In our home, Ken and I have a tradition of celebrating not just the Birth Day, but the Birthday Week, stretching the festivities out over the entire week preceding the big day. With Ken’s big day coming up in a week (and please drop him your best wishes if you know him), it’s time to get things started this year!

Of course I can’t give anything in particular away here, given that the birthday boy himself subscribes to my RSS feed, but I can explain the joy behind the tradition. For the whole birthday week, the special person gets whatever the heck they want. They are the unquestioned winner of any disagreements that may arise. Their favorite foods are eaten all week long. Special treats and little presents are spread out through the week. We do fun things like go to movies and go out to dinner. It’s just one big awesome celebration. Ken’s will be kicked off with a guys night get together and some pumpkin bread courtesy of moi:

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Combine dry ingredients (including sugar). Combine wet ingredients. Add wet to dry. Fold in cranberries. Grease two 9×5 loaf pans and divide batter evenly between them. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then completely on a wire rack.

I think I have as much fun as Ken does. And yes, in a month it will be my turn! I encourage everyone to institute the birthday week, because really, who doesn’t like spending more time celebrating?