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Make-Do Mondays with Ann
Birthdays are almost always make-do events for us.
As you may recall from Food on Fridays, my son wanted to offer several different desserts for his birthday party in lieu of cake.
So I made a humble pumpkin pie, which became the pie of honor.
The crust wasn’t very artistic, but it tasted fine.
I made a coffee cake, which we renamed “crumble cake.” This was for marketing purposes, because some family members wouldn’t touch a dessert if a speck of coffee could be found in it. But I started preparing it a little too late in the morning. I mixed and assembled it, but didn’t have time to bake it before we had to leave.
The cake was transported to my parent’s house in batter form inside a cooler. I baked it upon arrival, but the crumble topping had already sunk into the cake. The surface looked something like an anthill.
I’ve never made a berry pie before. I watched my sister-in-law make a berry tart one time, so instead of making a pie, I used this tart recipe and made one for the first time ever.
Again, it wasn’t spectacular, but it was okay.
I did my best to create per the requests of my little boy, and he was pleased.
In fact, he ate two pieces of pie.
As we were in the car driving to my parents’ house, I started to worry I’d forgotten something that he’d requested.
I reviewed our plans. “We have the pies and crumble cake, we have the gifts, we have swimsuits for swimming,” I said. “Are we forgetting anything for your birthday? Anything you had in mind?”
He paused for a moment, then replied, “We’re forgetting how great it is that Grandma and Grandpa are hosting this today! We’re forgetting the love!“
For all those who make-do on birthdays or any day, please … don’t forget the love.
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sounds like my dad who would have desserts rather than cake for birthday
This year we went to the park and used a pavilion (free) next to a playground. It was a bit of a haul to get everything there, but the kids had a blast, and the adults had some free time too. AND, we just threw all the garbage away there… easy clean up.
Your son’s comment is so precious! Love! How wonderful to know that he is full of gratitude. You are doing a wonderful job with your children and your life. I am honored to be your Blogging friend.
Tara @ Feels like home says
The last part makes the whole story great, doesn’t it? He didn’t care what the desserts looked like because you made them with love for him. Bravo, Ann! 🙂