This weekend has been all about Brianna's birthday. I can't believe that she's 10! Friday night (her actual birthday), we had her favorite meal of spaghetti for dinner, and she had a friend sleep over for the first time. She requested chocolate mousse cake, since she liked the one I made for Christmas. I didn't make the exact same cake, instead choosing to try different recipes for the components. The cake was a chocolate genoise that I found in Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I filled the layers with Premium Dark Chocolate Mousse from Cook's Illustrated. (I would have used the regular chocolate mousse recipe, but I was low on 60% chocolate after making the genoise and needed to use 70% instead.) The whole cake was covered in a ganache glaze. I decorated it with a simple vanilla buttercream and some blue edible glitter (B's favorite color). B said she preferred the last cake I made, but thought this one was pretty good, too. I found it a little too rich, but finally thought to pair it with some raspberry coulis, which helped.
Watching: Doctor Who--The Aztecs. BBC America is revisiting each of the 11 doctors, leading up to the 50th anniversary later this year. They are featuring one doctor each month, starting this month.
Reading: Still working my way through last week's book, and I've also started on the America's Test Kitchen D.I.Y. Cookbook. I'm not sure how many of the things I'll try for myself, but it makes for interesting reading regardless.
Listening: Assorted playlists that I've put together. B & G are amused by some of the music when we listen to it in the car.
Making: Besides birthday cake, I made Cinnamon Roll Muffins for breakfast this morning. They were pretty tasty, but I wasn't totally happy with the texture. I think that the biscuit dough baked up a little tough, and I wonder if it needed some fat (i.e. butter) to tenderize it. I've think I've made another quick recipe that was better, but I like the idea of using the muffin tin to bake the rolls. There will probably be more to come on this one...
tea to get my brain going while I convert the ingredients list to weights
Feeling: Kind of nostalgic and a little melancholy. Part of it is due to B's birthday, and part is because last week was the anniversary of when my first husband Nate died. Some years are harder than others, and this one was more emotional than I was expecting.
Planning: A trip to Seattle! I haven't been back to visit in years (I lived there for several years in the mid-90s), and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going BY MYSELF, which is going to be so nice. I'm excited just imagining a 4-hour plane trip without anyone wanting me to take them to the bathroom, or wanting to borrow my electronics, or complaining about being hungry or thirsty...
Loving: My awesome husband, who is willing to deal with the girls on his own for a weekend so I will be able to take the above trip. He also manages to keep his cool and deal with the girls when they're driving me totally nuts.
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