Fun Friday Favorites: Birthday Week, lemon cake, and my book update

If this hasn’t been a super busy week, then I don’t know what to say. You all. This springtime busyness has me going nonstop. Bob Seger was right…we were running’ against the wind. All. Week. Long. Running against the wind.

It might be a busy week, but there’s always time for some Fun Friday Favorites!

 

  1. Women’s Brunch –

Last Saturday, I had the honor to speak at the Stonebridge Women’s Brunch. By far, it was one of my favorites! It was their biggest turnout EVER and the morning was perfect. The ladies did a fabulous job decorating, the food was delish, and to see women visiting and enjoying time together made my heart all big and full. I was worried that my speaking would run over (I’ve never been one short on words 😉 ), but God timed it all perfectly and I was so blessed to share the morning with all of those wonderful women.

The wonderful MC of the day...Kathryn :)

The wonderful MC of the day…Kathryn :)

My mom came to the event to support me...love her so much!

My mom came to the event to support me…love her so much!

 

2. Birthday Week for Maxim –

The biggest news of the week was our baby turning 7. Wait. WHAT??!? Where has time gone? Well, here in our household, we celebrate Birthday Week.

{Birth-day Week} noun. 1.) A week long celebration of one’s birthday. 2.) The act of celebrating one’s birthday for an ENTIRE week.

With birthday balloons on Tuesday, Maxim’s actual birthday on Wednesday, Maxim’s birthday party with his friends on Saturday, and then…one more birthday party for him on Sunday…we party hard around here.(In all of the busyness, I didn’t write Maxim a birthday letter yet, here on the blog. Be looking for that next week.)

But I will share with you a few pictures of our sweet baby who is growing up way too fast!

On Tuesday...Happy early Birthday Maxim!

On Tuesday…Happy early Birthday Maxim!

Wednesday…April 27th…Happy Birthday Maxim Sage!! xoxo

THIS boy. We love Maxim sooo much!

THIS boy. We love Maxim sooo much!

Birthday boy ready to open presents!

Birthday boy ready to open presents!

Happy Birthday Maxim!

Happy 7th Birthday Maxim!

Yes. I made two desserts for birthday boy :)

Yes. I made two desserts for birthday boy, big brother, and Daddy :)

Birthday Week is an absolute favorite of mine. So blessed to have this sweet seven year old! Happy Birthday Maxim and we love you always!! xoxo Mommy and Daddy

 

3. Lemon Cake –

In a hankering moment for something lemony, I whipped up Lemon Cake the afternoon of Maxim’s birthday. He loves lemon flavored things and this was a hit. (Along with the fudge brownies I made Wednesday afternoon, too. #welovesweets) Now, let me clarify. Maxim will get The Best Cake EVER along with the Best Frosting EVER (click on link below for the famous recipes…

Recipe: Best Frosting EVER…How to become a cake snob (Part 2)

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The Best Cake EVER and Best Frosting EVER will not be made until this afternoon. Those (yes, plural…I’m making two cakes) will be enjoyed at the Saturday and Sunday birthday parties.

But, this Lemon Cake. It was GOOD.

Yummy Lemon Cake...perfect for springtime!

Yummy Lemon Cake…perfect for springtime!

I baked the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix in a bundt pan (follow directions on the box). Then, for the lemon glaze, I brought 4 TBSP butter and 3 TBSP lemon juice to a boil. Then, removed from the stove and whisked in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Once cooled, I frosted the cake. #delicious

The easy trick: Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix.

The easy trick: Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix.

If you make it, let me know what you think! The lemony glaze goes perfectly with the lemon bundt cake!

 

4. My book update –

So, this happened yesterday…

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You know, I am more confident than ever that God is going to continue showing off His mighty ways and miracles as I walk with Him down this journey of becoming a published author. Your words of support and all of your prayers mean the world to me. God has this and I am beyond thrilled that He is in control. #praybig #believeinmiracles

 

That’s all for Fun Friday Favorites! Have a wonderful weekend enjoying time with friends and family! And thank you again for following my blog…I’ve got the BEST blog readers in the entire world!  xo ~ Angela Banae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments
  • Jolee
    April 29, 2016

    I love seeing your boys with their birthday festivities! They are growing up so fast. And still wishing you the best on your book!

  • Michelle
    April 29, 2016

    Yay! We also celebrate birthday week around here! Happy birthday Maxim! Can I just say I love Friday Favorites–especially your fashion suggestions? May God show His favor and great big love for you with your book adventure. Can’t wait to find it and read it! 🙂

    • Angela Banae
      April 29, 2016

      Aren’t Birthday Weeks FUN Michelle?!!? Celebrate all. week. long. — that’s what it’s all about! Thank you for loving Fun Friday Favorites! I love discussing fashion, though today, I stuck to birthday stuff. 😉 I thought about showing boys’ fashion since that is all I was shopping for this past week! Nike and Steph Curry were big hits for the birthday boy! Thank you for your prayers on my book!! xoxo Angela Banae

  • Angela Banae
    April 29, 2016

    Thank you so much Jolee!!!! Birthdays are so much fun!! Except that I always tend to eat more than my share of cake… 😉 Thank you for your sweet words…so excited for my book!!! Hugs! Angela Banae

  • Sharon
    April 29, 2016

    Happy Birthday Maxim!

    • Angela Banae
      May 4, 2016

      Hi Sharon! Maxim says thanks!!! He is loving all of this birthday celebrating!! 🙂 And, I want to thank you for reading the blog! It means so much!!

  • Francy Schares
    April 29, 2016

    Happy Birtday Max! Carver is excited to celebrate with you & I can’t wait to make the lemon cake! Yum! Thanks for recipe!

    • Angela Banae
      May 4, 2016

      Hello Francy!
      Maxim says thanks!! And oh, they had fun jumping at the trampoline park! Perfect for a bunch of boys!! And, thanks for always reading the blog!!! 🙂

  • Melanie Blunk
    April 29, 2016

    Love your Fun Friday Favorites! Lemon cake is one of Joe’s top 3 picks. Will be making it soon! Happy, happy birthday to Maxim! Celebrate good times, c’mon!🎤
    Praying God opens doors for you to get your book published. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Angela Banae
      May 4, 2016

      Hi Mom! Maxim says thank you to you and Papa!! We have celebrated all week long! Yes, lemon cake is soooo yummy and he is just like Papa and loves lemony stuff! Thank you for your prayers and always reading the blog! xo

  • Shirley Morris
    April 29, 2016

    You’re like THE BEST MOM, EVER! I’m feeling a little inferior!

    • Angela Banae
      May 4, 2016

      Hey Shirley! Now, listen girl! No condemnation here! You are a ROCKIN’ mama and your kiddos are so blessed to have you as their mom! I see all the football games and lacrosse events you go to! Thank you for commenting and always checking out the blog! Hugs my dear!!! xo

  • Jennifer Grove
    April 30, 2016

    I am about to do the same: Bryson’s birthday week jump-starts May.

    • Angela Banae
      May 4, 2016

      Hey JD! Happy Birthday Bryson!!! What a perfect way to start May!! Enjoy your week long celebrating and I LOVED your Lego Rice Krispie treats you made for his birthday! Thanks for always reading the blog and for commenting! xo

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