Happy Birthday Mini-Me & No Bake Cake in Jars (Desserts in Jars Giveaway- Closed!)

No Bake Cake in a Jar

Happy 19th Birthday Mini-me!

You are awesome…

and gorgeous…

and I’m grateful for you…

and to you…

even though you poke me in my weirdly sensitive arm incessantly…

just to annoy me…

I forgive you…

but only because…

it’s the end of the world today too…

which I think might be all your fault…

for poking me in the arm…


you’ve angered the gods…

or whatever…

but I still love you…


Mini-me at Spruce Meadows

So today is mini-me’s big old 19th birthday. Yup, she’s of legal drinking age in Canada. Scary, I know. But it’s okay. Mom will still kick her ass if she shows up hammered. It’s part of the mom oath. We will embarrass you, love you, and kick your ass when needed.

Speaking of embarrassing, mini-me tends to be a private sort of gal. I have to get photo approval for any picture of her I post on the site. I have to ask her permission before writing about her on the site. Basically she is my editor. So I have to be careful what I say and how much information I share. She’s private, and sensitive and really strong. So you don’t want to chuff her off. Case in point, recently something sort of exciting happened. It happened while I was away at Mixed. It happened on her and boytoy’s 1 year dating anniversary. I didn’t find out about it till I got home. A few days after I got the news I asked her if I could write about it. She said no, it was weird and she didn’t want everyone to know every little detail about her life. So I “promised” I would not tell you guys. I “promised” I would keep the news under my hat. I ‘promised” not to spill the beans. I “promised” to keep her secret. I “promised” to keep boytoy’s secret. And that “promise” “rings” true.  I am far too diplomatic to get all creative to try to tell you about a “promise” or find ways to hint about things like “rings”. I would never. It’s just not in me. *starts bubble wrapping her weirdly sensitive arm in preparation for the incessant poking*

Mini-me and Ginger

Here’s some things I can share about mini-me:

She can tune out anyone at any time under any circumstances.

She would be the safest person to be stuck in a zombie apocalypse with.

She can make better pizza than her mom, but don’t tell her that.

She has the coolest tattoo in the world, which I went with her to get.

She is good at everything she does.

She eats way too many sour patch kids.

She can consume more chocolate and stay thin than any human on the planet.

She never makes her bed.

She will give up her bedroom to let her mom use it for a studio and sincerely not care she got the little room.

She is fearless, sarcastic and has a twisted sense of humour. Just like her mama!

Mini-me and B-Dude in Fargo

That is mini-me. She is awesome. And weird. And hilarious. And odd. And amazing. And dorky. And cool. And a giant nerd. I am proud to be her mom.

Mini-me is a low maintenance kind of gal when it comes to food. She likes simple. She likes easy. She likes junk. Luckily I like all those things too so I can cook for her easily. This week I made her favourite cake. Her favourite cake is the easiest, simplest, coolest cake you’ll ever make. So to mix it up since I’ve already posted a version of it I decided to change-up the way I presented it. I give you “No Bake Cake in Jars”. It’s basically zebra cake or wafer cake stacked in little jars. Which is adorable and perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any holidays really. Everyone gets their own little cake. And no one else’s germy little fingers get on my piece of cake. Score! Win 1 for mom. And germaphobes everywhere. You’re welcome!

No Bake Cake in a Jar

No Bake Cake in Jars
Prep time
Total time
Quick and easy no bake dessert that will surely impress your guests.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10 jars
  • 1 package of chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1 tub of cool whip
  1. Use either a spoon to drop, or piping bag to pipe, cool whip into small mason jars. You want a thin layer on the bottom of each jar.
  2. Add a cookie to it.
  3. Add another layer of cool whip.
  4. Add another cookie.
  5. Keep layering until you reach the top of the jar.
  6. Swirl a little extra cool whip on top.
  7. Place in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you let it set the softer the wafers become. They soften to the point of a cake like texture.
  8. Remove from fridge.
  9. Serve with a big old "I made these in 5 minutes flat" smile!


No Bake Cake in a Jar

Hope you enjoy. I know we did. This is a treat I learned from my mom so it’s cool that mini-me loves it. Makes me happy to see family traditions live on.

Giveaway Closed. Winner was Alice Choi of Hip Foodie Mom. Love her blog!

Since Christmas is coming and I’m in a giving mood you can also enter to win a copy of Desserts in Jars. All you have to do is leave a comment saying what kind of cake you usually request for your own birthday. Easy to enter.


Desserts in Jars Giveaway



 For additional entries you can:

1. Sign up to get my post via email. (look to the right for a box that says “subscribe via email, and enter your email. easy peasy!) Leave additional comment saying you did so. 

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3. Follow me on Twitter. Leave additional comment saying you did so.

