This year's balloon was adorable, as usual, but she really outdid herself with the stuffed animal. Sooooooo cute. It's a little bunny holding a carrot. I named the bunny Beatrice.
Beatrice was my constant companion throughout the day. She rode with me to yoga (buckled up, naturally) and sat with me at lunch.
I had a great lunch, by the way: a collard green wrap (which I'm obsessed with, as of late), grapefruit (also obsessed with) and Amande peach yogurt (dits). The food, coupled with great TV-watching (Up All Night--hilarious!) made for a fantastic birthday lunch. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday.
Not the clearest photo but I wanted to capture a screen shot of Up All Night!
Everything I got for my birthday was food-related, which was awesome. I got two of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cookbooks (Vegan With A Vengeance and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar), a box of Maple Nut Clif Bars, a cooking album/binder for my recipes, really nice Good Grips storage containers and...a DEHYDRATOR!!!!! I was THRILLED. I've been wanting a dehydrator so badly but they are quite pricey (the good ones are, at least). I christened my Excalibur by making chewy lemon cashew cookies. They turned out great! Tomorrow I hope to make some dehydrated nut bread.
My lemon cashew cookies, pre-dehydrated.
For my birthday cake, I chose a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and oh boy, did my mom deliver. Words literally cannot describe how supreme this cake was. I kid you not when I say that as of 9:00 last night, there is none left.
You do the math, folks. Over the course of four days--Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday--I ate a cake. That's like a quarter of a cake a day. My mom played a very little part in helping me to eat it. Like, she maybe had 1/5 of it, but that's a generous guess. It likely was not even that much.
Because Inn Season Cafe is an alcohol-free establishment, my mom and I got our nightly buzz in the form of champagne, which we had with our cake!
I'm seriously sad that this is gone. I thought that last night I was doing myself a favor when I finished it because then I would no longer be tempted by it, but now I'm just sad.