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CD’s Birthday

April 12, 2010

Chris turned 30 yesterday, and it was such a fun day! Once again, we had gorgeous weather, and CD and I spent the afternoon at our second baseball game of the weekend. Andy, CD’s brother, is the play by play sports announcer for the University of South Carolina, and he was here all weekend to call the South Carolina vs. Vandy baseball games. After South Carolina won yesterday, we got to hang out in the press box.


It was only 4 PM when we left the stadium, but since it was so nice outside and we were hungry, we ended up walking a few blocks to one of our favorite restaurants for an early dinner.

When we got to Bricktops, I quickly decided on the steak salad. The smell wafting from our next door neighbor’s grill has had my mouth watering lately for some good beef, and this salad totally hit the spot!


We came home, and I made Chris leave the kitchen while I prepared his birthday cake. On Saturday afternoon, I had whipped up a secret batch of Maple Nut Oaties while Chris was gone. However, I didn’t bake them. Chris loves love loves the Oatie cookie batter and always begs for any leftover dough. So, instead of baking the cookies, I simply flattened the dough into 5 Oatie cakes and stuck them in the freezer.


For the cake, I topped 1 Oatie with mini-scoops of Purely Decadent’s chocolate and vanilla coconut milk ice-creams and some TruWhip. The chocolate coconut milk ice-cream is so good, and I kept eating extra spoonfuls during the assembly process. Hehe. 🙂


The cake was a hit! Happy Birthday CD! I had a blast celebrating with you. 🙂

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66 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2010 10:45 am

    Glad CD had a great birthday!

  2. April 12, 2010 10:46 am

    What a cool idea to do a birthday cake like that. You can make mine anytime!! 🙂

  3. Carolyn permalink
    April 12, 2010 10:49 am

    That steak looks wonderful…. beef!!!

  4. April 12, 2010 10:49 am

    Oh my the pancakes and birthday cake both look too good! Come cook for me?

  5. April 12, 2010 10:52 am

    Yum!! That “cake” looks delicious!
    And as resident of SC I must say.. Yay for SC!

  6. April 12, 2010 10:58 am

    Silipat sheets are absolutely. the. best!

  7. April 12, 2010 11:03 am

    Those look delicious! What kind of nuts did you use? Have you ever tried soaked oats with this recipe? I’ve been looking for a gluten free dessert to serve at my daughters b-day (she’s only 7 mos now). Not a lot of options out there =(. These look like they might work for the occasion! I can’t wait to make them! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Happy B-day to your CD

  8. April 12, 2010 11:13 am

    OH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CD! Looks like it was a great day!!!

  9. Holly permalink
    April 12, 2010 11:17 am

    Aww, what an awesome day!

    You are as lucky to have a hubby that would adore that sort of birthday cake as CD is to have a wifey who will whip it up for him! You’re a match made in Heaven! 😉

    Glad you both enjoyed the festivities! =)

  10. April 12, 2010 11:22 am

    Happy 30th, CD! Heather, your braids are so darn cute. I can’t get over how adorable you look. And YUM, that steak salad is exactly what I would have ordered, too! Hope you guys had a great weekend 🙂

  11. The Gluten-Free Ginger permalink
    April 12, 2010 11:23 am

    YUM! that looks like my kind of birthday cake! Happy belated bday to CD!!

  12. April 12, 2010 11:23 am

    The ice cream makes the cake in this case! Love watching sports games.
    And I totally know what you mean about the smell…whenever summer weather comes around I can smell people BBQ’ing their backyards…oh my God…it’s amazing I haven’t jumped anyone’s fence yet and crashed their dinner ;)…yet being the operative word, cause it’s gonna happen I’m sure…

  13. April 12, 2010 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday, Chris!

  14. April 12, 2010 11:39 am

    what a fun birthday! p.s. i LOVE the picture of you guys…too cute!

  15. April 12, 2010 11:47 am

    The BBQ smells were killing me all weekend. That is, until I went out and refilled my propane tank for my grill. Summer = BBQ time in my book! And baseball!

  16. April 12, 2010 11:50 am

    What a fun “cake”. Glad CD enjoyed his day!

