I turned 37 earlier this month. While in days gone by it was considered not polite to ask a lady her age, I'm not against sharing. And, besides, they say life, like a fine wine gets better with age. I've always liked the analogy and so far it has proven to be true. It was a wonderful day and my mind, in adding to the festivities, had this little bit of dialogue on repeat.
That's how I'm looking at this birthday year. I'm not old. I've got a lot ahead of me. In fact, I felt excellent my whole birthday. Everything made me smile! As if that weren't enough, the universe seemed to share with me that this year is going to be a sweet one. I received so many kind birthday wishes, and best of all...cake!
I had not one, but five total cakes over the course of birthday celebrations. Sadly, we only captured picture of four of the cakes. We dug into the fifth one too fast, but rest assured it was amazing and delicious. You can see what they looked like in the picture on the right.
First was a cake The Boy and I made for my day job, a pineapple carrot cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. Next up, one of my bosses made me a homemade German Chocolate Cake (my favorite!). Would you believe she used whole wheat flour and less sugar? It was one of the most decadent cakes I have ever tasted. Don't get me started on the toasted walnuts and the coconut frosting. After that, a slice of Polish cheesecake. We typically go out for Polish food for my birthday. Well, our local place found out it was my birthday so I received that lovely slice and a rousing rendition of both Happy Birthday to you and Sto lat. Last but not list (at least of the ones shown), The Boy and my husband made me a chocolate pear cake. Somehow The Boy decided this was the kind of cake I needed. Nothing would steer him from it and we have no idea where he came up with the idea. It was pretty good. As if that weren't enough, for my birthday party, we had a delicious Chantilly cake from Whole Foods. It's a good thing calories don't count on one's birthday.
In non-cake related sweetness, I would say my favorite part of my birthday was said birthday party. My husband invited several of our closest friends for a casual gathering. Good food, good fellowship, lots of laughter and as noted above...cake! I couldn't have asked for a better celebration.
All the sweetness, abundance and fun surrounding my birthday and the days that followed feel like a clear indication that I am in for a sweet year. I will take it with open arms and you can guarantee I will share it with others. I'll leave you with a rare shot of The Boy demolishing his slice of the epic German Chocolate Cake.
Have you had a birthday or special day that brought a smile to your face? I'd love to hear about it. For now, accept a little sweetness from me (and perhaps a slice of leftover cake). Until next time.
I'll be seeing you.
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