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The Weekender: Happy 20th Birthday to Me!

bday wkndrGuess who turned 20 on Thursday? The Smart Cookie Cook did! I had an amazing and delicious birthday, and I’m going to share the celebration with you. But first, we’ve got to rewind and rehash all the delicious goings-on from this week.

Don’t fret if you missed a post or two because I’ve got you covered. Let’s review, shall we?

  1. Cinnamon-Vanilla Cashew ButterDSC_6943
  2. Parmesan-Garlic Summer Squash Sticks w/ Smoked Gouda SauceDSC_7032
  3. Warm Maple Biscuits Slathered in Cinnamon-Vanilla Cashew ButterDSC_6967
  4. New Betty Crocker Baking Mixes & Frostings Review + Giveaway WinnerSC Shopping 10

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! Don’t be too upset if you didn’t win this time; Smart Cookie will be sure to turn out plenty more spectacular giveaways in the future.

Speaking of the future, let’s talk about what you’ve got to look forward to next week. Tuesday will be my 600th post. Holy crow, that’s a lot of good food! I’ll be whipping up something particularly delicious to celebrate. And later in the week, we’ll whip up these tasty but simple cuties: White Chocolate S’mores Pops. Yum!DSC_6847

And now, friends, it’s time to celebrate! As far as I’m concerned, it’s my birthday all weekend-long. I wish you guys could’ve all been here on Thursday to party with me. Being a mature adult acknowledging my 20th birthday, I naturally had a Hello Kitty-themed birthday.

We had decorations galore… IMG_3905IMG_3907

Balloons abound…IMG_3896IMG_3953-2

I had a tiara AND a ribbon…IMG_3901 IMG_3913

My cake was Hello Kitty-ified…IMG_3914 IMG_3917

And we had some killer temporary tats!IMG_3937

And…I may have gotten a permanent tattoo as well. I figured since Mother Cookie missed out on me getting the daffodil one on my leg for her, she should have to hold my hand while I got this one. I wanted a word to represent what I overcame in the past, as I explained in the Thought Catalog article I shared with you guys last week. It says “resilient.” I chose the placement so it will always be there when I look in the mirror in the future as a reminder of what to exemplify.

Don’t worry; I’m not getting covered in tattoos! This was just something special I wanted to do for myself.resilient-2

That was my present to myself, but let’s talk about what everyone else got me. I am excited to say I am now the proud owner of a KitchenAid mixer. The red one you might have noticed in my videos is actually Mother Cookie’s; I was borrowing it. This one is all mine.kitchenaid

This little owl utensil holder is a perfect addition to my owl-themed kitchen. He’s such a bold and proud cutie.owl caddy

Let’s talk about the most fitting gift of all: a cookie-shaped spatula and a cat-shaped cookie cutter. That’s basically me in a nutshell.spatula

Of course, you can’t have a party without cake. The HK theme continues here with all that fabulous HK décor. The cake was marble with whipped cream frosting – simple, but delicious!cake

I wish I could share a slice with you too, but that baby’s long gone. I am powerless in the face of cake (and most sugary foods). Thanks for joining me for the celebration. Now, to close, your weekly cat photos:

Mr. Poe, preventing my father from leaving.midda on bag

Mina, not willing to give up the pizza box.

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That’s it for this edition of the Weekender. Join me tomorrow for more deliciousness. And in the meantime, make sure you like Smart Cookie on Facebook and follow on Twitter so you don’t miss a single bite.

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Colleen Bierstine


  1. Happy happy birthday! I remember my 20th birthday well, even though it was like a billion years ago. :) I think Mina believes that mixer is his, judging by the photo above.

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