Happy Birthday Stella!

Ah, the birthday dinner... the sky is nearly the limit and what does Stella choose?  Pho.  Just one more way in which Stella is special.  Stella is 12 today.  She's our Stella Bella, our Stella by Starlight, our La La, and our STELLLLAAAAA!!  She seems to have not a care in the world, but is so very caring.  She seems to float through air, but is so very aware.  Beautiful, gracious and true.  Happy Birthday Stella!

When I really thought about it, I realized what a perfect choice pho was.  You take something quite simple and make something quite fabulous.  A little time, a little love, a few pearls of wisdom and a little patience are sure to pay off.  My mom always says to eat a long noodle on your birthday for longevity.   So, here's my recipe for pho from a previous post.  It's the same recipe I used this time around but for the blanching of the bones and meat.  I roasted them in the oven instead of blanching them.  Everything else was as before.  Warm and hearty, just like Stella.


  1. oh man.. this is all so true!! and you totally get stella's vibe in that picture. she hasn't changed much huh? can't wait to make this pho. awesome

  2. Yep, she's just as sweet and squeezable as she was in that photo. It's my favorite photo of her. It says it all.

  3. your description of Stella is so ON. love that girl. and what a beautiful baby ~ her eyes twinkle just the same every time she smiles. Happy birthday Stella! We love you!

  4. Happy Birthday Stella! Excellent soup choice.


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