  17. April 12, 2010 11:52 am

    The birthday looks like a blast! 🙂

  18. thedelicateplace permalink
    April 12, 2010 12:02 pm

    haha don’t tell my hubby that you spent the day at a baseball game/ nice dinner! mine slaved in the garden on his bday yesterday BUT i did take him out on sat night for a dinner at one of our fave “nice” eateries for an early celebration 🙂

  19. April 12, 2010 12:18 pm

    I read your blog regularly. I saw it on and got excited. Congrats on being a featured blogger!

  20. April 12, 2010 12:29 pm

    OH YUMMY! ur so creative Heather!!

  21. fitandfortysomething permalink
    April 12, 2010 12:31 pm

    oh how fun! and belated happy b-day to cd 🙂

  22. April 12, 2010 12:44 pm

    Tiffany, I used roasted almonds and gluten free oats in the recipe. Never used soaked oats before. I like to toast the oats before making the cookies – it seems to bring out more flavor. Hope your daughter enjoys them in the future! 🙂

  23. April 12, 2010 1:32 pm

    What a wonderful birthday cake idea! I think I want to try making the Maple nut oaties!!

  24. April 12, 2010 2:07 pm

    What a birthday celebration!! SO fabulous – tell CD happy birthday again for me 🙂

  25. kaneil permalink
    April 12, 2010 2:11 pm

    We went to Bricktops when we were in town a few weeks ago for Andrew’s bday! So good! Guess what, friend….we’re moving back to Nashville! A & I are starting a new joint blog…I’ll send you the link as soon as it’s up. I got a job for next year – teaching at Oak Hill. I’m already plotting ways to save up so I can attend some yoga classes with you! 🙂 Take care!

  26. eaternotarunner permalink
    April 12, 2010 2:15 pm

    Love that cake….yum!!

  27. April 12, 2010 2:16 pm

    CD’s a lucky guy, that’s for sure! 😉

  28. April 12, 2010 2:18 pm

    OMGawd I am a thousand years old!

    Glad you got to spend a lovely day together and with family! Way to go on making a bday dessert that CD wanted! You’re the most thoughtful wife!

    Tell CD the 30’s are the best!

  29. April 12, 2010 2:22 pm

    Ahah creative cake, I LOVE that! 🙂

  30. April 12, 2010 2:23 pm

    glad u guys had a real nice day…u should make “maple nut oatie-pancakes” sometime…or crush them on ice cream.

  31. April 12, 2010 2:36 pm

    Kaneil, So excited, and Oak Hill is great. I went there for 7 years, and that school will always hold a special place in my heart. 🙂

  32. April 12, 2010 2:45 pm

    Now, that’s a bday cake! It looks so delicious!

  33. April 12, 2010 2:45 pm

    those oaties look SO good 🙂 that’s totes my kind of cake!

    cookie dough is like 5,000 times better then the actual cookie in my book so CD has got it right with that

  34. April 12, 2010 2:50 pm

    Glad to see you guys had an amazing weekend, and happy belated birthday to CD. Love your cake!!! So creative!!

  35. April 12, 2010 3:20 pm

    wow! everything looks so good!!

    love your blog!

  36. April 12, 2010 3:21 pm

    What a fun way to celebrate! Chris and his bro look SO much alike. And your “cake” is just perfect (I much prefer unique “cakes” (like froyo or chips and salsa) to traditional cake.

  37. April 12, 2010 3:22 pm

    awe.. glad you had a fun bday celebration with your hubs! love ya!

  38. April 12, 2010 3:28 pm

    That’s such a fun birthday cake. I don’t like regular cake all the time.

  39. April 12, 2010 3:31 pm

    That salad looks amazing and so does the cake!

  40. April 12, 2010 3:37 pm

    MMM! I love Bricktops, it’s one of my favorites. Hope all’s well!

  41. April 12, 2010 4:15 pm

    Cute birthday cake! Looks so yummy.

  42. Danielle permalink
    April 12, 2010 4:35 pm

    That sounds like the perfect birthday “cake!” I agree on the chocolate coconut milk ice cream- it’s probably my favorite frozen treat. It reminds me of marshmallows for some reason 😀

  43. April 12, 2010 5:03 pm

    Bookmarked the oatie recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  44. Samantha permalink
    April 12, 2010 5:29 pm

    Ha ha, love the “cake!” You guys are so down to earth, easy going. Something to strive for.

