Tomorrow is my birthday.
Isn’t it kind of weird how birthdays aren’t really that exciting anymore after 21?
Don’t get me wrong, I am very much happy and grateful to be celebrating another year of life. It’s just there’s no longer than anxious feeling about what that birthday signifies (13 you are finally a teenager, 16 you get your driver’s license, 18 you can gamble, 21 you can drink).
My 13th Birthday
Birthdays used to be a big deal. You’d have parties, your family and friends would all come, and you’d have leftover cake for a week. Now, I live too far from my family and friends to see them, I work on my birthday, and cake is usually much too rich to eat. The joys of getting older!
I will say that 22 was the most challenging year of my life thus far – emotionally, physically, and mentally. All of the things I experienced I truly believe made me a better, more well-rounded, and mature person. My list includes: my first full year living on my own, being single (and happy) after a bad breakup with someone I thought I was going to be with for the rest of my life, adopting and being the sole provider for my first pet, skydiving, running my first 5K, handling and taking care of (most) of my finances on my own (my parents have definitely helped a lot, don’t get me wrong!), actually giving myself a vacation and going on my first cruise, and all of my work-related accomplishments.
Looking back on it all, even though 22 was difficult at some points, I must say it was a blast. And I am definitely looking forward to what 23 has to offer.
What an interesting weekend! I spent majority of it lying on my parents’ couch because I was still feeling really sick. However, I did make the most of my Saturday by running in the 5K I had previously signed up for. And wow, was it tough!
Completing the race in under an hour was my goal. I finished in just over an hour and was originally really disappointed in that time, but after hearing from lots of my other friends who were healthy and completed the race, I do not feel as bad about it. Not only could I not run most of the time due to the fact that my throat kept closing (being sick while already an asthmatic is fun) but it was extremely hot that day! So I am very proud of my time!
This past Monday was also my brother’s fiance’s birthday so I decided to take the opportunity to make a dessert I had pinned a couple weeks ago – Oreo Poke Cake. I’ll take any excuse to bake something new, especially if it involves chocolate 😉
The cake turned out great! Hallie loved it and there was so much leftover that I even took the cake into work. My coworkers were very appreciative and it was devoured in about 5 minutes. My boss even told me that it was “epic.” I’ll say this one was a success!
Oreo Poke Cake
- Chocolate cake mix (plus what you need to make the cake, usually eggs, oil, and water)
- 2 boxes of Oreo instant Jello pudding mix (4.2 ounces)
- 4 cups of milk
- Oreo cookie crumbles
Mix and bake cake mix in 9 x 13 in. pan according to instructions. When the cake has about 5 minutes left, begin making your pudding. Whisk the pudding mix with the cold milk for about two minutes, until lumps are gone. Let set only 2-3 minutes (not the whole 5, you don’t want it to set too thick or it won’t pour!)
Take cake out of oven and begin poking holes all over cake. Try to use something with a 1 inch diameter, like the end of a wooden spoon. Do as many holes as you’d like – there’s no such thing as too many or too little!
Pour your pudding mix all over cake and into the holes you created. Use the back of a spoon to help get the pudding into the holes. Let set 5-10 minutes and cool.
Cover & refrigerate for at least an hour. Top with Oreo cookie crumbles before serving.
What is your favorite type of cake to make?