Boden’s Birthday Cake

Today’s post is special because it is one cake recipe done two ways. The first way is a traditional Victoria Sandwich cake and the second way is a checkerboard cake with chocolate frosting that I made to celebrate the birth of my nephew. That’s right, I have a nephew!

On Saturday night Aaron and Katy (Ryan’s twin brother and his wife) emailed they were going to the hospital. I was jumping up and down in the street with excitement. Then Sunday Ryan and I woke up with an email and a photo of their son Boden! It’s their first kid, and our first nephew. We are an uncle and aunt for the first time!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Reese’s Pieces Cookies

DSCN1503I’m moving to London later today. Officially and for real. The last week or so has been really busy and fun as I said goodbye and prepared for this move. Let me tell you about my last few days and then at the end I’ll give you a cookie recipe.

My 29th  birthday was a little over a week ago! I went to New York to have a last hurrah. I actually hadn’t been to New York since my graduation, and I was excited to go back and see the city one more time. On Friday (the 20th) I went to Staten Island and stayed with my friend Inga (who also has the same birthday as me). It was so great to catch up with her. She and I were roommates years ago when we studied abroad in Rome. Visiting her, I got to see her new house, meet her  beautiful daughter, and celebrate our birthdays. We had sushi and cake and it was wonderful. Continue reading

Key Lime Pie – 50th Post!

PieThis is my 50th post!! This is an exciting milestone for me because I started out posting pretty sporadically, and even took a long hiatus early on. But, I’m glad I’ve plugged on because I’ve had so much fun with this blog. The blog has helped me keep in touch with friends and family I don’t see often. I’ve started reading new blogs and connecting with people because of these posts. So, thanks to all of you out there who read, comment, and make suggestions. Your support and interest has been really heartwarming and it keeps me motivated to keep cooking and writing.

But an extra special note of thanks goes to Ryan. He is my chief supporter, taste tester, strategic planner, and dish washer. He suggests recipes to try and ways to improve old favorites. He eats everything I make, even when I don’t think it has come out well. If I didn’t have him to help me out, this would be a lot less fun. Therefore, it’s only fair that my 50th post celebrates Ryan and his key lime birthday pie. Continue reading

Birthday Recap and FUNNEL CAKE

It was my birthday last week! I had so many eating and cooking celebrations that I must share them with you. And then I’ll end with an awesome recipe for funnel cake. Yeah, image (17)that’s right, funnel cake!  Anyway, I’m someone who loves birthdays. I love making a fuss, hanging out with friends, celebrating a lot, and eating large amounts of sweets. And since I’m self involved and still want to talk about my birthday almost a week later, I want to share with you my adventures.

Growing up, birthdays were celebrated by opening presents and eating cake first thing in the morning before going to school/work. Naturally, I insisted that Ryan and I do the same. Ryan woke up all groggy and sleepy, but he did sing me happy birthday and shared a piece of cake with me. I made the cake myself: it was yellow cake with a strawberry raspberry filling and a lemon buttercream frosting. Ryan had volunteered to get me a cake, and even said he would make me a cake, but I decided I would have more fun making a cake. I was inspired by a cake we had at our wedding from Sweet Eats Cakes, that was just to die for. My cake wasn’t nearly as good as hers. The frosting and filling (both of which I made!) were yummy but I over-mixed the batter so the cake came out a bit dense. It was tasty, but I had the most fun putting it all together. Continue reading

Chocolate Lava Cake

image (27)When I was growing up my brother and I got to pick where we wanted to go for our birthday dinner. We could pick whatever meal and whatever kind of place. I grew up outside of Baltimore so sometimes it was a pit-beef dive and many times it was a crab feast at home. But a number of times we went to Roy’s. Roy’s is a Hawaiian fusion restaurant in downtown Baltimore, and the food is really good, but the molten chocolate lava cake is to die for. Sometimes I would pick Roy’s, sometimes Eric would pick Roy’s, and sometimes we’d both pick Roy’s. Our birthdays are only three weeks apart but that lava cake was WORTH IT. Ryan and I even went to Roy’s with our parents the day we got engaged. I have no idea what we had for dinner, but we had lava cake. And yes we were newly engaged, but we didn’t share, because yeah, it’s that serious. Continue reading