February 2nd: Make Someone a Cake for Their Birthday

I have been wanting to do this forever. A lot of adults, or at least adults I know or hang out with don’t do birthday cakes on their birthday anymore. So I just love the idea of doing that for someone.

Of course, I asked my friend Nathan, whose birthday just passed, what his favorite cake was so I could make him his favorite! He responds… “I don’t like cake”. What a bummer. But he did proceed with, “but I do love banana cream pie.

Say no more.

Birthday Banana Cream Pie it is!

I have never made this before or even eaten it for that matter. I think it came out pretty great. I had never blind baked a pie crust before, so that was a new experience, and I wasted the first one.

But I supposed all that matters is Nathan enjoyed it!

January 31st: Make Keeter Banana Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

Man, I’m knocking out a lot of my cooking deeds early.

Over the holidays I was cooking quite often. Sometimes for money, sometimes for people that were going through hard times and I felt could use some treats.

Jason Keeter, is a regular of mine at my job, and kept asking for a Banana Peanut Butter Coffee Cake. I spent a good amount of time looking forward a recipe, and low and behold I came across this one- Recipe.

Pretty basic. I mixed up the ingredients. (Added chocolates chips because what goes better with banana and peanut butter than chocolate!)

Then added crumb topping.

Then baked.

I can’t wait to share it with my friend and see how it tastes!

January 19th: Discover a New Bakery

This is actually on my list every year and just get added back every year because who doesn’t like discovering a new bakery.

So, I just typed bakery near me into google and found this little spot – Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada – which is such a cute little neighborhood.

Right now, because of Covid there are so many different restrictions and lots of cafes have outdoor seating, which makes the neighborhood even cuter.

When I went inside I was even more in love. They are very prepared for Mardi Gras right now with lots and lots of decorations and French Quarter treats, including coffee grounds and beignet mix from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans (which I love!)

I also really loved that you could see them baking right out in the open.

But what I loved most of all were the treats. I just got a few tortes but will definitely be back to try other things, maybe even a king cake for Mardi Gras in a few weeks!

If you are in the Denver/Arvada area I highly recommend this place. Aside from it being so cute and delicious the staff was very friendly and quick!