6.2.14 – Catching Up: Birthday cakes, nail polish, good reads and coconut crisps

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I’m bursting with a backlog of blog posts and it’s all going to come out in an incomprehensible torrent tonight.  Apologies in advance.   To start: The weather has been gorgeous in New York – perfect picnic weather after a Trader Joe’s run that included raspberries and TJ’s shortbread.

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Then, it was Alex’s FIFTH birthday this past week, so I baked him a ninja cake, because, you know, that’s what you do. I love this King Arthur’s Flour “golden cake” recipe – I’ve baked it a couple of times and it always makes the most amazingly moist perfect layer cake.  The key is room temperature ingredients. Then, I make the frosting/glaze out of coconut oil, honey and butter.  It looks wonky and homemade but both my guys keep requesting it, so I guess there’s that.  Awesome Ninja Toppers from ThinkAndThin on Etsy.

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My transition to Upper West Sider is complete, I bought a cart.  Which has been a life saver, since, as a beloved landlord used to say “I was born under a schlepping sign.” Truer words.

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I served two weeks on Grand Jury which while disruptive, and at times upsetting, was also a deeply contemplative time, to be outside my routine and world for a few weeks. I explored Chinatown and SOHO and finally got to try BlackSeed bagels, which had been blowing up my Instagram for months.  #delicious.   I read a lot during Grand Jury duty, since any day I can read is a good day.   I read artist Anne Truitt’s journal Daybook which I will do a longer post about, but highly recommend in the meantime.  She writes about life, being an artist, a mother, a wife, a woman – she writes with a simple insightful style that is addicting. I kept wanting to be around Anne, to read slower so I could spend more time seeing the world through her eyes.  Recommend x 100. I also read two solid dystopian young adult reads: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Orleans by Sherri Smith.  Both would make good airplane or beach reads, they are absorbing worlds and easy to escape into.

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I got a manicure last week with a new to me non-toxic polish, Zoya in color Kylie 2.  It’s a warm coral color and I’m all for the non-toxic part, but the reason I’m blogging about it is that I’ve never had a nail polish last SO LONG. I’m a hands on person and usually my polish chips the day of or day after a pedicure so a whole week seemed pretty amazing. Finally, I’ve been making ice cream sundaes with these dang toasted coconut chips. #really delicious.

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6 thoughts on “6.2.14 – Catching Up: Birthday cakes, nail polish, good reads and coconut crisps

  1. M

    As much as I’ve missed your blogging I love this torrent. What freaking adorable cake toppers! Lucky kid…

  2. ladylyn

    SO nice to “see” you again here in the bloggy world. Loved your update. Cake recipe: pinned. Coconut chips: on my list (I think we actually have them in our underwhelming small town Safeway!) Books: on another list. Lol. Bagels: mouth watering, green with envy.

  3. Wendy Leonardo

    Fun post! I know just what you mean about jury duty….plenty of unpleasantness, yet almost as good as a vacation. I’m overdue for a summons. That cake looks yummy. I love to bake, but I rarely do a layer cake. May have to give that recipe a try.

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