Happy Birthday Dad, I called out early yesterday morning. Carrying a card, a BIG smile & a wriggling Charlotte. Who did not seem to understand why she had to be disturbed during her sleep, picked up & cuddled at this hour. Because it was a special day!! My father added another year to his life and there would be a family celebration everyone had been looking forward to…
Mom and me hopped into the kitchen after a shared breakfast, to bake a cake. You probably remember that we cannot eat any sugar or chocolate or anything else that tastes really good but isn’t the healthiest of choices. So for a while mom had been checking out recipes that we could bake and all eat.
That is pretty tricky, most require a lot of ingredients that you don’t normally have in your storage cupboard and which we would have to buy in a specialist-shop.
As we wanted to plan this party on a budget, we searched on for allowed treats. I also looked on the internet, as loads can be found there & made a few notes.
We talked freely about what we would make when Dad went to the post office and settled on Banana and Oat Cookies with Raisins & a Shoepatchers cake (schoenlappers taart) made with apples. Both are created without sugar and without butter, so we were excited to see how they would turn out on Dad’s day :)
Pretty fabulous, look wise. The cake was nice and golden brown, the cookies actually looked like cookies and appeared to be crunchy, which is good. I had high hopes that they would be a hit at this party that was about to start. See pictures above :)
My sister came at about 10am, everything was ready for our family only Birthday Bash, sadly my sisters boyfriend couldn't make it. I had dressed with care in a grey-blue and cream outfit with ruffles, Mom was in fuchsia and navy, Dad in cobalt blue & my sister had black and floral pale blue. It all blended really well, as do our personalities :)
hugged, chatted some more and next had a cup of tea and a slice of that
shoepatchers cake. Made with apple sauce, cinnamon and rusk. It was delightful
I think, nothing like a cake as it was soft. But the spicy apple taste I really
Dad got to
open an electric raiser, three beautiful sweaters, sausages with fennel, some balm & a spoken
book which is really great. We get to enjoy that as well ;)
He also got several cards, including a mystery card. It's a nice card, a kind
wish inside but no name.So who send it?
We still don’t know and it’s something you wonder about when you glance at it...
incredibly fast when you are having a good time so in between conversation and
laughter we had dinner, Beetroot and carrot salad with berries and lemon. First I asked Dad what he wanted to eat, but he couldn't make his mind up & so we surprised him. Dad's Always happy with whatever we cook or bake & doesn't mind all the girly printed tablecloths, dishes or cups we use. With three ladies in the house he's become rather comfortable with floral, vintage and feminine knick-knacks. Even on his own Birthday, you're so cool Dad!! There
was more tea and those banana cookies. We ate a bowl of blueberries which matched my outfit perfectly
had some strawberries, they were not Dutch strawberries which in my mind are
the best, but they tasted sweet & it felt special to all of us. More
stories got shared, I showed my sister some of the crafts I made since I saw
her last & then it was evening already.Birthdays
are often too short aren’t they? This one was really great though!! With lots of lovely things to eat & so much enjoyable conversation/moments. We all agreed on that. Let’s have another
one just like it next year, I'd say :)
Do you enjoy Birthdays? Like to make your own goodies for such an occasion? What do you bake? Ever made a shoepatchers cake? Got a mystery B-day card? Found out who it was from.... Tell me everything!