On my 27th

by Andie Mitchell on January 24, 2012


364 days out of 365,

I am content to stop after one [generously frosted] wedge of cake.


the first one is pure and true,

the most intense and lusty.


But today,


my birthday,

the day my mother sweetly recalls that I sashayed into the world, “all lips with wild black hair, so very Betty Boop,” and asserts, “I wasn’t certain you were mine,”


followed closely by,

“But now I’m pretty sure.”



I eat two wedges.*


Just to prove I’m hers.


*And by two I mean three. 

{ 92 comments… read them below or add one }

Lozzz123 January 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday on Sunday and I’ve been trying to eat healthily lately (in part thanks to the encouragement that is your blog), but similarly to you I think on my day I will give myself permission to have some of my favourite chocolates and lollies. It makes the day and the food seem much more special if those things are saved instead of eaten like that all the time :)


Amy January 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Happy Birthday Andie!!!
Every girl deserves to eat a few more wedges of cake on her birthday! Enjoy every bite and have a wonderful day!


Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) January 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Happy birthday Andie!!!!! Xoxo


Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking January 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Happy Happy Birthday!


Sarah January 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Happy birthday! Many good wishes.


Lu January 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

My birthday was last Sunday. I knew we had more than a love for food in common. Happy birthday you talented, beautiful, funny woman! You totally brighten my day.


Courtney January 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm



Sarah January 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Happy Birthday to You! And just to show that we are such good new friends, I celebrated with you, thats just the kind of friend I am ;)


Skye (Skye Loves..) January 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Love it. And love that frosting.
Happy Birthday!!!! x


katie January 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Oh my goodness–HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDIE!!! You are a beautiful soul, your words are lovely, and your generous kindness and gentle understanding reaches out of your blog and touches so many hearts.

I recently received an email from YOU responding to comments I had posted weeks ago, and I want to tell you, it meant so, so very much–the acknowledgment, the gratitude, the effort. Thank you. :)

I just read your post from your 2011 faves, “Why Blogging Saved Me”… and I wanted to tell you–cliche as it might sound–your blogs save me, in ways big and small, every time I read your words. I recommend you to all my friends, speak of you as if we’re real-life acquaintances, and absolutely cannot wait for your book.

Cheers to you, my dear! And as always, thanks for sharing.

With much adoration,
Katie :)


Kim January 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

Happy Birthday! I just subscribed to your blog. This was the first one I received. My birthday is Friday. I already know that you wish me the best so there’s no need to send a card.


Sid January 25, 2012 at 3:53 am

Happy Birthday Day dearest Andie! All the best for the day and year ahead! Enjoy the cake, it looks delicious!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 25, 2012 at 4:07 am

Enjoy those “two” wedges girl, you deserve ‘em! Happiest of birthdays to you, Ms. Boop!


johnny January 25, 2012 at 4:38 am


Eat that third piece and be proud, you have touched so many people in your very short life time. Keep it up, there are so few people in this world who truly make a difference AND YOU ARE VERY NEAR THE TOP OF THAT LIST!!!!

Lots of Love and enjoy this day!!! :)


Pam January 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

Happy Birthday Andie! I feel like I’m the one that’s received a gift in finding your blog! Many blessings on your special day.


Carole January 25, 2012 at 4:44 am

Happy, happy Birthday!!


MomNom January 25, 2012 at 5:01 am

Happy Birthday, Andie! Eat the whole damn cake, for me…I’m starving! LOL


Penny Laschanzky January 25, 2012 at 5:24 am

I may have missed it by a day (was your big day on the 24th, I wonder?) but regardless….have a terrific day, celebrate being alive, healthy, and happy! And, as others have said, enjoy the extra cake knowing that you are an inspiration to so many out here in “blog land”. Happy days!


admin January 25, 2012 at 5:35 am

Thanks so much Penny!!

Nope, you didn’t miss it- I just published this post before bed last night. Today, the 25th, is my birthday :)


Lanae January 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

Happy Birthday! You are one special soul. I recently found your blog and have to say that every morning I start my day with inspiration and awe thanks to you. Thank you for that gift.


Lisa January 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

Happy Happy Birthday! Enjoy your cake!!


Melissa January 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

Happy Birthday!!!! :)


Meg January 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

Happy Happy Birthday, my new BFF (just in case you forgot ;)) I know you enjoyed every bite of every piece of cake!

