the home birth of Maren Ree…

My sweet, beautiful, joy-bringing Baby Girl is one year old today!

Born at 12:39am, her birth was the most difficult and life-changing event of my life, so far.  WORTH IT.

I’ve tried to keep this as PG as possible (all pics are appropriate, FYI!) but if birth makes you squeamish…  feel free to scroll down quickly to some of those yummy recipes down below!

For those of you who are interested:  Here is Maren’s Home Birth Story.  One year ago today.

Maren Ree was born Tuesday July 24th, 2012 at 12:39am.  Weighing 6lbs 8oz and just 18.5inches long.

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extra moist dark chocolate cake

I cannot believe my little baby is 1 already!

We had a small, cozy birthday celebration for him with my family.  It was nice to enjoy a quiet day celebrating him…  and of course, eating cake!

I put my brother in charge of decorating the cake.  His only rule?  “Cover the whole thing with m&ms!”

I think he did a great job!!

Did you notice the google color-scheme?  :o)  Yeah.

This was a great, rich, very moist chocolate cake!  (I am not 100% satisfied with the frosting recipe yet, so I’m just sharing the recipe for the cake.)  

If you need a good, classic dark chocolate cake…  try this out!

extra moist dark chocolate cake


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot, strong brewed coffee


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter and flour (or use a baking spray with flour in it, like I prefer!) two 9-inch round baking pans.

In a large mixer bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, butter, & vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Stir in the coffee by hand (the batter will be thin). Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then remove from the pans to a wire rack.

Frost as desired!

adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Happy birthday Haakon!  We love you, little man!

Glad you liked your very first cake!

In case you’re wondering what I did for Bjørn’s 1st birthday cake…  click here!