Two Birthdays!

Independance Day, America’ birthday, is always a great time to get together and have cookouts and eat lots of food and dessert.  To me, it also says that summer is going by way too fast and it will be over before you know it.  Not to mention all of the school stuff is already out! Ugh, not so sure I am ready for this yet.

This year, we didn’t go to any cookouts or eat lots of food, which is fine by me.  It was nice to have a day with just Matt and Luke.  However, of course there was dessert!  I just had to make something that was red, white and blue.  I decided to make mini trifles.  I got this idea from the blog Celebrations at Home.

It is so easy to make.  All it is is vanilla cake, white chocholate ganache folded into fresh whipped cream for filling, blueberries and strawberries.  I did a layer of cake, filling, strawberries, more cake, more filling, blueberries, then more filling on top.

   Oops…I forgot a pic…oh well you get the idea :)

              

I am wierd and usually I don’t like to eat strawberries and blueberries unless they are baked into something, but this was really good!

July 4th was also a great day to end my 20’s!  Yup, I turned the big 3-0 on the 5th.   I quickly found out it’s really not that big of a deal.  However, you may find that you all of a sudden become wicked mature…you just wait Leslie!  I was lucky enough to have a surprise party a few weeks ago, so Luke and I spent the day just hanging out, which is always great.  I also got a great gift from Matt and Luke.  Tickets to the Food Truck Festival…can’t wait!!!

Because I had a little cake left over for my trifle, I wanted to make a little birthday cake for myself.  I am always looking for excuses to decorate one.  It was a failure.  The pictures will say it all…

         

Because I had to trim it up to make it square, it was way too crummy and it all broke apart when I tried to spread the frosting.  Then I thought I could do an easy fix by doing big swirls all around.  That obviously didn’t work either since they fell off.  I hate wasting frosting!

Since I didn’t have a cake, Luke and I started our day by checking out the bakery Cakes by Erin, which I have always wanted to try.  I am a dork.  I was pretty excited that Erin herself waited on me.  I see her pictures online all the time and she has been on the Food Network Challenge (check out this article). I could also see all the cakes they were working on behind the counter.  I kept staring, wanting to be back there helping so bad.

Back to reality.  Luke and I  shared a blueberry muffin and then got a couple of cupcakes to go for Matt and I…

              

Almondless Joy.  It is a vanilla cake with chocolate ganache, buttercream frosting, coconut, and chocolate drizzled on top…yum!!!

That was the double birthday week…see you soon!!

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