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Smugglivus 2010 Guest Author (& Giveaway): Jackie Kessler

Welcome to Smugglivus 2010: Day 8

Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors, bloggers and publishers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2010, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2011.

Who: Jackie Kessler, writer of Urban Fantasy, Comics (in 2010, she has become part of the Buffyverse canon) and Young Adult books, also blogging at Insert Witty Title Here and The Deadline Dames. Jackie is a Book Smuggler favourite and we have reviewed her books as well as inviting her to guest blog (check out this one where she says she became a writer because of Neil Gaiman).

Recent Work: Shades of Gray, book 2 in the Icarus Project, written in collaboration with Caitlin Kittredge and reviewed HERE. Hunger, the first in her new YA series about the fours horsepeople of the apocalypse, which Ana reviewed HERE.

Ladies and gents, please give it up to Jackie!

The Changing of the Tens Column
by Jackie Morse Kessler

I know I’m supposed to talk about my favorite reads in 2010 and books I’m looking forward to in 2011. But today’s my birthday, so I have visions of chocolate dancing in my head. And it’s not just any birthday. Today, I turn…

Oh my God. Forty. I’m no longer a thirtysomething. This is…big. Huge.

What does 40 mean?

“Life begins at forty.” — W. B. Pitkin

“Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.” — Helen Rowland

“The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” — Victor Hugo

“The I-just-woke-up face of your 30’s is the all-day-long face of your 40’s.” — Libby Reid

“What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.” — Voltaire

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Jack Benny

“Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.” — Oscar Wilde


But happily, Matt Damon is also forty. (For the record Loving Husband is perfectly OK with me wanting Matt Damon, dipped in chocolate, for a birthday present one year. He’s got Elle MacPherson—who is over forty, might I add—on his wish list.) ((Loving Husband adds: “Worst birthday ever? If Matt and Elle ever got together.”))

So to celebrate having a new digit in the tens column, I’m giving away an advance reading copy of RAGE.

But wait! Before that, I have to mention the book that I most anticipated in 2010—and finally read a few weeks ago.

TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Do you know what it’s like to stick with a series for nearly 20 years??? The first book, THE EYE OF THE WORLD, came out in 1990, but I didn’t start reading The Wheel of Time series until around 1993. It’s…oh wow, how to describe what TWOT is about? It’s a massive epic fantasy series. And damn it, I’ve been hooked for years. When Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.) died in 2007, before he could complete what he’d anticipated to be the final volume in the series, it was devastating. Even though he’d been horribly sick, he’d continued writing—and preparing extensive notes for someone to pick up the reins. That someone is Brandon Sanderson, who is doing a masterful job completing the final volumes of the series. (Sanderson isn’t Jordan, and he doesn’t try to be.) TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT is the penultimate book is the series, and I inhaled it. Sure, I had some issues with the book — not the least of which was the OMG CONTINUITY EDITOR NEEDED factor — but I’m just so thrilled that the series is being finished. After following the characters for the better part of two decades, I’m looking forward to the finale. (Not until January 2012, sob! And then I’ll be…41!!! Ahhhh. The wheel turns…)

Okay…onto the giveaway!

RAGE, which comes out April 4, 2011, is about a teenage self-injurer who becomes the new avatar of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I’ll be donating a portion of proceeds to the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms. It’s the second book in The Riders’ Quartet, but you don’t have to read HUNGER before reading RAGE. I’ll give away an ARC to one random commenter, anywhere in the world. All you have to do is tell me what your favorite birthday treat is. Chocolate? Cake? CHOCOLATE CAKE??? Something else entirely? The contest runs till Saturday December 11 at 11:59pm (PST).

And sure, you can say “Matt Damon, dipped in chocolate.” Heck, I might count your comment twice if you do so. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Jackie! As for the giveaway…..comment away, folks! We will announce the winner next Sunday in our weekly stash! ONE entry per person, please! Duplicate and/or multiple entries will be disqualified. Good luck!

