Thursday, November 22, 2012

a happy boy

Adam is 7!
Last year Rod and i were away on Adam's birthday and it bothered him that we won't home on his birthday, even though we celebrated before we left.  i felt horrible especially knowing he was still adjusting to school and just needed extra love at that time.  So i was especially happy to be with him on his day this year. 

Tonight at bedtime, he was beaming and said "this was the best birthday"!   That made me feel so good.  I like that it didn't take a lot of material things to make him say that.  I think he just simply felt special and had fun with his day.  Wednesday night he had his birthday supper, with his choice of foods.  We had some guests and at each plate they got this menu, written up by the birthday boy:  (yes the child likes coffee!)
Today, he celebrated his birthday with his best friends, his cousins.  After my mom's wonderful meal, they played outside in the leaves, downstairs, upstairs, everywhere!  It was neat for him to have this birthday on Thanksgiving day this year.  He was also loving his shark cake!  Rod and i made it tuesday night and he's been eyeing it up for 2 days!
This was one of my favorite ones to make out of all the years of birthday cake making.  As always, Rod is the true brains behind the project.  I love that he helps with these. 

So thankful for Adam among many other people this Thanksgiving.  Right now half the family is camping out in the backyard.  (Ben and Brad are GOOD sports :)  Wonder if it will last all night!

I told a few of you i'd post that Cauliflower cake recipe.  You should really try it!  it is so moist and delicious, and noone would know there is cauliflower in it!!  I've made it several times and think it's the best!

Cauliflower cake:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup mini choc chips
1 egg
1T vanilla
2 cups cauliflower, cooked
1/2 cup milk
3 T oil

Combine dry ingredients.  Combine liquid ingredients (and cauliflower) in food processor and blend.  Pour wet into dry ing.  Mix till just combined. 

Bake in a 9x9" pan at 350 for 25 minutes. 

Frosting: (or use your own)
1/4 cup peanut butter
8 T maple syrup
2 T cocoa powder
4 tsp. milk
3/4 tsp vanilla. 

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