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!
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