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  • Blake
    December 8, 2010 at 2:14 am

    spaghetti tacos FTW!!!!!!!!

  • Carol Thompson
    December 8, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Oh Yes !

    I agree with the chocolate cake but even better if I am in a good restuarant then a real gourmet chocolate mousse. Heavenly ( even better than Matt Damon dipped in chocolate)

    Thanks for making it worldwide.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • Jenni
    December 8, 2010 at 3:11 am

    It has to be my whole family coming to my house. I love it when the house is packed full of adults and kids 😀

  • Clare
    December 8, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Coffee pastry. Beautiful French pastry with coffee cream inside. Mmmmm…Wonderful. Now I want one! 😀

  • Laura
    December 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Home-made red velvet cake yummm.

  • Ivan Bookworm
    December 8, 2010 at 4:07 am

    I like chocolate cake. My favorite


  • Ashley
    December 8, 2010 at 4:13 am

    My favorite birthday treat is cupcakes. I have to control myself or I’d just be eating cupcakes all the time!

  • Nikki Egerton
    December 8, 2010 at 5:12 am

    My best birthday treat would involve a long lie in, pancakes for breakfast, chocolate fudge cake for lunch and tea and lots of presents that sparkle!
    Hope you have a wonderful day Jackie.

  • CC
    December 8, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Anything sweet and containing chocolate. If I get to enjoy it while having a clear schedual and hanging out with family and friends not really doing anything, it’s perfect.

  • RK Charron
    December 8, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Hi Jackie 🙂
    Happy Birthday!
    I love all the 40 quotes. And I chuckled at the “Ahhhh. The wheel turns…” – ties right in with the series!
    My favorite birthday treat?
    Hugs & Kisses from my children.
    Love & Best Wishes,

  • Mary
    December 8, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Even though I’m 39 (my birthday’s in October–40 next year!!), my mom still bakes me a cake. Not just any cake. It’s got to be chocolate with this heavenly buttercream frosting. Yum.

  • curiousnomad
    December 8, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Matt Damon, dipped in chocolate Just kidding.

    I’d rather have me a Varen (Nevermore by K.Creagh) dipped in yogurt, covered with chocolate buttons tied with a bow and sent to me for XMAS! Muahahha! *drool* 😛

    If getting Varen isn’t possible, I’ll settle for any cake, as long as it’s self-made, I’m happy!

  • Smash Attack!
    December 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Red Velvet cake FTW!! Thank you SO much for this opp! 😀

  • Sandy G
    December 8, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Roast duck and key lime pie.

  • Danielle
    December 8, 2010 at 6:01 am

    What a great blog! And I’m looking forward to the April release. My favorite birthday treat is strawberry short cake with white chocolate chucks:-) yum yum yum

  • Tryslora
    December 8, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Peace and quiet for half the day, then movies with Kev & the kids for the other half (supplemented by popcorn, a veggie platter, and cheeses & crackers as dinner). My wants have become scarily simple!

    Have an absolutely awesome birthday!

  • Samon
    December 8, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Chocolate cheesecake is my favorite! And Bravo and happy birthday!

  • Joanna
    December 8, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Happy Birthday Jackie! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of you before, you sound awesome and I’ve just ordered two of your books. 🙂

    Favorite bday treat? My friends and family celebrating with me. And lots of good red wine. I guess I wouldn’t say no to the chocolate cake either. 🙂

  • Lucia
    December 8, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I’d like to have Mr Shoe from Glee singing me Happy Birthday and handing me a bunch of apple and cinnamon muffins!
    Not possible?
    Then I’ll set for a bunch of my fav books and mom’s apple pie to eat while reading

  • Tegan
    December 8, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Happy Birthday Jackie! lordy lordy look whos forty.

    Birthday treat is friends coming over, my birthday is on the 17th of December so I have really been thinking about this lately,

    And Home made chocolate cake with home made cream cheese icing. Now if Ryan Reynolds were to pop out of that cake i would not be opposed.

