Carolyn Davis celebrates first quarantined birthday

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Carolyn Davis will never forget her 2020 birthday as she spent it at home, due to being under social distancing due to COVID-19. It was a happy occasion, she says, nonetheless.
T-G file photo

Carolyn Davis has never celebrated a quarantined birthday, that is, because of something called COVID-19.

But last Wednesday, she and family enjoyed some of her own recipes at home. While she couldn’t go out to dine publicly, due to social distancing laws, Davis was treated to her favorite dishes at home.

Spending her birthday at home was like turning back the clock, Carolyn says. She appreciated how the family worked so hard to make her birthday special.

Carolyn Davis was treated last week to this special birthday dinner prepared by her family. Roasted asparagus and bourbon-flavored salmon are her favorite dishes.
Photo by Christy Davis

Carolyn’s daughter, Christy Davis, who organized the event, says, “We couldn’t take her to eat her favorite Bourbon Glazed Salmon with baked asparagus and baked potato, so we made it for her! It was my first time making this and it was easily done after work. Mom had already put the salmon in the marinade.”

Christy said she was honored to cook for her mom as she considers her to be her friend and a quintessential “Proverbs 31 Woman.” That is taken from the Bible scripture: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Carolyn formerly worked at a local bank and has been a highly successful Mary Kay representative. Now in her retirement, especially this month, she’s spending quarantine time with her husband of 48 years, Jim. Her daughter praises her for continuing to care for others in her life.

Over 100 people shared sentiments on Facebook, wishing Carolyn happy birthday. Christy’s elegant photos of the meal also received rave reviews.

The family has given us permission to share two of these wonderful dishes with readers. So if you’re forced to have a quarantined birthday, like Carolyn, then salmon and asparagus are sure to add flavor to the occasion. Enjoy!

Bourbon Glazed Salmon

By Carolyn Davis

8 Tbsp. brown sugar

8 Tbsp. bourbon

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger

1 Tbsp. lime juice

3 cloves of minced garlic

1/4 tsp. black pepper

4-6 oz. salmon

Combine all ingredients above in bag, drop in salmon for an hour or longer to marinate.

Cook 4 minutes each side on medium high heat on stove top. Heat the marinade sauce for 10 minutes (what marinated earlier the salmon in) then drizzle over cooked salmon once its ready for plating.

Roasted Asparagus

By Carolyn Davis

1 lb. cleaned fresh asparagus

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Mix olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread out asparagus on baking sheet. Pour oil mixture over the top and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle on top mozzarella cheese and put back in oven and broil for 4 minutes.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: