It Doesn't Take Much Slice of Life Story

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It doesn't take much to make me happy for my birthday.  If the day includes my family, a view of the water, good food, and good books, I am a happy girl.

And that's exactly what I got!
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If you live in central Ohio, check out The Smiling Daisy Cafe in Millford Center.

Heading to Lake Erie?  One of the nicest beaches is Headlands Beach in Mentor, Ohio. Stop at Scooter's Dawg House for ice cream and a hot dog.

I read The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman and really enjoyed it.  It reminded me a bit of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  I'm definitely buying a copy for my classroom library.

In the mood to bake?  Annie made Alisa Huntsman's Pistachio Cake (and took an hour to shell pistachios) and iced it with Honey Vanilla Buttercream (scroll to the bottom for the icing recipe).  Like the buttercream roses?  They're not hard to make.  Check out this video tutorial.  


  1. I love the way that you told your birthday weekend! Happy Birthday! I can tell it was a wonderful one!

  2. Oh my goodness, what a delightful post with so much good sharing of your readers. I can't wait to check out the links you shared and I'm so happy you had a great weekend.

  3. Yes indeed - you had a celebration worthy of you! Gorgeous cake, gorgeous place to read and enjoy the sun.

  4. Wow, Julie, what a lovely birthday you had, and now sharing all the sweet stuff with us. Thank you, and Happy Birthday again! Glad it was so special!

  5. Happy Birthday, Julie. So glad you had a joy-filled day.

  6. Julie,
    It looks like the perfect day. That cake is amazing! I see baking runs in the family. Glad you were able to enjoy your day.



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