4. Tell mini-me and myself how you celebrated your 19th birthday!

Contest will end on December 27th at midnight. Name will be drawn by random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new name will be drawn. Contest open to everyone!


I also posted something for B-Dudes Birthday back in August. If you missed it you should stop by and read it.

Toodles and Birthday smoochies! xx



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  1. says

    Happy, Happy Birthday to Mini-Me!! She sounds awesome. But the world did NOT end, so you’re going to have to do something about that arm poking! lol

    Hooray for things that happen while you’re away at Mixed, especially when it’s not that One Thing… 😉

    I love Zebra cake. I love it. I use those wafer cookies and whipped cream. Sometimes I dunk the cookies in milk as I assemble it, for maximum gooey-cakey goodness. And just now, I’m thinking that it might not be a bad idea to dip them in Bailey’s first. I mean, only if you’re of drinking age.

    Which brings me back around to your daughter’s birthday! I hope she has the best!

    • Kim Bee says

      I know right. She tortures me.

      Lol, I may have fallen off my chair reading that.

      I like the idea of dunking them first. I must try that. You my dear are a genius.

      Thanks. She had a good day. Mom and Dad deferred her gift, she gets cashola for our trip to the Toronto Mall in a couple of weeks. Score!

    • Kim Bee says

      I love chocolate too. Mine is always Black Forest. No ones else in the family loves it like I do so I torture them on my birthday. Okay total lie, we get two cakes that day. Lol.

      Thank you. She really is. And low maintenance too, no makeup or anything. I keep offering and she refuses to wear it. Kudos to her, I am too dependent on mine.

    • Kim Bee says

      Falls down laughing. I think I stayed out all night cuz my dad always said I could do what I wanted once I was 19. So I was determined to see if it was true. He never said a word, just gave me a look. Worse than yelling I swear.

  2. ColleenB. says

    A Big Happy Birthday to you Mini-Me. Wishing you many, many more to come.
    Let’s see, when I was 19 I was married and my dear hubby took me out to eat.
    My favorite birthday cake would have to be a cheesecake of any kind.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much Colleen. That sounds like a lovely 19th birthday. And man you are my kind of gal. I love cheesecake. Black Forest is my fave.

  3. ColleenB. says

    I have already been receiving your email newsletter and I so enjoy it very much.
    Oh, I hope I’m the winner of this book.
    Thank you for this opportunity

  4. says

    My 19th birthday was TEN YEARS AGO. You think I can remember that far back? I barely remember what I did this morning. I barely remember what pair of underwear I put on in the morning…five minutes after putting it on.

    My 19th birthday was the first birthday I spent w. Nate. And we could not legally drink. But there might have been beer anyway.

    • Kim Bee says

      I remember mine. And I’m WAY older than you. Okay that’s a lie. I do no remember. But I am WAY older than you.

      Lol Amy.

  5. Terri C says

    I always request an angel food cake, but not this year. Since we might not of been around (you know the world was spose to end) I didn’t think I required one today. But now I’m wishing I would of had one! Happy Birthday to your daughter and me!

    • Kim Bee says

      Happy Birthday Terri. So glad the world didn’t end on your birthday. That would be so awkward right. You totally should have had cake. We had two. So basically we may have eaten yours. My bad. xx

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks lady. I adore my kids. I’m one of those moms who wish they’d stay forever and never leave. It’s sad really.

  6. keshakeke says

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy Mini Me!!! I usually ask for a 16 thin yellow layer with chocolate fudge icing cake for my birthday!

  7. keshakeke says

    Wow! How did I celebrate my 19’th Birthday? I have a twin brother and we had a party at my house with all of our friends! It was a blast!

  8. says

    Happy Birthday to your daughter– what a loving and fun relationship you have together!
    I made a chocolate cake on my last birthday. Delicious. I’d love to have this cookbook! Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. says

    happy birthday mini-me! being weird is the BEST. i know this personally. and hello; someone better be making these adorable treats for my birthday this year. just saying.
    19 is the legal drinking age in canada?!?! that explains SO much…:)

  10. says

    Happy belated Birthday to Mini-Me! She sounds like a fine kid, and we all know she has a swell mom. A bit on the looney side, maybe, but swell. 😉 That no bake cake looks like so much fun! Great idea, and I love the jars idea.

  11. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic says

    My favorite kind of birthday cake is German chocolate! With the homemade frosting my mom makes. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a mini version?!

  12. Linda Parks says

    I have been following you on face book and have signed up for the email notifications! Would love to win! For my 19th birthday…it was so long ago, but I always celebrated my birthdays with family.

  13. says

    On my 19th, I didn’t have these cute li’l cakes in jars (Lucky Mini-YOU!).
    But, I did have a very cool party with my friends in our backyard with a very cool DJ playing some very cool tunes.
    Damn, that was forever ago.
    I’m SO old!
    Happy Birthday Mini-KimBee!!!


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