Month: March 2012

A Lifetime of Goodbyes

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’ve been dealing with a lot of difficult things so far this year.

But there was one (very) bright spot in the middle of it all. My dad and my brother were able to come to the U.S. for my Lolo’s funeral, and stayed for three weeks.

My parents are missionaries to the Philippines, and I last said goodbye to my dad and brother a month before Little Man was born. So the opportunity for them to come back to the States meant that they got to meet my son for the first time. (more…)

Marble Cheesecake

It’s my birthday.

I’ve saved the best dessert for last. The piece de resistance if you will.This is the dessert that everyone in my family has on their birthdays because it’s just that good.

It’s cheesecake.

Marbled with chocolate.

Oh, yeah.


Cake for One

Ok, my friends. So far this week I’ve been making other people’s recipes for my birthday fare. Today, I’m showing you one of my own.

It’s not super classy, but it is what it is.

A couple of months ago, I was complaining to my friend Elizabeth that I had no dessert in my house. She told me that a friend of hers had made a mug cake. As in, a cake that you make in a mug in the microwave. I Googled it, and found out that I’m pretty much the last person on the internet to have heard of this phenomenon. So I tried a recipe.

It was terrible.


It was lumpy and gummy and not worth eating. I decided that mug cakes were gross and a terrible idea.

But then there was another night that I had no dessert in the house. I was desperate. So I looked at a few more recipes and then decided to scrap them all and make my own. (more…)

Birthday Brownies

In my quest to make birthday recipes all week, I came across these beauties by Bridget of Bake at 350. They’re Oreo brownies. But not just any Oreo brownies. These are made with the special birthday cake Oreos made for Oreo’s 100th birthday.

There was only one problem I ran into making these. They call for 20 Oreos. (more…)

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