Sam’s Birthday Favorites!


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Today, we’re celebrating Sam turning 14 years old. Gulp.

I can barely type that without double checking my math, grabbing him for a quick squeeze and singing a quick medley of the lullabies I sang to him as a baby, and running to the mirror to check for more of those wrinkles around my eyes and “sparkles” in my hair!

Sam 2015 //

How is it possible that someone so young has a child of 14! Ha! (Regardless of my age, Bart will always be older!)

So, for Sam’s birthday, I’ve planned a menu for the day to include his favorites.

Hide your eyes if you are on a low-carb, no-sugar, no-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, anything-free sort of diet at the moment. Sam doesn’t really follow any of those lifestyles and is on the go from the moment his feet touch the floor in the morning until we say, “lights out!” at bedtime. While he’d love for this to be his menu every day of the week, it is definitely reserved for special occasions – like turning 14!

Chocolate Chip Waffles //

For breakfast, it is always a toss up between biscuits or waffles for his favorite, but Chocolate Chip Waffles are just the way to start a birthday, I think!

I’ll definitely add in a little protein to get him through the day with his favorite bacon. I’m not sure what it is about bacon and boys, but goodness, they can sure go through it! This is the easiest method for cooking bacon that I’ve found to get a lot on the table in a hurry!

For lunch, he’ll be in classes at our homeschool academy, so I’ll leave it to the talented ladies in the kitchen there for his birthday lunch. I’m sure it will be something amazing, as always! So, while he’s away in classes, I’ll whip up a few of his favorites for snacks, start on supper, and get his birthday cake just right!

Pretzel Recipe from

Sam absolutely adores Bart’s homemade pretzels and these little pretzel bites are just the right size for snacking.

Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Butter |

These skillet steaks are so easy and out of this world delicious, it is no wonder that Sam and Bart love them so much. These are a definite on the birthday boy’s menu! For sides, he always loves sweet potatoes and asparagus to round out the meal. But really, we all know he’s just waiting on his birthday cake!

Red Velvet Cake Recipe from

Sam’s birthday requires red velvet cake and I can’t hide that I’m not even a little bit sorry! Especially loaded with heritage frosting. It’s his favorite over cream cheese frosting for his birthday and I’m not a little bit sorry over that either.

Now, about those wrinkles.

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  1. Kay | Cooking with K says:

    Wishing your sweet Sam a happy birthday! His birthday favorites are the BOMB! Very few people make the red velvet cake with the “original” frosting. I was introduced to it by my Mother in law in the early 70’s. We love that frosting and you have given it a fitting name…Vintage for sure!

  2. Mary says:

    What an AWESOME Mom you are! I’m starving, wishing today was my birthday! I hope you and your family are blessed with a wonderful day in celebrating Sam’s birthday! THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful recipes! I can’t begin to tell you how your site always makes my day and gets my creativity going!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Aww! Thank you so much, Mary! That is so sweet of you! xo

  3. Nicki H says:

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday Sam! I’m so happy you have a Mother who loves and cares for you.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you so much, Nicki! xo

  4. Vijaya Chandramouli says:

    Wishing your dear son SAM – MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF TODAY.
    You are a great caring mother.
    Felicitations to the whole family!
    Have a lovely time together!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you so much, Vijaya!

  5. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday Sam. Fantastic selection of food for that special day. Enjoy every moment and enjoy every wrinkle!! What’s life without a few wrinkles along the way.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you so much, Mary! I’m definitely enjoying the day and embracing the wrinkles! πŸ™‚