Have a beyond blessed day <3


Allison January 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

Happy Birthday Andie!! You deserve all the cake in the world!


Nichole C January 25, 2012 at 6:33 am

Haha, I love it about that cake. Happy, Happy Birthday!


Anna January 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

Happy birthday! You’re so beautiful and it’s such an inspiration (and relief!) to know you still eat cake! Wishing you every blessings!


Kelly B. January 25, 2012 at 7:00 am

HaPpY BiRtHdAy, beautiful Soul! You share the day with my grandmother Alice.


Carol @ Lucky Zucca January 25, 2012 at 7:17 am

Happy, Happy birthday girl!!! I hope today is so wonderful for you! :)


Senessa January 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

Just came across this blog the other day…you’re are fabulous! Happy Birthday :)


Christine F. January 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

Happy Birthday! Hope it’s lovely!


Lea @ Healthy Coconut January 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

Happy Birthday Andrea! Have a wonderful time celebrating your special day.


Abby January 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

I hope you’re having a wonderful birthday! What’s your 2nd favorite birthday cake, you know, if you can’t get White’s? We want all the sweet details.

Have the best day!


admin January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thanks Abby :)
If White’s were not my drug (cake) of choice on birthdays, I would absolutely get a slice of “Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple” cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. In love.


Jennifer January 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

Happy Birthday Andie! I hope it’s as sweet and special as you are. Even before the two wedges of cake. ;)


Trish January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Happy Birthday Andie!

Eat your slice of cake – or 5,
hold your head high,
tell everyone you see today it is your birthday,
and most importantly thank you for the breath of fresh air that you are :)I love your blog.


Michal January 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

Many happy returns!


Frieda January 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

Wish you a great birthday :) May it be a great year for you! :)


Mya January 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

Happy Birthday! I don’t think there are any cute or witty things left for me to say! So I simply hope you enjoy every minute of today. And thank you for being you. :)


Maureen January 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Happy Birthday!! And thank you for this blog. You are such an inspiration. I made your chicken parmesan wraps the other night and totally goofed them up, but my sweet husband and son ate them anyway. They “tasted” great but did not look like yours at all. Practice practice!!


T January 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

Happy birthday, beautiful! Enjoy your special day and remember how happy you make hundreds (thousands? millions?!) of people every day, just by being you. :)


Lisa January 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

Have a very happy birthday!!


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

Happy, happy, happy birthday, friend! I think this will be your best year yet. :)


Gina January 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I had a dream last night that I could pick out any cake I wanted at an unknown bakery…strange! (I went for red velvet!!!)


Kandyce January 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

A very Happy Birthday to you! Thank You so very much for this blog, you are a gifted writer and photographer and a very compassionate person.


shannon January 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Many happy blessings to you on your Birthday and everyday! I feel like you give me a gift everytime I see your blog in my inbox! thank you! (although I must admit I’m a little envious…so beautiful, so talented, so YOUNG!!!)


Kendall (On An Inhale) January 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! you look beautiful in your pictures! enjoy the cake!


Erika - The Teenage Taste January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, Andie!


Monica January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Yay! Happy Birthday! Enjoy that cake!!! :)


jackie January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Happy Birthday, I can’t believe all this wisdom comes from a 27 year old…dang you make me feel lazy!

PS – is that jacket an oldie from GAP? I think I have the same one!


Ashley January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite blogger!!! This is so funny. I LOVE cake…possibly more than you. As I was growing up, going to birthday parties and what not, I was the kid begging for the most frosted piece, or a corner piece, and would go around asking if anyone didnt want their frosting to give it to me. Then when I was pregnant it got worse. I had two baby showers and when they were over I took all the leftover cake and ate every last bite. At work we used to celebrate eachothers birthdays and get a cake and sing and what not, but one year they made us combine birthdays for a month and instead of cake they did some kind of white chocolate fondue. I cried. Then went to the store and bought myself a cake. Now we dont celebrate birthdays at work:( Im also the kinda girl that would eat a can of frosting. Just sayin’…sisters from another mister maybe? :)


Kelly January 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Happy Birthday, Andie! I can’t help but think I “get” you because our birthdays are so close.

Maybe, but maybe not. But just keep ‘em coming.


