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Someone in The Nest is celebrating a birthday today!!  I’m not going to name names, but I’ll give you a hint. . .

Of course, this calls for cake!!  (Like I need an excuse to bake a cake!!)

Because I like to experiment with new recipes, I tried The BEST chocolate cake with My Favorite Fluffy Buttercream Frosting.  To quote the birthday boy – “this cake is sinful!!”  I prefer it to my previously posted Chocolate Chip Cake.  The brewed coffee give you an extra kick of caffeine and the frosting in the perfect compromise between heavy traditional buttercream and a fluffy whipped frosting.  Of course I had to add a generous layer of sprinkles because that’s The Bald Eagle’s favorite.



I baked and frosted the cake Saturday afternoon, but we ended up have a big dinner out and then popcorn at the movie theater, so the cake went untouched Saturday.  Then Sunday while I was cooking dinner, The Bald Eagle came into the kitchen and sheepishly took me by the hand.  He led me over to the table where the cake had been sitting and then coyly pointed to the side of the cake.



Couple of things.

1)  I immediately thought of a dog we used to have who always told on himself every time he had an accident in the house.  Instead of running the other way, he waited until you came into the room and then sniffed at the puddle to draw your attention to the fact he had been naughty.

2)  Notice the skill displayed here.  The top was left untouched so as not to tip anyone off who looked at the cake from the other side.  Clearly the perpetrator of this crime had some experience in sneaking cake.

3)  This cake was made in the honor of said perpetrator’s birthday.  He was sneaking from his own cake!!  This cake sat untouched for 24 hours.  At any point in time it would have been completely acceptable for The Bald Eagle to whip out a knife and claim a piece of his cake, but instead he nibbled off half the side of a cake while I wasn’t looking like an 8-year-old. . .

Proving you can get older, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up!!  Happy birthday to the oldest little boy I know.  You may try my patience like I never thought possible, but I still love you.  And in the end, you always make me laugh.  This is for life.  This is forever.

Happy Monday to everyone else!  Hope you have a fantastic week!


Baby Bluebird (aka Dayna)


This post is all about patience.  Waiting seems to be a theme in my life.

First, thanks for being patient with me and the long delay between posts.  Unfortunately, I was bitten by the stomach bug that’s been going around.  It hit me about 10 days ago, and I thought I shook it two times, but the third time finally got me down this week.  So, I’ve had to practice a lot of patience these last four days because every time I felt like my appetite was coming back (usually around dinner time), the nausea and all the nasty stuff that goes with it would come back, too.  I’ve tried to get off my anti-nausea medicine because it tends to make me sleepy, but that’s backfired on me as well.

And The Bald Eagle has practiced patience this week, too.  It seems like almost every time I’ve gotten sick in the last 10 years, The Bald Eagle has not been in The Nest.  He hasn’t purposely flown the coop, but he travels a lot for work, and it seems like the flu bugs always come visit me when he’s already on the road.  Finally, my sickness lined up with a week he was home, and so he was finally able to make a small dent in returning the nursing I’ve given him over the years.  He makes great toast!  I do need to teach him how to scramble an egg for future reference, but great toast was what I needed this time.  🙂

Oliver, our neighbor cat, is a master at patience.  Let me show you a typical scene on our front porch.


This is Oliver, or Little O, right outside our front door waiting.


This cat is like a statue.  His ability to wait . . .


And wait . . .


And wait never seems to end.  And what is he waiting for, you might ask?


His ultimate obsession – our dog, Khaki.  And his ultimate challenge – access to our air-conditioned house.  This is Khaki looking in through the sidelight of our front door.  She was out roaming the land while Oliver waited her out – knowing it was just a matter of time before Khaki had to come back up the front porch steps to get back inside.  If you look closely, you can see Little O standing right beside Khaki looking in.


Oliver knows he can easily sneak in once the door is open for Khaki.  He also knows his visit will be brief because the temptation of jumping on the kitchen countertop will overtake him within two and a half minutes of his entry into the house.  And after he’s escorted out the back door, he’ll recover from the whole affair on our covered barbecue grill and wait for his next chance to snuggle up to his favorite dog and race into our house.


And speaking of Khaki, she has her own skills in patience.  Exhibit A.


First, this is a treat that only comes around 2 or 3 times a year – an empty peanut butter jar.  Secondly, this is one of those big, bulk size jars.  She’s smart enough not to stick her nose into the jar, but she does extend her tongue as far into that jar as she possibly can.  I love how she holds the jar between her paws.

Before the stomach bug bit me, I had a couple of baking moments that required a lot of patience.  First, I made my Simple Peach Cobbler.  It’s simple because it’s only 3 ingredients – canned peaches, yellow cake mix and butter (butter cures all ills), but I don’t call it Easy Peach Cobbler, because it does require some patience in preparation.  You need to cover the top of the cobbler with a thin layer of butter.  I enjoy making the cobbler because cutting the butter and placing the pieces on top of the dry cake mix is like putting a puzzle together.  You must cover every nook and cranny of the top of the cobbler with butter for it to turn out properly.  I also enjoy making it because it comes out an unbelievable hit every time.


And then there’s this one accomplishment I have to share with you.  A week ago I made this cake for a co-worker’s birthday.


This was one of those ‘I can’t believe I made this” moments, but it did take a great deal of patience since this was my first attempt at trying to decorate a cake like this.  I found this great Rose Cake Tutorial and couldn’t wait to try it.  If you ever decide to try this yourself (believe me, you can do it if I did) but if you do, make sure you buy or make extra frosting because this does take more than a traditional frosting would.

That’s enough about patience for now.  Hope you’re all doing well and have successfully dodged the stomach bug.    Thanks for reading!

Baby Bluebird (aka Dayna)