i think jamie and i have a new tradition for our birthday weeks.
whoever is celebrating their birthday gets to stay in bed when the kids wake up in the morning and the other person gets the kids up.
for the entire week preceding your birthday.
i liked it when jamie did it for me so i did it for him (and now i'm ready to lie in bed a little longer tomorrow morning!)
today jamie turned 30.
i'm no longer in my 30's without him.
he didn't ask for much, but upon my questioning him, he requested a strawberry cake.
strawberry it is, babe.
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 pacakge (85 g) strawberry jello
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs (room temperature)
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup straberry puree/jam
prehead oven to 350F. Butter and flour pan size of choice. i have limited options here so i chose my oval glass pan.
in a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stire the milk, puree/jam and the vanilla. set aside.
sift and whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
cream the sugar, jello and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy - about 5 minutes.
add the eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
add the wet and dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating between wet and dry. try not to overmix.
fill your pan(s) with batter and bake for 30-40 minutes - although if you are going with smaller pans, you will need to bake for less time. check your cake(s) at 20 minutes and once you feel it's almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals.
let cool on racks for 10 minutes before loosening edges with a knife.
happy birthday to the love of my life, my best friend, fellow sojourner on this crazy adventure called life and the father to my children.
here's to our 30's!