Friday, November 12, 2021

Sixty Trips Around The Sun!

Yesterday was my birthday, 60 trips around the sun, which I'm still trying to wrap my head around. The picture above is my birthday cake, and rather than risk setting off the smoke alarm, I opted for one candle for each decade, plus, the cake was small, I don't think it would have held that many candles, nor did I want to blow them all out!  

I made the cake myself, which is fine (honestly). I'd much prefer to make a cake I know I'm going to enjoy eating, and as usual, I made my favorite! I was excited to finally find a simple white icing that I love, and I'll never make another! I made cream cheese icing for our cupcakes at Halloween and didn't care for it at all, but this recipe is my new go-to!  I also went with a minimally iced cake, which is popular of late, and I have to say, as someone who doesn't care that much for icing, this is perfection! As for the adornments, I just used what I loved and had on hand. The little black house and pine tree (a recent Target find!), are just so me.

The cake stand is one I picked up at a thrift store several years ago. It's wooden and adorned with the sweetest little pattern all around the edges of the plate and on the stand on the bottom. I tried to get a picture of the entire piece, but I just couldn't get a good angle, but you can see it right around the outer edges of the cake in the picture on the right. I just adorned it with some Christmas greenery that I use for our Advent candles, and voila! Quite possibly my favorite cake ever, and it tastes so good! I think the thing I love most about this cake is the simple beauty of it! By using things I loved and already had on hand it make it special without being costly. And I can't rave enough about the minimal icing! It makes creating a beautiful cake a breeze for someone who is not very skilled! If a bit of the cake mixes in with the icing, it just adds to the rustic feel of the design, easy peasy!

"With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come!"


For dinner I made copycat Pappasitos beef fajitas and they were divine! I also found another recipe for mexican rice that I think I like even better than the one I've been using for several years now. I've posted that recipe before, but I'll post the one I used last night, soon, in case you want to give it a try. I was going to make a pot of pinto beans, but I ran out of time and just opened a can of refried beans and called it day! I did make homemade flour tortillas, though, because in my book, they are a must! So much better than store-bought, and so easy! Once you've made them, you'll never look back! 

My favorite gift was a Snoopy blanket (I'm a HUGE Peanuts/Snoopy fan!) that my daughter bought for me. I also picked up a few little treasures from the dollar spot at Target, and with the cash I received I'm considering purchasing the DVD of the new Homecoming movie that is set to air on November 28. It's a remake of the original Walton's Homecoming movie, which I LOVE, and actually may watch this weekend. I tend to watch a few of my favorite several times throughout the season. But, before I purchase the DVD I want to make sure I even like it! If you're interested in watching it, it will air on Sunday, November 28 on CW, 7-9 p.m. CST.  Richard Thomas, who played John Boy in the original series, is the narrator. A lot of people are skeptical because they love the original cast and storyline, and I understand that. I just try to look at this as a stand alone project and appreciate it for what it is and not compare. Aside from the DVD, I've had my eye on several books for awhile now and I'm considering adding them to my library, American Cozy: Hygge Inspired Ways to Create Comfort and Coziness, and Escape Into Cottagecore: Embrace Cosy Countryside Comfort In Your Everyday . I also found this title, which is included with my Kindle Unlimited Membership, so I'm planning to take a look at it.

All in all it was perfectly lovely day! I'm thankful for another year of life and pray that the Lord will continue to sustain and use me for His service! I pray that I will live to a ripe old age, which some of my readers may consider I've already reached, but oddly enough, I don't feel (and thankfully, don't look) my age! I don't know at what age you reach "old", but for me, I'm not there yet!


Katie said...

Happy Birthday! Your cake sounds delicious - I'm so glad you had exactly what you wanted :)

And Pappasitos - oh yum! The one thing that I miss about living in Texas is all of the FOOD!

e l i z a b e t h ♥ said...

Happy birthday! Your day sounds like it was delightful and the food sounds scrumptious! I love the little cake toppers…so cute. Have a beautiful weekend! ❤️

Kimberly Lottman said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much! and, Katie, yes, the food is the thing I miss the most, which is why I'm always looking for copycat recipes, and this one was pretty good! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday (belated), Kimberly!

Your birthday cake looks scrumptious!

Ahhh, Papasitos. Boy do I miss that place! We've got a son and his family in the Houston area, and that is a go to each time were in town for a visit!


Kimberly Lottman said...

Thank you , Pam! I think you have a birthday coming up soon as well, if my memory serves me well! :)

Anonymous said...

I do! I'll also be turning 60 on Feb. 2nd. My husband will also be turning 60 n 2022, so our plan is to have our older kids and families gather here over the 4th of July weekend, which is midway between or 2 birthdays. Nothing elaborate, just campfires, tubing, kayaking, and playing in the river for a few days. And sparklers of course!

I must comment on the doors in the post below. They are just perfect! My dream doors!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Your joint birthday party sounds wonderful, such a great idea! The doors are from an old building in the downtown area of our city. I have a thing for doors! <3

Anonymous said...

I was actually in your town over the weekend of Nov. 6th, (Bill's birthday) and I thought of you! All 4 of our kids were at a youth retreat, so Bill and I decided to get away for a couple of nights to celebrate his b-day! We toured Monticello and Highlands, and had lunch at Michie Tavern, but we were unable to get a room at decent rate in Charlottesville (maybe a game weekend?), so we stayed in your town, practically on the Liberty campus. It was a beautiful weekend weather wise and fun to be away just the two of us, which should not be a rare event given our ages, but, alas, it is!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Ah, Monticello and Michie tavern are two of my favorite places! I'm so glad you were able to sneak away for a few days for what I'm sure was some much needed time alone! The weather here has been beautiful lately. It's turning colder this week, but I don't mind, that's the way I like it around Thanksgiving! <3