I snuck in some final birthday celebrations this past weekend! I flew home to Wisconsin Thursday night through Sunday, and it was so nice to relax and catch up with my family and friends. I hadn’t seen my family since Christmas. After getting in late on Thursday, I slept in on Friday and then got started with my agenda for the day — a mani-pedi was first on the list! Next up was baking (of course!). I whipped up these chocolate chip cake mix cookies. Stay tuned for the recipe!
My mom and I also rented Dallas Buyers Club. Have you seen it yet? I’d been meaning to watch it, but was also on the fence… it seemed sort of depressing. But after actually seeing the whole movie, I can now say that it really wasn’t. The story is more heroic and inspirational in a sense. And Matthew McConaughey put on one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from him. I highly recommend it!
That night, I went to dinner with a few of my college friends at Smoke Shack in The Third Ward. This may be my new favorite BBQ spot in Wisconsin (next to Brickhouse Barbeque in Madison)! They serve up a slew of different BBQ sauce options… all of which are truly addicting!
The next day (Saturday), I visited my aunt and uncle’s golden retrievers! Last time I saw them back in September, they were just little pups. They’ve grown up quickly! Now they’re practically double the size. Seriously. Here’s a pic of the male golden, Ralphie:
Here’s one of both Ralphie (in the front) and Mya:
Best of all, my aunt also made me an INCREDIBLE triple-layer Godiva chocolate cheesecake. Seriously. It was out of this world!! Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the glorious creation, however I DO have a link to the recipe, which is officially dubbed the Triple-Layer Godiva Dream Cheesecake, along with an image from the Godiva Facebook page:
Shortly after the cheesecake extravaganza, I went to my official birthday dinner with my immediate family:
I’ll start by sharing the first food highlight — my amazing surf & turf dish with scallops! I never go wrong with surf & turf — it’s the best of both worlds! And my go-to ‘indulge’ meal for special occasions.
And I saved the best for last… which is still an understatement! My birthday cake did not disappoint. That’s how I do it! Red velvet cake with white chocolate frosting. Lots and lots and lots of frosting. Just the way I like it! This was to-die for:
The actual plate they brought out was even more impressive!
I’m sad to bring this year’s birthday celebrations to a close already! But I am glad I could celebrate with so many close family and friends. Until next year…