Happy Birthday, Hubby

It’s August and it’s birthday time for my hubby.  So, the question is, what do you want for birthday lunch? His request is King Ranch Chicken and Yellow Cake with Chocolate icing. The cake is easy. It’s from a Duncan Hines mix. I don’t make King Ranch Chicken Casserole often because it’s a night- before process if you want it for lunch. It must have turned out really well, since just about everyone had seconds including Julie, our daughter-in-law. She doesn’t go for seconds unless it’s red Jello with fruit cocktail and bananas with whipped topping. It’s lunch time, and the first of our family start to arrive. Our oldest son Todd and family arrive from McKinney, Texas.

Todd and Family with Dad

Todd and his wife  Julie, and son Tyler, and daughter Madison with Tommy

Oh, here’s the King Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe, if you like.

Ingredients: 2 lbs. chicken white meat, 10 corn tortillas, one can cream of mushroom soup, one can cream of chicken soup, one can Rotel tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth, 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 3 garlic cloves chopped, 1 onion chunked, 3 stalks celery cut into 3 pieces each

Instructions: Low boil chicken with skin on with garlic, onion, and celery added to water. Cook until chicken starts to fall away from bone. Remove chicken to cool. Strain onion and celery from broth. Puree in blender with 1/3 cup chicken broth. Refrigerate until ready to use. Strain 1 cup chicken broth and reserve in refrigerator. Discard chicken skin. When chicken is cool to touch debone chicken and cut into chunks.

One hour before serving combine in medium saucepan pureed mixture, soups, Rotel tomatoes, and chicken broth to make sauce. Heat to a slow boil.

In large rectangular casserole dish alternate layers of heated sauce, torn tortillas, chicken, and cheese. End with cheese. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. It should be bubbling before removing from oven. Serve with green salad, tortilla chips, and salsa.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is ready to take out of the oven, and Julie has made the salad. Yippee! Our second family arrives from Seabrook, Texas, and we can eat birthday lunch.

Holly and Scott

Our daughter Holly and her husband Scott Huebner

Lunch is finished and now it’s birthday cake delivered to Granddaddy by our FIVE grandbabies. We thank God for them every day. We are so blessed.

Birthday Cake with Grandkids

Blow out the candles, Granddaddy

Here are our boys…Tyler Murrah who is 13 and about to start the 8th grade and football plus Ashton Huebner who is the baby for now at 5 years old and starts kindergarten in a few days.

Our Boys: Tyler & Ashton

Our Boys: Tyler and Ashton

Our girls…so much fun for a Grammy in her sewing room. They are Lindsey Huebner, our softball player, who is 10 going into her last year of elementary school, and Sydney Huebner who would rather do cartwheels than anything else, but will start third grade and Madison Murrah who is 16 and thinking about colleges and her next theater performance as she starts her Junior year at Ursuline Academy in Dallas.

Our Girls: Lindsey, Sydney, & Madison

Our Girls: Lindsey, Sydney, & Madison

Lunch celebration is complete and Todd takes over the clean-up while I can visit with the girls. I love it when someone else cleans-up. Don’t you? Thank-you, Todd.

Mom cooked/Todd washed

Mom cooked/Todd cleaned-up

Dishes done and Todd was ready to take his Dad and son away to see an open scrimmage of their alma mater, Texas A & M in College Station. The  Huebner family had to be on their way to another birthday party, so the rest of the afternoon was spent introducing Julie and Madison to Downton Abbey. I don’t think I was able to make fans of them, however. How could that be?

Aggie Scrimmage

Tyler and Todd at Aggie Scrimmage

The next day, August 18, was Tommy’s real birth date. Todd and Julie took off, and Madison and Tyler stayed with us for a few days. They have spent a little summer time with us every summer, and we feel so fortunate that as teenagers they still think it’s fun to come for a stay at Grammy and Granddaddy’s house. They started the day with a little piano playing and singing for the birthday boy. Tyler still rides around the house on “Giraffey,” an inside riding toy we have had since Madison was a toddler. All five grandchildren drag it out of the closet each time they are here.

Entertainment for Granddaddy

Entertainment for Granddaddy

We took Granddaddy to the movie to see “Jobs” a movie all four of us highly recommend about Steve Jobs, the Apple creator. After a late dinner of Tommy’s bar-b-que ribs, we had ice cream (Yes, we are huge fans of Bluebell ice cream.) and cake again. Tommy got to blow out candles again on his “real” birthday with a little help from Madison and Tyler. He’s had lots of wishes come true in the last 9 months, but maybe there’s more in store. As we started our traditional Monopoly marathon, a Happy Birthday phone call came from our youngest son, Troy, who lives in LA. Now Tommy’s birthday was complete with good wishes from all three of our children.

Second round of cake

Second round of cake

There was still more fun for Madison and Tyler to have on their vacation with us. We spent several hours at Zuma Fun Center playing miniature golf, arcade games, and riding go-carts. We also saw “Sea Monsters” and they played Laser Tag. They are such fun-loving, happy kids that we were sorry when it was time for them to go back home.

Fun Day in the Sun

Fun Day in the sun

So it’s Happy Birthday to my hubby. We all hope it’s your best year ever.

Hot Rod Madison

Hot Rod Madison

We know it will be ever-changing with our growing family as the year zooms faster than we can imagine. As I’ve said before “Family is Best” and always will be at the top of our list. Love you all, and thanks for making Dad’s birthday such a happy one.

Happy Birthday to my friends out there when it’s your special day, too. Hugs and stitches, Judy


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6 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Hubby”

  1. Tamara Says:

    Love seeing everyone!


  2. David and Suzy Sims Says:

    Hi Judy, birthday boy and family,

    I so enjoyed this blog the photos of the entire family (minus Troy and his fiance) We love having Tommy spend the night with us. David and his cousin, Bubba, enjoyed the baseball event. Also Judy the birthday card you gave to Tommy is the best I have ever read.

    Hope to see you soon. Suzy


  3. Madison Says:

    Hi Grammy!
    Loved this post (mainly for my cameo appearance). I had so much fun and I love you and I can’t wait to see you and Grandaddy again sometime soon!
    “Hot Rod” Madison


    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks, “Hot Rod” Madison. Loved having you and Tyler for a visit of course. Thinking about you as you get ready to go back to school. Keep me posted, please. Love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. Grammy


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