The Sweets Report: Year 40

This year I felt a bit of the “pain” that so many Christmas babies feel when their birthdays land close to or on Dec 24 and 25th and their celebrations are shortchanged or bunched in with Santa’s visit. Instead of Santa, the Easter bunny stole a bit of my thunder this year but that really didn’t stop me from eating. (Not much does.)

As I do every year, here’s the juice on all the sweets I enjoyed in honor of my big 40!

I kicked off my birthday week of sweets eating with an assortment of treats from Momofuko Milk Bar.

I kicked off my birthday week of sweets eating with an assortment of treats from Momofuku Milk Bar. Here I am blowing out my actual day candles with Spot Fiori who is clearly very excited about that slice of their signature “crack pie“.

The crack pie was delish, but in my opinion, this b’day cake truffle was my favorite! so festive!

The crack pie was delish, but in my opinion, this b’day cake truffle was my favorite- so festive and cute! (Yes, that is an animal print candle! JERSEY STRONG)

My fave Momofuku treat of all was this corn cookie. Ever since I tasted it, I have thought of it often. Extra points for their nut warning on the label which reads:

BUT my fave Momofuku treat of all was this corn cookie. Ever since I tasted it, I have thought of it often. Extra points for making me giggle with their nut warning on the label which reads: Produced in a kitchen where nuts are present (hahaaahhaaa! that’s how I feel about MY cookies!)

Its becoming tradition to enjoy one of Carrie's (of Goodiebox Bake Shop) red velvet cuppies on my b-day! this year we ordered minis in a few flavors....

Its becoming tradition to enjoy one of Carrie’s (of Goodiebox Bake Shop) red velvet cuppies on my b-day! this year we ordered minis in a few flavors…

her coffee and chocolate mini is also glorious...

….her coffee and chocolate mini is also glorious…

...but this peanut butter cake pop was really exceptional! If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you must try!

…but this peanut butter cake pop was really exceptional! If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you must try!

Easter falling 2 days after my birthday was actually fine as far as sweets eating- I loved making my niece Cecelia an Easter cookie tree even though she can't eat cookies yet!

Easter falling 2 days after my birthday was actually fine as far as sweets eating- I loved making my niece Cecelia an Easter cookie tree even though she can’t eat cookies yet!

Here's Cece doing a little dance next to "Grandma Mimi's" ricotta pie... one of the traditional Italian Easter sweets. Hers is especially light and delish- I wonder if she will share the recipe?

Here’s Cece doing a little dance next to “Grandma Mimi’s” Ricotta Pie… one of the traditional Italian Easter sweets. Hers is especially light and delish and I helped myself to a large slice. I wonder if she will share her secret recipe? (hint hint)

I took a break from sweets eating Monday but Tuesday we were off to Austin for Ben & Ellie's wedding. To counterbalance all the eating I knew I'd be doing, I enjoyed fresh fruit with a sprinkle of granola for breakfast most days. Ben the cake topper joined me on this particular day.

By Tuesday we were settled in Austin, Texas for Ben & Ellie’s wedding. To counterbalance all the eating I knew I’d be doing, I enjoyed fresh fruit with a sprinkle of granola for breakfast most days. Ben the cake topper joined me on this particular day- he loves granola!

An uncharacteristically drizzly day did not stop me from sidling up to Gordough's Donut Truck. OMG!

An uncharacteristically cool and drizzly day in Austin did not stop me from sidling up to Gordough’s Donut Truck. OMG! (I was totally embarrassing KF with my excitement here)

Their menu is extensive with donuts I don't mess around... I like a classic cake donut. Loved that this one came with the donut hole- yes!!!

Their menu is extensive and elaborate but with donuts I don’t mess around… I like a classic, cake donut so I ordered the “Naughty & Nice”. Loved that it came with the donut hole- yes!

Meanwhile, KF cut into his PB& J donut and almost started crying from happiness. This is def too much for me but now I have the inspiration for his birthday cake!

Meanwhile, KF cut into his PB&J donut and almost started crying from happiness! (He does not normally get like that over sweets)! An hour later he went for an extended run.

The food truck thing is huge in Austin. I loved the wall at Hello Cupcake so much, I had to try one of their cuppies- even though I don't like to cheat on Goodiebox)

The food truck thing is huge in Austin! Even though I don’t like to cheat on cupcake Carrie, I loved the wall at “Hey Cupcake” so much, I had to try one of their cuppies…

Good stuff- went with the traditional vanilla vanilla... in my opinion, a vanilla cupcake is rarely bad.

Good stuff- went with the traditional “vanilla dream” and very much appreciated the tinted pink icing and sprinkles… in my opinion, a vanilla cupcake is rarely bad, so its always a good way to gauge a new cupcake place. BTW: Hey Cupcake’s airstream rocks!

I didn't taste this glittered pizza slice but did note how well it was executed... can't wait to go back to Austin and try Home Slice!

I can’t wait to go back to Austin and try Home Slice! I did not taste this glittered pizza slice which hangs in their front window but I did appreciate how well it was crafted!

This potato chip cookie from Redbud Cafe in Blanco was where my sweets week came to a close. It is lovely and was yummy but I was hoping for more of a salty combined with sweet thing... delish cappuccino!

This potato chip cookie from Redbud Cafe in Blanco was where my sweets week came to a close. It is lovely and was a bit weird but also yummy… very delish and well crafted cappuccino by the way!

Next day we were off to the wedding (did I mention the yum- carrot cake wedding cake) and a day later back to NJ. On Monday I hit the spin bike “running” as they say. Another year of racking up birthday deliciousness… I’m a lucky girl. Life is SWEET!  Xo Dani

 

 

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