Tomorrow I turn 30. This is my last day in my 20’s. It is officially the end of the era! To say good bye to my 20’s and hello to my 30’s, I am will be celebrating with this yummy Birthday Cake Shot which was inspired by Sweetapolita.
I invite you to make this delicious shot and have a toast with me for my birthday!
- 1 1/2 ounce Cake Vodka
- 1/4 ounce Butterscotch Snapps
- 1/4 ounce Creme de Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon of cake mix (I used yellow cake mix because it is my favorite flavor. Save the rest of the mix in a ziplock to make Cheesecake Buttercakes later!)
- 1/4 ounce cream (I prefer to use low fat milk here, you don’t get the same consistency, but it saves on the calories.)
- Sprinkles (for the rim)
- Simple Syrup (for the rim)
- Whipped cream (for the topping)
- Pour simple syrup into a small dish.
- Pour sprinkles into a small dish.
- Dip the edge of your shot glass into the simple syrup then immediately twist it in the sprinkles to get the colorful rim.
- Combine cake vodka, butterscotch snapps, creme de cocoa, cream (or milk), and cake mix in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
- Carefully pour into shot glasses.
- Top with whipped cream and more sprinkles!
My 30th birthday has really gotten me thinking about where I am in life and where I’d like to go. Life has had its challenges and bumps in the road. There were definitely times when I felt like life was beating me down, but pushing through the hard times has really made me appreciate not only shining moments in life, but also the quiet peacefulness of everyday. I really have to appreciate where I am in life and cherish these moments. I am living in the gorgeous San Francisco Bay Area, am married to my best friend, have a job that is both fun and meaningful, and will be spending my birthday surrounded by my amazing friends and family. I have had some unbelievable travel experiences through 15 countries, and by living in 3 states and 7 different cities. Plus, I have an amazing hobby in cooking, that I thank all of you so much for following along with me on this exciting journey. As I look towards the future, I’m sharing my bucket list with you. Who knows where life will take me, but a girl can dream!
My Bucket List
- Have babies! (Right now we are enjoying our newly wed life, but its definitely a thought for the future.)
- Buy a house (Easier said than done in San Francisco!)
- Get a puppy! (I love King Charles Cavaliers, English Springer Spaniels, and Golden Retrievers.)
- Develop healthy a lifestyle to maintain my goal weight and find balance even when celebrating or traveling.
- Learn to love and perfect planks! (My most hated exercise.)
- Become the kind of person who responds to phone calls, texts, and gifts in a timely manner to help build the relationships around me. (A NYE goal for 3 years now….)
- Spend more quality time with friends and family.
- Develop a routine of at least 10 minutes of quiet “me” time everyday to read, enjoy a cup of tea, or take a walk.
- Travel though the USA (Top 10)
- See all 50 states (34 down, 16 to go!)
- Take Ben on a tour of my favorite Southern towns
- See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live in New York
- Stay at The Woodstock Inn in Vermont during maple syrup season
- Spend a leisurely week going down the Mississippi on a river boat
- Attend the Kentucky Derby
- Be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras
- Have a family vacation at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
- Go tubing through an old sugar cane plantation in Hawaii
- Hike Yosemite (it is a 3 hour drive away…there are really no excuses!)
- Travel Abroad (Top 10)
- See the Northern Lights in Iceland
- Hike Machu Picchu
- Shop the Christmas Markets in Eastern Europe
- Stay in an overwater bungalow in Fiji or Tahiti
- Take a trip on the Orient Express
- Get back to the Caribbean – still deciding between the ABC Islands, US Virgin Islands or British Virgin Islands (Have you traveled to any of them? What are your thoughts?)
- Rent a cottage in the Cotswalds in England
- Go on an African safari
- Swim with the turtles in the Galapagos Islands
- Stay in a Hobbit House in New Zealand
My favorite quote is “Time isn’t money, time is life.” I try to always remember that and am slowly learning to appreciate each moment for what its giving me, both good and bad.