With tea in hand, I'm ready to write. Your Mimi's memories made me laugh. Let's ask her what her favorite birthday memory was as a child. And by the way, isn't that how we got our cat Daisy through Ryan's very easy birthdays? Didn't he ask for a dog and somehow someone convinced him to get a free cat from a local farm (and it came with fleas)? And didn't he want to name her something weird like Big Ears and someone convinced him that Dusty sounded better? No wonder why Ryan always shoots for the stars now, he learned early to not settle!
And we can't forget to add- HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIMI (we get to celebrate with her here in Denver very soon, she will be here this time tomorrow as I post this blog!!!).
I don't remember celebrating birthdays so much in school- just eating cupcakes and singing for the birthday person (although I do remember a celebration for Halloween in 3rd grade when my mom was the homeroom mom and was supposed to supervise for the morning dress-up party... but she got the time wrong and as we were all silently reading and cleaned up at the end of the day, Mimi came in dressed as a giant carrot... good thing her face was painted orange because I think it was pretty red! She is always a good sport and always knows how to make people laugh even when she doesn't mean to).
But I do remember always celebrating at the beginning of March for a very special author's birthday! I love that you share a birthday month with Dr. Seuss too! I will be sure to celebrate March 2 with you every year. You and your brother both enjoyed his books so much! Our cousin Taylor gave you almost every book he ever wrote so we have lots of seussing to do!
Some of my favorite quotes to live by are said by this amazing author:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." (Remember that one when we leave Disney World!!!)
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." (Books will take you places Ellie that you would not even dream of. I hope you love to read as much as I do.)
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!" (I just love this one because it reminds me of your Uncle Ryan reading Oh, the Thinks You Can Think to Kyle and wondering what kind of person Dr. Seuss really was and having us all in a fit of laughter...)
I think we also need to celebrate Dr. Seuss in March because so many people find that you resemble Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Yes, Ellie you truly are that cute!!!
As for my recipe that I am going to add for our celebration month, I will tell you how to make a Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttercream Cake with the help of Betty Crocker. I made this recipe while on maternity leave with you Ellie and it turned out fantastic... too bad you weren't able to eat solids then!!!
Here it is:
- Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously spray bottom and side of 8- or 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.
- In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, 1/4 cup butter, the almond extract and egg with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
- Bake as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, place white chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter in medium metal bowl. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream over medium heat just to boiling. Immediately, pour hot cream over white chocolate and butter. Let stand about 5 minutes, or until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Cool 1 hour or until room temperature.
- Beat cooled white chocolate mixture on high speed until fluffy.
- Cut cake horizontally in half, using long, sharp knife. On serving plate, place 1 layer, cut side up. Spread with 1/2 of the filling; top with 1/2 of the strawberries. Add remaining cake layer, cut side down. Spread remaining filling over top of cake; top with remaining strawberries. Store covered in refrigerator.
And we have something else to get really excited for... Mimi's visit! Oh the fun things we have planned for this week!
I love you Ellie!
Now from your Mimi:
Your mommy sure has me laughing! I hope I don't tip my teaspoon filled with sugar and spill the milk that I pour into my tea from all this giggling... heavens, that would make for quite a mess! Your mommy's memory sure is picture sharp!