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Put the Kettle on....

More Birthday Celebrations! 
 
May 23, 2013 3:17 pm 
Updated: May 27, 2013 1:55 pm
Last weekend was a weekend for Birthday celebrations.  I hosted two birthday parties; one for my mom and one for Jocelyn (my youngest "adopted" grandchild). 

I asked Mom what she wanted for her birthday dinner.  Mom, not wanting to "put me out" told me anything would do except liver or salmon.  That left it wide open for almost anything!  I thought about it for a day or two and couldn't really decide.  Then, Jon said "How about some good, fresh lake perch?  We could do a fish fry!"   Excellent idea - glad I thought of it...   The next step was to find some good, fresh lake perch.  We called the seafood store, all the nearby grocery stores, and I was deciding I'd call a man who retired from the school several years ago and is a fishing machine. I was sure Gary would have some in his freezer.  Then, Jon thought of another seafood store.  He hit the jackpot - they had fresh lake perch and he was going to be right near it for work; he could pick up several pounds.  I picked up some sweet corn, which happened to be really good, and we had fruit as well.  I made a Hershey's extra chocolatey cake and frosted it with butter cream icing.  Saturday's birthday party was a good time and the food was a success!

Sunday's birthday cake was going to be a bit of a challenge for me.  I couldn't just make a cake in a pan for a six-year-old "Princess".  She had already informed me she wanted a pink Princess cake.  What comes to mind when you think of a pink Princess cake??  Why - a Barbie cake, of course! You know, the cake you bake in a Pyrex batter bowl and invert it to make the princess gown.  I've never attempted any such thing before, but I'll try anything once.  Or twice, if the case may be.  I got up early on Sunday and got to work.  I made a strawberry cake from scratch and it smelled great.  It baked in that batter bowl for over an hour and sprung back when I touched it and looked done.  I pulled it out of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Then I turned the bowl upside-down and that's when the four-letter words began to spew from my mouth.  The middle was still a gooey batter mess!  That cake caved in and slopped into a mess of gooey strawberry slop.  The bright side of it - I did this over my sink!  Jon was a good sport - he didn't laugh at all; even though I know he really wanted to.  I guess I should say - he didn't laugh outloud.  I'm sure he was laughing on the inside!  Not to be defeated, I ran to the store to get more ingredients, but while there I saw a strawberry cake mix.  That became my choice for Attempt #2.  It turned out to be a good choice as it came out beautifully. 

Once cool I set to work decorating the cake.  That is something I have no talent for, so what emerged as the finished product was something I was terribly proud of!  The look of wonder and surprise on all three kids' faces was priceless.  Heck! I'm going to be honest - the look of wonder and surprise on all the adults' faces was priceless as well. 

Before we had cake, though, we had to have dinner.  I made a chicken parmesan bake casserole and spaghetti and salad.  I also had Jocelyn's favorite - Strawberries!  I also had fresh pineapple and watermelon.  Jocelyn wanted that cake so bad she insisted she was full and couldn't eat dinner.  When that didn't work, she started saying she was sick and her tummy hurt.  When her dad said that she couldn't have any cake then either, she miraculously felt better!    There was plenty of food and everyone was so stuffed that cake time had to wait about a half hour.  That just made Jocelyn all the more impatient.  Finally, though the candles were put on her cake and we all sang to her. 

When the weekend was over I had to admit - it had been a perfect weekend!  I spent time with my family celebrating my Mom's 76th birthday.   Then, on Sunday it was such fun to celebrate a young child's birthday.  We don't have another birthday to celebrate until mid-June when Yahir will turn 8.  His birthday is already in the planning, but it will have to be a week late as we will all be at the beach together on his actual birthday.  I can't wait for that!
My mom's birthday
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Princess cake #1
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Barbie Princess Cake
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"My Kiddos" with Barbie Princess Cake
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Comments
May 23, 2013 3:36 pm
What lovely cakes and dinners. So sweet of you to make them!
 
May 23, 2013 6:39 pm
Thanks, Cat!
 
May 23, 2013 7:36 pm
Your house was party central, huh? That Barbie cake is amazing. I think both birthday girls were happy.
 
