You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Well, our birthday is tomorrow, but since I don’t post on the weekend, we’ll just have to celebrate a day early!  Happy early Birthday to my duplicate Jennifer!

43 years ago tomorrow these little aliens entered the world!

And before you knew it  . . . we were in school!

And then the 80’s came along!   I am sure we thought we were both totally hot – I mean please – huge glasses AND button earrings?!  I am surprised we weren’t stalked by fashion photographers while on this vacation! 😀

And then we graduated high school!

And then time flies by – next thing you know I have a 19 year old daughter, and she has three kids ages 15, 13 and 9 (actually, Happy Birthday to the 15 year old Paul – his birthday is today!)

here we are at my Mom's birthday party last September

Hannah and I are going to go bowling tomorrow night and then come home for pie and presents with Tony.  Then next Tuesday I am going to head to Oak Park – I took the day off of work and my sister took a half day – and Hannah doesn’t have school!  We plan to meet up with my Mom and have lunch and not sure what else, but it will be fun. 😀

How many of you made corned beef last night?  I remember my Mom making it every year for my Dad – she wasn’t a corned beef fan so it only made a once a year appearance.  That didn’t prevent me from falling in love with a Reuben sandwich.  Probably the best sandwich ever made.  But I am a Reuben snob.  The bread has to be grilled, the corned beef has to be super tender.  Ever try to bite into a Reuben and the corned beef falls out in one piece?  Gross!

I am proud to say that Tony ate some dinner last night!  It was actually weird to fix him a plate.  He probably had a couple ounces of corned beef and two potatoes – but I was so happy! 😀

So while I’ll always have a Reuben sandwich on my brain for leftover corned beef – I decided to make . . . a crustless Reuben quiche!  I made one before, but I didn’t put potatoes in the last one, so this will be my to to recipe.

Crustless Reuben Quiche with Caraway Seeds

  • 1/4 of the pie is 8 points – 1/6th of the pie is 5 points (using corned beef)


  • 5 ounces chopped lean corned beef
  • 4 ounces sauerkraut, make sure to squeeze it dry between paper towels
  • 4 ounces diced deli swiss cheese
  • 8 ounces diced cooked red potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 3 cups egg beaters
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • cracked pepper to taste
  • (don’t add salt – there is enough with the corned beef and sauerkraut)

Heat oven to 350.  Combine all the ingredients except for the Swiss cheese.  Pour into a 9 inch cake pan (a pie pan won’t fit) and sprinkle the Swiss cheese on top.  Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until the eggs are set and the cheese has melted and browned.

I told my co-workers about this that I bring food for – my one friend K is as much of a Reuben whore as I am and she was so excited about having it today.  Only one problem.  I wasn’t thinking until I was dicing up the corned beef that it is lent.  Today is Friday.  No meat.

So, I made a separate quiche subbing in 2 cups baby spinach for the corned beef.  It would be 6 points for 1/4 of the pie, or 4 points for 1/6 of that quiche.

see how much filling there is? When it came out of the oven it was a good 1 inch above the side, but once it cooled down, it leveled out

Now I can’t wait for breakfast! 😀

I am submitting this to Christina’s Friday Firsts!

Question of the Day: Do you celebrate big for your birthday, or low key?  I actually prefer a low key one 😀  Have a great weekend – and check back next week – I’ll be having another awesome giveaway!


65 thoughts on “You Say It’s Your Birthday!

  1. Total low key! The less who know the better. My kids are kind enough to keep reminding me that this is the big 40. Yikes! I’m supposed to be an adult at that age, right? I am still amazed how much hannah looks like you!

  2. Happy early birthday to the both of you!
    I have to say that being a twin is interesting to say the least.

    HAPPY TWIN BIRTHDAY from one half of a twin set to another.


  3. Great pics Biz!!! Happy almost birthday!!!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to get together next week!

  4. Love the pics! Happy Early Birthday Biz, I hope you have a great week!

  5. Happy Bday to both you, Jenn and her son! My husbanad’s birthday is today as well! Hope you have a glorious weekend and have fun in Oak Park….I think I have actually been there ( where we stayed the last time we came to Chicago for a dance convention at Mc cormick place) Its where Mcdonalds has a headquarters, right? Lots of good shopping if I am in the right place!

    Anyway….ruebens LOVE! rueben quiche…I am certain I would LOVE. Yes, made two corned beefs last night…and I only make them once a year too! I like to turn my leftovers into hash…which I think is going to be my food post today!

