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
Princess cake #1
Barbie Princess Cake
"My Kiddos" with Barbie Princess Cake