It may have just been Mother’s Day but the lady that I like to call “Mom” (most prefer Bev but I have special naming privileges) is so darn special that she gets to celebrate being awesome twice this month…
Happy Birthday Mom!
The birthday prep started last night with some serious squares baking.
My mom needed to bring some birthday treats into work for the staff. It’s protocol. Naturally I stepped up to the plate.
Giant pan of squares #1 = Toffee Squares. Think cake mix, toffee bits and chocolate chips. Think deadly. The only thing that would make these better would be one big, thick drizzle of caramel.
Giant pan of squares #2 = Top Secret (ahem…meaning I forgot to take a picture. But they were strawberry cheesecake squares)
I figured, with two giant pans of ooey gooey desserts being brought in, there would be tons of leftovers trailing back home at the end of the day.
Nope…just these. And only because my mom nabbed a few to sneak back home for us. Otherwise, demolished.
And there look, evidence of the cheesecake squares.
I also baked up some Momnola (aka Mom’s Granola) since she likes to sprinkle it on her oatmeal every morning.
The label says, “No experiments. Just good old fashioned oats, butter and brown sugar. Enjoy!”
Explanation: Every time she requests granola, I try out a new recipe. Sometimes they use pumpkin, applesauce, different oils, nut butters and other random ingredients. Often times they just don’t turn out that well . The basic butter/brown sugar combo is spot on. I wouldn’t dare mess around with her birthday batch. (Hint: It was Averie’s recipe I’ve already tried and loved)
Let me just tell you, baking giant pans of pure sugary goodness mere hours before bed is not the best idea. Obviously I had to sample (to make sure they were edible of course!) while cutting them up. I was wired. ‘Sleepy’ took a long time to kick in, and even when it did my mind was still running at top speed.
And then I woke up to do it all over again in order to make a Carrot Birthday Cake!
But first I took a break from the sugar-laden treats and opted for some greens.
Hello Green Liquid Breakfast. Green tea, almond milk, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, spinach, frozen strawberries, cinnamon, barley grass powder, vanilla stevia, ice and gums. Topped with Fibre One for good measure.
Run Run Run. Abs Abs Abs. Lunch Lunch Lunch.
THEN the baking re-ensued.
It was carrot cake. It was a beautiful process.
But the taste test had to wait until after dinner.
Swiss Chalet anyone? “Life should taste as good as Swiss Chalet.” Is this just a Canadian thing? They have the best dipping sauce.
How about some free appetizer perogies? (Gotta love coupons!)
For the actual meal, we all ordered the Quarter Chicken Dinner – mine was white meat chicken with a roll and side garden salad. I also stole a few of my mom’s fries, hence the lovely ketchup blob on the bottom of the plate.
(Spot the delish dipping sauce in the upper right corner)
Okay okay THEN it was Cake Time.
Drum roll please…
We tried to get some nice, normal pre-cake portraiture (*Note the fact that my brother’s hand is almost as big as my mom’s face. Freak).
Yeah we don’t do normal. Or at least he doesn’t. Clearly he was just a little too excited for cake time.
“GIMME DE CAKEEEEEE”
Happy Birthday dearest Mom. You da Bomb!