Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

It was my birthday yesterday! I turned nineteen and I can't believe I won't be a teenager this time next year. How can that be possible? It seems like just a year ago I was crying in the kindergarten because my mom was leaving me there and I thought she wouldn't come back. Oh... Even though my childhood was awesome,  I have never celebrated any of my birthdays. I don't remember I got any birthday cake. Never ever. Maybe when I was really little. But not blowing out the candles or having a party, just nice lunch or dinner with my family and friends. Don't take me wrong; I'm not complaining or anything; I like the way it is and always was, but I always wanted to have a birthday cake, although I've never asked for it.  I made it myself this year for the third time and I'm ashamed. It's not the cake it was supposed to be. Why? I like to make everything from scratch, with no shortcuts in the form of instant powders or canned food. This is a very- easy- to- make cake, but everybody likes it so what's the problem?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake

We used to go to Sam's every weekend, usually Saturdays, before we headed off for lunch (or rather an early dinner) in the restaurant. It was just right after we slept in, listened to the country music coming out of the grandma's TV while eating some Pop Tarts, drinking some orange juice and cleaning the house. Sam's was the most favorite store for all of us. Why? Maybe you know they offer free samples of food. Yeah! Even though  we didn't planned on buying anything, we usually ended up with a full cart. Beth, my American host mom, was amazed as much as me and Yutong, my Chinese host sister, by the deliciousness and we just could not resist. Well, we just had our "lunch" for free over there. I remember days when I was coming out of the place hungry, because they just didn't serve any samples for me, a vegetarian. Many other times I was completely satisfied by yogurts (I had to try each flavor), cheese pizza, cheese, fruits, drinks, green bean casserole... and cakes. The one that each of us "sampled" three times stayed in my mind. Served with whipped cream and fresh berries. It made an impression on Beth, not a fruit lover, too. She bought us not just the cake, but also 3 bottles of whipped cream, some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries... I felt like in a paradise. Cakey paradise.