Eight Candles

Yesterday, I blew out eight candles because I turned 26 and 2+6 is eight.  I have had the same Cinnamon-Pistachio Bundt Cake for my birthday since I can remember and I just scarfed down the last slice right after snapping a picture:

It tasted just as good as previous years and twenty-six feels just as good, too.  25 was a kind of a tough year.  I have had many blessings come my way in the last year–hi, first home!  And lots of trials, too–a whole year of trying to get pregnant with no success can really get you down.  Now I am 26.  I have learned in my 26th year, there will always be someone older and wiser.  Lots of people may never take me seriously. Someone will always be married longer than me with more children than I have.  Someone will always start a sentence with “Just you wait….”  But in my 27th year, it’s going to slide right off of me.  This year I am content with who I am and what I have.  I am going to enjoy my little girl who is getting older each day just like I am.  I am going to keep being madly in love with Chris–and there are no “Just you wait’s” that will change that.  I am going to keep doing what I love doing and re-trying the things I don’t (read: laundry and anything that involves heights).  I am going to keep smiling and sharing and having people in our home. Twenty-six is going to be a great year.  Can’t wait to continue sharing all of my trials and triumphs with you.

Cinnamon Pistachio Bundt Cake

1 box yellow cake mix (I like Duncan Hines Butter Recipe)
1 box instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

cinnamon mixture:
6 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

Grease bundt pan with butter and dust with a little bit of the cinnamon mixture.  Mix first six ingredients and pour half of the batter in dusted bundt pan.  Layer the cinnamon mixture on top of the batter and add remaining cake batter.  Dust with any remaining cinnamon mixture.  Bake at 325 for 50-55 minutes.

You are gonna wish your birthday was every day.


  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Andrea Hernandez

    I liked this post Julie, and that picture is flawless, wow


    Looks yummy . . .

    P.S. I feel old. I’m 27, lol. I remember 26 like it was last year.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks so much, Freya

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    26 rolls off the tongue a little easier for me–but I am sure it will take me months to remember and get used to my new age. Hahaha.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    LOVE our Rebel! Let’s share bundt cake for real soon.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    What a great reflection. And a great photo. I love pistachios, but I’ve always been a little hesitant to try them with desserts. NOT ANYMORE! I am going to have to make this. Excuse me while I go to the kitchen…

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Freya Dian

    happy belated birthday julia!
    great post. i love your perspective on your birthday. it’ll be a great year, i’m sure!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Victoria Bradley

    Beautiful photo! Don’t you love your Rebel?! We do.
    I’m very proud of you, little sister. And I can’t believe you’re 26! (Does that mean I’m 28?) You have great insights and great taste and great style. I’m sharing bundt cake with you by proxy and bragging about you lots.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    You’re amazing. I thought 25 sounded established, but I think I like the sound of 26 better :-) that bundt cake looks divine!!!!!

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