Monday, January 16, 2012
Weekend Treats! Cake, Icing and Pie Oh My...
Weekend of treats...

We started it off by going to our friends' house to have dinner on Friday night. That was such a great time. They had a baby 3 months ago and with all the holiday stuff and colds we had going on before the first of the year, this was our first opportunity to meet the new little guy. He is such an angel. I got me some sweet baby cuddle time in and now I'm set for a little while. It just happened to be mine and our friend Chris' birthday on Saturday so I baked my gluten free angel food cake and took some seven minute icing (and strawberries) for a little celebration.

I woke up to this card Saturday morning...

I love being married to my best friend! Tony LOVES that I am 1 month and 10 days older than him. He says I'm a cougar for that month. It cracks me up every time. Oh and what died...was my youth. Love that card. Makes me giggle every time I look at it. 

We rolled the dice and went out to linner (lunch and dinner at once). We went to P.F. Changs which the kids love and it was a treat. Tony and I have been sick since we walked out of the place. I will spare you the details, but food allergies and intolerances are no fun when risking going out. Oh well, at least I was showered with love and had tons of fun with my boys! The day ended with us watching one of my all time favorite movies, Stand By Me. What a great day!

Tony and I did wake up with that same nasty feeling so, instead my usual oats, I went with a savory egg white omelet with sauteed kale, peppers and onions topped with nutritional yeast and hot sauce. 

I think I need to have this more often. Wow, what a great combination!

We also each had a shot of apple cider vinegar. That actually did help. I highly recommend it to everyone. Tony was shocked that it seemed to help him pretty quickly too!

I did not end up having a birthday cake on my birthday, but I did start craving some birthday crustless pumpkin pie on Sunday afternoon...

with some seven minute icing of course! I didn't have any whipped cream so I lightened up my seven minute icing and it came out so light and fluffy! It was the perfect topping for my birthday treat!

Extra Light and Fluffy Seven Minute Icing
(makes about 3 cups)

3 large egg whites or 9 TBSP
2/3 cup sugar
1 dropper vanilla NuNatural stevia
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cream of tarter

In a large stainless-steel bowl, combine the egg whites with the sugar, salt and cream of tartar. Set the bowl over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of boiling water. Beat the egg whites at high speed until stiff and glossy, about 7 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the vanilla stevia and continue to beat at high speed until the frosting is cool to the touch, about 5 minutes longer. Use the frosting immediately.  It will store covered in the fridge for a couple of days, but it will stiffen up a bit.

It was dark when we finally ate the pie, so no picture of the final treat. Between the four of us, it's almost gone! Besides the funky feeling in the guts (that's the PG version) and the lack of getting anything worthwhile done, it was a pretty great birthday weekend with my guys. 

So, it's Monday and that means getting to business! Have a great one!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:30 AM  
  • At January 16, 2012 at 7:39 AM, Blogger HEAB said…

    Happy belated Birthday Sarena. Sounds like a fun celebration despite the blahs after PF Chang's. I'm sure the pumpkin pie and 7-minute icing made up for that. By the way, it's been way too long since I've made your icing. Need to remedy that soon!

    I'm 4.5 years older than CD, and I hear the cougar jokes all the time. Yeah, I don't laugh anymore. ;)

  • At January 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Blogger Jenny said…

    your version of strawberry shortcake looks great :) I had no idea making icing was so easy. Thanks for the recipe!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Ick, so sorry to hear you both got sick after eating out. That's always disappointing. I do hope it was still a nice birthday weekend for you!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 9:09 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    Happy Birthday. I get the cougar thing all the time but I'm 2.5 years old than Jason. From April - Sept, I'm three numbers ahead of him!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Is it weird I find dinner parties/get-togethers more fun after the holidays? Less pressure involved... :)

    7-minute icing is THE BEST. My mom makes it sometimes for angel food cake. LOVE.

  • At January 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Happy belated birthday!!! It sounds like it was a fun one (despite the PF chang's yuckiness).

  • At January 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Anonymous Emily (Edible Psychology) said…

    Happy Belated Birthday, Sarena! Glad you had a nice weekend (other than feeling sick). Out of curiosity, what is apple cider vinegar useful for? Upset stomachs?

    You have definitely motivated me to make a great big omelet soon. I am getting hungry just looking at yours!


  • At January 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you had a good weekend (minus the sickness!). My stomach has a hard time with PF Changs, too.

  • At January 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    happy belated birthday, my friend! sorry pf changs was a bust - I LOVE acv and it IS a nice cure all.

    that icing looks beautiful!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Sounds like a great weekend!!
    Well, except the Changs part... but at least you could find the bright side even in that.

    I love that icing just looking at it. It's so shiny :-)
    My mom has always made one out of karo syrup and something else that is amazing and fluffy---but I try not to eat it anymore. It looks just like yours, only I could feel ok about eating your version!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    happy belated! love that you are married to your best friend. Its such a blessing. And of course, that birthday cake is the way to go. Crustless means more savoring filling, and life is worth savoring! Hope all the studying and exams are going well.

  • At January 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM, Anonymous Paige said…

    Happy (belated) birthday, Sarena! So glad it was such a fun weekend for you :)
    I've never tried the apple cider vinegar thing...too scary for me! haha

  • At January 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I'm so sorry you were sick on your birthday. It sounds like you still had a great day. I love that card!

  • At January 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said…

    Happy Birthday! Sorry PF Changs wasn't kind to you - I've had issues there too. I need to remember apple cider vinegar when I'm not feeling well too - it does help! And after that, this seven minute frosting! Is it acceptable to eat it by itself? Cause I could totally do that.

  • At January 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    Happy belated Birthday!!! love birthday celebrations :)
    and love that 7 minute icing, looks delicious!
    and Gary always makes fun of me in that I am older then him as well! gotta love it though, it makes me laugh too

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