Happy Birthday my dear friend Cinnamon!!

In honor of your birthday I pulled all the cake pictures I could find from my hard drive.

Sorry you can’t eat them, but you have a good imagination so just pretend mmmm K?

Mmmm K.

From my niece’s birthday years ago.

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From The Husband’s 29th birthday.

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AWESOME butterfly cupcakes I made.  Still proud of these to this day.

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Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes.  Yes, those are cupcakes.  With chocolate meatballs.  Kinda proud of them too.

Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes RW

From my nephew’s birthday.  2nd maybe?  Third?

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From a baptism.

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From a cake decorating class I took.  A post to come later with the rest of these pics.  Oh and it was my friend Wendi’s birthday too.

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From this post.  Made for my nephew’s birthday.

Cupcakes RW

From Sweetey Petey’s last birthday.

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For Easter I think.  Flower cupcakes.

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One of my nephew’s birthdays.

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Another niece party.

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More niece.

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More nephew.

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The Pete’s first birthday.

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Easter.  Obviously.

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The Father-in-Laws retirement party.

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Yup, there were two cakes.

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My niece’s last birthday.  Read about it here.

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This pic will be used in an upcoming random food picture of the day post.  There’s a fun quick back story so stay tuned.

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An ugly cupcake from one of my favorite posts.


A not so ugly cupcake from the same post.



– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite kind of cake??

In the words of yesterday’s post, ba domp bom.  Wait, that’s not right.

It should be ba da ba da ba da ba da ba da.  Did that sound like a drum roll or more like a baseball heckler badly enunciating swing batter batter batter?  No matter either way, I’m totally going to knock this post out of the park.

Ba domp bom.

Okay, now that was right.

Today marks the culmination of three feats here on Midwestern Bite.  One, since it’s the last day of January, it’s my final January Blog a Day post.  The last day of the month also always means Foodie Pen Pals and the Chopped Challenge.  That’s number Two.  Three, it’s giant plastic rat day.

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I promised you a giant plastic rat and I am a woman of my word.

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and you’re all deeply entrenched in the seasonal favorite of the moment, peppermint, I feel that it’s safe to bring up a topic that has been weighing heavily on my taste buds.


Pumpkin was last season’s “it-food” and nary a food blog neglected to cover it.  Pumpkin made an appearance on Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, Instagram and recipe after recipe after recipe.  Pumpkin chili.  Pumpkin rolls.  Pumpkin cookies.  Pumpkin oatmeal.  Pumpkin ice cream.  Pumpkin soup.  Pumpkin coffee.  Pumpkin smoothies.  Pumpkin bread.  Pumpkin pancakes.  Pumpkin pasta.  Pumpkin fudge.  And of course pumpkin pie.  Ugh.

Not ugh for pumpkin pie.  I LOVE pumpkin pie.  I even asked for it instead of cake for my birthday this year.  Of course what I got was cheesecake and I had to make the birthday pie myself a few days later, but no worries.  I love making pumpkin pie almost as much as I love eating it.  And that’s pretty much all the time.  I love eating pumpkin pie all the time.  Not just in the fall.

But I segue.  My love of pumpkin pie is not the issue here.  The world’s fickle love of pumpkin only surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday is.

That’s right, I’m calling you all out.

Because here’s the thing.  Here’s the thing that has been bothering me like squash bugs on a zucchini plant.


I’m sure there are a few of you out there who roast your own pumpkins to get your seasonal fix, but I’m guessing the majority of you bust open your can opener and crank open that store bought 15 ouncer to mix in with your morning oatmeal and grande extra gigante foamy latte frappe cappuccino spiced chai soy half caf coconut coffee.

So may I repeat.


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April has been an exciting month in our Midwestern life. The Husband and I started this blog and I am pretty sure we have at least a handful of readers!! I made some chocolate cups and chicken salad (not together). Mowed the yard, celebrated Easter, shared some brownies, baked some peppers. The Husband offered some new fatherly humor and wisdom. The poodle got a haircut, albeit a bad one. Also, Sweetey Petey had quite the month. He now crawls, says Mama (I swear he does, even the Husband has heard it), started solid foods and grew out of even more clothes. This is all front page news here people.

This was also my first month in the Foodie Pen Pals program started by The Lean Green Bean.  As a kid, I had dozens of pen pals; there was nothing more exciting for this girl than getting mail! Nowadays the mail is mostly bills and ads, and most of the packages we get are diapers from Amazon, so a Foodie Pen Pals box sounded like Christmas morning! As a bonus I “met” two lovely ladies, Calee of life+running and Katie of Nutrition in a peanut shell. Both these girls have some spunk so check ’em out. Calee posted a peanut butter cup frozen yogurt recipe recently that there is seriously something wrong with you if you don’t try. Unless you don’t have an ice cream maker. Or are allergic to peanut butter. Or dairy. But otherwise you’re nuts cause it looks fabulous.

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