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a birthday {cup}cake August 24, 2009

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One of our thoughtful birthday guests was happy to share with us at the party that the 18th of August {the birthday b’s actual birthday} is also national cupcake day.


how fitting for the birthday b, lover of cupcukes!


cake copy


For the festivus this year we had:

Tequila Nectarine Cakes

(yes yum!)

1 box of yellow cake mix and its ingredients

two large ripe nectarines

1 cup powdered sugar

the juice of one lime

the zest of one lime

1-2 shots of tequila


First, cut your nectarines into small pieces.  Tiny pieces.  Put them in a bowl with the lime juice, zest and tequila.  Stir and cover.  Refridgerate for 2 hours.

After that, prepare the cake batter as the instructions on the box call for. 

In cupcake dishes lined with pink parchment cups, put one spoonful of the batter in each one.  Then put one spoonful of the nectarine mixture in the cup.  (some fruit and some of the tequila too!)  Finally place two more spoonfuls of batter in each of the cups.  Now bake according  to the time and temperature on the box.

After they are done, let them cool completely.  While cooling, take the remainder of the nectarine mixture and mix it with powdered sugar until it desolves and is a thick glaze.  Add a little more lime juice  if it is too thick. 

After completely cooled, spoon on the glaze, making sure a few nectarine pieces remain on top of eat cake.

feed to the birthday girl and her party guests.


the birthday B! August 18, 2009

Filed under: celebrations — ravennagirls @ 12:31 pm
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happy birthday to b,

happy birthday to you!

You, birthday girl, are awesome.

Why, did someone dare ask?

You are the bestest best friend a girl could ask for.  Seriously!  You are kind, and always smile big especially when I’m grumpy.  You always have great ideas and are so fun to work with on every single project we tackle.  You are crafty.  You make awesome crumble.  and phad thai.  and mac n cheese.  You love to send me new ideas for how to do something I’ve been struggling with.   You love estate sales, trying new restuarants, opening a bottle of wine for no reason, drinking coffee, and reading good books.   You make sure I am happy even though it must be hard sometimes and for that I’m truly grateful.   You let me be ridiculous often.   and then you often join in.

and you are just so awesome.

How do we celebrate how awesome you are on your special day?  Well, to start, we declare your birthday will span more then just one mere day.  (the 18th is nothing to scoff at though!)

Here though, is how the celebration started…

On Birthday Eve, the Birthday B went to bed.  Yes she probably suspected something was about to happen.  Birthday B is too smart for surprises (ask me about last year’s surprise party at another time…).

Midnight struck… marking the official beginning of the day-of-birth celebration.

And the treat fairy arrived! (hehehe)

I mean really, breakfast in bed is so last year.  Treats-in-bed is way more my speed.


….b reaches for her raspberry lemonade cupcake and peach-orange iced tea.

She also got her pre-birthday present from me. 


…modeling her crown.  I mean, what says birthday more then birthday headwear?   And who needs some ol’ hat when you can get a crown?  Especially one made of felt and pink!   The crown was especially important because her big party is coming up this weekend.  And, for that event, all participating guests will be forced excited to wear ridiculous hats that I have so nicely chosen.  And the birthday B?  She needs a special one.  🙂  Plus now she can wear it all day and make graciously have people be extra nice to her. 

And with that she went to bed.  Happy to be the Birthday B and happy for the day ahead.


And me, well, I was genuinely excited that she had not seen the treat fairy coming with cupycakes.  She was actually surprised.  yippee!