I hope you all have been enjoying your summer so far! It’s been amazingly, miraculously warm ‘n sunny in Vancouver this year. Almost too hot but I have refrained from complaining because before we know it, it’ll be raining again and we’ll be reminiscing about these wonderful sweet summer days.
The Husband and I have been making an effort to spend more quality time together. Instead of moping around at home after work, tackling the mountains of dishes (how in the world do the two of us generate so much?!) and wiping the counters, we take Abby, hop into the car, and drive down to the beach or the park to walk around. We’ll grab a coffee or an ice cream and sit, chat, enjoy the sunset. I’m not even letting the fact that I’m being eaten alive by mosquitos dampen my mood.
I just celebrated my birthday on July 13th and it was glorious. The Husband took the day off so that he could spend it with me. We had an amazing brunch where I of course started my day with a mimosa. We then went to a new winery/brewery and shared a flight of wine.
We walked around, enjoyed the sunshine, and then grabbed a screamer on the way home. This was heaven in a plastic cup. Thick, creamy soft serve ice cream with an Orange crush slurpee in the middle.
And then we went home where I baked my third birthday cake. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen all the teaser pics.
Cake #1: chocolate cake with a Nutella cheesecake centre
Cake #2: my take on the tuxedo cake – marble cake filled with layers of chocolate mousse and white chocolate cream cheese frosting
Cake #3: a simple sour cream cake topped with juicy, local blackberries
Two of the three will be on the blog this summer.
Speaking of cake, head over to my dear friend Connie’s blog URBAN BAKES to check out this coconut layer cake I made for her while she’s on vacation with her family in Ecuador.
This cake is super moist and full of that wonderful, light, tropical coconut flavour. Connie is so incredibly talented when it comes to cake that I felt a bit foolish making one for her (there’s no way mine could ever look as good!) but I wanted to make her something special and delicious. She’s been an incredible friend to me and she deserves it.
Click here to read the guest post and say hi to Connie!