A Celebratory Pause

white trash cake

I’m turning forty this week. My big 4-0 coincides with the five year anniversary of writing this blog. I don’t know if it’s the sunshine, facing that ever-growing patch of gray in the mirror (did I just share that?) or what, but I’ve had zero motivation. Rather than dwell on my lack of recent productiveness, I figure this birthday week is a great excuse to take a pause. I want to embrace these past five of my forty years. Eat Drink Garden has brought me joy with every click of that publish button.

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I’m playing hooky this week and squeezing out every last minute of life in my thirties. I’m going to take extended hikes with friends, call my mom and talk for way too long, jump on the trampoline with the kids. I’ll grab some girlfriends and hit my beloved hip-hop class for the first time in months, squeeze in a little yoga, indulge in a massage and a few margaritas — not at the same time.

valerie rice

This pour is for you! Cheers!

Definitely I’ll be drinking champagne. I’m thankful to be celebrating this big marker and what it means — my family, my friends, my health and the joy that surrounds me. I hope you all can find ways to carve out some me time for yourself this week. If there is any wisdom I’ve gained from this passage into slowed metabolism and more frequent hair appointments, it’s that life goes quick, so pop a bottle open and celebrate any day and everyday.

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Maybe as a birthday gift you can tell me what to blog about and give me a hearty push of inspiration for next week?

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17 thoughts on “A Celebratory Pause”

You’re going to love your forties, Val! Cheers to you! And thank you for the way you’ve enriched my life with your blogging over the past 5 years. Whenever I need inspiration, I know where to go.
My family is going camping at Yosemite next month. I want to cook outdoors, bringing in fall flavors and savory tastes. Any ideas?

I wish I could say welcome to the 40’s but that decade has passed …quite quickly if I must say so! Loved your cake … Too cute! Life just keeps getting better …only wish I knew then what I know now! Best wishes for a fabulous new decade!


Your blog and you are such a blessing. Enjoy your last day in the 30s.. But the 40s are even better.. Love you, sis.

Thank you, Sarah!!! How about bringing sweet potatoes? They are durable, light weight, and nutritious — wrap them in foil and throw them right in your fire pit. To me nothing tastes more “fall” that a sweet potato. Have fun!

You have exceptionally present, considerate, caring, mindful children, would be neat to hear about some of your parenting practices….

As someone who understands slowing metabolism and more frequent hair appointments, I toast your positive attitude and pausing to celebrate all that is wonderful in your life. I’m just a few years ahead of you, but I must say the 40s have been so much more incredible than I would have dreamed. I heard a great quote this week.
“Isn’t it a wonderful thing that you have yet to experience some of the best days of your life?!.” Enjoy the pause and then come back and delight us with your culinary and entertaining skills. Everyone needs a break now and then. Looking forward to year 6 of Eat Drink Garden!

xo Elizabeth

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