Hello!It’s another cold day in Nashvegas, but the skies are clear and bright. The moon was still hanging around, even at 6:30 am! Go back to bed.That’s exactly what I wanted to do this morning, but my running buddy Katie was waiting for me. Anthony tagged along, too! Five and a half done before I even had time to process what I was doing. That’s one of my favorite reasons to run super early — it’s so dark and I’m so sleepy that I don’t have the mental capacity to talk myself out of it. I’m just in autopilot mode.In other news: Happy birthday, Anthony!Even though Anthony’s bday is today, we kicked off celebrations early with a big family get-together on Sunday. Almost everyone from both of our immediate families was there — about 15 of us in total! Good thing Garcia’s has endless chips and salsa for all.Older and wiser. I’d say we’re aging gracefully…After three years of blogging, I almost got a a single photo of my entire and ever-growing immediate family. Only person missing is my sister-in-law who had to work. Darn!After lunch, I headed home to bake a a massive cake. I think we’re having another cake tonight, but I figured we should start cake training on Sunday. Anthony’s mom (or “mum” in Australian) helped me tackle this Cook’s Illustrated Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake. Looks like a few other bloggers have reviewed this recipe too — you can check out their recaps here, here, and here! Mine didn’t turn out quite as neat as theirs, but that’s because I did a speed-version of the recipe and might splashed some water into the frosting on accident…
But even it its watered-down form, it was still dang delicious. And really chocolate-y!! Make a wish! Approximately two seconds later, half of the 10-pound cake had vanished. #magicMore baked goods to come later — in the form of bread and MORE cake! Sorry to all of you who are trying to stick to healthy 2015 resolutions.
- Cake: chocolate or vanilla?
- How do you tackle early morning runs?
- What do you call your mom? Mom? Mother? Momma? Mum?