This weekend my darling baby boy turned one year old. It’s a big milestone for any mom and I was no exception. I had been planning the celebration in the back of my mind since John was a newborn and when it came time to put it into motion, I got a little emotional. How could he be a year old already?
The party was simple, just a backyard barbecue with family. And of course, there was cake. No birthday party would be complete without one. I kept it traditional, a yellow vanilla layer cake iced with an easy fudge buttercream frosting.
I’m lucky that some of my closest friends are fellow food bloggers here in the Salt Lake City area. We get together not only to enjoy food, talk shop and swap ideas, but we’ve become like a little family. This last weekend we came together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the newest member of the group, with a baby shower honoring Becky of The Vintage Mixer.
Of course, with a potluck brunch provided by food bloggers, you know the food is going to be good. And it was. I am spoiled rotten.
No baby shower is complete without cupcakes, am I right? Since it was a brunch I almost opted for muffins instead, until I realized I could put the two together.
Muffin + frosting = muffin cupcake.
It’s been somewhat of a stressful week in our house, or at least it started out that way. John is nearly a year old now and has never been a good sleeper. Part of that is because of him, part of it is because of me. I’ve indulged in his bad nighttime behavior for far too long. But last weekend I had had enough.
I finally got around to reading the book my pediatrician recommended months ago and found the inspiration and motivation I was looking for. And so we let him cry it out.
And that’s why it’s been a long week. For 3 nights we tried to sleep while he was in the next room screaming. It was horrible. Those of you who have gone through this know what I’m talking about.
Then on the fourth night something magical happened. He slept through the night for the first time in his life, and I got a full night’s sleep for the first time in a year. I’ve never woken up in a better mood.
And so I baked a cake to celebrate. Continue Reading…
Yesterday, I celebrated another birthday and it was a nice low key day. My husband made me pancakes for breakfast, I did some shopping and we finished the day with a movie, cupcakes and champagne. Not too shabby, I think. John even cooperated and we had a fun day together.
Of course, I couldn’t go without making myself something indulgent for my special day. Birthdays do only come around once a year, after all!
Today we’re flying to Seattle to attend the funeral of a very dear loved one. To say I’m having a bad week is putting it mildly. So I’m going to keep it short and simple and leave you with the recipe for these vanilla bean madeleines.
Madeleines are heavenly cake-like cookies that are as perfect with a cup of coffee or tea as they are by themselves. They aren’t difficult to make, as long as you have the specific shell-shaped pan. If you’re like me and don’t want to buy yet another item to put in your kitchen, try to find a friend who will you let your borrow theirs. My sister-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow her madeleine pan and I’ve enjoyed making this recipe several times.