I made these waffles in honor of Galentine’s Day’s largest and most well known supporter and perpetuator – Leslie Knope. She loves her friends. She loves her waffles. She loves her work (but work always comes third). Making them cake batter waffles seemed like a decision she would applaud, as did the copious amounts of whipped cream. And I think she’d also understand them going up a day after Galentine’s Day – seeing as how I was too busy actually Galentine-ing with my bestie since birth, Mandy, to get it up in time. Work comes third, remember?
Today I’ll be celebrating with my best friend and a trip to Ikea followed by burgers and beers and nail painting and face masking. The perfect day with the perfect person.
We were toying with the idea of going to Savannah for the day but since she just drove six hours here it would be torture to drive another eight hours round-trip the very next day.
I’d do that for a slice of this cake though. Or for anything from Back In The Day Bakery. It has been one of my favorite places and spaces and inspirations since I got their first cookbook back in college. I spent my 21st birthday taking a trip there. Because that’s how I feel about bakeries and baked goods and people pursuing pastry passions – I want to spend my birthday with them. And not just any birthday, it was the big two-one, the one most people can’t remember because they drank too much and ate too little. Not me, I spent five days in Savannah with my dad, eating my way around, taking in the sights and sounds and tastes of the city, stopping in at BITDB every day for a cinnamon bun, cupcake, or ‘nana pudding. I even met Cheryl and Griff and cried a little and they signed my (very stained) book.
It’s cheesy and cliché and over the top. Just like me!
It’s pink and sparkly and obnoxious. Just like me!
But really, I enjoy any day we can celebrate our loved ones. I still hand out those little bitty lame valentines that you fold in half and seal with a heart shaped sticker. I have banners with hearts on them and gift bags emblazoned with the word L-O-V-E.
I’m also a sucker for thematic candies. All the holidays get me. The peanut butter pumpkins, the marshmallow chicks, the heart-shaped chocolates. (I also love buying them discounted the day after the holiday.)