Today I turn 25. I have officially lived a quarter of a century. In dog years, I’m like 405234 years old.
In these past 25 years, I have found myself. I may not know everything, but then again I probably never will. But I do know who I am and I know what I like, and it feels great!
I know that Polka Dots were predestined to be my signature pattern. It’s not my fault if half of my clothing is covered in them.
I know that writing cookbooks is HARD work, but also super fulfilling! This week I got to hold my first book in my hands for the first time this week and I sent in my manuscript for the second on Monday. I feel so happy and proud!
I know that Family is the most important thing. I don’t know where I would be without mine.
I know that I found my soul mate at 19 years old. He makes me laugh daily and puts up with all my crap. He’s a keeper.
I know that getting married the day before my birthday was the smartest thing I ever did. Not only did I get to have the biggest party ever thrown for my birthday, but every year I get to have cake for dinner on October 11th for our anniversary. And then cake for breakfast on October 12th for my birthday. It was BRILLIANT planning on my part.
This years anniversary/birthday cake was a Pumpkin Dream Cake. I was so excited for this one that I was posting photos of it on facebook while it was still being put together!
If you have been reading along for a while, you will remember the Banana Dream Cake. It was the best cake I had ever made. Just read the reviews, everyone loved it! I get emails almost weekly about people making and loving that cake.
And it really was the greatest cake, ever…until now. Now we have the Pumpkin Dream Cake. It is pumpkin-y, but not too pumpkin-y. It is both moist & crumbly! It is so incredibly tender that you just want to use it as a pillow. Seriously, no excuses, make this cake.
UPDATE: I have made these as cupcakes! If you do the recipe below as stated, it will make 3o standard sized cupcakes. They will need to bake at 300°F for 18-20 minutes and do not need to go into the freezer.