My father in law's birthday is on friday. I always get a little nervous when Saulsy's parents have birthdays because they have *everything* they could possibly want or need and I never know what to get them. This year, I am taking a cue from ANNA (scroll down to the Oct. 15th post) at Pleasant View Schoolhouse and am making a yummy, meaningful dinner for him. I plan to make Shrimp and Grits with a white wine reduction, crusty bread, sauteed asparagus, and spinach salad. We'll have white wine to drink (give a little shout out to the reduction!), and Mrs. Becky will bring the birthday dessert. I plan to use candles, have a flower/weed centerpiece, nice crisp linens. Instead of spending money on something that he won't use or need, I am going to give him thoughtfulness, time, and energy. I hope he enjoys it and that it makes him feel special.