Totally bummed that August is over… it’s still a summer month in my mind no matter how much stinking Halloween candy has been in stores.
But totally excited for my birthday month!!! Who else is a September baby?
I actually spent today hanging out with a September 1st baby & her cousin.
The daughter of a friend and her cousin came over to bake with me!! She’s having a party another day, but she was dying to do some baking and her mom knew just where to send her!
One of the girls REALLY likes lemon so she wanted to make these Lemon Surprise Cakes (similar to this one). Spoiler: the rather unexciting surprise is that the inside has a custard texture. The good news is that they look super cute when baked in teacups, and they taste like lemon bars! And I learned that my Fiestaware can be baked up to 350. Fun!
The girls were being a little ridiculous with their germs, so in the end, Pippa got to sample one!
No birthday would be complete without cupcakes so we also made chocolate cupcakes with coffee frosting. The frosting was AMAZING!!! We loosely followed a Taste of Home recipe, but I was definitely teaching the girls how to improvise.
I also had to teach them that I am made of muscle and can pick them both up at the same time.
Do you think I could have piled Pippa on top? She looks like she’s thinking about it.
I only ended up on the floor once… I think they’ve gotten too old and forgotten how to hop on for a piggyback ride.
The baking afternoon took a solid almost 5 hours… sweet Kevin James was PAINTING that whole time. So excited for the new colors!! We ended up not having dinner until 9PM, but it was amazing!
This is going to be one of those meals my 12-year-old sister calls me on the phone to tell me how disgusting it looks (she wasn’t a big fan of the cauliflower rice). I know spaghetti squash is super popular on the internet, but it was my first time trying it. I actually microwaved it and added diced tomatoes + TONS of crushed red pepper and garlic. When I say tons, I mean tons. I didn’t want to taste anything squash-y. We topped it with chicken, basil, and green peppers. Plus more garlic and crushed red pepper. Looks totally weird. Tastes totally delicious.
And one of Boyd to even the score:
He was really grumpy and ready for bed when I took that pic, but I just love that absurd little tuft of hair.
What’s the ugliest thing you like to eat? Refried beans are definitely up there too. And kale isn’t exactly cute.
Is your birthday this month? I’ve been forgetting too many lately… it’ll be a good reminder for me.
What were your hobbies in middle school? Reading. Although at that age, I think Deidre was dragging me out of the house occasionally. And piano, of course.