  6. Happiest birthday, Biz + Jenn!!! Your pics are SO cute! And my goodness, Hannah looks just like you, Biz! Your younger pics could be her, lol.

    I didn’t eat corned beef yesterday, but I wish I had a piece of yours. Yum!

    I think I celebrate pretty low-key birthdays because we don’t have many friends or family members, LOL. So low-key by default!! 😀

    Have a great birthday weekend Bizzy Biz!

  7. Happy birthday to you both. Twins, amazing. You guys are such a treat to read about. How did Charlie come along, before or after? Just curious.
    Do have a Happy Birthday. Take care and God Bless!!!
    Oh and I prefer quiet and simple.

  8. awwwwwww! happy early birthday to you!! I hope you enjoy all of the celebrating. I am a low key celebrator.. I love to just do things I enjoy all day long (teach or workout, brunch!, time outdoors, etc). I’ve never made corned beef- maybe next year. The quiche looks super yummy

  9. Yay! Happy early birthday to you and Jennifer! I’m a huge fan of crustless quiches… this version looks perfect for St. Patrick’s day!

  10. Happy early birthday to you and your twin! I bet it’s pretty awesome being a twin. I didn’t make corned beef yesterday but for some reason, I’m in the mood for it today.

  11. Happy early birthday, Biz and Jenn!

    I used to love lots of attention and adoration on my birthday, but the older I get the more I prefer a low key celebration. I’m already looking forward to a nice dinner out with my husband in a month for my birthday!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  12. Glad to hear Tony was able to enjoy some of your delicious cooking!

    I love corned beef yet somehow for the past couple of St. Pat’s I haven’t had any. How could that be? Oh, I know – because I didn’t get organized enough to get it made and this year it fell on a Muay Thai night so I didn’t get home until 7:00.

    I love a great reuben too, but is it technically a reuben if I say hold the saurkraut? There is a restaurant here that makes a ‘reuben’ with cole slaw. I like that so much better!

    • Um, you need the sauerkraut! Okay, well, since I leave off the onions for everything – I guess you can leave off the sauerkraut Helen! 😀

  13. Which one of you is the twin in the first pic’ that looks like she is ready to get into come mischief? I love that pic’ – so cute.

    My birthday is so low key my family has actually forgotten it. No kidding – but I don’t make a big deal out of mine – I don’t blog about it, talk about it or insist on “birthday week” [never got that concept, but seems to be popular in blogland] and it isn’t because I think I am old or I don’t want to be my age – it is just because I like to concentrate on others birthdays.

    Hope you guys have a spectacular weekend and all your birthday wishes come true [I know one that already has :D] Happy Birthday to you both and Paul.

  14. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! It really is crazy (and I feel like I probably said the same exact thing last year) – how much your younger pictures could ACTUALLY be a picture of Hannah! She looks EXACTLY like you! 🙂

  15. Ok, so the picture of you and your sister at graduation, whoever is on the right (is it you?) looks just like Hannah!!! How cool!

    My birthday was yesterday, actually (yay March birthdays!) and yesterday was a low-key birthday. But I like big parties too – I think birthdays are your one personal special day for the year, and they need to be celebrated in some way. Some years they are big, some years they are small, but you need to inact your right to be special in some way!

  16. Happy early birthday! I prefer low key, too. My first corned beef experience was yesterday and unfortunately the pieces I put on my plate were so marbled that they were about 2/3 fat, 2/3 meat and I could NOT eat it. I did find a better part of the meat but I couldn’t eat much of it b/c of the first bites–grossed me out too much. I do love reubens though so I might make that casserole with the leftover!

  17. Hey, I had glasses like that – lol. Happy B-day to you both.

  18. Happy early birthday!! I prefer a low-key one also.

  19. happy bday!!! it’s abe’s 35th bday today – taking him to napa to celebrate b/c it’s a big one!

  20. YUM!!! I love Reubens! I think you made a Reuben pizza one time, too, right?
    So glad Tony got to eat dinner with you 🙂
    Happy, happy birthday to you, Biz! Hope you have a wonderful day with the family!

  21. I love the old pictures – button earrings! I’d forgotten about those – always made it hard to talk on the phone when you wore them.

