Sunday Dinner: Happy Birthday Mom Edition!

I love my mom.

I know that’s a bold statement coming from a 22-year old millennial, but my mom and I have a pseudo-Gilmore Girls-esque relationship except, in my humble opinion, even better, because while I grew up amid a weird amount of divorces and marriages with both of my parents, I’ve grown to love my family dynamic more and more as the years go by.

With my mom, I can be a complete brat and tell the truth in any way, shape, or form, and I know my mom will always be there both as a BFF and with the wisdom every daughter craves from a mother/maternal figure, but is usually too proud to ask for.

This weekend, her and my stepdad came to Rochester for her birthday weekend spent with Collin and I. We went to our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Natural Oasis on Monroe Ave (omg go, I swear you’ll thank me later), got some fancy wine at Apogee on Park Ave, then my mom and I went to yoga together on Sunday morning while Collin and Keith experienced the Zero Gravity Float Center they’ve been dying to try.

We met up for lunch at the Red Fern (duh), did some Halloween thrifting, and then col and I took a swim in their hotel pool before they came back to our place for my vegan birthday masterpiece!

We started off with my Spicy Roasted Tomato Soup:

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Then continued to the main course, Creamy Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto:

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Then we ended the feast on a sweet note with Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes, courtesy of Minimalist Baker:

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We ended the night giving gifts and playing catchphrase, me and my mom’s favorite game (we’re both quick-witted, word wizards & basically adore all word/fast-paced guessing games).

I woke up this morning with that all too familiar aching in my heart that comes with the end of a weekend with the people I love most, but cannot wait for the upcoming holiday season, where the bond my mom and I share always comes out full force when we bask in the glow of our favorite, and most wonderful time of the year!

Happy birthday Mom, I just love ya.

P.S. recipes for my soup and risotto will be up tomorrow & Wednesday!

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