by Janetha on October 16, 2011

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happy birthday to marshall! he’s the big 28 today—he finally caught up to me.


yes, momma b got him 28 balloons and yes, they are packers colors on purpose!


to kick off the birthday celebration, we had a mexican fiesta last night.


so, here’s the story. marshall has been asking me for years to learn to make chile verde. i never got around to it. to be honest, i was a little nervous! this year, his one birthday request was that i make chile verde for his birthday party. who am i to stand in the way of birthday requests? i happily accepted the challenge.


we headed to the downtown farmers market in the morning and gathered all the necessary ingredients for chile verde and for dave’s famous vegan tacos. aside from a select few ingredients, we were able to score everything we needed at the market! local for the win.


for the past week, i have been researching various chile verde recipes. there are so many! in the end, i didn’t follow any of the recipes but instead threw a bunch of ingredients into a pot and just hoped for the best. it was actually a lot of fun to make the chile verde up as we went (marshall was helping)—sometimes the best meals come from no recipe at all.  (however, i will definitely post the recipe we ended up with sometime soon!)

once the chile verde was made, we transferred it into the crock pot to keep warm while i prepped for the rest of the fiesta and the birthday boy played his new xbox game.


dave came over and got to work on his UNBEATABLE vegan tacos. they are made with portobellos, black beans, onions, bell peppers and lots of secret spices. oh, and love. of course.


marshall made some guacamole and i threw everything else into cute dishes and pretended it was homemade. there was six layer dip, chips, salsa (regular & mango), limes and three kinds of tortillas.


instant fiesta!

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the tacos were amazing (they are every single time.. dave needs to open a vegan taco stand!) and the chile verde was spot on! ha—that phrase reminds me of gordon ramsay. i actually sighed in relief because there was so much pressure on this birthday request.


it may not be pretty, but it was tasty.

the part i was most proud of is the fact that i didn’t use anything from a can. i could have easily cheated and used canned chiles, but i wanted to get it as authentic as possible. i was also really stoked that we got almost all of the ingredients from the farmers market.

marshall approved.


after gorging ourselves on delicious mexican food, it was pinata time! i mean, what’s a fiesta without a pinata, right?


for the record, she hated pinata time.


there was a serious debate about how many swings each pinata swinger would get before moving onto the next.. one swing, five swings, two swings.. we finally settled on three swings per swinger.


we started with a golf club as our swinging device but it just wasn’t cutting it.  about halfway into the pinata shenanigans, marshall went out to his truck and brought back a baseball bat.  much better.


nobody even came close to busting tucan sam open… and then it was dave’s turn.






and yes, i filled the pinata with natural fruit leather, individual packs of nuts and annie’s snack packs. that’s normal, right?

no fiesta is complete without a sombrero and flaming eclairs!


per marshall’s request, i bought eclairs (from schmidt’s pastry cottage) in lieu of cake.


turns out half of the guests weren’t into eclairs.. so we still have a dozen in our fridge. if anyone wants to come get one (or four) you are more than welcome.

we spent the rest of the night just hanging out. the highlight was probably the various vessels used for tequilla shots. we may not have shot glasses.. but we have tiny salad dressing boats!


pinky up!


another highlight was the bag of circus animal cookies. jessica has given marshall a bag of them for his birthday every single year she has known him!


i only got a sombrero for the birthday boy. i think at our next fiesta, i need to spring for sombreros for all the guests!


the fiesta was fun filled and fabulous. thanks to everyone who came and made it special!


feliz cumpleanos, husband. i love you!

xo. janetha g

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Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen October 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That looks like such a fun birthday! You can never go wrong with beating the crap out of a papier mache object, and the salsa verde looks delicious :) PS. you and Marshall definitely win for cutest couple ever

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland October 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

From one Packer fan to another, I wish him a happy birthday!!

Roz October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Happy birthday to your very very lucky husband!!!!

Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life October 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

What a fun birthday! I’m a huge fan of Mexican fiestas and even had a Mexican fiesta inspired wedding reception! I now feel guilty out of the lack of planning I put into my husband’s 30th birthday this Thursday. You just inspired me to up my ante, I still have time! :) My husband will thank you for that!!!

Emily October 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Cute! Way cute! The pic of the boys and the pinata totally cracks me up. Happy belated birthday to Marshall! xoxo

Marie October 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Happy birthday, Marshall! Wow, you really cook such gourmet meals! Everything looks so delicious! ;)

cindylu October 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

Growing up bilingual and then studying Spanish in college, it irks me when I see folks leave the tilde (~) off piñata and cumpleaños. It’s so simple, but I think a lot of people who don’t regularly type in Spanish don’t know how to add the tilde. Leaving it off can change the meaning of some words too. Anyway, on a PC it’s alt+164 (on the keypad), on a mac it’s option+N (simultaneously) and then N again.

jessiker October 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Such a good time! Happy Birthday, Marshall!!! Love you to pieces xoxo

Christina October 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Happy belated birthday!! Looks like you guys had a blast. Oh man I’m so scared to make chili verde! Sounds like you hit it on the head thought (always better using fresh ingredients).

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 20, 2011 at 8:29 am

Aww, looks like you guys had a GREAT time! I love the look on Marshall’s face as he sinks his teeth into that eclair…pure bliss! And the glass boat turned shot glass? I about lost it!! Haha!

That’s awesome that the chile verde turned out so well and was from all natural and local ingredients. Mexican food is all the time loaded down with so much sodium. It’s good to make everything from scratch and still be able to get your rings on and off the next day!

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