Birthday Marathon #4

Happy birthday, Dmilly!! My life would not be complete without our kitchen dance parties, dougie-lessons, or hearing you belt out your favorite songs in the shower.

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Of course, we made another Mix and Match Mama cake. Because David has a thing for banana bread, we decided to make banana cake with brown sugar frosting with a few variations. First, I used 1 box of vanilla pudding mix and 1 box of banana pudding mix instead of two vanilla. Second, we made a layered cake and used cream cheese frosting for the middle layer and then put brown sugar frosting on the top.

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ImageThis cake was ridiculously good. Just as rich as banana bread, but fluffier and even sweeter with the frosting. So David, thanks for giving us the inspiration for and opportunity to make this cake. But most of all, thank you for being a wonderful friend and for always accepting me for exactly who I am.

Birthday Marathon #3

Happy birthday, B(ig)A(ndy)G(reen)! Thanks for all the massages and memories. I love you and all of the wonderfully weird things that you do. So happy we were neighbs freshman year!

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This time I made a maple cake (from Mix and Match Mama). After the cake is done baking, you poke holes in the top and pour in maple syrup. So sinfully good.

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ImageTwo house birthdays down, three to go (I’m the house baby…no cake for me until May).

ImageAwkward family photos here we come….so much love.

Birthday Marathon #2

Happy birthday, Dr. Karban!! Thanks for a Thursday night filled with sombreros, giant margaritas, flaming ice cream, and karaoke. What did we sing? Taylor Swift’s ’22’, of course! That song has made this year much more exciting for us because there really isn’t anything special about turning 22.

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ImageAnd thanks for being born and for being my friend. Cycling/running buddies forever!

Birthday Marathon # 1

Beginning 22 years ago yesterday and continuing for the next several weeks, many of my friends were born. Looking at my calendar, there seriously is a birthday to celebrate every week for the rest of this term (two this week!). But not only that, three of these birthdays are my housemates’. Yesterday Dave A. turned 22 and Chantal and I wanted to make him something special. I found this awesome blog called Mix and Match Mama which has some of the coolest, most mouth watering cake recipes I have ever seen. There are so many and they all look so good that it was tough picking just one to make. Ultimately we decided on the nutella cake because we weren’t sure how fancy of a cake Dave would want, but this way it would be more interesting than just chocolate.

ImageWe made cupcakes instead of a cake because a) it sounded more fun and b) we weren’t sure when Dave was going to be home, so cupcakes made it easier for us to have some cake before he got there.

ImageThis is what happens when we bake together. ImageThey were delicious! I am excited to try more of these cake recipes. And go check out Mix and Match Mama! Its about this awesome mama named Shay who is beautiful, dedicated, and wait for it….sister of Sean Lowe! It now seems extra appropriate to finish off these cupcakes while watching drinking wine and watching The Bachelor tonight.