Posts Tagged ‘Birthdays’

Cue the Waterworks

Pregnancy is definitely changing me. I’m not a big crier. I did cry at our wedding, but it’s mostly because my dad said something sweet to me right before he and my mom walked me down the aisle.jules wiegand photography-128

I’ve made it 24.5 weeks into this pregnancy with very few emotional outbreaks. But, in the past few weeks, my baby belly has “popped” (I got asked for the first time if I was expecting!!) and my emotions have been on a roller-coaster ride.

  • I cried at a commercial with a mommy and her little girl. I have no clue what the commercial was about, but it was sweet and I got overwhelmed with emotion about being a mommy to our little girl.
  • I almost cried when I found my oatmeal had boiled over in the microwave one morning.
  • I cried when Daniel and I were watching the 3rd part of Hatfield & McCoy on the History Channel. There is a lot of death/killing in the movie, but do you know what made that tear trickle down my cheek? When the dog died. I think I’m going to refrain from watching sad animal movies for a while.
  • I almost cried yesterday when my car was getting towed. I lost the one key that we had to my Honda Fit, and the car had to get towed to the Honda dealership to get a replacement made. I just felt so bad that I had lost that key!
  • Today I cried because we found out that our new landlord isn’t too crazy about tenants re-painting rooms in the house. (Fortunately, Daniel was around for this cry- and he did his best to comfort me. He said we can hang some colorful curtains. I have a wonderful husband!)
  • A few minutes after the paint-crying, I accidentally turned off the kitchen light, which led to another wave of waterworks. Now, you might think that turning off a light isn’t something to cry over (it isn’t) but for some reason, when it’s really hot or really cold, our awesome fluorescent kitchen light likes to flicker. I had already done my “broom trick” to get the light to turn on, and then I accidentally turned it off. I think this crying episode only happened because it was on the heels of the no-painting cry session.

It’s kind of fun to look back on those events and laugh about them, but I’m scared to see what ridiculous thing I’m going to get emotional over next! In other “news”, yesterday was Daniel’s 24th Birthday, now we’re the same age!!! Lots of great things coming in this 24th year of life :)

Okay, I’m off to do some French homework!

Friends and Fireworks

In case you missed our posts over the weekend, check them out!

Today is my mom’s birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!


And now for a few highlights from the 4th! We were invited to our friends Tracy and Josh’s house for a BBQ and fireworks! We went to high school with Tracy, and Tracy and Josh were also celebrating their 1 year anniversary over the weekend! Awesome! Silas and their dog, Kaylee had a BLAST playing together last night!


Silas REALLY liked Kaylee, and much humping ensued. That’s just how he shoes his love. And no, I didn’t take any pictures, but it gave everyone a good laugh!

We also played some cornhole (I hate the name of the game, but it’s fun). I sipped on some tasty (and cheap!) Shiraz (RED wine), and the boys had some of the homebrew that Josh and our friends Zac and Dale made.


The night ended with Josh starting the bonfire with a gigantic blowtorch, and Tracy and Josh’s neighbor even came over to set off some fireworks, and no one was injured!


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Birthday Husband and Checkerboard Cake

Today is the beginning of the best 6 months of my year. For the next 32 weeks of this year, Daniel and I will be the same age. I don’t like being the older spouse. In fact, I found my FIRST WHITE HAIR a couple of weeks ago. Yes, you read correctly, white. Anyways- today marks Daniel’s 23rd birthday. I wish I could say we’ve had an awesome day solely dedicated to celebrating his birth, but instead, we went through our mundane daily tasks and we’ll wrap up our evening with a special meal (cough*wehaveacoupon*cough) at Qdoba. Even though we’re not really doing anything special today, we celebrated plenty over the weekend!


I tried to throw Daniel a surprise party, but the whole “surprise” aspect was a complete flop after I left my e-mail open on Daniel’s computer. You see, my computer is suffering from the virus of death, so I’ve been using Daniel’s laptop for all of my odds and ends. Despite not being a surprise party, it was still a great treat to have our friends and family over to celebrate his birthday.

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Even though the surprise didn’t work out- I managed to bake a cake, WITH substitutions/adjustments AND without burning anything, AND it even received compliments!

Here’s how the no-added oil cake went down:

Dummy-Proof Cake


  • Boxed “white cake” mix
  • Boxed “devil’s food cake” mix
  • Eggs
  • Water


White Cake

  • Dump the cake mix into a bowl.
  • Lightly beat 3 egg whites, dump into bowl
  • Add in 1 1/3 c. water to eggs and mix
  • Mix everything together and pour into 2 9” pans. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 (or follow baking instructions on box)

Devil’s Food Cake

  • Dump the cake mix into another bowl
  • Lightly beat 2 eggs, dump into bowl
  • Add 1 1/3 c. water to eggs and cake mix
  • Mix everything together and pour into two 9” round pans. Bake 30-35 minutes (or follow baking instructions on box)

Now, things get interesting. Let the cakes cool in their pans, and transfer to plates. Put the cakes in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. You’re going to be cutting out circles of the cake, and refrigerating the cake helps it to stay together.

Find two circular objects of 2 different sizes (both smaller than the cake). Use your “medium” sized object to cut a ring out of all of the cakes. Use your “small” sized object to cut out the center of each cake. Basically, you’re cutting concentric circles into the cakes.

Why? Well we’re making a checkerboard cake!

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You’re going to start building your cake, starting with the bottom layer: use a large ring of chocolate cake, a medium ring of white cake, and a small circle of chocolate cake. For the next layer, use a large ring of white cake, a medium ring of chocolate cake, and a small circle of white cake. Alternate your layers until your cake is as big as you want!

IMPORTANT: Don’t be a dummy like me- smear a little bit of frosting between the layers, you’ll see why later…

Now onto the frosting recipe:

Dummy Proof “Light” Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 block Neufchâtel cheese (or reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened (1/2 stick)
  • 4 c. powdered sugar (1 lb)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Dump everything into a stand mixer, start your mixer on a low speed, and whip until everything is combined. Make sure to taste test as you go along, quality control matters.
  • Refrigerate until you’re ready to use!

Give your cake a ‘crumb coat’ of the frosting (just slather it on), and then put on a “nicer” layer. Again, BE SURE TO PUT FROSTING BETWEEN THE LAYERS!

When you’re done frosting your cake, store it in the fridge until you’re ready to have the birthday boy blow out his candles, all 23 of them!


I also whipped up some gluten free cupcakes, and while they were tasty, I’d like to play around with the recipe before giving it out to anyone!


The night was filled with family and friends, the men played a little bit of Frisbee while the ladies chatted away. Mrs. Coop and Woody shared their stories of their Italian adventure with our friends, and we all enjoyed each other’s company!

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I wouldn’t leave you without a final picture of the CHECKERBOARD CAKE!

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We had a great time celebrating with everyone!

Happy 23rd Birthday Husband!