|Drake, Me and my Rye enjoying some "laughing" time.|
Having teenagers and a 5 year old can be tough at times. We do a lot together but sometimes the ages don't allow us to do everything together. She is too young to play some games and the big kids don't want to play baby games. So we compromised on this day and went to the beach for an hour, played on the tire swing in our yard and she had a friend over.
I love to eat outside. When we traveled for our year in the motorhome we ate almost every meal outside and it was divine to be among the birds, trees and smells of the outdoors. The kids and hubby bought me plants and flowers to add to our porch with our table and chairs out back. My oldest daughter always buys me roses and I look forward to this treat from her.
We finished the day off with my son teaching me to play a card game by the name of Magic. My family loves this game and I wanted to learn so that I could play with them too.
For dinner I made about 100 Gyoza's for the family. It really is a family favorite.
The grand finale of the evening was my birthday cake. I spent all day Saturday preparing the layers and on Sunday I assembled it. All I can say is…it was incredible!
The recipe can be found at Sprinkle Bakes. The name of the cake is a long one…are you ready: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devil's Food Cake Cheesecake.
I have used several of her recipes and they are perfect. I will warn you that this cake is heavy( as in use two hands to carry it), filling and very rich. Next time I make this cake I will try to halve it and use smaller pans.
It was a fabulous day and thank you to my friends and family that emailed, texted, skyped and called me. You are all wonderful and loved beyond measure!!