On Halloween I turned 28. We celebrated a low key birthday, focusing instead on soaking up the community spirit of Halloween on Vashon Island.
At 4 o’clock the main street in town is blocked off and every stop opens it’s door for little (and big!) costumed Vashonites to trick-or-treat. I cannot tell you how cool this event is. Yea, lots of places close down for trick or treating in town, but this is truly special. First of all, almost EVERYONE – parents, dogs, kids, babies, old people, young people – everyone is dressed up. Secondly, most of these costumes are homemade. Not slutty, not store bought, but good old “we used what we could find plus some imagination” costumes. It is pure magic.
Matt pulled out his annual zombie makeup and ripped clothes while I pranced around in sparkles, a tiara and sparkly dress from Zanzibar as a princess.
We ate dinner at Zombies (appropriately named burger place), wandered town and then headed to a dance party at Snapdragon. This all ages affair was so much fun and we ran into a ton of people we know. It is pretty fun to have a reputation on the island…apparently a good handful know us (quoting here) as the “lovey couple from the water taxi” and the couple from “honeymoon corner”. I love it.
Saturday night we really celebrated my birthday with a birthday dinner. Prawns, Spaghetti aglio e olio and balsamic brussels sprouts. Finished off with carrot cake and ice cream it was a winner.
So here is to 28! It is going to be a great year.
Spaghetti aglio e olio
An Italian classic. One of our go-to meals for a busy weeknight…but fancy enough for any occasion! Serves 2 large portions. Could easily be adjusted for any group size.
- 4-5 Tbs olive oil
- 4-8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tin anchovies in olive oil
- hot pepper and Romano cheese
In small saucepan, add olive oil and garlic and simmer 2 minutes. Add anchovies and olive oil from tin and simmer until everything is just turning golden. Anchovies will be broken up into small bits.
Spoon on to freshly cooked pasta and toss. Add hot pepper and cheese. Enjoy!