It is crazy to look back and see how fast time flies! This past Tuesday, my cousin, Courtney, celebrated her 18th birthday. To think that she will be going off to college in the Fall, I am truly at a loss for words.
I am incredibly proud of who Courtney has become; not only is she a funny and intelligent individual, but she is a genuinely kind-hearted person as well. I cannot believe that I can sit with her and converse with her like an adult when it feels like just yesterday that she was a toddler, that she had found herself climbing atop of a treadmill, and after I lifted her off of it, she bit me.
Needless to say, I wanted to bake my cousin something extremely special for her birthday; I wanted to combine two of her favorite desserts: cannolis and brownies.
I had researched a recipe for a cannoli cheesecake and quickly decided to add a nutella brownie bottom. The result? Well, seeing as it was a no-bake cheesecake, it did not come out as planned. In fact, it was more of a whipped cannoli cream pie on top of nutella brownies. Courtney did not seem to mind though! I am glad that Courtney enjoyed both her birthday, as well as her cannoli, brownie pie. Although I still cannot believe that Courtney is now an adult, I know that some things will never change, such as one very important life lesson: when you are presented with a birthday cake, you must smear off your name and put the frosting on your nose (always).