I have to admit it’s been a rather delightful day in spite of Sandy the storm. I got a bonus day home with my family, slept in, was woken up with cuddles, coffee and gifts. And then Shane spent the entire day in the kitchen preparing my birthday meal and cake. To top it all off, we still have power (knock wood).

One of Shane’s signature dishes is pizza from scratch, dough and all. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how he makes it, but it’s delicious. I added some crispy kale to the mix since, Shane (admittedly) thought that pizza counted as a vegetable.

For dessert he made a delicious Mocha Roulade birthday cake from the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. The cake was so long that we didn’t have a platter for it. And so dark and rich that I couldn’t even finish my slice, which is rare for me when it comes to dessert.

Thanks to my family for a wonderful day. If you’re in the area, please come by for cake!