Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Unc Joe!

Irresistible!
When I got home from work today,  Henry came upstairs to help me finish his Uncle Joe's birthday cake, and to bring him a birthday card that he and Pete had scribbled on signed.  Adorable.  Henry was very, very helpful when it came to making the Hershey chocolate frosting.  He poured in the vanilla and then the milk as we mixed up a batch of beautiful fudge-like frosting.  He was happy to get the somewhat loaded beater and to watch as I frosted the cake, Joe's favorite, the Hershey chocolate cake recipe on the back of the cocoa tin, always my old reliable.  I baked it last night and had intended to get up early to frost it, but that didn't happen!  (Seems I value sleep so much more in the morning than I expect to when I make that running list of errands to do upon waking up.)

Henry  must have said "Happy Birthday Unc Joe" forty-seven times in a half-hour, each time with more sincerity and enthusiasm than the last.  When we were done frosting and decorating with sprinkles, Unc Joe said, "Let's cut it."  We hadn't even had dinner, so dinner tonight was birthday cake and milk!  Pete joined in the fun, and when Henry walked away from his cake, baby brother managed to harness both plates and was working two servings at a time.

Henry and Peter love their Uncle Joe, and I know the feeling is mutual. It's a special thing...

Everyone loves a birthday cake (especially Pete!)...

9 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Joe, seems like yesterday you were jumping off the furniture playing the HULK! Enjoy that wonderful cake and all the family on your special day! Unc. Rod and Aunt Lynnie

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    1. That was over 30 years ago! It goes so fast, doesn't it? Now we're watching time fly with the littlest ones. Hope to make time stand still some days, just enjoying being a Grandma!

      Thanks Lynnie!

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  2. I love that you used an old school recipe. Sometimes those are the absolute best! I pulled out an old recipe in February for Eleanor's birthday. It used to be her favorite cake recipe. Along the way to her 80's she stopped making it. I was glad that I thought of it.
    I'm sure Joe loved his cake; especiallt because it was made by you & Henry!

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    1. Hi Nancy - I agree, those old reliable recipes are well worth dusting off and bringing back for this generation (and future) to continue to enjoy!

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  3. Happy Birthday Joe! Sounds like Henry was a fantastic helper!

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    1. Thanks Tina! It's been a very happy birthday week all around this family! Appreciate your comment!

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  4. Thanks for baking, once again, the perfect birthday cake, you are the best. I hope I'm doing this right.

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    1. Joanne, you are doing it just right! So glad your Dad loved his 90th birthday cake. It was an honor to bake it for him (and such a treat to go out to breakfast with you Saturday morning - love that kind of spontaneous thing!). Thanks so much!

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  5. Seems like only yesterday that Joe was sitting with a bowl of spaghetti all over his head! Where did those years go? Much love and a giant birthday hug to Joe! <3

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