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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How Come I Don't Get Any Older?

Rick's oldest, Greg, turned 25 recently and on Sunday we had the family celebration. How is it that they get older every year, but I still feel the same I did last year and the year before that?

Pizza is something of a birthday tradition in the family. When they were kids, it was always DeLuca's pizza -- and sometimes it still is!But this night it was pizza at home, dough from scratch and made by Greg and his brother Kevin. (This may be one of my favorite pictures of all time!)

Of course, everyone has their topping favorites -- garlic...Peppers and onions...

And plenty of sausage and pepperoni, too.

After, the cake. This is the Pineapple Carrot Cake in the King Arthur Flower Baking Book with a standard cream cheese frosting with ginger and lemon zest in it. If you want the recipe, let me know -- it takes a bit of time, but it's well worth the effort.

I did this in an oblong cake pan, divided in half and stacked to layer. It looked fantastic but was a little clumsy -- I was just glad it stayed upright in transport!

We're still at the point with the kids where all the candles still fit, though it took an army (Rick, the boys and Molly) to get it blazing in time.

One big blow, one big wish.

My wish for Greg -- that he discover how to channel his talent and get the discipline to implement it so that it will bring him the success he deserves!

18 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

Family celebrations are always a joy. And, you're right; you're not aging any.

Linda said...

What a lovely celebration!.... and believe me, dear, you will eventually feel older....don't push it... ha!

Judy Winter said...

Forget about the recipe, JC. I want you to make me the cake. :) xo

Retired English Teacher said...

This sounds like you all had a lot of fun celebrating the birthday boy. Your cake looks wonderful.

shoreacres said...

I'm just laughing out loud. My aunt from Kansas City's been here for a week, and I'm driving the pair of Miss Daisies around. Mom's 93, her sister 85. I look at them and wonder, "Why am I the only one getting older around here?" ;-)

That cake is gorgeous and sounds wonderful, although you're getting close to the time of needing to plunk a fire extinguisher on the table, too!

And gosh - wouldn't we all love to discover how to channel our talent? Oh, and get some discipline, too!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Aw, that is so fun that you had a family birthday celebration! I miss having those with my parents - they don't happen very often now that I moved away.

That is a great shot of the boys! I have this obsession w/ photos of the backs of people. I can't really put my finger on why... I have all these photos of my dad or nephews sitting on the dock, and i prefer to take them from behind v. looking at them!

Gorgeous cake!!

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful celebration and that cake looks wonderful. Happy Birthday to the birthday boy.

Jeanie said...

You don't get any older because you are young at heart. My oldest child is 40 (gulp) and his turning that age was harder on me than any birthday I have ever had. It is all good as long as we can keep having fun family celebrations.

~*~Patty S said...

what a lovely celebration...Love the pic of the cake reflected in the glass

most of the time age is just a number...we always feel the age we are inside ... that's my story and I'm stickin to it ;)

OXO

Becca said...

This looks like great fun for all :)

Bella Rum said...

Happy birthday, Greg. The cake looked delicious and that photo of the boys from behind is priceless. I love photos from behind. Sometimes they tell more of a story than when you get the faces.

Karen Owen said...

That looks like such a fun party! My favorite photo is the last one, with Greg's face all aglow from 25 candles. Of course I don't actually know Greg, but my wish for him is that he enjoy every single day. Life goes by so fast!

Sandy K. said...

I'm not aging either - crazy, isn't it? I've been so busy at work my creative urges have been stifled. Time to catch up - which includes getting an address from you so I can send my little thank you package for helping with our transporation competition picks! Shoot me an email when you get a chance and the package will head your way next week - if the "creek don't rise!"

Ruth said...

Lucky Greg, to have carrot cake and loving family to urge him on to great things. Joy!

qugrainne.com said...

Could you make that wish for me, too??!!
My grandma was 18 until the day she passed. I am stuck at 27 forever. Thank goodness I have my imagination!!!!!

Annie said...

Happy birthday to Greg. Time flies, doesn't it, Jeanie.

Relyn said...

YUM!! Happy, happy birthday to Greg.

jet1960 said...

Happy late birthday to Greg! My Emily just turned 28 and it seems so hard to believe! I've a daughter that is almost 30! How can that be??!!?? The birthday pizza sounds delicious and the cake does, too!

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