I think I may be cursed. The last few birthdays I've had have been anything but steller. I don't expect much and maybe it is just what happens as get older. But I don't think that is the case here. Last year, I failed my drivers test because I messed up the parallel parking by hitting the back cone. I basically cried the whole day which also lead to a horrible long summer of practicing that damn parking multiple times a week in a sweltering car with no AC. This year...well, I don't really know what to say. So I put together a list of do's and don'ts to having a better birthday than I.
It could have been worse, don't get me wrong. There were some highlights, but ultimately, this 18th birthday is not one for the memory books. You know, it is kind of like Christmas. The build up can be exciting, but then the actual day end up being pretty hum-drum. Ah well, there is always next year right? 😉
Do wake up with the sun and enjoy the fact that you don't have to get ready for school. Savor the silence and stillness. Anticipate the warm sunny day to come.
Don't leave your bedroom only to find your mom getting ready to go to the hospital. (P.S. She is okay!)
Do make some celebratory pancakes. Write a botched 18 with chocolate stevia syrup and post it to instagram. Plus add some candles in just for fun! (Recipe at the end of the post!)
Don't go on Facebook to find out that your room assignment was posted earlier then 12pm. Then don't proceed to check you college email and literally die on the spot because you were assignments to your last possible choice of dorm. And don't proceed to break out in to uncontrollable tears.
Do take some time to enjoy your old hobby of reading a book. Enjoy the escape and the wonderful story unfolding before your eyes and in your head.
Don't just wander around the house all day waiting for texts, planning how you will be switching your dorm somehow, completing loan counseling online for college, thinking about how you won't ever have the experience of senior prom.
Do get a smile on you face when you get 3 mail deliveries from Frieda's, My TaT, and Skoop. (Get ready for some Honest reviews in the next few weeks!) plus, feel special when Frieda's tweets to all their followers that everyone should wish you a happy birthday.
Everyone, say happy birthday to our friend @RebeccaGF666. 🙂
— Frieda's Produce (@FriedasProduce) June 6, 2014
Don't get sad when you go on instagram and see everyone at Blend while your at home...
Do lift some weights to get all you anger and frustration form the day out. Make yourself feel like a beast and things start to look a bit better 😉
Don't keep obsessively checking your college email since you activated Room Swap and are waiting to see what dorms open, only to find those options are equally as bad.
Do make a delicious dinner, ambient nothing interesting, but still tastes good.
Don't agree to having your mom and brother awkwardly stand and sing you happy birthday. (This is the worst...thank god they didn't do it!)
Do go to bed by 9 after reading a few more pages of your book and hope that the weekend will be a bit better (it was!). Reassure yourself that turning 18 means a lot more then just this one day.
Chocolate Frosted Peppermint Monster Pancakes
Ingredients: (serves 1 birthday girl!)
+ ⅓ Cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
+ ½ Tsp Baking Powder
+ ¼ Cup Grated Zucchini
+ ½ Tsp Peppermint Extract
+ ½ Cup Spinach
+ 5 Drops Liquid Stevia
+ ⅓ Cup Water
+ 2TB Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
+ 4-5 Drops Liquid Stevia
+ 1-2 TB Water (it needs to be thick, so add slowly!)
+ In a small food processor, add all dry ingredients, give it a whirl. Then all the wet and the veggies. Blend until you have batter, then pour out into a bowl.
+ Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium heat. Pour batter (either ½ or ⅓) on the center of the pan. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, flip, and cook an additional 3 minutes. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
+ For the frosting, just mix everything together. Slowly add the water though so it stays thick and easily spreadable. Then just top each cake with the frosting and Bam!
So why are these called "Monster" pancakes? Well anytime anyone adds in greens to a recipe like a smoothie or pancakes, they call it a green monster. So yea, I just went with it. But these pancakes are like Junior Mint cake pancakes 😉 Remember we spoke of old candy favorites last week? Mint and chocolate are a good combo. And they make a perfect 18th birthday "cake". Although sadly I didn't even light the candles, just took a few pictures (alone at 6am in the kitchen), then proceeded to eat my birthday pancakes alone. Damn, I should have made a wish 😛 Next time, right? Next time 😉
So tell me:
+ What is you ideal birthday, or what do you wish you could do on your birthday?
+ If it just me or does anyone else have bad luck birthdays?
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