Well, it happened. My birthday. I had intended just a quiet time at home – after all, I just had a baby six weeks ago, and thought maybe I should stay low key. Maybe cake (I love cake).

Then GrillMates asked me to host a party featuring their yummy grilling seasonings. And, as I love grilling about as much as I love cake… I agreed! We’d have a party after all! Since my birthday is usually always Labor Day weekend, it was a fun way to close the summer out.

Being the birthday gal, I got to pick the menu… lots of meat, marinades, rubs, and… of course, cake!


Dinner: (I said LOTS of meat!)

  • Baby Back Ribs (Grill Mates® Slow and Low Memphis Pit BBQ Rub and Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce)
  • Chicken (Grill Mates® Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade)
  • London Broil with Montreal Steak Seasoning (Grill Mates® Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend)
  • Coleslaw
  • Pasta Salad
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Watermelon (that we GREW!)

We got soda from our favorite local bottler, Hosmer Mountain, and ice from our local ice company. Anda birthday cake from my favorite Italian pastry shop, Mozzicato’s - three layers of spongecake filled with ricotta cheese and smothered with real whipped cream! Delicious!

Seasoning all the meat easily with GrillMates premade spices and rubs saved us more party time for… 

So on the occasion of my birth – I ended up with not a quiet night, but with a better gift … family gathered around the table, talk flowing around us, my children playing… and lots of love!

What’s your favorite grilling recipe?

I was provided with GrillMates seasonings as part of a campaign with CrowdTap.com. All opinions are my own.

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  • Crunchy Beach Mama September 13, 2012, 9:17 am

    Everything looks so yummy! Great pictures of you and the kids. Fun times makes us forget we are getting older…hee hee.

  • Susan September 10, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! How smart are you, rounding up a sponsor for your birthday dinner :) I hope you’ll have a wonderful year!

  • Hannah Avery September 10, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a ton of fun!
    Great pictures!


  • Laura September 9, 2012, 6:11 pm

    What a great way to spend your bday! Happy Birthday to you. We grew watermelons this year too, so fun and delicious. I have not tried the Grill Mates, it looks great on those ribs.

  • T Rex Mom September 9, 2012, 10:43 am

    A very happy birthday and it sounds like just the perfect day with lots of smiles and content tummies.

    We grilled this last week. Hubby ended up getting home late so I fired things up. By the time he made it home I was in tears from cutting my hand on the propane tank and nearly burning my eyebrows off. At the moment, I’m not into grilling because of it. However, until then, anything with our home grown beef was fine with me.

    I am so glad you had such a great day. Love the cake photo with you and your boys.

  • Amanda C September 8, 2012, 11:15 pm

    Happy birthday Julie!!

  • Melanie Montgomery September 8, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Im glad you had a wonderful birthday!