Yup, it’s my birthday tomorrow. I’m incredibly lucky because I have my boyfriend spoiling me all weekend.
I plan to pop into the kitchen and have lots of fun cooking up a bunch of recipes I’ve been wanting to try. For example, I saw an Instagram photo by Heather Osborn of a tasty looking chicken stew with dumplings, the big fluffy dumplings I love. I so want to try to adapt my sourdough to create a sourdough recipe for stew dumplings. Thus, Friday night dinner will be chicken stew with sourdough dumplings.
Breakfast on Saturday will be my sourdough pull apart bread. Lots of cinnamon and sugar involved in this. I should probably make some scrambled eggs and fresh salsa to make sure I don’t crash off all the carbs.
For my actual birthday, I’m baking myself these incredible cupcakes I’d tried at someone else’s birthday party years ago. everyth!ngshiny gave me the base recipe for these Guiness chocolate cupcakes filled with Irish Whiskey chocolate ganache topped with Bailey’s Irich Creme frosting. I’ve been wanting to try to bake them for years. Now, I’m gonna.
For dinner on my birthday, I’m making my lasagna. When I say my lasagna, usually this entails ground beef, pork and veal layered with a tasty tomato sauce and fresh roasted garlic plus thin sliced roasted zucchini. There’s plenty of riccota cheese, liberally seasoned with fresh herbs, and lots of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Plus, I like to serve a bit of alfredo sauce on the side to spoon over the top for added richness. *bliss*
Both my boyfriend and my roomie have volunteered to eat all that food, which makes me super happy. Otherwise, there’s no reason to cook. But I can’t share all this yummy goodness with all of you.
So, I decided to put together a giveaway. See this lovely pile of books? Yup. Follow the instructions for Rafflecopter for chance(s) to win. (Open to US & Canada) Included in this giveaway is a signed copy of GIMME SHELTER, an anthology of the zombie apocalypse featuring stories by many of my good friends and my sci-fi short, REMEMBER MY NAME.
Contest ends at midnight EDT on September 22.
I’m grateful to be celebrating another birthday and looking forward to the opportunity to accomplish many things in the year to come.