Last Friday, I came into my office, and as I was taking off my coat, gloves, hat, and boots, I noticed my chair was turned slightly to the side. Perhaps this is where my habits come into play, but at the end of the day, I always leave my chair fully turned in, parallel to the desk. So I crept closer and lo and behold, there was a confetti-colored cupcake in my chair.
It was such a small and sweet gesture on behalf of my colleague that it made whatever heaviness from the following days dull a little. Little kindnesses go such a long way especially when one’s mood is rather bleak and wearied.
On Saturday, I set to work on my birthday cake. I’ve gotten into the habit of making my own over the past few years simply because of the distance from family but mostly, because I know exactly what my taste buds desire on a pivotal scale of years turning. This year, I wanted cheesecake and not just any cheesecake, one that was smooth and light, not too sweet but pleasantly dense enough to have some weight. I followed blogger Jennifer Murch’s recipe for The Perfect Classic Cheesecake. I won’t detail the instructions here but I strongly advise you to click through to her website below. I’ve followed her blog for years and her recipes have yet to fail. This cheesecake, in particular, is a roaring success. One small note, for the topping, I halved the recipe as I wasn’t sure if I had enough sour cream to pass the two-cup test. And another small note, resist the urge to cut into the cake before it has chilled for several hours in the refrigerator, this cake wants time to set and rest.
Visit Jennifer Murch's website for the recipe and more delectable inspirations.