Thursday, January 14, 2010

56 And Loving It!

I'm so happy to be who I am and where I am.
Life has it's drawbacks now and then, but all in all ~ I AM BLESSED!

I've been obsessed with cupcakes lately so yesterday I baked myself a batch, and Jayden helped me add food coloring to the icing, and then we set them up on a cupcake tree that Ray had bought for me:

The kids will come over tonight and we'll enjoy them.

I also made myself a delicious broccoli/cheese pie (egg substitutes and low-fat cheese) and had it for breakfast (I found the recipe on one of those 'get healthy' blogs):

And I was searching for the definition of 'grandma chic' for my other blog (grandma chic is both a style of dress and a style of home decor) and I came across these wonderful pictures:

My favorite images are these next ones from a blog called The Sartorialist ~ fabulous photographs! But he did have great subjects to work with!

Very chic!




And my absolute favorite is this one (she makes me want to let my hair go gray!):

Now this is my idea of 'Grandma Chic'!
When I grow up I want to be just like her!

Seriously, I know how fortunate I am, and my heart and my prayers go out to those who are less fortunate, those whose health is failing, those who watch loved ones suffer, those who are facing death, those who are letting go, those who are trying desperately to hold on, those who are having financial troubles, those who suffer from addiction, those who are jobless, those who are homeless, those who are lonely, those who suffer persecution, those who are in the military and far from loved ones, and today especially my heart goes out to the people of Haiti.



  2. look at it quickly and you wont notice that your name is incorrect.

  3. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y E I L E E N!!


    blessings and birthday hugs,


    p.s. Don't forget to check your e-mail...there could be a card in there for you!!

  4. Happy Birthday Eileen! Hope you don't mind... Janine let the cat out of the bag over at Sniffles and Smiles, so I just had to run right over. Now I need to go back, scroll through your blog and get acquainted. You look exactly like a chica I could enjoy knowing.

    Cheers to YOU and turning beautiful fifty-six! May you have many many happy healthy more birthdays to come.

    ♥ Alix at Casa Hice


    (Just in case you missed my earlier message on your previous post!!! wink, wink)

    Love, love, love this!!!! Yes, my dear friend, YOU are tres chic!!! And ALWAYS will be!!!! Love you so very much! Janine XO

  6. The cupcakes look yummy, I almost wanted to pick one off the cupcake tree. The photos of the women of many styles are wonderful. I particularly like the picture of the woman with the cane. Something about her attitude. Like it. And the woman with the lovely grey hair. Classy.

  7. Sing this on key Please!!!

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday Dear Eileeeeeen,
    Haaapppppy Birrrthdaaaay tooo youuuuu!

    Love Wanda!

  8. Birthday wishes from me, too.

    Janine said we all had to drop by and leave birthday wishes and who am I, a mere mortal, to go against her dictate?

    The wish is genuine, although from where I am positioned in the 20th century calendar, your 56 makes you a comparative bambino. Hah!


    Great pictures and great day for you. Please stop by my blog and see my "birthday post" to you!!

    Love Gail

  10. Happy, happy, happiest birthday, Eileen! You are one of the sweetest people I know and I pray that today will be exceptionally wonderful and that you will have many wonderful surprises, dear friend!!!! Lori

  11. Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday dear Eileen...Happy Birthday to you!!!
    Love and hugs from me to you :)

  12. PS...your cupcakes and broccoli cheese pie look scrumptious!! I love the first 2 pics of the grandma chic...esp. the 2nd one with the sweater..And your favorite too....I can see you dressed like that....
    Have a happy day sweet friend...
    Love, Jerelene

  13. Hello Eileen, I found birthday wishes for you on several blogs, Bernie's for one, that I just had to look you up and leave birthday wishes for you. I am older than dirt but appreciate the Grandma Chic. My hair has been white for years and I finally realized I like it that way. Don't eve have to worry about the roots sneaking in. Pop over for a visit, if you get a chance.

  14. Happy Birthday my sweet friend, I hope you have a wonderful day full of love, kindness and being with family. I love you....big hugs to Jayden and Mia.......:-) Hugs

  15. Happy birthday ...l am over from Janine she sent me....and l'm pleased l'm your bog and will follow you if you don't mind!!

    hope you had a great birthday..

  16. Have a cupcake for me would you Dear? Here's to a very Happy and Blessed Birthday Eileen! And where did you find that photo of me with my cane?
    Love Di

  17. Hello Eileen,
    I'm visiting you at the behest of several of your other blogger friends - you have been much in the news today! Happy Birthday to YOU! Those cupcakes look yummy, and the casserole looks just like one my D-i-L made for me. Mine had broccoli, too.

  18. Happy birthday dear Eileen! 56! why your just a baby LOL I hope your birthday is fabulous. From the looks of all of that delicious food I would say you are off to a good start. That little Jayden is such a good little boy. Please tell him I said the cupcakes look yummy! Yes, we are all blessed. My heart goes out to people suffering every where and especially Haiti.

  19. My heart does too Eileen. I was in bed last night not being able to go to sleep and I just tried to picture all the anguish and suffering going on in Haiti. I cannot even imagine, not really at all. I'm certain it is beyond anything we can comprehend.

    Interesting that you and I are just a couple months a part in age. I will be 56 in April! I also wish I could be a gray grandma. Sure would save me lots of money.

  20. Well, well....somebody have a birthday today??
    What a chic post, my friend....scrumptous cupcakes...and I do hope that you are sharing them. I'll be expecting mine with double icing in the mail tomorrow....uhmmmm!
    Happy happy birthday to you, dear friend.
    You look mawwwwvelous....and your heart is so kind and loving.
    Happy Birthday, Eileen.

  21. Firstly happy Birthday sweet angel and second...I love that Grandma Chic style too.

  22. Hi Eileen!
    I've read your comments for months now... and am so happy to be visiting and wishing you a
    happy birthday!
    Your sidebar pics of family are just great...
    What a beautiful~loving family you have!
    I hope you have a very
    ♫ Happy Birthday ♫


  23. I was at the computer all morning yesterday and never occurred to me to visit your blog place... Had I done so, I wouldn't have missed your birthday, but well, it's not too late to wish you another great year ahead of you!

    Happy 56! I'm 56 myself, and I think it is such a great age to be!

    Love you!


  24. OMG! I am so sorry I missed your Birthday! Happy Birthday Eileen! You certainly are a 'chic grandma'. Love you ((((HUGS))))) T

  25. Happy Belated Birthday, Eileen. You are beautiful inside and out and you have aged well. I hope you had a great day.

  26. Eileen! Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope your birthday was absolutely wonderful. I'm still on break, but when I saw this, I just had to wish you all the best for the coming year.

    Isn't it great to be over half way to becoming a true antique? That's what I tell myself because I'm there, too. LOL! I am enjoying the golden years so much and am glad you are, too.

    Miss you... back into my break...


    Sheila :-)