Two coffee dates in one week — lucky me!
If we were having coffee this week, I would tell you that we got to celebrate my wonderful hubby’s birthday earlier in the week. He and I went out for dinner and drinks with some friends on Saturday night, but over the weekend the kids and I made him a chocolate-chocolate birthday cake.
The cake and frosting were both paleo, and they were intensely chocolately and delicious! I never had much luck with paleo baked goods in the past, but these were awesome. I used the Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe from the blog Paleo Spirit, and paired it with the Chocolate Avocado Frosting.
The cake is heavy and dense, but super chocolately. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free. It uses coconut flour, and it calls for a ton of eggs, and maple syrup for the sweetener.
And the frosting — oh the frosting! This was probably some of the best chocolate frosting I have ever had! It was amazing, and I will be using this as my go-to chocolate frosting recipe, whether I’m baking for a paleo eater or not. I learned that avocado makes the best chocolate frosting! It was creamy and super-chocolately. It stayed soft but wasn’t runny and spread really well. And you couldn’t taste the avocado in the slightest — the cocoa powder was very effective in blotting out any avocado flavor. The kids declared the whole cake “deee-licious!” And then the next day they spotted the leftover frosting in the fridge and asked if they could eat straight out of the bowl. Since the only ingredients are avocado, cocoa powder and maple syrup, I didn’t even feel guilty saying yes!
I also made Albert a paleo banana cream pie with chocolate crust that was seriously delicious. And I don’t even like banana cream pie. I’m really discovering some great stuff as I venture into this new world of paleo baking!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that J has another triathlon coming up this weekend. We went and got him some running clothes last weekend so that he would have something other than swim trunks and a cotton tank top to wear this time around. He was so psyched to get new running clothes!
If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I’m actually kind of excited to participate in Kids Clothes Week next week. Sure, I really would like to work on some new projects to bolster my own dwindling closet (as I continue to lose baby weight, I have fewer and fewer clothes that actually fit me), but there are some gaping holes in the kids’ closets also. J has outgrown all of his tank tops, and the hottest part of the summer hasn’t hit yet. N has a few handmade dresses, but almost always goes for her RTWs over the ones I’ve made for her. I have some sparkly and pink fabrics sitting around in my stash so I’m hoping to make a few more handmades to replace some of those RTW faves.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that next week is the last week of the kids’ summer school before their 3-week summer break. That also means that N will be saying goodbye to Ms. Megan since she’ll move up to preschool when the fall semester starts. N has absolutely loved Ms. Megan this year, and we loved her too. Hopefully Baby J will get to be in her room in a couple of years, but until then we will really miss her goofy, bubbly personality. N’s upcoming teacher is also really awesome (J had her a couple of years ago), but Ms. Megan was one of those teachers who found a really special place in our hearts.
Anyway, Friday is finally starting to wind down, and it should be a beautiful weekend! If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?