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My Half Birthday Surprise

by Courtney on July 30, 2011

There’s nothing like spending your Saturday morning with a good friend, and a good cup of iced coffee (and then getting a pretty sweet half birthday surprise, but I’ll get to that in a minute).


I had a feeling that the two of us would be there for a while, so I went ahead and ordered a venti (aka, way-more-than-I-really-need) iced coffee, which tasted totally awesome today.


And as it turns out, the rumors were true…Heather’s baby bump IS getting huge!! Surprised smile


Little Logan has definitely grown since the last time I saw her, and man oh man, she is just allll belly. As in that, super-cute-pregnant-woman-belly that everyone hopes for when they have a baby of their own. Lucky duck. Winking smile

As always, it was so great to catch up with Heather. Hopefully now that she’s actually living a bit closer, we won’t let so much time lapse in between our get-togethers.


So before leaving the house this morning, I was told by the hubby that I needed to “be out of the house for at least three hours” today.

Ummm, what?!?

I shrugged it off and went on my merry way, but a couple of hours later, received this text:


What the heck was he UP to? (In case you’re curious, yes, we each have special names we call each other…which are special just for us…hence, the random whiting out. Hey, some things are meant just for me and hubby!) But anyways…

Well, as it turns out, he was QUITE busy this morning…


I couldn’t believe it!! Hubby made me a Half Birthday Cake! Open-mouthed smile

And would you check this out? Not ONLY did he make my homemade raspberry almond buttercream, but he made it a chocolate soda cake, even dyed it pink AND purple (my favorite colors), AND decorated it with my pastry bag set.


Who IS this man?!?

Obviously, I was beyond impressed and completely psyched!


I mean, he’s certainly shown me he culinary prowess before; remember when he made one of my favorite dinners during birthday week? Then he surprised me again with this amazing dinner the day after my real birthday.

He’s certainly not bad to look at have around in the kitchen, but now he can BAKE!?!


Ohhh hubby, you just opened up a whoooole new door for yourself. Winking smile

As I’m sure you can already tell by my numerous uses of CAPS and exclamations marks(!!!) in this post, I was completely excited and could not wait to dive right in. So imagine my surprise when I found out that he even filled the cake with raspberry jam.


My man KNOWS the key to my heart. In loveRed heart Oh, and you know I most definitely cut myself two pieces. Hey, it’s soda cake, it’s healthy…errr, healthier?


I think this has most definitely got to be the best Half Birthday EVER!

And I most definitely have the best hubby ever. Smile

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1 Alexa July 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

that is sooo sweet! you are very lucky =] the cake looks great too! i bet it was yummy.


2 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

That is so creative and thoughtful of him! Thats it– I’m expecting this from my boyfriend next month!


3 Melissa July 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm Courtney! What a doll! Extra husband points for Jay today!


4 Alicia July 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

that is so adorable!! Happy half birthday!! :)


5 Girl in the pink July 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Adorable!!! Love it :)


6 dawn July 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Heather does have that perfect baby bump ;)

You have an amazing husband….did he come that way or did you have to train him?


7 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Hahaha, I’ve definitely mentioned the idea of a half cake for a half birthday before. But the fact that he listened is good enough for me! ;)


8 Amanda @ the beauty notebooks July 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

What an amazing hubby! The half birthday cake is absolutely genius. Did he just reduce the recipe by half?

I love celebrating half birthdays! My dad always makes a point of remembering my twin brother’s and mine :)


9 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

No, he baked two 9-inch round cakes and just cut the one in half and layered it that way. The other one is sitting on a plate and we just continue to pick at it ;)


10 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

You have the right to use all the exclamation points and capital letters you want on this post!!!!!!!!!!
How SWEET of your AMAZING husband!!!!!!!!!!! ;) (all jokes aside, that is honestly too sweet! He must have melted your heart right then and there!)


11 Sam July 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

That is so so sweet!!! Love it!!


12 Tara Burner July 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

You are lucky in sooo many ways!
that cakes looks yummmmmmy
and ummmmm, does Jay have an older brother ;)


13 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

LOL, sorry, he’s an only child!


14 Tara Burner July 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

figures! all the good ones are taken & have no brothers!


15 Jen July 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Ok well now that I know I can use my half bday as an excuse to be pampered (brilliant by the way) its totally happening. Maybe a little late this year. Maybe my 3/4 bday? Hahah my bf is a lucky man.
Me and my bf have nicknames as well, just between us!
I’m making this soda cake! Great idea. So sweet of the hubby!


16 Holly July 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Awww, what a sweet heart!!! & it looks DELICIOUS too!!! :D


17 Blog is the New Black July 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Ok, not only is he adorable… but that is HILARIOUS that he did that! Made “half” a cake! So thoughtful and funny… aw!


18 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

That’s hilarious!! And what a cute idea! Very sweet of him. :)

Happy half birthday! ;)


19 Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters July 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

so so cute!! i love celebrating half birthdays… but i’m the only one in my family. if a guy did this for me, I’d melt!


20 Brittany July 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

That is absolutely the cutest thing I have ever seen! I was reading the post and I kept saying “awww” over and over again. haha. So cute :)


21 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) July 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Wow! That is so sweet! He’s a keeper! Happy half birthday. :)


22 katie Carso July 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

How amazingly sweet! Little things like that, when people put so much thought and heart, mean the most! The cake looks so yummy too!!! What a great hubby! Happy half birthday girl! xo


23 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Thanks, Katie! :)


24 Paige @ Running Around Normal July 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Ha! Half a birthday cake – classic! That’s really sweet of your hubby to even remember your half birthday, let alone celebrate it!


25 Whitley July 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

that is going to be one big baby..or babies? ;)

your hubby wins best husband of the day award!!