    Birthdays are a day that you count your blessing, there is nothing better then seeing how much people care about you.

  • Poppy
    December 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

    My favorite birthday treat is this really awesome strawberry shortcake layer cake with whipped cream frosting and chocolate covered strawberries on top from a local bakery. So good!

  • Cait H.
    December 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Happy birthday Jackie!

    Mmm…the deep dark chocolate cake my mother still makes me each year for my birthday is my favourite treat. It is seriously the best cake I have ever had – and the fact that it’s homemade makes it even better =D

  • natalie23
    December 8, 2010 at 6:50 am

    The birthday cake my 5 year old neice made and decorated for me

    It tasted alright, but the hard work she put into it, and the look of pride on her face when I finally saw it, are what made it so great.

    A gateau might taste better but my enjoyment of my neices cake lasted long after it was eaten.

    my neice is already looking forward to making me another one, even though my birthday is still 6 months away!

    Happy Birthday!

  • Karen Tavares
    December 8, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Happy Birthday!! & I’d have to say tiramisu…but a side of “Matt Damon, dipped in chocolate” couldn’t hurt = )

  • Chrizette
    December 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Every year for my birthday I go to the same Italian restaurant. My husband hates pasta, so for one day in the year, he suffers through dinner while I each as much as possible. I LOVE pasta!

    Thank you for making this one international!

    Arghh, I was gonna say Matt Damon dipped in chocolate . . . oh well, too late now . . . 😆

  • Hann1bal
    December 8, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Oooh! My favorite birthday treat is a BOOK!

  • Sas (Tea Mouse)
    December 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Happy birthday Jackie!!

    And thank you for the lovely giveaway. 🙂

    On my birthday… My favourite treat would have to be book shopping, no less. I need a new book wardrobe to go with my new age of cours! (you should try it too, since it’s your birthday and all…)

  • Brenda
    December 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Happy Birthday Jackie 40 isn’t so bad I’ll be 42 next week 🙂

    My fave is Ice cream cake. If Ian Somerhalder happened to be there without a shirt I wouldn’t complain….

  • Lindsay Elizabeth
    December 8, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Gift cards to bookstores. They are my favorite thing about every gift-giving holiday!

  • Liz
    December 8, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Ice cream cake from Dairy Queen! I love the fudge crunchies in the middle.


  • Tina
    December 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

    My favorite birthday treat is strawberries, sour cream, and brown sugar. It sounds like such an odd combination but they all compliment each other to make a light, sweet and creamy taste. And I can eat more of it without feeling guilty cause it’s fruit, right 😉
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Ginny
    December 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Happy birthday! Luckily my birthday is in the summer, so I love either a picnic lunch in the park or on the beach with my family, then a good movie with my friends in the evening.

  • LiseO
    December 8, 2010 at 7:45 am

    the best treat for my birthday is a layered cream cake with strawberry cream and bananas inside! YUM! 😀

  • Melissa Benno
    December 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I would have to say, dipping bananas, strawberries, and marshmallows in my chocolate fountain! 😀

  • Ailsa
    December 8, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Happy birthday Jackie! Have a great day 🙂

    Matt Damon is 40? I think I need to reconsider my celebrity crushes, I didn’t realise he was that much older than me… back to Orlando Bloom it is, then. 🙂

    My favourite birthday treat, in terms of food, is probably cake – my mum has made me and my brother a sponge cake every year on our birthdays since we were born. No sponge cake is ever as good as the one your mum makes for you. My favourite is plain sponge, with home made jam in the middle and butter icing on top.

  • nicanix
    December 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    my birthday’s never complete without some peppermint pattie cupcakes.:)

  • Savanna
    December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Wow, the cover looks intense!
    I have to go with cupcakes– they’re prettier than cake and it’s less of a commitment (no slicing, no fork or plate) 🙂

  • Lisa
    December 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I loved Hunger and I want to read Rage! Thanks for the great giveaway! My favorite birthday treat are cupcakes. Especially red velvet ones!


