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Birthday! 
2nd-Mar-2013 08:36 am
MLP: Pinkie bounce
Today is my birthday! I am 39!

I did not think I'd live to see 21, so every birthday is super-exciting for me. Look! I'm still here!

I am going to shower, and then I am going to bake my birthday cake (chocolate lavender cake!), and then hopefully Judah will be awake and he will make me waffles. I have decided that the theme of today is waffles. Waffles for breakfast, chicken and waffles for dinner.

The very first Boston birthday party I had was before I lived here. I'd fallen in love with Boston through Arisia, and I had so many friends up here that I just started having bonus birthday parties here. We had a ridiculous time and got to bed very late (everyone was sleeping over, pretty much), and we were giggly, and I was saying "And in the morning? I'm makin' waffles!" like Donkey in Shrek.

And I woke up to find lbitw and jenphalian bringing in a dozen boxes of Eggo waffles! Which prompted slipjig to make a card for our brand-new 1,000 Blank White Cards deck: "The power to Make. Waffles. Happen."

I glory in my power. Mwahaha.

So, y'know, years passed, and I was diagnosed with celiac, and I was sad in the face, because waffles. I can't find a decent freezer waffle that's gluten-free and soy-free; they all rely on soy flour. There's one, but it tastes like cardboard and sadness.

But, being me, I found a way!

rosefox and sinboy gave me some of their extra gluten-free cookbooks, and one of them was Cooking for Isaiah, which had a lot of waffle recipes and waffle-centric recipes. All I needed was a waffle iron! (Lay off about the acquisition of unitaskers. You can eat Eggos. I have to work harder.) So I got a waffle iron for Chanukah in 2011 and it is, no shit, one of the single best gifts I have ever received.

Gingerbread waffles. Savory waffles. Pumpkin waffles. Bacon waffles. We do some highly experimental waffling these days. And it is all safe for me.

The power to make. waffles. happen.

Today we'll be making our actually-probably-famous-by-now chicken & waffles for dinner. Baked chicken with salt and pepper over savory waffles (including Auntie Arwen's smoked sweet paprika), with a maple bacon cayenne topping.

Waffles.

Happy birthday, me.
Comments 
2nd-Mar-2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Once more around the solar system!
Enjoy your waffles.
2nd-Mar-2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hooray birthday! Also waffles!
2nd-Mar-2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Why are you not here? :P
2nd-Mar-2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Because I am multischeduled for your birthday!

...also because I am in my PJs, drinking my coffee, and waiting for breakfast to come out of the oven.
2nd-Mar-2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
WOE.

(We should hang out though for reals.)
2nd-Mar-2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
For reals and true!
2nd-Mar-2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday. Enjoy waffles. I'll keep an eye out for any more GF books for you.
2nd-Mar-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
That chocolate lavender cake looks positively decadent and delicious and delightful and other good words that begin with D. Happy birthday! =)
2nd-Mar-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

(I cannot attend as I do not wish to give you the gift of the influenza virus - this fact makes me very sad, but I hope you have a good birthday without me or Captain Trips).
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2nd-Mar-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Waffle Day!
2nd-Mar-2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, you!
2nd-Mar-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Mmm, that cake sounds delicious! Also, yay waffles!
A waffle iron is not a unitasker, you can also bake brownies and cinnamon rolls in it :)
2nd-Mar-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
And if it's got a flat reverse side, you can make pancakes and grilled cheese :9
2nd-Mar-2013 03:34 pm (UTC) - Bonne fete!
Enjoy your waffles and your birthday!

I have a couple friends who have problems with gluten and I bake a lot for social events. I found this baking book a couple years ago. Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone, The chocolate cake recipe reminds me so much of cake mix out of the box. She has a website too.

Edited at 2013-03-02 03:34 pm (UTC)
3rd-Mar-2013 02:59 pm (UTC) - Re: Bonne fete!
That book is on my wishlist!
2nd-Mar-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Happy waffles to you!
2nd-Mar-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! YAY waffles!
2nd-Mar-2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
2nd-Mar-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I'm so glad I know you. And one of these days I am coming over for waffles.
2nd-Mar-2013 05:28 pm (UTC) - That is full of awesome.
I had never heard the origin of the waffle story... that is great!

Happy Birthday, Hon. I hope that it is an awesome day and I hope to see you for some amount of time this evening.
2nd-Mar-2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
2nd-Mar-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, and may you have many more!

Mmmmmm, waffles....Can you handle Jameson's Irish Whiskey? If so, I have a seriously lethal waffle/pancake/whatever syrup recipe for you. :-)
2nd-Mar-2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
I would like this recipe, if you don't mind sharing it with friends of friends!
3rd-Mar-2013 01:38 am (UTC) - By Request: Porno Pancake Syrup
Why, certainly!
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1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
(pinch of salt if using unsalted butter)
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup Jamesons Irish Whiskey

Melt butter in small saucepan, and stir in sugar (and salt); cook over low heat until sugar is melted and thoroughly dissolved (last time I did this, I may have cooked it all the way to soft ball/fudge stage). Take off heat and stir in maple syrup; then whisk in the Jamesons, a little bit at a time, until everything is well-blended. Put back on stove and simmer on low heat for several more minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens up nicely. Can be stored in fridge in your standard plastic snap-lid container and reheated gently; sometimes the butter separates out when the syrup is chilled, but you should be able to blend it back in. Tastes great on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cake, and, well, pretty much anything, including the person(s) of your choice. Bon appetit! ;-)

(Never thought I'd be able to say that I got a new recipe from erotic hetero fanfic--hence the name--but it just goes to show that you never know...and no, I'm not saying any more than that. ;-)
2nd-Mar-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
2nd-Mar-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Waffles!
2nd-Mar-2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Happy waffle birthday!
2nd-Mar-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! ^_^ I have not a bouncy icon, but swinging is also cool, yes? ^_^
2nd-Mar-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I'll say it once more when I get over there. (I feel sorry for anyone who is not coming to eat waffles.)
2nd-Mar-2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday! :) Oddly , I had a firm conviction that I wouldn't live past my 23rd birthday. Glad we both made it. :)

And yay, waffles. Which waffle iron do you have? I've been looking at them for a while, and the one I want is kind of expensive, but if it's the one you have and you swear by it, then I'd probably be able to persuade myself. :) I have a grill with a waffle plate, but the waffle plate is made of fail and lies.
3rd-Mar-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Black & Decker G48T Grill & Waffle Maker. It's $150 now, but Adam got it cheap in an Amazon Gold Box offer.
2nd-Mar-2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :-D

M
2nd-Mar-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

Glad to know I'm not the only one who is like, "Wow, I made it past X age? I never thought that would happpen!"
2nd-Mar-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
happy birthday! :)

Also, happy adopt-a-cat day! :)
3rd-Mar-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
3rd-Mar-2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
...and now i want to beg leave to live in your closet so I can haz waffles. Because I do not get them enough. *nods*
(And gingerbread waffles sound like they come from GOD.)

In all seriousness, I wish you much joy and I am glad to have met you on LJ and RL. I am glad you are here. :)
3rd-Mar-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
**beam**
3rd-Mar-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

Waffles...I guess I have to find that book. Are the recipes corn-free too?
3rd-Mar-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Happy belated!
3rd-Mar-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
4th-Mar-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
This is your birthday song.
It isn't very long.
8th-Mar-2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated. I am sorry to be late; I wasn't really online from 2/27-3/6.
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