    Happy (early) Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow, and can’t wait to see what hijinks you four come up with next week. 🙂

  22. Happy Birthday to you and your sister! I LOVE THE 80’s get up! Those pics are CLASSIC! Hope you have a fantastic weekend! Happy B’Day!! 🙂

  23. Happy Birthday!

    We do it up. We take a weekend for each of us and get to do whatever we want 😀

  24. Happy Birthday to you both, and to your nephew! You two were the cutest – and those big glasses are HOT. I had the tinted glasses in 8th grade that I refer to as “child molester glasses” – ugh…thanks, mom. 😉 Gotta love 80’s fashion!

    I hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday – and I’m with you, I definitely enjoy a low-key birthday these days!

  25. Happy Birthday for tomorrow Biz and Biz’s Twin! I generally do a low key birthday – but sometimes my siblings or a few friends get together and that’s a lot of fun. Have a lovely birthday weekend!

  26. OK I am a total goof ball… I read this line ” next thing you know I have a 19 year old daughter, and she has three kids ages 15, 13 and 9″ and I thought, “wow, Hannah doesn’t have kids and if she did she had them when she was 4!” See my life?!!! I swear I have a problem. Don’t answer that Biz! Hope you have a great birthday. And yes we had corned beef last night but not enough leftovers to make sandwiches. Party hard!

  27. Happy Early Birthday!!! Have fun in OP!!! SO jealous 🙂 Say hi to my parents as you pass by Ridgeland and Lake! 🙂 I love low-key birthdays…just the basics with the ones I love 🙂 Enjoy your bday and weekend, Biz!

  28. Happy Birthday to you and your sister!!!!! Sounds like a terrific time planned, always nice to spread out the fun too.

  29. Happy Birthday! I can really see your daughter in the high school pics.

  30. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  31. Happy Birthday!!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  32. you two are so cute, i forget you have a twin! happy birthday, i hope it’s just wonderful. and i love the quiche!

  33. I love you guys! Happy Birthday to you, Jenn, Paul, and congrats on Tony eating! We def. made corned beef. YUMMY!

    • You have captured aesolutbly everything that is so wonderful and typical of a one year old bundle of energy. I adore the shot of him running away from daddy, such exuberance. It is perfect.

  34. Happy, Happy Birthday Biz. Hope you and Jenn have a GREAT weekend and an even GREATER year ahead. (cracked up at the big glasses and button earrings picture! Back then, it WAS very fashionable, and you too looked hot!!) Hugs and all the best to you both!!!!


    That’s awesome that Tony ate some of the dinner!

    I’m with you on low-key birthdays. They are the best. Hope you enjoy yours!

  36. I hope you have a fantastic birthday!! Just remember, we just get better with age. 🙂

    And yes, I had corned beef for St. Patty’s Day. I love it. It is one of our favorites and I too love a good Reuben.

    Have a great weekend.

  37. A very happy birthday to both of you!! Love the series of pictures. You’re both just as cute as can be.

  38. Happy Birthday to you both! I love your pictures from the past… (you look SO MUCH like Hannah in your HS graduation pic, by the way, so cute).

    I hope you all have a wonderful time this coming week, Tony continues to feel better and hungrier, and everything else good!

  39. Happy Birthday, Biz! I hope you have a fabulous day!

  40. Happy Birthday to both of you!!! Woohoo!!!! Enjoy!!!

  41. Happy happy birthday! Hope it is a great day.

  42. Happy Birthday to both! The crustless quiche sounds delish!

  43. Great pics! Happy Birthday!

  44. Happy Birthday Biz!!! Glad Tony’s appetite is coming back too 🙂

  45. oh these pictures are great! thank you for sharing…..hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy bday to your sis too 🙂

  46. HappyHappy BirthdayBirthday!!

    PS The 80’s were the best 😀

  47. Happy Birthday! Hope you and your twin had a wonderful day. I love reuben sandwiches–my favorite. Thanks for posting the reuben pie recipe.

  48. Woohoo! Happy Birthday Biz (and sister!)

  49. I just said happy birthday to your sister as well! What a great thing to be a twin!

    I prefer doing “something” for my birthday, but not huge events….just maybe a nice dinner or drinks with friends???

  50. Happy Birthday to you and Happy birthday to you…….

  51. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Biz!

  52. Happy Birthday Ladies…. Have a fabulous day!

  53. Hope you are both having a wonderful birthday weekend! I love celebrating birthdays. Have fun!

  54. I know I am late but I want to Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful celebration. Good to hear that Tony ate some real food!

  55. Happy Belated Birthday to you and your duplicate. I hope this is the best year ever! Rock on!

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