Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Birthday Fun and An AWESOME Announcement...

 Everyone knows I'm a bit obsessed with CAKE...But I can't remember the last time I had a birthday CAKE.  It may have been when I was 18!  (YIKES!)  This year I've been a bit focused on CAKE...So I really wanted some for my birthday.  Doesn't it look delicious?

I also wanted fresh baked bread from Great Harvest Bread, but it's two hours away.  Have you had their bread?  It's all natural, no preservatives, and they grind the grain themselves.  My dear hubby drove twenty miles out of his way to make sure I got plenty of their awesome bread for my birthday (and beyond).

Normally, I'm not very good at my birthday, but this year I embraced it.  I celebrated!  Thanks to a lot of people.  I was overwhelmed by the emails and facebook birthday wishes I got on Monday.  I think I got close to 100!  It was something very special to me.  Thank you all soooo much!  It made me feel like you  wrapped a great big snuggly blanket around me right after you had taken it out of the dryer.  (((Hugs for everyone!)))
One of my cps, Lenny Lee was quite sneaky...He read a comment I left on Susan Fields' blog about the book HOOKED by Les Edgerton.  He even managed to get a personal signature to me in the front of the book!
   Isn't this the coolest cake, I mean card you've ever seen! 

This week, Lenny interviewed me about what makes a good cp.  If you have any additions to my responses to Lenny's questions we'd both appreciate your input.  Check out the cool Snoopy cupcake music box that Lenny sent me too...

The YUMMY carrot cake came from Village Inn.  We had never eaten at one before we moved to Iowa.  Do you have them in your state?

Now on to the announcement.............................................................
My daughter, Katherine, found out today that two of her Haikus are going to be published in Berry Blue Haiku Magazine!  This was the first time she EVER submitted anything.  We are so excited!  It should come out in the December issue.  (Thanks to everyone who congratulated her on my FB page today.  I forwarded all your comments to her email account.)

Which do you like best cake or frosting?  Have a great rest of the week!


  1. Firstly, Happy Birthday Sharon!

    And congratulations to your daughter, Katherine. OMG! You must be mighty proud of her. And, it was the first time she submitted!

    Tell her she gives hope to the masses - namely me!

    Way to go :) xx

  2. YAY on all accounts!! Lenny - what a sweetie! Many congrats to Katherine. I tried to send you a message last night but it came back undeliverable. (*shrug*)

    Love the cake! Happy B-day!

  3. Happy Birthday!!!! Your cake looked yummy.

    Congratulations to your daughter. What an achievement!

  4. Happy Birthday girlfriend! How does it feel turning 30? You look fabulous! I love chocolate cake with peanut butter icing and I don't like one more than the other. It's a perfect combination.

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And congrats to your daughter! I have to say, I'm a bit spoiled with desserts, here in France. The "gateaux" are very different than those in the US. There is no Betty Crocker, no icing at the supermarket!

  6. Happy Birthday! I LOVE carrot cake--so yummy and GOOD for you (or, at least, as healthy as cake can be with cream cheese frosting). I have the best recipe for it, too, if you're interested.

    Cheers to a great birthday!

  7. Sounds like a great bday! Lenny and his fam are the best. They are sneaky!!!

  8. Which do I like BEST?!? Frosting, of course!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY an' Wow! You got some great cards an' gifts. Looks like you're gonna' be busy with birthday funsies. An' what a nice hubby to go get you the breads you like.

    Congrats to Katherine. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    ~ Yaya

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hip hip hoooray!!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter!!! Oh wow!! yay for her!! Of course she's so talented!! She takes after mum!! Take care

  10. I want that candle!! Happy birthday and it's cake for me, frosting second.

  11. I'm so glad you had such a joyous birthday! And I can't believe you haven't had birthday cake since you were 18? What is up with that!?
    Congrats again to Katherine!! What an accomplishment!

  12. Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you really celebrated!

    The cake looks fantastic. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is my personal favorite, followed by pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Not sure whether I like the cake or the frosting better, as either is diminished without the other.

  13. hi miss sharon! wow that cake looks soooooo yummy! i wish you could just do magic and send me a big chunk. im glad you had a really happy birthday cause thats how birthdays are suposed to be. BIG YIPPPEEEE for katherine! how cool is that! i hope you have a real happy and fun day.
    ...big hugs from lenny

  14. Happy birthday Sharon. Enjoy HOOKED. It's a great book.

    And congrats, Katherine!

  15. how exciting for katherine...woot! woot!

    raising a toast over here to you for a great year ahead and to katherine for her success!

