Happy Birthday to ME!

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Devil’s Food Cupcake with Marshmallow Cream Filling, Chocolate Ganache Frosting and Rainbow Jimmies

Yesterday was my 29th birthday! As is customary in the UK on your birthday, I brought in cupcakes for my coworkers. I had originally wanted to bake the entire batch from scratch, but I couldn’t find all the necessary ingredients quickly enough at the market (baking soda, baking powder, buttermilk, vanilla extract), and didn’t want to spend a lot of time trying to find everything.. so I went with a box mix for the cake – Devil’s food cake (from Betty Crocker – substituted 250 mL of water with 250 mL of Aeropress coffee), marshmallow cream filling (from Todd&Lindsey, but without the vanilla extract), chocolate ganache frosting (from Real Simple).

Birthday festivities were pretty low key, since it really is just me and Minh here. I went to work as usual, sporting a new sweater I got from my April GoldenTote (came just in time!). My phone got a new outfit too, courtesy of Minh.

Golden Tote - Arrived just in time for the birthday!

Golden Tote – Arrived just in time for the birthday!

New outfit for the phone!

New outfit for the phone!

Once I got out of work, I picked up Minh for dinner at Jamie’s Italian in Nottingham. We had fried gnocchi, start bay crab mac’n’cheese, wild rabbit tagliolini, and epic brownie!

Welcome to Jamie's Italian - Nottingham!

Welcome to Jamie’s Italian – Nottingham!

Milano (Campari, orange juice & Prosecco) and Bramble (Gin, elderflower & blackberry liqueur with lemon & sugar)

Milano (Campari, orange juice & Prosecco) and Bramble (Gin, elderflower & blackberry liqueur with lemon & sugar)

Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi

Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi

Wild Rabbit Tagliolini

Wild Rabbit Tagliolini

Start Bay Crab Mac'n'Cheese

Start Bay Crab Mac’n’Cheese

Epic Brownie!

Epic Brownie!

Not a bad way to spend my birthday.. Minh even got me a cake with CANDLES!!!

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One thought on “Happy Birthday to ME!

  1. Hi! I live in Sweden and I’m curious about Golden Tote. I hope you don’t mind if I ask you some questions about the service. Have you experienced any issues with overseas shipping? How do they label the package for customs? (ie what values do they write, the actual retail or what you paid?) //Emma

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