Food on Fridays: A Buttery Birthday

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Food on Fridays with Ann

Note: Those of you observing a Lenten fast? Please forgive me for the following fat-filled post. The kids made me Trader Joe’s light, flaky, buttery chocolate croissants for breakfast on my birthday last week.A mouthwatering start to a buttery birthday.For dinner, I asked for Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage-Butter Sauce.Butternut Squash Ravioli from Trader Joe’s is so good, I love it almost as much as life itself (hyperbole, of course, but have you tried it?). The Sage-Butter sauce was so easy, my husband was able to pull it together in a matter of minutes. He used the sauce from this Gnocchi recipe as inspiration and adjusted a little:


Sage-Butter Sauce

  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 clove garlic (or 2 shakes garlic powder)
  • 1 t dried sage (a little less)
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 C Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 t ground black pepper (or 2 shakes black pepper)
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese (additional to sprinkle when serving)

Directions: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic has softened and is beginning to turn golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the sage and salt for a few seconds. Add Parmesan cheese and the pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese to serve.


The kids asked me what kind of cake I wanted. The first thing that popped into my head was the cake my friend Marilynn served a few weeks ago when we were invited to her house for dinner after church.So two of the kids tracked down the recipe, bought the ingredients, and made it all by themselves.Butterfinger CakeIngredients:

  • 1 box Devil’s food cake mix
  • 10 oz. Cola or diet cola
  • 1 egg white
  • 7 oz. Sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 8 oz. Frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed
  • 7 Nestle fun-sized Butterfinger candy bars

Directions:Combine cake mix, cola, and egg white. Bake according to cake mix instructions in a greased 9×13 pan.A few minutes before the cake is to be done, combine sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in a saucepan. Cook and stir on low to make creamy and warm.When cake is done and still hot, poke holes in top of cake with a knife and pour peanut butter mixture over top of cake. You may have to spread the mixture a little to help it go down into the holes. Sprinkle top with half of the chopped butterfingers. Cool cake completelyCover with Cool Whip and sprinkle remaining Butterfingers over top. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.(Recipe found here.) Happy buttery-croissant/butternut-squash/sage-butter sauce/Butterfinger Cake birthday to me!


Credits: Croissant, ravioli and first cake photos by Ann Kroeker. Final cake photo by S. Kroeker.

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    1. Whats not to love? Chocolate and Peanut butter. And we happen to have a large candy bar and I think I can make do with it. Thanks for sharing such a lucious treat!

    2. What a lovely buttery birthday – Your menu sounds fantastic, and those croissants and that cake – oh my! I’m so glad you had a lovely day, and Happy Belated Birthday from me :)

    3. Thank you so much for sharing these heavenly recipes! I cannot wait to try them!!!

    4. That sage-butter sauce sound fantastic! I love sage!

    5. Hi Anne! Happy Birthday! Mine is this coming monday! We are both lovely creative Pisces! I am sharing a great Friday meal for Lent, which I actually made on Ash Wednesday, a Bittman Cheese Quiche that was simply divine. All the best, Alex

    6. I’m drooling!! Oh what a lovely birthday menu for a sweet lady. Happy Birthday, Ann. You have a special family~another blessing of your birthday. I can hardly wait to try the Butterfinger cake and that delicious sage sauce (not at the same time, though).

      And, all I have waiting for me is a tasty, but not delicious as your treat, pound cake. Squeezing it in during Lent as part of the Saturday morning breakfast (or Friday night snack).

      Looking forward to making treats from your yummy birthday!

      Blessings for the whole year,

    7. And then, there was the VERY buttery mac and cheese a few days later! Had I known you had already had all that butter!

      I was so close to having a post ready to join you yesterday. But it’s more than half done, and it will work perfectly for NEXT week. I might even go ahead and finish it this weekend so it will be ready.

    8. Ann, your comment about the orange loaf was warmly received :) I’d love to have a cup of tea with you, enjoy a slice of orange loaf and have an afternoon of sweet conversation.
      Your place or mine? Next time we’re in the Midwest or you’re in Arizona, let’s make it happen.


    9. HI. Im a new blogger. Your blog is wonderful..I really would love to follow you.

    10. I have just linked my recipe. thanks


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