If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that at times I like to share recipes in replacement of the weekly blog because well, baking is amazing, so is anything sweet, and sometimes you just need a bit of a change in regularly scheduled programming. So, this week, that’s what we’re doing!
Remember to Make Time for Fun
Now I usually share my favorite recipes around the holidays as people are gathering, planning, and plotting for what’s to come in the weeks ahead. But this time, I’m sharing them for a different reason. I’m sharing them to encourage you to take a break, step away, and maybe even try something new but fun! School may have already started and you’re juggling the stress of work, possibly doing your best to navigate virtual learning with your kids, and well, the pandemic just keeps going and going and going. So, for this week, I want you to give yourself some down time, some good times, and some summer times while it’s still here.
Now these recipes are at two different levels of effort, but both are extremely easy. The first is the cake that I spoke of just a few weeks ago that started me off on my baking journey. It’s the strawberry shortcut cake which you can find here, and no worries about messing it up, just enjoy what you’ve created. And with strawberries and cream, really, how can it go wrong? It can’t! Also, if you’re paralyzed with fear about cutting the cake layer in half (I was terrified and elicited the help of my mother in law who told me to put toothpicks around the middle of the cake so I knew to always cut right above them – great tip!), then just say who cares and pile all of the strawberries on the top.
But if you’re feeling like you want your sweet win even faster than that, I’ve still got something just as delectable for you, balsamic strawberries. Now I know that sounds super weird (I thought it did too), and it’s going to seem even weirder once you look at the recipe because there’s black pepper in it. However, I assure you, it’s fantastic; and as long as you can cut up strawberries, you can handle this recipe. Seriously, try it!
A Very Un-Birthday to You!
Ok, so we’ve got two strawberry laden, super fast recipes for you, but nothing to do. So now what? Well if you’re feeling up to it and wanting to put your party pants on, then throw yourself an un-birthday party. The idea for an unbirthday party is from Alice in Wonderland if you don’t know (I didn’t know until I was an adult, I just knew it was awesome) and it’s one I highly encourage you to use. It’s a quick way to make a lifelong memory.
Here’s how we did it at my house. My mom would tell my sisters and I to drag out whatever random, left over party decorations we had in storage, and put them up in whatever weird, goofy way we wanted. Then we’d get out whatever assortment of party paper plates that we had on hand, make an easy dessert like rice Krispy treats, play simple games like Duck, Duck, Goose, and then have a candle blow out for each person while singing “happy unbirthday to you.” It was amazing; it was low stress; and it took zero planning as the guest list consisted of well, just us. I honestly remember it way more than my actual birthdays.
Give Yourself a Break
So this week, give yourself a break, try something new and maybe even sweet with the recipes above, or by doing something that you love but just never seem to have the time for. Really enjoy these last few days of summer, and enjoy any moments of fun that you can. I promise that they really are still there!
Have a great rest of the week everybody!
Let me know in the comments below, what do you do to relax? I’d love to know!
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