Okay. Now, where were we...
Ah, yes. We got home from Benihana and had my birthday cake:
It's a giant chocolate chip cookie cake.
Vern has been doing an extraordinary job making my birthday cakes lately. And they are usually always pretty healthy. This year was a little bit of an exception... it was the first time we've used real sugar in anything in a looong time. He got the recipe from marthastewart.com and it called for 3/4 cup sugar and 1-1/2 cup brown sugar. So, instead of that, he used 1 cup organic sugar and 1 tsp stevia. (We usually sweeten with maple syrup, raw honey, stevia, or rapadura). He also substituted whole wheat flour for the white flour.
I suppose I should take a moment here to explain my philosophy on nutrition to those of you who are new here and are confused by why I go around talking about getting freebies from some of the unhealthiest places in town, to talking about how we never use sugar in the house. Basically, I'm really strict about what my kids eat, and less so about myself (because I care so much more about my kids, right? You know, like a good mother would.) So, we always eat really well at home with the kids. As for me, I do like to eat well most of the time, but not when I'm out of the house. It's my idea of balance, I guess. 95% of the time I eat well, 5% of the time, I don't. (Plus, about the idea of freebies at those places that don't really even sound good to me... I just really like getting free things. It makes me feel like I'm getting gifts from the world.)
Oh... now more about Vernon's cakes! This is what he made for me last year (an ice cream cake made with real cream, carob, nuts, and sweetened with stevia, I think):
And a cheesecake in 2009 (sweetened with raw honey):
And I'm not sure what this was in 2008, but it sure looks healthy:
And another cheesecake with carob chips in 2007:
Okay. There's only one more part to this birthday saga, and I will wrap it up tomorrow! Stick with me here.