It's the Weekend, It's the Weekend!

above: my first non-Ikea Princess cake for my birthday from Erlend
below: a beautiful pot of orchids from Erlend's mom
To see more pictures of my birthday celebration, follow me on Instagram!

Hi everybody!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I had a wonderful birthday week, involving three different cakes: Princess cake from Erlend (as seen in the Instagram picture above), this boozy yellow birthday cake from yours truly, and a red velvet cream cheese cake from my sweet coworkers.

Tonight, I'm heading across the pond for my sister's wedding in Amsterdam, so be sure to follow along my travels on Instagram and Twitter. True to form, I've planned most of the trip around food, so watch my feed for desserts from England, the Netherlands, and Scotland!

Have a great weekend everybody!


This Week's Menu
(yeah, living the raw deal – three course meal!)

by Chef Megan of Hint of Vanilla

by Chef Sarah of The Sugar Hit

by Chef Sydney of The Crepes of Wrath


...  surf it, scroll it, pause it, click it ... 

...  questions of science, science and progress ... 

...  in the neighborhood bars, i'd once dreamt i would drink ... 

...  portland oregon and sloe gin fizz, if that ain't love then tell me what is ...

... take me on a trip i'd like to go someday ...
  • Cheers to the airport staff who very sweetly took care of a boy's lost stuffed tiger and gave him an adventure to remember.

... when i still see it all in my head, burning red ...

... that life ain't only supply and demand ...
  • Panicked about this summer's egg shortage? Don't be. 


Have a good weekend, folks! Don't forget to comment with any links, gifs, or recipes I might have missed!


  1. Three cakes?? That sounds like my kind of birthday! I love that princess cake, so pretty.

  2. Abby | Lace & LilacsJune 20, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Ooh, all your birthday cakes sound incredible, Michelle. And Amsterdam?! England?! Scotland?! I'm so jealous... have an amazing time! <3

  3. These took about 3 1/2 hours to make, so I hope they're amazing haha

  4. Ohhh you lucky gal, I could eat cake all day long if I didn't love veggies equally as much! Okay and if it didn't make me (((( ._. )))) hehe. And dude, am I gonna folllow your travel to Europe?! Not even a question 0_0 Can't wait to keep up with your trip as I love to travel vicariously...but seriously, this is where the scratch and sniff would come in handy.

  5. Great roundup! Seems like we should be less anxious about the "egg crisis" and more attentive to the harms of excessive cell phone usage...cheers to less time on the phone & more time being adventurous...Happy Sunday Michelle :)

  6. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a feast! And looking forward to seeing pics from your adventures over on this side :) Whereabouts are you headed to in Scotland?

  7. happpppppy birthday! That cake is just so beautiful!! And safe travels! England is actually quite nice right about now as the sun has been peaking through quite a bit. And be sure to eat LOTS of sticky toffee pudding in Scotland. I miss living there :) xx

  8. Our Food StoriesJune 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    That cake looks amazing!! And have a great time at your sisters wedding <3

  9. Happy belated birthday Michelle!!! I can't wait to see your travels soon! By the way, I went to see Jurassic World and as soon as the velociraptors came on, I whispered-shouted to my boyfriend, "They actually had feathers, you know! This isn't accurate at all!!", as if I expected scientifically accurate dinosaurs from a big Hollywood movie.
    Thanks for the link love, too! :)

  10. Oh congratulations to your sister!!! But I'm so jelly that you get to go to all those places!!! Wanna bring me along??? ;D

  11. Hi! I think we're going to be in the countryside by a lake in a small town called Skelmorlie? Know anything about it?

  12. Jessie Snyder | Faring WellJune 22, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Raptors had FEATHERS?! Say what?! That looked too weird.

  13. I'm really loving these posts. HAVE THE BEST TRIP!!!!!

  14. The color combo of the blackberry and lime is beautiful! Great job!

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  15. So happy you had nice cake-filled birthday, Michelle! Also, those Salt & Straw flavors sound amazing. That place is so popular in Portland, I've never really seen lines that long at an ice cream parlor! Have fun in Europe boo!

  16. First of all Happy belated birthday wishes for you. I really like this cake. it is very beautiful to see and i hope the taste will also be good. right? I really like this and expecting more from you.