I hope this post does not sound....full of myself.
It was my birthday and I decided to celebrate....Me!
I did the things that make me happy. I baked. I decorated. I entertained.
In the end, even though it was my birthday, I hope others got as much enjoyment out of it as I did.
There are a few desserts I have always wanted to make: Creme Brulee, Tres Leches cake, Pavlova, and Tiramisu. I made a quick decision while talking to my BFF on the phone, I was going to make my own desserts and invite friends over to share.
For both desserts I found great recipes at Pioneer Woman Cooks. I recommend her site, she has lots of great photos with step-by-step instructions. Her photos gave me some confidence when I found myself cooking things I had no history with.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Tres Leches Cake
My reflections on making this cake: It was actually way easier than I thought. No box mix was used and making the batter was not hard. I used a small kitchen squirt bottle to pour the milk on with (think small ketchup bottle). It has a fine tip and allowed me more control to get the edges of the cake than if I was just pouring from a pitcher. In hind-site, I would have still tried to pour more milk into it. The center was "juicier" than the edges.
The next dessert that I love is Tiramisu. I can't even tell you the first time I had this dessert and fell in love with it. I love the creamy layer covered in chocolate and then just a hint of coffee. I made this dessert once before but in retrospect it was a non-traditional version.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Tiramisu. Again, this was easy enough to prepare! Cooking the eggs and Marsala was a little nerve wracking but it turned out well. I kept sampling the parts. They tasted good but it was not until like step four that they came together and tasted like something familiar. In hind-site, I love that Pioneer Woman drizzled the coffee/marsala mixture over the ladyfingers. Dipping the ladyfingers in the mixture gets messy and they fall apart. Drizzling the mixture over them was way easier! I do think I put too much cocoa on the top. It was a little overpowering.
I thought, how cute would this be on my table. I have a collection of small shoes at my work. They make me smile. So, I thought I would bring them home and use them to make a centerpiece. A coworker suggested using flowers and that lead me to the grocery store after work to get flowers.
I went there after pink flowers and came out with both pink and these spectacular orange mini roses. They were on sale, for $10.00! Happy Birthday to ME!
I came home and used things I already had to whip out this tablescape. I even made my own flower frog out of scotch tape! Now I do sound kinda MacGyver'ish!
And the best part is spending time with my good friends. Thank you all to everyone who stopped by and shared a hour or so with me on my day!