I’m going to warn you, this isn’t a short post and it’s not just about Birthday Cake Cocktails. If you just want the cocktail, scroll to the bottom. But if you want to read a story about a beautiful friendship that started online? Keep reading.
Every once in awhile, you meet someone online that is special. Like, in your heart to stay. Someone you find yourself thinking about even when you’re doing mundane daily tasks. Someone who brings a smile to your face when that happens because you think of something funny they’ve said or some random conversation that made you both laugh so hard you almost had tears (or maybe you did!).
You know that if you lived nearby that special friend, you’d have coffee together several times a week, and never run out of things to talk about.
I met Isabel in the Fall of 2011 when she joined a tribe I had on Triberr. I created the Made From Scratch tribe (still alive and the oldest ACTIVE food tribe on Triberr) in July 2011, and a few short months later, I found Isabel (around October 2011) and invited her to the tribe and the rest is history. Well, not exactly.
Isabel hadn’t been blogging long, just a few months when she joined my tribe. I was the quintessential tribe leader on Triberr, having a working relationship with Dino and Dan who helped and guided me through the process, taught me best practices, and eventually I became part of the Triberr team for a few years. That part only matters because during my working relationship with Triberr, there were a lot of changes being implemented and one of them was the focus Triberr had on transparency and being who you are. They didn’t want a bunch of avatars with fake people, they wanted your face. They wanted to see who you were. My job was to locate the ones who weren’t and change how they were seen. Isabel, at that time, was the infamous chef hat. And I didn’t want to move her. I wanted her to stay front and center because honestly she had good content, lovely connecting stories that were enjoyable to read and fabulous, mouth watering recipes that I thought everyone should be making. So that’s how Isabel and I met. I told her I wanted to help her and I wanted to create her an avatar where her chef hat was still front and center. She thought I was nuts because I was doing it all for nothing. But I wasn’t. I was so taken by her family friendly attitude, the fact that she had four kids and I had five and we had lots in common and well, have you met Isabel? Her beautiful personality came through in those posts and I wanted to know her. I was drawn to her. And that my friends, really IS history in the making.
Here’s her original avatar and next to it is the one I created and that she used for years.
See that beautiful face? It needed to be there. Don’t you think?
About that time Isabel created #SundaySupper and she worked on me for a few months to join in. Finally in February of 2012, I jumped in feet first and never looked back. I fell in love with Isabels’ mission to bring back #SundaySupper around the family table and have grown with her ever since. Because of Isabel I was introduced to Portuguese food and have even blogged a few of my attempts at her delicious food – Lavadores Cookies (Portuguese Washboard Cookies) and Portuguese Style Spicy Chorizo Hamburgers based off HER delicious Portuguese Hamburgers.
Our friendship has turned into something amazing and while we don’t have as much time to just talk anymore on the phone for hours like we used to, we still catch up often and think about each other ALL the time!
Birthday Cake Cocktails
So onto these Birthday Cake Cocktails and why I picked them to celebrate her birthday. Initially I was going to choose Birthday Pancakes to make, because I have always associated Isabel with pancakes, but there is a reason and I’m sure you’re wondering why. Well, Isabel’s blogging days started with a bag of pancakes, and a sweet conversation with her daughter who was leaving for college. It seems fitting because that same daughter just graduated from college (Congrats Alex!!). I switched from the pancakes to the cocktail because Isabel is never one to turn away from a good cocktail and what better way to celebrate a birthday then with good friends and cocktails. Just saying. Plus her Birthday Pancakes have sprinkles and so does this beautiful cocktail. I made this cocktail the first time a few years ago and remember her popping into my head that day. The way I make the cocktail has changed over the years with the addition of flavored vodka’s and it’s now better than ever.
In honor of you my friend. Isabel, I hope your birthday is extra special. I treasure our friendship, even when some time goes between our chats. I think about you so often and our funny stories pop up in my mind when I am doing the most mundane tasks. I miss you so much with both of us being so busy. However, I’m so proud of all you have accomplished. I have thoroughly loved watching the wonderful changes and growth in the past several years and am excited to continue to watch you grow and blossom as a business and LIFESTYLE, because that is what Sunday Supper is to me. A lifestyle that will continue to evolve and bring families closer together. Thank you for all you have done for our entire community, but most of all – what you have done for me. Prayers, support, an ear, a shoulder, a laugh – everything. My gratitude is beyond measure.
Birthday Cake Cocktails
- 1 part SMIRNOFF® Iced Cake Vodka
- 1 part SMIRNOFF® Whipped Cream or Vanilla
- 1 part Half & Half
- Vanilla Frosting
Dip martini glass in vanilla frosting and rim with fun and festive sprinkles.
In an ice filled shaker, combine iced cake vodka, whipped cream vodka and half and half.
Strain into prepared martini class.
Also, a very special thank you to Terri for coordinating, hosting and throwing this entire virtual party for Isabel! This was so much fun!
Join me in celebrating Isabel’s Birthday with all the delicious food and drinks her #SundaySupper family prepared!
- Birthday Cake Cocktails by Daily Dish Recipes
- Blueberry Lavender Mojitos by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Caipirinha Colada by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
- Fig-Bourbon Fizz by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Mocha Martini by Desserts Required
- Mocha Mudslide by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Plum and Thyme Champagne Cocktail by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Summer Fizzies by Momma’s Meals
- 2-Ingredient Deviled Eggs by Shockingly Delicious
- Apple and Chorizo Crostini with Shallots and Basil by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Buffalo Chicken Wontons by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Burrata Caprese Crostini with Proscuitto by The Crumby Cupcake
- Chorizo and Kimchi Potato Pancakes from kimchi MOM
- Cotija and Roasted Corn Guacamole by Simply Healthy Family
- Gluten Free Basil Tomato Flatbread by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Salt Cod Fritters by Recipes Food and Cooking
Birthday Main Courses:
- Chai Sweet Chili Chicken Flatbread by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Chorizo Eggs Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Espetada (Portuguese Beef Skewers) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Grilled Salmon Rice Salad by Magnolia Days
- Sofrito Marinated Beef Skewers by Nik Snacks
- Steak with Red Wine Reduction and Blue Cheese by The Weekend Gourmet
- Angel Food Cake by Feeding Big
- Birthday Blondies by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Buttercream Icing by Whole Food | Real Families
- Chocolate Doughnuts with White and Chocolate Glaze by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- French Vanilla Eclair Cake by Love and Confections
- Homemade No-Churn Nutella Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cheesecake by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Italian Cream Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Japanese Cherry Blossom Brownies and 10 Tips on How-To Get Drunk With Happiness by NinjaBaker
- Mint Chocolate Cream Pie by gotta get baked
- Pink Lemonade Cookies by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Queijadas de Sintra by Food Lust People Love
- Red Currant Cheesecake Ice Cream by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Summer Peach Cake by The Wimpy Vegetarian