend an evening - we love eating like this, lots of big flavours and variety on the plate. It was a ton of work, I won't lie, but totally worth it for the end result.
Happy birthday, Mom and Jenn. We love you guys!