  • Alison
    December 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Any sort of cake will do for me!

  • Whoo
    December 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I especially love chocolate mousse! And please consider me for the giveaway; I’d love to get a copy. Thank you.

  • Michelle
    December 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I’m only two decades old, but I’ve been waiting for TWOT series to end since I was about fifteen; I started reading them when I was 13, then dropped the series when I found out in 2005 that there was going to be 12 books; 11 were out at the time, so I figured I would just wait and read them all at once. I was so sad when Robert Jordan passed away and the ending of the series got pushed five years! It’s felt long waiting five years.. I can’t even imagine what it’s been like waiting for 20, haha.

    As for my favorite birthday food? Ice cream cake. From Dairy Queen. Love love love.

    On a last note, I’m reading Hunger right now and am enjoying it quite a bit. I’m excited for Rage to come out in April. (:

  • Stacy
    December 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing. Yum.

  • Tran
    December 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    chocolate ice cream cake. yum!

  • Marie
    December 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Has anyone been to a claim jumper restaurant? if so, you know what cake I’m talking about!

    Chocolate Motherlode CakeA twenty-two year tradition. Six decadent layers of chocolate cake and rich chocolate fudge icing topped with walnuts. Featured on the Food Network as one of America’s “Top 5 Most Decadent Desserts”

  • Amanda
    December 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Oooh, definitely Zac Efron wrapped in cotton candy. Only because I wouldn’t want to fight you for Matt Damon.

  • MeganS
    December 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Cheesecake for breakfast (calories don’t count on your birthday, obviously)!

  • Kaethe
    December 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Devil’s food cake with seven-minute frosting and those sugar decor things for holding candles or spelling out words. Yum!

  • Kate A
    December 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Anything with chocolate. YUM.
    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sara M
    December 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

    My favorite birthday treat is a Publix cake. I don’t care what cake is inside, although I like white and yellow more than chocolate, as long as it has buttercream icing because Publix has the best buttercream.

  • Michelle
    December 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I always go out for ice cream; I really love gelato, but we don’t have any where I live.

  • Karen
    December 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    My absolute favorite are dark chocolate cappuccino cupcakes. Or possible salty sweet cupcakes, which are dark chocolate and salted caramel. YUM.

  • Olga K
    December 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Happy birthday to you!!!!
    I would like a cheesecake…but with white chocolate on top!!!
    thank u so much for the giveaway!!!

  • Patricia Beaudin
    December 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup! A favorite when I was a little girl and a favorite almost 3 decades later (now that’s devotion! lol)

  • Tracey
    December 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    My fav BDay treat is king cake from Paul’s Pastry.

  • jen
    December 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    wow, RAGE looks awesome! love the concept!

    i love all desserts, in any form, on my birthday or any day. my arteries love them too, right?? but i’d have to say my favorite is a genuine red velvet cake. not the stuff that is made red with tons of food coloring, but the stuff that is the color of blood from the cocoa that is used, and tastes like heaven. its really hard to find good red velvet cake, and i’ve never found a recipe i liked either!

    (also, to the first poster: omg spaghetti tacos are amazing! just had them a few nights ago — i was soo skeptical — but they were the best!)

  • Cindy McCune
    December 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    My birthday is next month…My Mom always made my fave: Black Forest cake. My Mom passed away,:cry: so I KNOW I won’t get it this year, and even if someone remembers, it won’t be the same…so need to start a new custom. Hmmm…Pink Champagne Cake? Yep, yep ❗

  • Mel S
    December 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    My last birthday was a round number as well so my friends treated me to tea at the Ritz in London. It was great to try warm scones and finger sandwiches in such gorgeous surroundings – not sure if it will be a regular birthday treat though! 🙂

  • Kate Elizabeth
    December 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    It has to be a dobos torte – my great aunt bakes them and they are just magic (she is Hungarian so it makes it that much more authentic)
    layers of sponge cake with chocolate inbetween
    yum …

