Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me! :o)

Today is my birthday, and I had a lovely, quiet, contemplative day.

I decided to attempt to make my mom's chocolate cake for my birthday cake. Megan assisted. :o) Actually, it was the first time in her whole 21 1/2 years that she had ever witnessed a cake made from scratch, as opposed to made from a box. My mom's chocolate cake was the best ever rich, yummy chocolate sheet cake. It turned out okay, not as good as I remembered from when my mom made it, but not a total fail either. I will have to work on it.

There are pecans on only half because not all of my people like pecans and they whined when I told them they could pick them off. I mean, come on people, whose birthday cake was this?? Sigh...the things I do for my little and not-so-little peeps. :o)

Then, since I was evidently in a baking mood, I made my mom's peanut butter cookies. They are so yummy!

I felt close to my mom as I made these things from her recipes. It was a comforting thing to do on my birthday.

And then came the best part of cleaning up...

Yum! Yum! cookie dough!

I had an audience, just in case some wild cookie dough jumped out and landed on the floor. My ever vigilent pups, willing to risk life and limb and throw their bodies on that dangerous stuff to protect their mom!

And lest you think I haven't been stitching because of the lack of needlework pictures, here is my latest finish. It is Brazilean Dimensional Embroidery, and was a lot of fun. I haven't decided what I will do with it yet, but I think I might make a little sachet with it.

What more could a girl ask for on her birthday, chocolate, fiber, and fur babies? :o)

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