Monday, August 2, 2010

Birthdays and Weddings!

It's August! Which happens to be my favorite month! Because my birthday is on Friday! Hooray for another year older and wiser! Exclamation points!

I'm just going to be honest with all of you: I'm a total princess for my birthday. I generally celebrate for around a week, but usually at least an entire weekend. This year things are going to be a little different. I'm making the desserts for my friend's wedding this coming Saturday, and my birthday is the day before. That means I'll be spending the day in the kitchen baking, and frosting, and washing dishes, and all kinds of prep work.
Not that I mind. I'm so honored and thrilled that Doc and Nicole entrusted me with the desserts for their WEDDING, and I couldn't be happier to give them the gift of tasty treats! It also helps that my nearest and dearest friend Jackie will be coming to visit on Friday to keep me company and act as sous chef. Ken says he has some things planned for the following week, and maybe if we're not all too hung over on Sunday, I can gather some friends for some celebrating. (Brunch? Dinner and Drinks? Another Picnicing club meeting? PRIVATE ROOM KARAOKE? Please discuss...)
It also doesn't hurt that this party is probably going to be the greatest wedding anyone has ever known. The two love birds already eloped in California a few months ago, so this is just a big party for everyone to celebrate. It's happening in a theater/gallery. With live soul music. There will be pretzels and a keg of beer. Dinner is being catered by a TACO TRUCK. And to finish, a dessert table with grapefruit, key lime and lemon shortbreads, and cupcakes with flavors like mango and lime. Equal parts casual, classy, and awesome. I've never been more excited for a wedding in my life!
Now, back to my birthday. Because I know some of you are thinking, "I just don't know what to get her!" (Mom, I'm looking right at you). There's some things on my wishlist I hope I get. Here's some kitchen-related highlights:
  1. Ice Cream Maker- Um, I don't think I need to explain why I'd want this, but just in case, here's 3 reasons: vegan ice cream, vegan gelato and vegan sorbet. I hear that kitchen aid has an attachment, but I'm really partial to this Cuisinart. Also, if I get an ice cream maker, everybody wins!
  2. The Vegan Scoop- I'll need some vegan ice cream recipes to go with that new ice cream maker!
  3. This Necklace- WANT. I can has? Also, this one's pretty darn cute too!
  4. Vegan White chocolate chips- They're so elusive. Can they be purchased in Philly? I haven't found them yet. And I've been wary of purchasing anything chocolate online in the summertime.
  5. Good quality Extracts- Vanilla, Almond, Strawberry, Coffee, I'll take whatever! 
  6. Vanilla bean paste- I've heard rumors about this stuff. I think I need to investigate further. 
  7. Tofu Press- Seriously, do you know how much easier this would make my life? 
Since I spend most of my time in the kitchen these days, it only makes sense that these are the kind of birthday gifts I'm drooling over. I'm also kind of hoping I get "fancy birthday" dinner from Ken, either at Horizons or Blue Sage, but I'd settle for New Harmony Vegetarian in Chinatown too. Also, I'm not really a fan of cake, so if someone could make me a birthday pie, that'd be great. Thanks!

For now, I'm off to get crackin' on those cookies. But I'm curious: what's your favorite way to spend your birthday?


  1. Thanks Colleen, you are the best! We'll make it up to you for doing all that work on your birthday, I promise.

    Oh and since you asked--- I usually drink on my birthday. Or go for fancy ice cream at the franklin fountian. OR BOTH.

    Those lime cupcakes look a-mazing. Are we having those? I CAN HAS?

  2. Horizons has been a staple birthday spot of mine for years.

    I usually like to walk around Philly by myself for a better portion of the day, window shopping, smiling because I know the secret that it's my birthday, but nobody else does.

  3. This post made me smile really big. The cupcakes look ha-mazing, I'm super-jazzed for whatever belated celebration (cough-karaokefest-cough) ends up happening for your burfday, and I'm craaaaazy excited for the Cole/Doc party this weekend.

    On my birthday, I like to do something that seems just a little bit special, even if it's just special to me. (Although, this past year was super-special, and I'm secretly going to try to top it next year. Maybe my special little things aren't so little after all...)

    P.S. That necklace? ADORABLE.
    P.P.S. I can't believe Nicole commented on the birthday post without any mention of Twilight: New Moon at the Troc.