9.05.2010

milestones



Yesterday, we had a party. We had hors d'oeuvres and fresh-made limeade. A huge pot of soup simmered on the stove and there were gluten-free baguettes for dipping in it. Dear friends and family made themselves at home, finding space to talk and laugh over the heads and thunder of a gaggle of young children.

Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Barker
And we had cake. Oh boy, did we have cake. A show-stopping four-layer ethereal gluten-free chiffon cake, striated with wild blueberry sauce, swathed in orange whipped cream, and topped off with organic wild blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. A cake in honor of my baby.

Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Barker
We were celebrating Wylie's second birthday, which to my mind is one of the most exciting, important birthdays out there. It's the first birthday a child is really aware of. He's old enough to chime in during Happy Birthday and open his own presents. He has true friends that he's excited to play with. He's stated his preferences enough that we know what gifts he'll adore (and most likely have a hard time sharing with his brother). And he's skilled enough with cutlery that he can help cut his cake, and then help himself to seconds before his first serving is even gone. He's two. Baby no more, surprising me every day with his vocabulary and furniture-climbing and sense of humor.


Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Barker

Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Barker
It was a very good day. Poignant, funny, and chaotic.

Maybe you're not having a birthday party this weekend. But maybe you still want some cake? No problem! I've already got the recipe typed up for you. But . . . you won't find it here. Instead, I'm excited to tell you that I'm a guest blogger over at Cooking with Caitlin, and the cake is featured here. So please head on over there and check it out, where you'll also find out what Labor Day means to me. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Barker
And whatever this Labor Day weekend holds for you, I hope it brings as much fun and love to your lives as yesterday did to ours.

12 comments:

  1. Aww I really wish I could have come down for the party. I was SO bummed being at work knowing everyone was down there having a good time. Tell Wylie to be expecting a birthday call from me on Tuesday!!! The cake looks yummy and that's really cool about being a guest blogger. You're getting famous! See you soon hopefully!

    PS. Sweet ZooPals plates. Every time the commercial comes on the song gets stuck in my head. "OInk, oink zoopals, ribbit, ribbit zoo pals, woof, woof zoopals. ZooPals make eating fun!!" :)

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  2. I know, it felt strange without you there! Make sure you get the weekend of the Fair off! And ZooPals plates? That proves how out-of-the-mainstream-loop I am. I had no idea it was a "real" product with a jingle and everything. I just saw them at the grocery store and figured it'd be nice to at least have one kid-centered accessory at the party!

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  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FncC-sn_VFk
    Zoopals!


    I just turned in my time sheets tonight when I got out of work, and in the envelope I put my request for time off. I requested the 25th off for the fair! Yay!

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  4. I just stumbled across your sight and I'm so excited to link one of my friends over to you! She just started her son on a gluten free diet and was complaining today about the lack of variety...everything you made looks wonderful!!
    Come by and visit my blog if you'd like, although you prob won't get any yummy recipes...

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  5. Holly Wolly - Thank you! I hope your friend finds my site useful, and good luck to her son!

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  6. Oh wow Tara! This is so great - and the pictures are so amazing. We are so proud to know you.

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  7. Molly - Thank you, you're too sweet!

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  8. Happy way late b'day to your little guy. This post is precious & that cake is gorgeous! I am linking to it in my Birthday Cake post tomorrow. Your blog is awesome :)

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  9. marla - Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear you say that. I look forward to reading your post tomorrow!

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  10. Wow, the toppings are very nice. I like the flavor of it. Keep it up.. Thanks for sharing.

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