  • Amanda Lee
    December 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Oooh… well for me, my favorite birthday treat is Moosetracks ice cream. There is just something about that combo of peanut butter, vanilla, and fudge that makes all of my birthdays stupendous. 😀

  • JenP
    December 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  • alana
    December 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I always make the cake my grandma used to make me. It’s a simple yellow cake with a banana and strawberry filling. Then she used simple whip cream for the frosting. This description doesn’t even come close the the sweet but fresh taste of the cake. It’s served cold so I like to have it for breakfast. lol

  • Dominique
    December 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    blue sky and sunshine! After months of a drearily drizzling Vancouver winter, there’s nothing better than frolicking in the sun!

  • Jess
    December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Fantastic. I’m a big fan of the Icarus Project books and am looking fwd to reading both Hunger and Rage.
    Favourite bday treat? Dairy Queen blizzard ice cream cake. Mmmmm

    Happy birthday!

  • Julie G
    December 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Favorite birthday treat is definitely homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing – made by my mom of course!

  • Cinnamon
    December 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    My favorite would have to be mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. Yes, it’s pretty specific… 😀

  • Auraya
    December 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Chocolademousse. Not the instant kind or the one you buy, but pie made of dark chocolade and 5 cm deep. The kind that after one piece you truly can’t have another however much you want to. It takes a lot of work to make one and so mother didn’t do it very often. It became the standard (requested) dessert at birthdays. Of course, when I was 14 I learned to make it myself…

  • Kimberly B.
    December 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve got you beat by one year! Forty’s not so bad!
    My favorite birthday treat is the chocolate cake my best friend used to make me. It’s a two layer cake, with the bottom layer carved out and filled with cool whip. There are more sophisticated foods yes, but that particular dessert has sentimental value.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Tiffany M.
    December 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I like picking a dinner. Usually something I really want like gorditas or sushi without feeling guilty if anyone else doesn’t want it. 🙂

  • kearsten
    December 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Oh, man, me, too on TWOT love! I also picked it up in ’93 and I’ve been reading and rereading the series ever since.

    Rage looks and sounds wicked good, though I probably won’t read it while eating my bro-in-law’s flourless chocolate cake with homemade whipped cream – that treat requires one’s COMPLETE attention! 😀

  • Monna
    December 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    CAKE! Any kind of cake really. Its the one reason “eating healthy” fails me. Which is kind of okay with me… 🙂

  • Amy
    December 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Curry dumplings. Mmm…

  • Victoria Zumbrum
    December 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I am a follower and email subscriber.I love chocolate cake. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • Llehn
    December 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Chocolate fudge cake 😀

    December 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    johnny depp in caramel. or a ukulele. but i’ve been asking for both for years, and niether have materialized, so i guess i’ll settle on rage.

  • ThisViewOfMine
    December 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    At the moment some chocolate covered strawberries, and a hot shower with James Franco sounds damn good to me! *grins*

  • Elizabeth
    December 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I love chocolate ice cream with kitkat from coldstone for my bday…after all who doesn’t need a break…break me off a piece of that k..kat bar. 🙂

  • jennifer
    December 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    *momentarily imagines self floating on a desert island made of red velvet cake floating in milk*
    EPIC! 😆

  • Robin K
    December 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I would say going out to eat! BURRITOS!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Brodie
    December 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Well I could try sucking up for two points, but really, that would be like cheating because I would much rather prefer Jensen Ackles dipped in chocolate 😀

    My other favourite treat for my birthday is vegan chocolate cake! And any form of vegan chocolate I can get my greedy hands on 😀

    I can’t wait to read Rage!

  • brit
    December 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    happy birthday!
    I am not one for cake (ducks head) but I do love the ice cream, this year I made two flavors for my birthday and no cake.

  • Melanie L
    December 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Chocolate cake, cheesecake, or banana pudding-I’ll take any of them. They’re all delicious! Happy birthday! 🙂

  • Teresa N
    December 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Oh awesome! I actually just got “Hunger” out of the library and am loving it.
    My favorite birthday treat is chocolate chip pie: it’s like chocolate chip cookie dough in a crust…yum.

