Another reason my birthday was awesome is because of this gift from my Mom:
|I love you, Nordic Ware.|
It's a pan for making individual pineapple upside-down cakes! Can't wait to use it.
Speaking of cakes, I kind of remembered at the last minute that I needed a birthday cake. I was strapped for time, so I busted out the swirly bundt pan and a dump cake book my Mom got me a couple years ago. I kind of sniffed at it at the time (I had just graduated from culinary school) but I needed something quick and easy, and this was quick and easy. I've also been thinking a lot lately about letting go of my inner food snob, so finally making something from this book was a nod to both that and to Mom. I made an apple pie cake and it was beautiful:
|This pan can do no wrong. Seriously.|
It was delicious too. We had it with vanilla ice cream. You know, kind of like apple pie a la mode.
We also had a wonderful lunch over at Tony P's. Mom and I love that place and we've been wanting to get The Brother over there for some time. I had some great mahi-mahi and one of their giant mai-tais. The Brother was impressed with their massive beer list.
All in all, just a great weekend. Hope yours was too!