May 24, 2013 3:14 am
BSM: Yup! Party central - our house is where it's at! :) I think they were happy, too; or at least I hope they were! I forgot to add something in my blog about that Barbie cake: When I first stuck Barbie down into the cake she was WAY too tall. So, I pulled her out and Jon cut her legs off at the knees. I hated to do that since we were planning on letting Jocelyn keep her to play with (not that she doesn't already have about a dozen!). When we got ready to cut the cake Jocelyn pulled Barbie out and took a sharp inhale. It was quite a shock to see a legless Princess Barbie!
 
Lela 
May 24, 2013 7:35 am
Mother Ann! Your Barbie cake looks wonderful and I know your Mom loved the fact you made her a dinner and a cake. I have seen these Barbie cakes and I would love to make one for my granddaughter. I think I will take your advice and buy a cake mix. Your stories always warm my heart because your blogs are full of giving to others and celebrating life's events. Thanks, Mother Ann!
 
May 24, 2013 7:45 am
"The look of wonder and surprise on all the faces was priceless as well." What great memories you are doing for the little ones. My only question is, who's making sure they don't drop the cake in the photo? Lol, after two attempts we have to be sure it's not dropped before cutting.
 
May 24, 2013 12:05 pm
That Barbie cake is sooooooooo cute, so are your Grandkids. I would be more then proud of the whole Birthday weekend it sounds like you did a great job.
 
Paula 
May 24, 2013 12:59 pm
Sounds like great fun from the oldest to youngest. Love the smile on that child's face in the last photo! You should be very proud of that Barbie cake. Good job!
 
May 24, 2013 1:43 pm
Lela, Thank you for your kind words! I have to admit that cake is the best looking cake I've ever made. It was a huge hit.
 
May 24, 2013 1:45 pm
bd.weld, LOL! If you look closely you can see their mother's arm reaching out toward the plate. She was really afraid they'd drop it or it would slide off the plate. If it had dropped I know of 9 people that probably would have cried! LOL
 
May 24, 2013 1:48 pm
Joey Joan, Thank you! We call these kids our grandkids because they call us grandma and grandpa. Technically they are no relation; their father is the manager of our Mexican restaurant, but we've been friends with them since before the 6 year old was born, so they are much like family by now. The weekend was a great time. I love to spend time with my real family and my "adopted" family.
 
May 24, 2013 1:49 pm
Paula - Thanks! The best part of hosting two birthdays in one weekend?? Getting two different kinds of cake!! LOL
 
joycel 
May 27, 2013 7:12 am
Awesome weekend , Mother Ann! Just a word on the beautiful barbie cake, after the first one I did I realized how tall barbie was too, lol, so now I make anextra 8 inch round to add to the bottom of the cake. Live and learn, right. I am the cake baker in our chosen family group, so I always bring the cake. When we are at the beach I still bring the cakes, I will do a wilton pan design, , that fits in my cake carrier, my last beach cake was spiderman, he made the 3 hour trip perfectly. I also brought the darth vader cake on a 700 mile trip to surprise a little guy for his birthday. I love my cake carrier, Happy Baking! =)
 
joycel 
May 27, 2013 7:15 am
Awesome weekend , Mother Ann! Just a word on the beautiful barbie cake, after the first one I did I realized how tall barbie was too, lol, so now I make anextra 8 inch round to add to the bottom of the cake. Live and learn, right. I am the cake baker in our chosen family group, so I always bring the cake. When we are at the beach I still bring the cakes, I will do a wilton pan design, , that fits in my cake carrier, my last beach cake was spiderman, he made the 3 hour trip perfectly. I also brought the darth vader cake on a 700 mile trip to surprise a little guy for his birthday. I love my cake carrier, Happy Baking! =)
 
May 27, 2013 1:55 pm
Hi Joyce! Yup - if ever I make the Barbie cake again I'll add an extra 8" to the bottom. Poor Barbie! LOL I've just recently become the "special/fancy" cake baker. :)
 
 
 
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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.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
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.
My cooking tragedies
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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