April 4th, 2014 § 0 comments



Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday Dear DIVA, Happy Birthday to ME!!!

When we’re kids, we would get so excited for our birthdays. We wanted so badly to be older, that we would go as far as telling our age in fractions…8 1/2, 9 3/4. As we “do” get older, our age becomes taboo. No one wants or likes to get older, but we have no choice in the matter. I use to dread when my birthday rolled around, but now I embrace it. Even though I embrace my birthdays, I still don’t tell my age.

On one of my milestone birthdays, I was so depressed, I cried all day. My poor husband tried so hard to make my day special, but I just wasn’t having it. The next day, I came to my senses. I realized HOW RIDICULOUS I was behaving! I shouldn’t be sad because I’m a year older, I should be happy that I lived another year. Another year of being with the people I love and doing the things I enjoy. From that point on, I decided not to attach an age to my birthday. I wanted it to be a celebration of life! After all, isn’t that what happens when we’re born?


I now celebrate my birthday to it’s fullest. It no longer is just a birth”day”, but a series of celebrations.
On another milestone birthday, I actually wrote up a weekend long itinerary of activities for my friends to help me celebrate. My birthday celebration has become a thing my friends look forward to. They know there’s always something fun planned. So, if you’re like I was and dread your birthday remember, we can’t change the fact that we get older, but we can change the way we think about it. It makes all the difference in the world!
Happy Birthday to you.

Now, about the cake. One of my favorite, if not my favorite snack is peanut butter and Nutella. I can eat each one straight out of their jars. I love putting them together on graham crackers or smeared on a ripe banana. This year, I decided to use peanut butter and Nutella together in my birthday cake.

I made a rich, creamy cheesecake that has a peanut butter crust made with crushed Nutter Butter cookies. I then topped it off with a thick layer of chocolate-hazelnut Nutella ganache. One bite and I thought I heard angels’s that good! Not only is celebrating your birthday important, but celebrating with a great cake makes it that much sweeter.

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