Ellen Renee January 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Happy Birthday! One question though….did your sweet Momma mail you another cake to enjoy? :o)


Paula January 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Happy Birthday!


kristen @ verbs and vignettes January 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

eeeeeee! happy birthday!!! (you’re just about 4 months older than me.) i hope 27 goes swimmingly for you… i’m sure it will. :-)


Tracy January 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Happy Birthday Doll!


Katie January 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

happy birthday! i just found your amazing blog through pinterest.


Trisha January 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Happy Birthday, Andie!
Lots of love – you have so much to celebrate!


Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Happy Birthday, lovie! I hope you had a great one… and birthday cake doesn’t have calories in it. Positive. ;)


*Andrea* January 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

happy birthday!!! you are sooo beautiful! each and every post i read on your blog re-inspires me :)


Jessica F January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

A very happy birthday to you!


Michelle H January 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Happy Happy 27th! May it be your very best year yet!!!


Elena January 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Happy Birthday! That cake looks delicious!


Jillian January 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Happy belated Birthday! You are just too cute. Hope you had a good day!


MelissaNibbles January 26, 2012 at 2:50 am

Happy Birthday!


Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn January 26, 2012 at 3:15 am

Happy belated birthday Andie!! I hope you had a wonderful day :-). You deserve the extra cake! x


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

Happy birthday! Hope you had a great day!!


Julie @Savvy Eats January 26, 2012 at 5:20 am

Happy birthday, darling!


Di January 26, 2012 at 5:25 am

Happy Birthday!


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 26, 2012 at 5:40 am

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! :D


Brooke @ Waiting to Rise January 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

Happy Birthday! Mine was yesterday…and I know how you feel exactly! Hope you had a spectacular one!


Shannon @ Blonde Silver Lining January 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

Happy Birthday girl! Feel free to have a slice of cake for me as well (that justifies at least one of the two or three slices, right?).


Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves January 26, 2012 at 6:36 am

Happy Birthday! Enjoy those wedges!


brandi January 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

happy happy belated birthday – i hope it was wonderful!


Samantha @ Bikini Birthday January 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

You and my husband share the same birthday! Happy Birthday girl!
I baked Matt a dark chocolate guinness cake for the big day (but I think I ate most of it. Woops)


Stephanie @cookinfanatic January 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

Happy Birthday!! You and my Dad have the same bday and you’re just a day away from mine, I turned 30 today!! Ahh I need a few slices of cake to digest that one haha ;)


Karen January 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

Happy Birthday! It was my birthday, too! I had a brownie sundae :-)


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

Happy birthday, friend! I hope your day is as wonderful as you xo


Liz January 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

happy birthday my dear “friend”! my 32nd was on monday and someone delivered a dozen trophy cupcakes to my home! eek! let’s just say i had to try each flavor…a bite of course…:)
love your blog


Lynners January 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

I adore every. single. thing. you write.



Amber January 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

Happy Birthday! You are so beautiful!!!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

Happy birthday Andie! Wishing you the best – and lots more cake!


Marie January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hope your day was fantabulous!! Happy 27th, may it be one of the best years yet :)


tK January 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Ooooh, happy birthday!! Enjoy every delicious, sugary, well-earned bite!


Melissa January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Happy (belated), gorgeous! 3 pieces of frosting, er, cake are REQUIRED on your birthday. Hope you’re enjoying leftovers today! XO


Mandi January 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday and 2 days! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your cake at least a few times.


Mindy January 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I didn’t see this post until just now – Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!!

That cake looks to die for. I love, love white cake. My biggest regret from my wedding is that I didn’t take ALL the leftovers at the end of the night. And that we didn’t just eat the top tier the next day. Because trust me, it just isn’t as good a year later.

Have a great weekend!


Linda January 28, 2012 at 5:51 am

Happy HAppy HAPpy HAPPy HAPPY Birthday – I’ve not been to your blog in quite some time. It appears to be moving along so very nicely! What a great thing to be helping others from your experiences! I eat two pieces on my big day too-that cake looks beautiful.


Leigh Havelick January 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday. I am just one of your many followers who happens to think YOU’RE FABULOUS. I wish you a joyful year ahead. May you continue to inspire and be inspired.


Shannon January 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

I’m a bit late on this but….HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!


LMF January 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

For some reason your blog posts don’t pop up in my bloglovin’ until there are 3 new ones (????), so weird. But Happy late Birthday. I hope it was wonderful!


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Happy, Happy birthday!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’m a few days late, but i hope you had a great birthday!! It’s been lovely getting to know you through your blog! :)


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