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Another Birthday Celebration! 
Feb. 24, 2013 5:07 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 5:08 pm
This weekend we celebrated my son-in-law's birthday.   I didn't do anything but help eat the cake, though; Kristal was the baker this week.  Jake loves spice cake, so spice cake is what she made for her husband. 

My weekend started out with our usual visit to our Mexican Restaurant.  Friday was National Margarita Day and apparently many people observe that holiday.  The place was hopping.  As the four of us sat at our usual table (Jon, Kristal, Jake and I) my phone rang.  It was Steve calling from South Dakota.  He and his girlfriend wanted to make ice cream so they were on their way to see if the local odds 'n ends store in his "town" had an ice cream freezer. If they did they were going to buy it, but he needed to know what all you needed to make ice cream.  And - he stressed - none of that "good for you, low-fat stuff". He wanted real, pure - all the fat - kind of ice cream.  He said he had done a quick search on "that AllRecipes place" he knows I frequent but he couldn't find anything.  So....  I did a quick search on my phone and found a nice, full-of-fat recipe and e-mailed it to him.  It wasn't on AR, but it was a recipe.  I was glad I could help my son out with a food question.  We finished our second margaritas (hey - if it's National Margarita Day - I had to celebrate, right??!!) and headed for home.

Saturday morning we had some errands to run and I had to run the vacuum and clean up a little. The plans for Jake's birthday were to eat at the restaurant and then come back to our house for cake and ice cream.  My parents were coming, too, so there would be six of us tonight.   My parents came over early and we took them to the phone store. A while back they disconnected their landline and only have a cell phone now.  It turns out that is somewhat of a problem. When my dad goes somewhere he takes the phone, leaving my mom home with no means of getting in touch with anyone.  She picked out the same phone my dad has which was a smart move. Nobody needs to learn how to use a new phone!  Mom knows how to answer the phone and I think she can dial the numbers, but she doesn't text.  We had a lot of fun with that.  While the salesman was getting the new phone ready for her, Jon texted all the grandkids with the new number.  Then, I texted my niece and told her to text Grandma. 

Dinner at the restaurant was delicious, as usual, and Federico served us as the place was picking up for another busy night and the servers were busy.  He's a real good guy.  Jon gave him a tip and he gave it to the server who's table we were sitting at.  I'll add here that the server happened to be his wife.  That could have had something to do with his generosity! 

I couldn't wait to sample the spice cake Kristal had made.  She made a bundt cake and topped it with a warm caramel-rum topping and sprinkled butterscotch chips over that.  Like me last week, she made two cakes.  Not because she felt that six people needed two cakes, but because the first one failed.  I really don't know what happened to it.  In the afternoon she sent me a text and asked about greasing the pan.  I told her yes and that then she needed to only let it cool 10 minutes or so and then run a knife around the edge and it should slide right out.  Well...... it didn't.  It broke in half, horizontally, and she had to dig it all out of the pan.  What she had left to work with was a bowl full of crumbs.  She sent me a picture of it.  I told her I was sure it would taste fine.  But she was determined for success and made another cake.  This one was a success and looked beautiful!

To go with the cake she brought a bottle of wine.  Last summer Kristal drove down to Virginia, alone, to spend part of our "wine-stock-up" vacation with us and do some hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  At one of the wineries we tasted a wine that the wine pourer said would go great with spice cake.  Kristal bought a bottle in anticipation of her husband's birthday six months away.  I gotta hand it to her - she was able to save that bottle all this time and not drink it!  I'm glad she saved it - it was the perfect accompaniment to that delicious cake!

As we gathered around our dining room table, which was my grandparents' table before it was mine, I wondered "how many times has this family gathered around that table to sing Happy Birthday"? 
The first spice cake
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Jake's cake
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The perfect accompaniment
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Feb. 24, 2013 7:12 am
Congrats, Kristal! It is so rewarding when one fails but the second attempt turns out perfect. Today is my son's BD, he requested pineapple upside down cake. Got that one covered, have made it several times with great success. Plus, we have fresh chocolate chip cookies and rum pound cake just in case. Made those cause the poor kid got fired from his job the day we had the big snow and he couldn't get into work. I find chocolate cookies help on a bad day :)
Feb. 24, 2013 7:28 am
Mother Ann, Happy BD to your son-in-law, and happy successful cake day to Kristal! I've never made a Bundt cake before. I think we have a pan somewhere in a cabinet, but where? My MIL is living proof that old folks can learn new things. She and my late FIL used to teach computer classes (operating systems, word processing, spread sheets and data bases) all over the country as they travelled full time in their RV. My MIL just got a new phone in the last month or two and has enjoyed learning to use the texting feature as well as all of the apps that are available for an Android type phone.
Feb. 24, 2013 9:21 am
Mother Ann,Congrats to Kristal for not giving up,the cake looks beautiful.And Happy birthday to your son-in-law.
Feb. 24, 2013 10:08 am
Cat - I saw your post on Facebook about your son's troubles. Absolutely nuts! And I'll bet those chocolate chip cookies helped a ton. Happy birthday to him!
Feb. 24, 2013 10:10 am
Doc - I haven't made a bundt cake in a while. I've been thinking of making one with a cream filling - kind of like a giant Hostess cupcake. My mom's phone is a very basic phone - no smartphone for her. Yet. :)
Feb. 24, 2013 10:10 am
manella - Thank you. The cake was very good!
Feb. 25, 2013 1:36 pm
Thanks, Mother Ann. It was nutts but he did hate working there. Another door shall open :)
Feb. 26, 2013 3:01 am
Cat - Only so true - and sometimes what seems like a bad thing at first is really a blessing in disguise.
Feb. 26, 2013 12:50 pm
HEY! I think that spice cake looked delicious. Maybe could concoct some kind of trifle type dessert with the "failure". I'm thinking pumpkin creme, a little caramel liqueur drizzle, etc. And for that son of yours...his aunt knows where to find a simple ice cream machine.
Feb. 26, 2013 5:08 pm
Hi! A trifle sounds like a super idea! I'll bet Jake has already eaten those crumbs drowned in the remaining caramel rum sauce, though. Please - do steer Steve in the right direction for an ice cream machine. Who knows what he'd come up with on his own. LOL I'm thinking of getting one of those very machines myself - if its the same one I'm thinking of??
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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