26 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign July 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

That is so cute that Jay made you a cake! I’m impressed with his baking skills–he must have picked them up from you!


27 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I know, right?!?! Apparently he’s been paying more attention than I realized? ;)


28 Katherine July 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Haha this is pretty awesome!


29 Alexis July 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

HOW CUTE! I wish I could come home to a surprise like that!


30 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Wow-you got yourself a good one there!! So cute that he made you a half-cake. Adorable idea!


31 Stephanie @ A Hungry Bookworm July 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

What a sweet hubby!


32 Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

That’s pretty impressive. What a good husband. :)


33 erica July 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

omg, that is the sweetest thing EVERRRRRRRRRR! if my guy did that for me i’d swoon. ;p

so….where’s the other half of the cake????


34 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Haha…sitting on a plate in the kitchen. We totally keep picking at it ;)


35 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

That is so sweet! I’m impressed that he took the initiative to bake. Awesome.


36 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I just saw a “half” cake for a half birthday on Bake at 350 last week and thought it was the neatest idea – your husband is awesome! Maybe he can be your baking assistant from now on. :)


37 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

That’s what I told him! We can be business partners now! :-D


38 Stephanie @ StephSnacks July 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

That was so sweet! And the cake looks yuuuummmyy!


39 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake July 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That’s so sweet AND creative!


40 Steph @ 321delish July 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

OMG that is SO CUTE! You’ve got a winner!


41 Shayla @ The Good Live July 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Awwwww Courtney, that is the sweetest thing ever!! You’ve got a great one there ;)

Happy Half Birthday To You!!


42 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wow … he’s a keeper!!! I know my husband loves me, but I’m not sure if he could ever pull that one off haha!! Happy half birthday!! ;)


43 colleen @ thegiftofmondays July 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm

how sweet that he went through all the effort to surprise you…he was TOTALLY raised right!!! you’ve got me thinking about two new concepts this week…garbage bread and celebrating half birthdays. and how convenient to come upon this right now, because my half birthday will be MONDAY (my favorite day of the week of course!), plus i’ll be on vacation with my family…two great reasons to celebrate!!!

happy half birthday courtney!!!


44 Courtney July 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Awww, how fun! Jay’s ACTUAL birthday is on Monday…and so is Cody’s! It’s a GOOD day! :-D


45 Jen @newellnd July 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Lucky girl!


46 Sarah @ Simply Dove July 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Omg! That’s so cute! Your’e a lucky one! I have remind my bf several times a week before my birthday, so he’d never think about my half birthday! Such a cute idea! :)


47 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Wow is all I can say. He totally out-did himself. I just called my husband into the room and made him read this. haha


48 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) July 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Mmmm… I’m craving an iced coffee now…

And HUZZAH for your hubbers! Be sure to be extra doting, and then slowly allocate him all the baking duties! :)


49 Khushboo July 31, 2011 at 12:07 am

Wow your hubby deserves ‘man of the year’ award….SO sweet. Although it’s really not fair that one household has not one but TWO great bakers!


50 Tracy July 31, 2011 at 12:35 am

Oh that is the sweetest thing I’ve seen recently! I will definitely have to steal this idea for my hubby on his next half birthday! I’m so glad I found your blog recently. You come accross as such a sweet and genuine person!


51 Grace July 31, 2011 at 12:56 am

That is beyond sweet! Come to think of it…my boyfriend once made me a heart shaped cake with a sterling silver box in it…with pearl earrings inside. I was super impressed but it was my 16th birthday and he was way more romantic in his!


52 Tammy July 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

He is definitely a keeper!!!

On another note, what does the “w/ R” mean on your iced coffee cup? I’ve been staring at it and wondering hahaha


53 Jamie @ snacktress July 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

That is just about the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.


54 Lindsey @ Gluten-Free Lindsey July 31, 2011 at 6:42 am

UMMM that is amazing!!! And I loveee celebrating half birthdays.. mine is on Thursday!!! :) Happy Half Birthday!


55 Emily @ Relishments July 31, 2011 at 7:53 am

Aw, Jay is awesome! I love this. Happy half birthday!


56 Pure2raw twins July 31, 2011 at 9:12 am

that is awesome that he made that for you! bonus points!! :) He did a great job, the cake is beautiful! And happy half birthday!


57 Heather July 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

dear Jay –

I am very proud of you. We need to get you and Nicholas together. Stat.



58 Samantha @ Running and Cupcakes July 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

OMG How freakin’ cute is he?! You’re a lucky gal, you have a super awesome hubby!!!!


59 Amy @ Livin N Learning July 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm

How awesome is that?! Happy Half Birthday!


60 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique July 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

How sweet is that! What a good hubby you have. :)


61 Jen M. July 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

So thoughtful! And clever! I love the half-cake for the half birthday! That’s definitely worth lots of good husband points!!! Good work Jay!


62 Nicole July 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

You should clone that guy and send him out to all the single ladies who need a good guy. Congrats on the half birthday and for finding a man who knows how to make you smile!


63 Kristen July 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

That is so sweet! What an awesome husband :) I don’t think my husband would have any idea how to use my pastry bags for the frosting. I am very impressed.


64 kristen August 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

wow! what an awesome hubbby- great surprise! (I love surprises!)


65 Veronica (Run Write Repeat) August 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

can i please clone your husband? ;)


66 Maria@La_Piattini August 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Oh my gosh that is so sweet! He did a real nice job! Happy half birthday, girl :)


67 Carol @ Lucky Zucca August 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

dood Courtney that is so awesome. That is the cutest surprise I’ve ever seen. What an awesome hubby!! Happy [belated] half birthday to you!! & Happy [belated again] birthday to the hubs and the kitty!!


68 Lizzie August 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

AWWW! He’s such a keeper! :)


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