  16. Love cake! And the great harvest bread company. You're right, they have the best bread. It looks like you had a good day. Happy belated birthday!

  17. Sharon! I had no idea it was your birthday and I feel like a total jerk! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!

  18. I've always loved cake and have often quoted Bill Cosby when I have it for breakfast. But I like both parts, cake and frosting.

    And a big congrats to your daughter :)

  19. Happy Birthday! So glad to know you had a great day with your family. The first thing I got published was a haiku too. I think it's great your daughter's getting into writing at a young age!

  20. Hi Sharon .. sounds like you had a wonderful day .. and will have a few good days ahead .. with cake, fresh bread and books to read, cards to answer .. please don't loaf in bed with all those crumbs that will abound?! Happy birthday ..

    and what fantastic news for your daughter .. that's very clever of her & in time for a Christmas purchse ..

    Celebrations galore .. happy days & that card!! Clever Lenny getting the book signed and sent across .. cheers Hilary

  21. So many good things happening in Iowa: your birthday, your daughter's publishing, cake!!!

    Happiest birthday, Sharon! It's starting out as a terrific year for you!

  22. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! The cake looks yummy too. And a great big congratulations to your daughter, that is so cool!!!

  23. Sharon, I'm so glad you had such a great birthday. Cakes are great! I'm not supposed to eat much sugar, but if I could, I'd pig out on a small piece of cake with tons of frosting! We used to eat at Village Inn when we lived in Nebraska, and they do have great desserts!

    Congratulations to Katherine!

  24. Wow… I thing I need one with the other, I couldn’t imagine a world where I had to choose.
    Thx, for all you do.

  25. That bread looks amazing! worth the drive. congrats to your daughter!

  26. What a great day! And that bread looks yummy. NOTHING better than fresh-baked bread still warm from the oven! mmmmmmmmm.

  27. I'm definitely a frosting girl.

    That's so great about your daughter. What an achievement!

    (And your kitchen is very pretty.)

    Happy belated birthday!


  28. Happy belated birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. So much great news, Sharon! Congrats, congrats, congrats to Katherine! And I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday! I really felt like all the FB and blog wishes on my birthday made it incredibly special this past year. And that cake looks DELICIOUS - I love carrot cake! And my favorite - the icing!

  30. Frosting!

    Congrats to your daughter!

    And I see we share a first-half-of-December birthday. :) Happy birthday.

  31. Oh my gosh! Congrats to your daughter! That is so great!

    And happy b-day! Whoop! Mine's coming up (although I'm not all that excited about it).

    Love the Village Inn. The do a great piece of pie. =)

  32. HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY Sharon!!!!!! That cake does look awesome. My mouth is watering. :)

  33. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to you! Looks like it was a GREAT one! The cake looks totally yummy!

  34. Yummy, yummy cake! Happy Birthday!

    And big congrats to your daughter--she must be thrilled!

    And I love cake. Frosting optional. :)

  35. What a fantastic birthday!! Happy, Happy day to you, my dear :) It certainly looks like you are well-loved!

    That cake looks absolutely amazing...and FROSTING is the best :)

    p.s. Stop by Catladyland today to qualify for the cat treat giveaway! Yummy!!!

  36. I LOVE Carrot Cake! And now I want Carrot Cake.

    Happy Birthday! I'm so glad it was such a warm fuzzy one. :)

  37. Dear Sharon,
    I'm sorry that I've been unable to get to your site, sooner. I've been a bit poorly, but what the heck, visiting your blog always makes me feel better. Almost well enough to contemplate some cake:-)
    Anyway, happy belated birthday, and wow, well done to your daughter Katherine. I've no doubt you are all thrilled. Peaceful wishes, Gary.

  38. The harvest breads and carrot cake have me drooling. Nothing like a well balanced diet. Happy birthday.

  39. That Lenny is amazing. :o) So glad you had a wonderful birthday!!! You deserve the best and I'm glad you embraced the day. Loved seeing your smiling face here as well. :o)

    Again, congrats to Katherine!

  40. CRUD! I missed your birthday which means I do not deserve any of your yummy cake or delicious breads, unless of course you feel sorry for me. Uh, you do, right?

    And leave it up to Lenny to do something so SWEET. What a guy. Hugs Sharon. (You are feeling sorry enough to offer me something good to eat, right?) :) HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY TO A PRECIOUS GAL THAT ALWAYS GIVES.

  41. Uh, I meant who always gives. Cuz I know you're not a that. YANNO?