  • Maggie
    December 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Matt Damon, dipped in chocolate, told me to tell you that my favorite birthday treat is kahlua cake with vodka icing. Yummmmm.

  • April
    December 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Ooo. Hunger was fantastic so I’d definitely love to read Rage.

    I’d have to say my favorite treat at the moment is dark chocolate-covered bananas.

  • SaraC
    December 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Creme Brulee!

  • jessica
    December 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Ice cream cake! Love it.

  • Mieneke
    December 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Happy belated birthday!
    My favourite birthday treat is a ‘Moorkop’, which is basically a giant profiterole covered in chocolate. It’s so yummy!

  • Katy
    December 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Vegan chocolate cake, for sure.

  • Stephanie K.
    December 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Lemon chess pie.

  • mikhaila
    December 9, 2010 at 1:03 am

    chocolate gateau with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, or lemon meringue pie 😀

  • Christine H
    December 9, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I get a Cheese cake, my favorite for my birthdays!! So good!!!

  • Jeff
    December 9, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I like to get a Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream cake.

  • Shirley
    December 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    At My Age who needs I don’t really celebrate my birthday anymore, if I do treat myself to something it’s homemade choc cake and choc ice cream.

  • Donna
    December 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Every year for my birthday, my mother makes me the loveliest white cake with pink icing and coconut sprinkles!

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Sparkles
    December 9, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! 😀

    My favourite treat is veto-on-retaurant-choice. 😉 (Mom can’t say anything)

  • Tina
    December 9, 2010 at 4:07 am

    My Birthday is a huge event every year, I love to celebrate and feel like the guest of honor. We got take a party bus out my girl friends and I and we get our drink on. No cake or there wouldn’t be any room for the mixed drinks! 🙂

    Thanks for the conetst! 8)

  • Mia
    December 9, 2010 at 6:10 am

    My birthday is on Cinco de Mayo and every year we go to a Mexican or TexMex restaurant and I get Sopapillas. If you don’t know what Sopapillas are, they’re a fried pastry covered in honey (sage honey is the best on them) and sometimes powdered sugar. Amazing!

    I do believe this is a pretty Americanized version of the Sopapilla, but it’s just so darned good I have a hard time caring.

  • debp
    December 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I make a dark chocolate cake, homemade cream cheese frosting, sliced fresh strawberries, drizzled with dark chocolate ganuche.

  • Ellie
    December 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    My favorite birthday treat is chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream in the middle mixed whit chocolate chips…. soooooooo good!!! ^^

  • Maryam H
    December 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I have to go for chocolate-fudge cake with ice cream!!
    m-hussein @ hotmail .co .uk

  • Courtney
    December 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Chocolate cheesecake with strawberry sauce!!! YUMMMMM!

  • heatwave16
    December 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Birthday (belated)!!!

    My favorite food is ice cream cake – Dairy Queen with the vanilla ice cream with the chocolate fudge& crunchies.


  • Marlene Breakfield
    December 10, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Lasagna all the way!

  • Pammie
    December 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Every year for my birthday I have a sushi party with my family, with big trays of sushi from the fresh market so – SUSHI!

  • Shaideneuse
    December 11, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Perogies all the way – cheese and potato!

    Also presents.

  • jmspettoli
    December 11, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Caramel chocolate brownie cheese cake… nuff said.

    Happy Birthday Jackie!!!

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  • Ginny
    December 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    On my birthday, I love to eat “halva” which is a sweet that originated in Indian and then spread throughout West Asia and the Mediterranean. My mother makes “sooji halva”, semolina halva, for our birthdays. It is very soft, fluffy, and sweet. I luv eating it with “poori” an Indian bread. You can find the recipe here:

  • Ginny
    December 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    i know the giveaway is over…. i just wanted to share. 😀

  • C.G.
    December 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I want! I want!

    Thanks so much

  • Zandra
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