One year ago today I started the biggest, most fulfilling adventure of my 30 years. Unsure if I was ready for my life to be forever changed, I apprehensively went into labor. For 18 hours I labored, growing stronger as I transitioned into a changed me. In the moment I met Eden the world as I knew it faded away and nothing else matter.

I was madly in love.


And somehow today I am even more in love than that moment I met her.

We started out her birthday celebration at Dovetail Bakery. Eden, who has been kept away from sugar until now, was welcomed into the sweet life with a hot-out-of-the-oven vegan sticky bun. We sat side by side sharing bites and talking about her nose (a new favorite topic). I think this may become a birthday tradition.

b.t.w. If you live in Portland or anywhere in the Northwest or anywhere, you really ought to check out this all vegan bakery. And don’t leave without a Lemon Blueberry Scone. Seriously good.


In the afternoon I worked on assembling Eden’s lemon birthday cake. She did her best to help by pulling out a baking box and one by one removing every item.

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At least it kept her occupied while I frosted and decorated this cake:


The lemon cake is my Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake recipe subbing lemons for oranges and omitting the poppy seeds.

I used this cream cheese frosting recipe.

And filled the layers with lemon curd.

It. Was. Delicious.


Eden agreed.


Happy Birthday sweet sweet child.


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