A Lemon Meringue Birthday

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It was a rainy birthday morning, fairly uneventful as we celebrated Holland’s 30th birthday for the 6th time. The typical card with a Boxer on front was handed his way with a message that only he could fully appreciate, permission to choose an antique bottle of his choice for his birthday gift. Unsuspecting of presents or cake we left the house for a cafe I had been talking up all week.

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We arrived at the Blue Vanilla Bakery & Cafe in Des Moines, WA, near the water front. We were greeted with smiles, coffee and tea while we browsed the menu. Finally we found a small business/family owned cafe that offered a simple and delicious brunch menu! We had been looking for this locally owned goodness near our area since leaving San Diego.

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What Holland didn’t know was that earlier in the week I contacted Blue Vanilla Bakery and arranged a special order of his favorite kind of pie to be made just for him on his birthday.  Margie, the baker/business partner, truly has a gift of meringue! It wasn’t really advertised on their menu as an option but I am so happy I asked.

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Around the corner I whispered with a server and overlooked the amazing creation. I was so impressed I was actually giddy to bring it to the table where Holland sat obliviously eating his biscuit breakfast sandwich and french toast with fruit, talking to a neighboring table with a new acquaintance.

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As I walked the pie to him and set it on the table you could almost see the drool in his surprised expression! Unfortunately I ordered us a big breakfast and he wasn’t sure he could handle eating a piece at the moment. I wasn’t too upset, that just meant that I got to play with the pie with the camera first. He knew he had to eat it without my help since I am allergic to lemon, but he also knew my dad was probably wishing he had a piece too.

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At home, I photographed the pie before it was devoured and realized that we don’t own a nice glass pie stand…maybe I will actually use some pinterest ideas and make one some day.

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Holland finally tasted his pie and in his own words from a personal Facebook Post, “Many of you may not know this, but I have eaten lemon meringue pie all over the world and am a self proclaimed lemon meringue aficionado. Today’s lemon meringue was the best I’ve ever had and is probably the best in the U.S. if not the world. I am ending this post with one last thank you to everybody who made my 30th birthday extra special.”

My dad savored a piece too and agreed. Thank you Blue Vanilla for a great birthday pie surprise!!

Later we celebrated with dinner at Muckleshoot Casino with my dad, before they both watched the UFC Fight on the Casino’s big screen.

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Some like birthday cake

Some like birthday pie

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2 thoughts on “A Lemon Meringue Birthday

  1. I’m with you, Holland! When my Aunt Shirley was still living, I used to request her homemade apple pie for my birthday instead of a birthday cake. What a lovely, wonderful wife you have to have given you such a sweet, sweet birthday surprise!! The two of you together are just the best!!

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