For Helen and I, a child came later in our lives, and without much forethought
... the time has flown by. We have enjoyed all the family time that we have managed this month, whether playing games indoors (to beat the heat), or in the pool late afternoons (when the sun is not so harsh), and we saw Brave in Orangeville last Sunday. Helen is of Scottish heritage, so this movie, like Braveheart, was a "must see".
I tend to be the more pragmatic person of the two of us. So when Helen told me that she wanted to bake Alec a special cake for his birthday I was totally disinterested. A few years ago, Helen baked Alec a money cake (with coins wrapped in wax paper in the cake). Last year, Helen made Alec a "Rainbow" cake, with layers the colours of the rainbow. This year she told me that she wanted to make something different!
After a couple of tries, Helen ended up with the requisite three segments, two vanilla and one chocolate, (the halves of the bun and the burger) and then it time for decorating. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the end product (even her use of a failed attempt at the top half of the bun to make "french fries"). Cheerios were used for sesame seed, fondant for the cheese and the lettuce. Strawberry jam became the Ketchup. When she asked me to come down and look at it, I was amazed. What made this cake "work" even better was Helen's proclivity to mix up her meals... breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast. So a Hamburger and Fries was a perfect "Birthday Cake"!
Helen even kept our tradition and put coins in the burger segment. The cake was the hit of the party with something for everyone... Coins, Chocolate, icing, and fondant.
The gauntlet has been thrown, what will Helen do next year?