So This is What 37 Looks Like… and Cake

It’s official: I’ve made 37 trips around the sun. It doesn’t feel like I should be 37, but then again, what is 37 supposed to feel like?

I think 37 isn’t too bad. I have two pretty awesome kids and an incredible husband. I have wonderful supportive family on both sides. We have a roof over our heads, food on our table, and steady jobs. I don’t think it can get much better than that.

My birthday weekend

I had a great weekend. My friends and family gave me a very fun birthday.

Friday, two of my friends took me out for Chinese food at lunchtime. And it was fabulous. My husband surprised me with balloons.

And some not so funny napkins that had 40 on them.

My husband’s family came over to our house after supper. We eat a cake that my daughter, niece, and mother-in-law baked for me. Apparently when my mother-in-law asked my daughter what day should decorate my cake with she said, “Sprinkles and mommy likes Wonder Woman!”

I had recently mentioned to my husband that I wanted to go to Kansas City to see Pete Yorn in concert. He bought tickets and apparently they had come in the mail just that day. While I was upstairs with all of our company he was downstairs scanning and then photoshopping the tickets to have a different name on them. So when I open my card and saw Pete Yarrow instead of Pete Yorn he thought it was very funny. It was very realistic because he even printed them on cardstock. He has some pretty good Photoshop skills.

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The next day was just lazy day at home but in the evening my husband and daughter went to the princess ball at our local Recreation Center. My daughter has been looking forward to this since September. She looks so adorable in her Anna from Frozen costume and tiara. They had lots of fun eating pizza and cupcakes, playing games, especially excited when they arrived home because she had been given a long stemmed rose.

On Sunday we drove to my parents’ home in my hometown where we spent the day with them. My mother made a delicious pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, and homemade bread. She also baked an incredible peanut butter sheet cake.

Sorry, the lighting was awful. I couldn’t get a good photo.

We had a great time with my parents and returned home with tons of leftovers and a large amount of cake.

I am super excited about the curtain rod and curtains that my mom gave me for my birthday. Since we moved into our house four years ago I have wanted to replace the late 1980s asymmetrical valance and vertical blinds covering the sliding glass door to our deck. It seems like something else has always taken precedence over replacing them. I am so happy to finally do it! It’s the little things that make me happy…

I cleaned house, played with the kids, and gave them baths. Then after putting the kids to bed, my husband and I watched an episode of Arrested Development before I tried to get to bed fairly early in order to wake up early and walk on my new treadmill.

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Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

My friend Tiffany gave me this recipe a couple of years ago, so I don’t know where it originated from. It is very similar to a chocolate Texas Sheet Cake that my mother often bakes.

My mom used creamy peanut butter, but as a crunchy peanut butter lover, I think it would be just as delicious with crunchy peanut butter. It would also be good with chocolate frosting instead of peanut butter frosting if you would prefer.

Just a warning, I have made this cake once before and it was difficult not to eat all the warm frosting!

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 Tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium pot add peanut butter, water, and butter and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • In a different bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda, then add to the peanut butter mixture.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla to the bowl and mix well.
  • Mix well and pour into a greased sheet cake pan (12X17 jellyroll pan). Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a small pot bring the butter, buttermilk, and peanut butter to a boil. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir well. Pour frosting immediately over the warm cake.

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