    I’d forgotten you mentioned that about CD’s brother. Right now my oldest niece is trying to choose between USC and Fla State for school. (she was accepted early to both, lives in Conway SC so in state tuition is a nice thing 😉

  45. April 12, 2010 5:54 pm

    I think that I will request your birthday cake in three weeks. If Pea Daddy can pull this off, he deserves sainthood. Okay, he probably does anyway!

  46. April 12, 2010 6:16 pm


    Great job with the birthday cake, Heather 🙂 That’s amazing!

  47. April 12, 2010 6:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to CD!
    Love the “birthday cake”, definitely my type of celebration, I just love ice cream!!!

  48. April 12, 2010 7:26 pm

    Glad he had a good birthday!

  49. April 12, 2010 7:44 pm

    Aww what a fun cake.

    Happy Big 3-0 to CD!

  50. April 12, 2010 7:53 pm

    Wow the bro’s look so much alike- love your pig-tails!

    Nom on the oatie batter- they look even more colorful before they are baked (or did the recipe change a bit?)

    Still can't believe he's 30- he's the type who'll be carded til he's 50. 🙂

  51. April 12, 2010 8:34 pm

    They boys look like they are 17 and 15. You look like a granny at 21 in the middle 🙂

    Kidding! But honestly, you all look soo young! And wonderful and happy!

  52. April 12, 2010 8:49 pm

    Happy Birthday CD! What a great dessert for him for his big day!

  53. April 12, 2010 8:53 pm

    You were in Columbia? Oh man, that’s crazy. I’ve got a good friend up there, and more importantly, I only live about two hours away from Columbia. You were just two hours away from me! (I know this isn’t exciting to you, but I just think that’s so neat. HEAB was in my state! he he)
    Well, happy birthday to CD!

  54. ozlem permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:02 am

    Heather – that looks yummy!!

    Happy Birthday CD- you are my running hero!! I dont know how you manage to run that fast and keep up that fast pace. Way to go!!

  55. April 13, 2010 6:09 am

    Happy 30th CD!!!

  56. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:37 am

    What is CD’s favorite ice cream? Happy Bday to him! I believe he’s done guest posts in the past(maybe?)- is there a tag I can look them up on? I’m inept at dealing with these blog interfaces 🙂

  57. April 13, 2010 6:58 am

    Love you! Had fun yesterday but as usual not enough time to talk :(….


  58. April 13, 2010 7:30 am

    Deb, Ha ha – CD totally got carded at dinner that night when he ordered a beer, and nope, same old Oatie recipe although I did use oats that contained dried cherries in them. They did add a little bit more color. 🙂

  59. April 13, 2010 7:32 am

    Becca, The baseball games were actually here in Nashville. So, no, I wasn’t 2 hours away from you…probably more like 10 or 11. 😉

  60. April 13, 2010 7:37 am

    Katherine, CD’s favorite ice-cream. Hmm, he seems to love them all, but I will say he probably loves Moose Tracks the most. 🙂 He’s done several “guest posts”. Here are some:

  61. April 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Loved the birthday cake!!!Happy Birthday CD!

  62. Sarah permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:49 am

    looks like a dang tasty birthday “cake” to me! ill take one over here!

  63. April 13, 2010 12:42 pm

    Happy belated bday CD! Yep, another vote for the oatie cake 🙂

  64. April 13, 2010 4:03 pm

    Heather, I love seeing a “healthy living” blogger eat some steak!! (and bacon with nut butter for that matter 😉 )

    Happy belated to CD! That looks like the perfect b-day cake to me 🙂

  65. April 18, 2010 5:20 am

    OMG HEATHER i made these in darwin hot tropics australia today….they are the bomb i could eat them all…i made them with dates and macadamias yum yum yum thank you for the recipe…all the best beautiful lady!!! xx love from Aus!

  66. April 18, 2010 6:59 am

    Em, I love it, the Oaties go international! Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

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