Last weekend I went home to visit my mom and pup and to celebrate my 25th birthday with them. After a lot of traffic from Seattle, we made it home Thursday night and I walked in the kitchen to see this beautiful birthday cake! I requested the same cake mom made last year, Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (GF + Vegan), it’s SO good and moist and mom puts hazelnuts between the layers for an extra crunch too.
The perfect birthday cake in my opinion.
We lit the outside candles first…*facepalm*
I love three layer cakes because you get more frosting! So moist.
The next day, mom and I went blueberry picking at her friend’s blueberry farm. We went at the peak of blueberry season so the berries were plentiful.
I love overalls and I’m so glad they’re in style again!
Momma bear picking berries.
We ended up picking 19 POUNDS of blueberries in about 2 hours. They cost me about $45 bucks but totally worth it for a freezer full of berries. My mom picked for me but she is actually going to work for her friend (who owns the farm) a few days this summer in exchange for blueberries so she’ll get her freezer filled too! We’re like squirrels trying to tuck away enough for winter.
Blueberry farms are so familiar and comforting for me, I have been picking since I could walk!
We got some of the bugs and leave out but definitely not all of them!
Ready to be weighed!
Aren’t they beautiful?
After getting our blueberries tucked away, it was time to feed my mom’s rabbit, Gandalf, some kale. He’s so funny to watch chomping away and he’s got major bunny sass.
This is the only photo he doesn’t look like an oversized, grey, unidentifiable cotton ball!
I love visiting home in the summer because, besides all the animals, there is a bounty of fruits to pick. My mom has a huge fig tree in the garden and I love to get the fruit picker and try to pick them which is quite hard because they are so squishy and high up.
My little muffin by the pond
Unfortunately, I missed the first round of raspberries and this was like the only berry left in the garden, bummer!
This little weirdo…
Rub-a-dub in the tub
The reason for the above bath is because my mom got the great idea to do a professional photoshoot with my sweet Gryphon at JC Penney! Since Gryphy is getting old, it was really fun to do this together and Gryphon was the star of the show, he really is photogenic, don’t you think? Of course, mom had to hold a squeaky toy over the photographers head.
We bought the biggest package of photos so I have some hardcopies coming soon, I’m so excited to frame them and put them all over my apartment. I would highly suggest getting a JC Penney shoot with your furry loved one (Ann, that means you!).
Anyways, I hope you got through this long post! Thanks for reading 🙂