Thursday Things

  1. Suppose I should start by apologizing for being silent for (over) two weeks. It has been for good reason (and not so good reasons, too, tbh). Most notably – I started a new job! Bit crazy really – I’m the pastry chef for a local brunch/lunch place – GB&D (Golden Brown and Delicious)! It was a complete coincidence and act of serendipity how it all happened, but it’s happened and I’m working and learning and adjusting. So, please forgive me for my absence.
  2. I also spent a few days of these last two weeks in Savannah for my birthday! I took my friend Mirri and we had a ball – walking, talking, drinking coffee and antiquing. Oh joy!
  3. We visited Back In The Day Bakery every day while we were there and I got to see Cheryl and Griff again and they signed their newest book for me and I fangirled so hard and Cheryl may have a better memory than I do – she remembered where I was from and what my dad did for a living. AFTER FOUR YEARS! What a gal. (And what a run on sentence that was.)
  4. I’m typing this from my new (to me) reading nook chair! I found it yesterday whilst thrifting and I’m tickled pink about it – and not just because the chair itself is pink! And vintage! It’s perfectly stuffed, the right height, the right shape. It’s like it was made for me and my house.
  5. In addition to thrifting I went to my first yoga class in months and boy! Did I feel it! And it felt marvelous. For my head and heart and body. Being in a class environment, surrounded by other people, really changes a practice versus just doing it at home. Must remember that.
  6. I finally finished the first season of the Great British Baking Show and OMG. I’ve never enjoyed reality television more – I laughed, I loved, I learned. I swooned over the British accents!
  7. Edgar now has a harness and I swear, the second I put it on him it was like I got a new pup. I’m not complaining. Since we’re walking a lot more with the weather and my new schedule, it’s a huge relief to have a better-behaved boy. However, that did not stop him from eating his bed while I was away and had a friend dog-sitting. Not cool, man.
  8. Bought myself this. #noregrets
  9. In the next few days I’ll be making my great-grandma’s lamb cake for Easter and it’s one of my favorite treats and favorite traditions. Will you be observing any food-focused traditions this holiday weekend?

Homemade Funfetti Cake

What was your favorite birthday?

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Was there a particular year or party or celebration that sticks out from all the rest?

Homemade Funfetti Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

A friend and I were talking about this and I’d have to say my favorite birthdays thus far have been 7, 9, 15, 22, and 23. I’ve been very fortunate and have had some very good birthdays. Going to Shakey’s (think a Midwestern Chuck E. Cheese), swimming at the community pool, a surprise party, a perfect celebration where everyone left by 10:30, a piñata destroyed on stage at a local rock show.

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All wonderful times and days and memories. All for different reasons. Whether it was getting to help my mom bake and decorate my cake for the first time (maybe the start of my baking obsession?) or feeling I had found a family at college in my friends and coworkers who wished to celebrate me, I have loved my birthdays and what they have added to my life.

And I’m ready to see what 25 brings. Not just in terms of celebration, but internally, in my heart and mind and soul. Because, I can honestly say, that no matter how perfect the party or thoughtful the gifts, I have never been quite as content with a birthday as I am now, at this moment. Happy as a clam right where I am. There are new opportunities on the horizon, old friendships growing stronger, and a secureness that I have never experienced before. I have grown so much in the last year (excuse the humble brag, but I am awfully proud), I feel confident, calm, secure. Not all the time, but more so than I ever have before.

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Perhaps that’s why I was feeling gutsy enough to try my hand at a fan favorite. Funfetti cake has long been a birthday staple – in my life and the lives of my family and friends. There’s something special about that boxed cake that makes it better than any other. Sprinkles, obviously.

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Thursday Things

  1. It’s my baby’s birthday today! And by baby I mean my energetic, mischievous, playful, pup Edgar! He is two years old today! Let’s hope dog’s don’t go through a “terrible twos” phase…I’ve already lost pot holders, shoes, and socks…
  2. To expend some of his excess energy (and improve mine), we regularly go for runs. Earlier this week when we went out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail there was frost on the ground and I was ecstatic! Because it’s actually feeling like winter. And winter is my favorite.
  3. NU is done dancing. It was such a close game. The heart palpitations and sweaty palms were too intense. However, some good did come out of it! I got to see my friend Liam on TV for half a second while he was beating the bajeezus out of a drum. I miss that man. (Hi, Liam!)
  4. The new season of LOVE is on Netflix and I love it even more than the first. Which doesn’t normally happen (I’m looking at you Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). But ugh, the interactions are so real and have so much chemistry. I can’t get enough of watching it.
  5. I found a white jean jacket at a thrift store for a whopping $5. Then spent another $2 on a bottle of dye and now have the pink denim jacket of my dreams! I was super nervous about dyeing fabric or messing things up but it was surprisingly easy. And the result was so fun! And fashionable…well, as fashionable as I’m going to be.
  6. 17 Things Anxiety Suffers Need To Remember. In case you need a reminder.
  7. I forgot how much fun it is to make cream puffs. Have you ever tried? Would  you ever try…if I were to say…post a recipe?
  8. The Haribo gummi bear commercial melts my heart. Have you seen it?! The adults with the little kid voices? Too pure.

Boozy Brownie Shakes

Happy Hump Day!

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We’re halfway through the week! We deserve a drink. And dessert. Together. Forever.

With ice cream.

Boozy Brownie Shakes | via Midwest Nice Blog

Because indulgence shouldn’t just be for the weekend. It should be for good days and great days and Wednesdays.

If you’re not like me and don’t have brownie edges lying around (which can be a blessing and a curse), store bought is fine (Ina Garten’s voice just flew out of my fingertips apparently, oy).

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Layer Cake Monday

Golly! Where did the time go?!

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I cannot believe that it’s been two months since I started Layer Cake Mondays. And I cannot believe that the wedding I started the whole thing for came and went this weekend.

However, I can believe that in the midst of all that hubbub, the March Madness tourney being held in town, and Northwestern’s nail-biting defeat during a particularly hectic shift last night that I completely forgot to whip up a new layer cake to share with y’all. Whoops.

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Instead, look at these photos of the cake and cupcakes I made to celebrate Annie and David’s union!

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Their layer cake was my lemon raspberry recipe, as were 100 of the cupcakes and another 100 were chocolate coffee stout!

Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s hoping for a fantastic week!

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