Birthday Celebrations!

A long weekend at long last, and I wasn't working! While this long weekend is favoured by most for the array of sporting grand finals on offer, I couldn't say I was all that fussed. Instead this weekend was spent celebrating my Mum's Birthday! With my sister and step siblings all living far away, it was up to me to surprise my mum and treat her on her birthday. 

We are not big on presents in my family, and just like any other mother, mine is impossible to buy for. So instead I set out cooking all day thursday so I could surprise her (with the help of my step dad) with a picnic at her favourite spot, Burleigh Headlands!

Look at that view!!

Look at that view!!

The weather turned it on for our little picnic. I drove down from to the coast, with my car packed full of food, blankets, and cake, on friday morning. The one hour trip taking me nearly two hours, trust me cake transport is hard enough, let alone in a hot car for over 2 hours!!!

Picnic spread!

Picnic spread!

But alas, I made it down and set up the picnic just in time, with an eager magpie looking on.  Then along came my mum and step dad. For the first time I managed to pull off a surprise for my mum. When I saw her reaction it made all the hard work worth it.

I jagged the perfect spot!

I jagged the perfect spot!

We finally sat down to our meal. I had made crispy sweet potato fritters, kale salad with a blood orange vinaigrette (get the recipe here), red cabbage chopped salad as well as homemade pesto and hummus to go with carrot sticks and fresh rye sourdough! Yes, this was all for 3 people, lets just say we had lots of left overs.

Lemon and Zucchini cake

Lemon and Zucchini cake

Lastly, we had cake! If you read my last blog post, you would know my family (particularly my mum) believe that you must have cake on your birthday! And well, everything in moderation!

Similar to me, my mum is no a huge sweet tooth - I know shock horror, I always choose savoury over sweet! So for this birthday I made a 3 layered zucchini and lemon cake with lemon curd and cream cheese icing. I made the cake on whole meal flour, to increase the fibre content. The zucchini also provide a nutrient packed cake, as well as making for a delicious moist texture. 

I couldn't resist taking a pic of the perfect layers!

I couldn't resist taking a pic of the perfect layers!

I always love good quality family time, and this weekend was definitely packed full of it. You don't have to buy over the top, expensive presents to show people how much they mean to you. Instead a little effort can lead to a fabulous time, and really show them just how much they mean to you. The best part about a picnic: everything is homemade with love, so you know what the ingredients are, and can provide a healthy lunch for the family! 

L->R: Myself, My step dad Greg and lastly my Mother, Lynda

L->R: Myself, My step dad Greg and lastly my Mother, Lynda