Saturday, June 20, 2009

Early Birthday

My actual birthday is today, but Darby and I are at his cousin's wedding in Arkansas, so we celebrated Thursday night. I told Darby that I wanted my gift from him to be going out to eat at a nice restaurant.

After deliberating for several weeks (I am not exaggerating), I finally settled on The Great Impasta, a nice Italian place in downtown Urbana. It was delicious. I had ravioli alfredo (you only thought there couldn't be a pasta dish unhealthier than fettuccine alfredo...think again!)

This next part of the story is going to sound pretty lame, but oh well, I guess my lameness is no big secret. I baked my own birthday cake. Is that sad? Darby would have gladly bought me one, but I'm always looking for an excuse to bake, and I think homemade cakes taste better than most storebought ones anyway.

I deliberated over the type of cake for a long time, as well. (My decision-making abilities seem to be deteriorating with age; you would think it would be the opposite.) I finally settled on a strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting was never up for debate; that's a must!

I think it turned out fairly well. It was yummy, not too sweet and very moist.

I'll write more about our adventures getting to Arkansas and more of my birthday celebrations when we get back.


Sallie said...

It doesn't surprise me that you baked your own cake knowing your love of cooking. It turned out really pretty. I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip! Happy Birthday! Love, MOM

Clint and Whitney said...

Kayla, turns out we will be going to Nashville over the 4th. When will you guys be there again? Maybe we can meet up after all! Happy late bday. Hope it was great. Luv ya.

Kalyn Gensic said...

Happy birthday a couple of days late! That cake looks delicious. Hope you had a good time in Arkansas.
It is less than 8 weeks till our weekend. That gives us 8 weeks to decide what dessert(s) I should have ready for you and Brittany!

Brenton and Jenna Lane said...

sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! The strawberry cake looks yummy!

Laura said...

The cake looks delicious! Glad your dinner was tasty, too, especially after all that deliberation! :)