What a difference a week makes!


I had to stop by my parent’s house after work today (to borrow gravy, natch) and couldn’t help but notice the change in scenery from just 1 week ago:







My parent’s street (the one I grew up on) reminds me of the one in the Father of the Bride and whenever I go over, I never want to leave… :?


But alas, I had to…I had a birthday dinner to make! This afternoon Ben realized he needed time to pack for this weekend, so instead of going out for his birthday dinner – we dined in!

It was actually perfect because I already had all the ingredients on hand to make his very favorite dinner in the world: Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches!

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I know, right? ;) We’ve got a soft slice of white bread topped with buttery mashed potatoes and oven-roasted turkey breast, then doused with savory turkey gravy. YUM!

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I used these Jennie-O boneless, skinless turkey breast tenderloins instead of roasting a whole bird.


These babies are completely devoid of fat, which would mean a long piece of leather if I cooked it as-is, so I wrapped the loin in lean, center-cut bacon.


Seasoned on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powders,


turkey Tom was wrapped up and sent off to the oven for 25 minutes @ 375 degrees, then 25 more minutes @ 325 degrees.


OMG it was SO moist! Bacon = key!

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Ben devoured his plate in abooooout, 5 bites?!


I always think of elementary school lunches when I think of open faced turkey sandwiches. Thankfully, these were quite a bit better. ;)


I snuck in some freshly steamed broccoli just so the whole dish wasn’t a complete tragedy in the health department…

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After dinner Ben opened his gifts, which included some new sandals (the man is OBSESSED with these things – wears them year round!)

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a hilarious card from me (if I do say so myself)…

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and PIE!

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Make a wish!!!! HAHAHAHA!

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omg I seriously cannot stop laughing. Ohhh, anyways! Ben would rather have pie on his birthday, instead of Pepperidge Farms cake (I know, I’ll never understand it) but since he’s the birthday boy, I happily oblige!


One slice of blueberry, cooomin’ right up!


We are happy. :)

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Ok, going to hang out with my man. You only turn 28 once! :D

Have a great night!


Do you request cake, pie or something different at your birthday?