Saturday, June 30, 2007

Let Me Eat Cake...

"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most, live the longest."

-Father Larry Lorenzoni

Yesterday was a great birthday. It really was. It has, however, been a very busy 3 days and I am officially tired. LOL. We started celebrating last Wednesday, with a trip to Half Moon Bay. Then we went out to claim my free dinner from Red Robin, and my lunch from Straw Hat Pizza, and then I got my hair done yesterday. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it was for me. I get tired easily sometimes, even in the warm summer months. Alan knew I was tired, so he gave me a choice of going out for a fancy/schmancy dinner last night, or staying home and either BBQing, or ordering dinner in. I opted for some Chinese take out. Alan picked it up on his way home from work. He got all my favorites. Crispy Lemon Chicken, Mushroom/Broccoli Beef, BBQ Pork Chow Mein, Pork Fried Rice, and Pork Ribs in Plum sauce. YUMMMMMMM. :) After dinner, we had some birthday cake, which I made myself. I LOVE to cook, and I had been wanting to do some serious baking, so I made myself something special and Elvis helped.

Devil's Food Cake, with fresh strawberry filling. My favorite cake is a Black Forest cake, but chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite decadent indulgence, so I thought it might be yummy as a cake. It was beyond delicious. Alan doesn't really like cake, can you believe it? LOL. But he had a piece of the cake with me, and he went back for seconds, so I think I did well. LOL. The strawberries
were so ripe and sweet. We got them when we were in Half Moon Bay a couple days ago, along with some peaches and apricots. I think tomorrow I will make some chocolate dipped fruit to have for dessert. I am also mulling around the idea of making a special ice cream cake for the 4th of July. We'll see. I am pretty sure we will be doing some BBQing, I have an awesome chicken recipe I want to try out. A nice dessert to go with dinner would be a nice touch. Oh my, I can't wait for the fresh veggies in the garden... ahhhh... life is good. :)

Scenes From A Birthday...

Devil's Food Cake with Fresh Strawberries

From Alan and Elvis: Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" and Norah Jone's "Not Too Late." Both are fabulous CD's.

I decided to get two black, two white, two candy pink and two bright red bras. :) I knew you were on pins and needles about that one! ;)

Another gift from Alan... a balloon bouquet. Love the dragonfly. :)

"Carly's Strawberry Decadence Cake"
Berkeley, California
June 29, 2007


DesLily said...

Happy Birthday (a day late)!!

It sounds like you've had another good one!

That cake looks scrumptous!!!!

Steven said...

That is one intense cake :-)
Love the balloon dragonfly. Get your rest birthday gal!

Suzanne R said...

Mmmmm, it looks fantastic and decadent! Have a slice for me! ;-)

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I'm glad it was a good one!