We recently celebrated my sister’s birthday!! Her family came over to our house for a special dinner. She wouldn’t tell me what she wanted to eat so we came up with the menu on our own. Luckily, she was happy with the outcome!
We made chicken and vegetable fajitas, cilantro lime rice, black beans, and an apple streusel cake for dessert. Everything turned out great!
Cooking up our veggies!
Chicken for the meat lovers in the group!
Cilantro Lime Rice to go on the side!
My veggie fajitas! So colorful and delicious!
Josh’s chicken fajitas! He knows how to fill a plate:)
Aubrey enjoying her dinner!
Connor and Aubrey did a good job singing for mommy!
Time for Dessert! Cake al a mode!
We really had a fun night with the Fail Family. Crissy, thanks for letting us celebrate with you. We hope you had the best birthday ever!
Here are the recipes for the cilantro lime rice and the apple streusel cake. Both are fabulous! The cake is actually healthy too! It is low fat but not lacking in flavor at all. The apples are crisp and the topping adds a nice sweet crunch. This is a great fall dessert!
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 c. uncooked rice (long-grain, white rice) 1 tsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz) vegetable broth (you can use chicken)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
In a a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.
We did this in our new rice cooker and it was super easy! Just add all the first ingredients to the rice cooker and press start. When done, add the rest of the ingredients and fluff!
Apple Streusel Coffee Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
2 cups thinly sliced, unpeeled apples
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8- or 9- inch round spring-form or 8-inch square pan with non-stick spray.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, mix well. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, blend well. Alternately add flour mixture and yogurt to margarine, beat well after each addition. Spread batter in pan and arrange apple slices over batter.
In a small bowl, combine all topping ingredients except butter. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle topping evenly over apples.
Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. If desired, remove from pan. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream!
Such a lovely meal, in honor of your sister’s birthday!
That cake looks so good but I also love veggie fajitas- How fun! Don’t you love cooking for family?
I am planning on making the pretzels this weekend!
what a great meal for your sister’s birthday – i would have eaten all of it right up. i am making the pretzels friday, i’ll let you know how we like ’em!
this is pretty much exactly what i’d want for my birthday party, all the way down to the apple cake! lucky gal. 🙂
Nothing better than Mexican food in my book. Love all the veggies in your fajitas. We made your pretzels last night. I love them! I’m planning to post them and will link back to here if that is OK with you. Let me know. Thanks for a great recipe.
the cake looks fab
WOW! That whole meal looks SOOOOO yummy!
What a lovely meal Maria. Your sister must have been thrilled.
I love apple cake and yours sure is a beauty!
Mmm. That looks like a great dinner and dessert! I love all those colors in the fajitas, so pretty! And apple cake? what else could be better:)
You know, I’ve been looking for a good fajita recipe. These look superb! The veggie versions are so colorful and pretty and the chicken looks great. I can’t wait to try this menu!
This is my idea of a perfect birthday meal. I love that you added cilantro to the rice and the apple cake looks fantastic.
What a spread you did! The meal looks great and I hope your sister had a wonderful time.
Fajitas and apple cake with a crumbly topping…oh sweet heavens. I’m so hungry now.
Great family meal – something for everyone. I really should use my rice cooker more often, I forget about it.
Your fajitas look delish! I think I may have to throw them in the rotation soon! Love the recipes!
What a wonderful spread of food! Happy birthday to your sister!
yummy nice meal. Very colourful and inviting 🙂 I like the apple cake and its on the healthy side it doesn t contain much butter. I ll try it . Hope mine comes as nice as yours
Josh fills a plate the way my husband and sons do! These fajitas look nice, but I really love your apple cake! One day soon my apples will come in (drool).
What a nice meal for your sister’s birthday-lucky girl! Your cake looks just fabulous.
Looking at the rice, I think it is just brilliant! The cake..anything strudel, crumbles – mmhh!!
So colorful and healthy, just the way I like it!
Btw, today I heard the name Aubrey for the first time and just now for the second. Weird how that happens! Cute name and very cute little girl. :0)
P.s. glad I found you, thanks for visiting me!
mmmmmm what all was in your fajitas besides the peppers and onions? Looks delish!
Your blog is such a fun cooking reference! I want to try those pancakes!
Your sister is blessed. That was a lovely meal, and I’ve bookmarked the cilantro lime rice 🙂 Can’t wait to try that one out. I’m also loving your peach buttermilk pancakes – can never say no to pancakes!
Happy birthday sister!
The fajitas look delicious.
All the food looks so delicious….so colorful too!!
How fun! Fajitas are an awesome choice for a birthday celebration. What a great sister you are!
The fajitas look fabulous. That picture of the veggies make me want to dive right in! Great pictures. :o)
Oh yum yum..I would have loved to be at that dinner!
You have the same Idea for my Oreo Turkeys! I am making on for everyones place setting and tucking their name card in the stuffing of the bottom Oreo!
Just had to let you know that we made sandwiches out of the leftover pretzels and they were heavenly!
Mmmm the fajitas look wonderful!
Wow, what a feast! Everything looks absolutely delicious. The cilantro lime rice is something that we love to make though we add coconut milk so its not quite as healthy!
Great meal for your sisters birthday. The Apple cake is gorgeous looking!
Awesome recipes!!! May I ask where you got the black and white serving pieces in this post? They’re very nice! Thank you
Hobby Lobby. I got them years ago though!
where is the recipe for the fajitas??