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In Which I Narrowly Avoid A Van Full Of Baby Mick Jaggers

My friends, the trees in our backyard haven’t fallen on us yet.  They’re just hanging out in midair waiting for, you know, a light breeze.

But I moved some things to the front of the house just in case.  I found a bunch of cool stuff, including my record player and a box of LPs.  I also found a journal I used to write in.

And boy was that weird.

According to my journal, in 1985, I wanted to raise rabbits in my room.  In rabbit pens.

In 1989, I wanted to marry a boy named Nate because he was good at flag football and he liked fajitas.

And in 2003, my number 1 life goal was to:





That’s right, y’all.  Travel with a band.  Because it would be super fun until I woke up with a heroin problem and a van full of baby Mick Jaggers.

I like to think my judgment’s gotten better since 2003.

I like to think that these days, if someone asked me to get naked and wear a metallic warrior bikini for a photo shoot, I’d slap myself in the face and politely decline.

But who knows.

Stuff happens.

So let’s all have a good weekend and try not to make any really bad decisions, okay?  I don’t have time to go over all the things we should avoid, but I will say there should be no gold headpieces, no making rockstar babies in the green room, and no more than five pet rabbits between the bunch of us.

Fajitas and flag football are fine.

I’ve also approved this cake.

It’s a strawberry cake with a layer of strawberries and strawberry jam in the middle, covered with peanut butter cream cheese icing.

I used Brandi’s (from”Look I Made That”) strawberry cake recipe again, except I used 1 tsp. vanilla and no almond extract, no vanilla bean and no lemon zest.  I only poured the batter into two pans, and I did not make strawberry icing.

Instead, I put a layer of strawberry jam and a layer of sliced strawberries in the middle.

And I covered the whole thing in peanut butter frosting.  You can get the cake recipe here and the frosting recipe here.  (I forgot the cream in the frosting, and it was great, but probably not as easy to spread.)  It was tasty.


And get some rest this weekend, yes?

Lots of it.

32 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amy #

    I love all things PB&J and this sounds amazing! I want to (and will) marry a boy named Nate too! I think he prob sucks at flag football though and detests mexican food. Oh well.

    June 29, 2012
  2. No really bad decisions, just bad decisions. I might be able to fulfill that one. I’m in my mid 50s and touring with a rock band could actually top my list. Right now. (Thunder get herself a new collar?)

    June 29, 2012
    • You must let me know if you wind up touring with a rock band. I’ll come to one of the shows if you can use your wily ways to get me a backstage pass. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

      Yeah, I kind of like that collar. She doesn’t normally doesn’t wear one in the house, but with all the commotion with visitors and my mom’s dog being over, I wanted to be extra safe in case she runs out a door when she shouldn’t!

      June 30, 2012
  3. I’m ready for a dog, and that cake. Maybe I’ll dream my way there…

    June 29, 2012
    • Meredith, the cake is easier than a dog. But not as cuddly. You should probably get both.

      June 30, 2012
  4. Lemon Bars #

    Woop — the frosting link takes us instead to the strawberry cake recipe again. Did I miss something?

    June 29, 2012
    • Ah so sorry! I fixed it now. I was typing this from the road and messed the links up. Thank you so much for pointing it out to me. The link is to the Martha Stewart peanut butter frosting recipe. Mmmmm….

      June 30, 2012
  5. Suddenly I want to to work on my one-ab and then take a nap.

    June 29, 2012
    • Those are noble choices, and good ways to start the weekend, soul walker.

      June 30, 2012
  6. Tara #


    June 29, 2012
    • Tara, it IS yummy. I made it because I’m hanging out with my little cousins this week, and I’m cooking dinner one night. I wanted to test out dessert recipes I thought kids might like. I think the PB&J cake should do the trick.

      June 30, 2012
  7. Yum!

    June 29, 2012
    • I know. It’s all gone now and I want it back.

      June 30, 2012
  8. Beautiful Post – Loving your photos – thanks for sharing:) Have a Wonderful Weekend!

    June 29, 2012
    • Thank you–have a wonderful weekend, too!

      June 30, 2012
  9. You are just showing off because my latest strawberry cake failed so miserably. I did not however put peanut butter on it. I see now the error of my ways…

    June 29, 2012
    • Hold up. Your strawberry cake looked like a gooey delicious wonder. I’d eat it any day. And your eggs in a basket photographed so nicely! So I think we’re okay here. But if what you’re saying is that both of us should start putting peanut butter frosting on everything we make from now on (just to make sure it’s not a failure), I’m down.

      June 30, 2012
  10. HOLD UP, SISTA! Have you been planning this since you ate those peanut butter cupcakes in NYC? (That’s where you found them, right?) Because every time I see a baked peanut butter and jam ANYTHING, I think of you and The Robot. And now you’ve gone and baked some sort of PB&J masterpiece.

    Also, 2003 isn’t that long ago. Which makes the travel-with-a-band thing even funnier in my mind.

    June 30, 2012
    • My dad asked me to cook at our family reunion in California (whoot) this week. I knew there’d be a lot of kids. I have no idea what little people eat, other than PB&J and crayons and stale potato chips that they find under the seat of the car. Hence this cake.

      In other news, Scott introduced himself to my 4 year-old cousin yesterday and she, (understandably) thought his last name was Robot. I really wish you had been there when she said “YOU’RE A ROBOT? I DIDN’T KNOW ROBOTS COULD BE THAT. . . BIG!” It was awesome.

      What’s not awesome is that he has been talking in a robot voice and moving like a robot and asking people to plug in his power supply for the past 24 hours. My entire family except for the 4 year-old thinks he’s crazy.

      June 30, 2012
  11. Z-Z-Z-Z

    June 30, 2012
    • Hee hee. Have a good weekend, Sandy Sue!

      June 30, 2012
  12. You didn’t steer me wrong with the chilled honey oats and shredded apples – had some yesterday morning and it was just as heavenly as the first time I tried it (BTW – added coconut & substituted almond milk), so I’m looking forward to this devilish deviation from my usual strawberry cake. Thank you, Nikki

    July 1, 2012
    • Yay! Thanks for letting me know. I bet it’s awesome with coconut. I’m not sure I’ve ever had almond milk. I bet I’d love it (I love me some almonds). And I imagine it’s loaded with protein? I’m going to try it!

      July 1, 2012
      • And if you’re in the mood for twang, drizzle with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice 😉 (or black cherry concentrate)

        July 1, 2012
  13. musingmar #

    Peanut butter and jam cake? Yes! A van full of baby Mick Jaggers? Yikes!

    July 3, 2012
  14. Never wanted to travel with a band — only to be in one. It may happen yet… but I’m too old to have babies, thank goodness. I don’t do heroin either.

    July 6, 2012
  15. shannon #

    i doubt i’d ever want to run across any journals from when i was younger. I’m pretty sure my life goals included becoming a pro skateboarder, running away with Eddie Vedder (or the Nate who i knew and adored), owning a car more awesome than my ’88 Ford Escort hatchback, and maybe taking up residence in Seattle, because that’s where the grunge was.
    yeah. so my Eddie Vedder babies could have had play dates with your baby Mick Jaggers, at least.

    July 15, 2012
  16. lakalifestyle #

    we love all things pb & j, we’ll definitely have to try out this recipe. It looks delicious x

    February 28, 2015

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