Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This last weekend, my sister and I celebrated our 26th and 28th birthdays. I am two years older, but she was born on August 8th and I was born August 9th (my due date!). As children, we sometimes hated this because it meant shared attention, but as we have gotten older, it has been a pleasure to share the occasion.
Sunday night we did the family party and my Mom made us each a cake. Mine was the pink one, of course. She found a baking book from the 1960's and used that as inspiration for my cake, which I loved. I wish I could tell you how good it was because it was probably the best cake I have ever had - no joke. Thanks for that, Mom! PS - I need that recipe!
My Mom also got me this stack of books. I love books and she always knows how to pick 'em. I was laughing at the selection though: a baking cookbook, a book on how to make cocktails, a home decorating guide and a memoir about a boy raised in a cult.
I have been really into books about cults lately. The entire scenario of a cult baffles my mind, freaks me out and peaks my curiosity all at the same time. It is just the WEIRDEST thing!!! Anyway...
This was my gift from Dan and I am so in love with it. I haven't had my own bike since I was about 13 and I forgot how GOOD it feels to get one! I kept just looking at it all day and getting really happy. Dan loves riding bikes, so I am happy that now I will be able to join him. I broke it in nicely with a 14 mile bike ride on Sunday and it felt great.
Then, on Monday (my actual birthday), upon my request, Dan cooked me dinner. I had been outside reading while he cooked and came in to find the table set like this. Cutest thing ever.
And this is what he made me. There are no words people. It is an English dish called Steak Pie and Red Wine Sauce. What that means is that little chunks of beef are cooked all day in red wine and garlic, then baked with puff pastry. It is ridiculously simple but one of the best things I have ever tasted.
This is what my plate looked like before I destroyed it. Some day I will post the recipe and you will eat it and love your life.
So there you have it, another year under my belt. I am in my late 20's, which frankly is freaking me out, but I will spare you all my thoughts on that. Have a good one!