This past Friday, August 19th marked my 23rd birthday! I had a wonderful day thanks to my family and friends and my husband, Chet. This was the first time ever that my birthday fell on a day or time where school was in session, so for the first time ever, I was greeted in all of my classes with happy birthday wishes and a few gifts from my good friends. It was nice and made me feel very loved, so thanks, all of you. 🙂
I came home to find my wonderful husband tending the grill. He had surprised me by starting on a delicious beef brisket with his special homemade rub. He was slow-cooking it with mesquite wood chips and a spray of apple juice every 15 mins. Needless to say, it was labor intensive but totally worth it. He also had my favorite cross cross potatoes cooking away and some delicious baked beans. Here’s a quick shot of my tasty birthday dinner!
After seeing what delicious dinner I had awaiting me, I decided that it needed to be paired with an equally delicious birthday dessert. Now, as I’ve gotten older for some reason I have become somewhat disinterested with traditional birthday cakes. I wanted to make something a little more complex. I decided to try out some chocolate cupcakes with Nutella filling and Nutella frosting. I know, sounds pretty darn rich, and you’re right. These babies are packed full of flavor and chocolatey goodness. It is the kind of cupcake you only need one of and a tall glass of ice cold milk beside you while you eat it. Of course, I can’t make such a decadent treat without photographing it. Enjoy the photos and do try the recipe sometime for yourselves!