Happy Birthday Candy-mom!!

Yesterday was my mom, Candy Courtney’s (insert age of choice here) birthday! I would have dedicated a post to her yesterday, but I was too busy celebrating with her! (more about that later…)

My mom is the most positive, wonderful, generous, thoughtful, smart, creative, crafty, silly and fun mom ever, and I want to be just like her when I grow up!!

Thank you for being a role model to me every day, and for inspiring and touching every person you meet. Thank you for everything you have taught me, and for teaching me that attitude is everything. When I have kids I know I will be a good mom because of you and everything you have taught me. I love you so much!! (I speak for Sol and the kitties too 🙂 )

I hope your birthday was as special as you are!

Jason’s surprise birthday party

Our friend Jason Dougherty turned THIRTY this month! His girlfriend Jessica threw a surprise party for him at their favorite bar, Marks in Folsom. After arriving I got a surprise too, Roger came from Colorado! Jason got a surprise party and a surprise best friend and I got to hang out with a surprise brother. Happy birthday Jason!

The Annual Windham Mardi Gras party!

Every year the Windhams host a wild party to celebrate Mardi Gras. This year did not disappoint: we ate, we drank, we danced, we sang karaoke, we played air hockey and rock band, we laughed, wore beads, and found a baby Jesus in the Kings cake (I swear, that’s a real thing!). It was awesome! Thanks Windhams.

earthquake cake

This is literally the best cake that I have ever tasted. The best part is, (besides the gooey layers of sugary goodness), is that it is SO EASY to make! I have made it twice now and made many new friends with it. Thanks Shoshana Franco for the recipe!

Ingredients:

Earthquake Cake (Also known as Berlin cake or Das cake on the night we renamed it after the big Earthquake…)

1 box chocolate cake (preferably German chocolate) and the ingredients needed for the cake mix (oil, water, eggs)

1 box of powdered sugar

1 cup of pecans or walnuts

1 cup coconut (or more if you are me 🙂 )

1 8oz. bar of cream cheese (softened)

1 stick of butter (melted)

Spray/Grease a 13×9 inch pan. Spread both the nuts and coconut on the bottom of the pan. Then make your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Spread over your coconut and nuts. Then mix your butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Then spread all over your cake. Bake in the oven at 350 for 40-50 minutes uncovered. Just make sure the cake is cooked all the way through with the toothpick test before you take it out. The cream cheese frosting makes this cool white marbleized effect through the chocolate cake.

Green kitchen-aide mixer and husband to lick the spatula also enhance the earthquake cake experience.

Let cool, and enjoy! Try not to eat the entire pan.