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Happy birthday to me!


πŸ™‚ I was wondering what to name this post and then I thought ‘O, what the heck…’ Anyone can know I became 25 today (and a bit..) lol… Ok truth be told it is my 47th birthday today… Jeeezzz, don’t you agree that that is dangerously close to 50? I don’t feel 50 or 47 for that matter, but then again, I have no idea how I am supposed to feel at this age!! Don’t we all have that? I mean; when you’re young the only thing you want to do is become ‘old’ and mature to be able to do the things you want to do and then all of a sudden you find yourself well… old…. πŸ™‚

I always thought – when I was around 16 or 18 years – that life would be over when you got to around 30 (!). You would have a house, kids and an utterly boring life. I am quite happy to report that nothing could be further from the truth!! Ok, I do have a house, but that is the only thing that is how I pictured it. No kids (not because we didn’t want to) and certainly not a boring life! Tom and I have been together for 18 years (our anniversary was on february 1st!) and we’re still very happy together, so nothing boring there either. I don’t want to go as far as to say that my life is perfect (far from!!) but it’s a pretty good life most of the time. And we wouldn’t appreciate the highs if there weren’t any lows, right? (or so I have been told)

I never celebrate my birthday. I just don’t like it. Nothing to do with getting older either, as I haven’t celebrated any birthdays since I was in my twenties. Probably something to do with the birthdays we used to have at my parents house. Big family, boring birthday… πŸ™‚ Instead we tend to spend it together Tom and I. Sometimes we go away on a trip (we’ve been to the UK, to Barcelona and to more exotic locations during my birthdays) and sometimes we go out for dinner and sometimes we just stay indoors and have a nice piece of cake. Today might be one of the last. We haven’t actually decided yet, but it is freezing cold outside so it is tempting to snuggle up in the warmth indoors and watch a movie (or two)


Instead I am just gonna celebrate my birthday with you all and I baked a cake for everyone to enjoy! Wouldn’t it be seriously fun if I could actually extend somehow that cake and give you each a slice? It’s nothing special but tastes very good. Regular cake that I filled with apple and blueberries and topped with a lemon icing. I love lemon… and I love this cake!

About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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