Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Unorthodox Birthday Cake

 
The Grandsons, watching Dad light the candles on his birthday cake -
Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, stacked
and pierced with a candle

It worked, kinda, as a birthday cake substitute. I used a Betty Crocker GF Chocolate Chip Cookie mix and added a couple extra cups of chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Of course.



And now, to watch Dad blow out the candles
Such serious business!

You can see I made sure to put this birthday cake on a beautiful display plate, lol. And btw, I never really notice how much junk I have sitting around until I see a photo like this.

Where's Waldo?

Can you find:
The coffee grinder
The soap box and cutter
The chalkboard
The laundry basket
The stick of butter
The key-holder cat
The coffee maker
The scrambled eggs
The vintage egg crate
The vintage boiler
Grandpa Nelson-made bench

It was fun to have our oldest son and two of their boys with us on his birthday. The other kids and Mom were home, sorting and packing as they get ready to put their house [in the Minneapolis suburbs] on the market and move to Wisconsin. I can't wait!



Our vintage son - with Grandpa Nelson c. 1972


Helping feed the heifers c. 1974


There are lots of new adventures waiting for everyone... 




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29 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Judy You have lost all those things in your kitchen!!!1 HA! HA! Great idea for a gluten free cake. Margaret

Sandra said...

love that birthday cake idea... i rather have cookies than cake any way...

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that is cute!

Blackberry Lane said...

Sweet photos and that's a great "cake." All the best in their move.

Susie said...

Your son passed that white blonde hair to his youngest. I love it. Do not worry about your kitchen , you were enjoying family. Besides 5 minutes after any of mine are around, my house looks like it was never picked up.xoxo,Susie

Chatty Crone said...

Those cookies look better than cake! And your kitchen looks like my kitchen! lol I didn't know the kids were moving closer to you - yeah.

sandie

Empty Nester said...

DoodleBug's 'cake' will be the cupcakes. With candles, of course. I've seen cookie cakes before, but not like that one. It's actually a great idea! Love the pictures of your boy when he was coming along. I'm so happy for you that they are moving closer! What a blessing!

Terri D. said...

Well, I didn't notice things sitting around until you called them all to my attention! LOL I was looking at your son, the cookies/cake and the kiddos! Great idea to do the gluten free cookies like that!! Love the vintage photos - always!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

It is amazing what the camera eye picks up! Do we just get use to the view? Or is it just because everything looks different on a computer screen?!?

How super fun you will have more family closer!

Rachel said...

That last picture looks like a scene from Lassie! I love it!! :)

Donna said...

Hope he had a great birthday celebration! Those cookies sure do look good, LOL.

Judy S. said...

Well, that cookie-cake was a fun idea and probably tasted better than any other variety! How fun for you to have kids nearby. What town? I hope you'll still find a reason to get over to Stillwater anyhow.

Muffy's Marks said...

Great birthday cake idea. Happy Birthday to the "Birthday Boy".

NanaDiana said...

What fun, Judy! Happy birthday and I LOVE the "cake". I love old family pictures- they are just wonderful! xo Diana

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I think a cookie "cake" is a great idea! Your kitchen looks like a normal kitchen. We use them, don't we? The perfect looking ones makes me wonder if they ever get used!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I bet it tasted just as good as a regular cake. And what a creative idea.

Jen

Yenta Mary said...

It will be wonderful to have the family closer! And don't think of it as "clutter" - those tidbits are the things that make a home, rather than merely a house ....

Tammy Chrzan said...

Now this was just fun!!!
I love your sense of humor and your photos... and those grandsons of yours are GORGEOUS! I could eat them up with a spoon!
Cookies for a cake? Sounds perfect to me! Happy Birthday to him!
Tammy

Suzan Sweatman said...

I also see a string of Christmas lights in the upper right hand corner that you failed to mention LMHO !!!
What great photos!!!
Hope they're home sells quickly Judy so you have them close by!
XOXO

Denise said...

Good idea for a birthday cake.

Jenn S said...

Oh, Judy, that's so nice to hear that your son and his family will be moving to Wisconsin!! I am sure you are just ecstatic!!! And I think the "cookie cake" is a great idea! I mean I love birthday cake as much as the next person, but cookies are pretty darn good substitute!!

ImSoVintage said...

I'll have to check out that mix. Your kitchen just looks normal to me. :) xo Laura

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Love the "cake!" I once made my son a Krispy Kreme doughnut birthday cake!

How nice to have him coming closer to you!

Robin said...

The cookies look yummy!!! Will they live near you when they move to Wisconsin?

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Love those photos! Have you tried my gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe (not sure when I posted it)? I didn't know "Betty" was doing GF these days!

Olive said...

The cake looks lovely. Candles make it special. I always have stuff everywhere too. Our kitten is throwing small objects in the floor-I am afraid of falling over something. Real life is what you have and never worry about showing it. hugs, olive

Carla TePaske said...

I can think of two boys in Cameron who could be pals with your grandsons. :-)
How exciting!! How close will they be?

And best wishes to them with selling and moving.

Eileen said...

Sending belated happy birthday wishes to your son.

mare ball said...

I love your cookie cake! What a creative idea! We did birthday pie once, as cakes are not that exciting around here. :-)

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