We had just a small family celebration, Sarah and Karina came for supper...and cake...always a cake.
Since they were born, a special cake on their special day for my four has been a given...thank goodness two now live too far away and now also have others to provide the kilojoules.
Also, the two that do still live here in Tasmania have grown out of cakes shaped like Garfield, the seven dwarves' bed, battle ships, trains et al...thank goodness!
At first Chris said he would like a cheese cake...he has a special penchant for a rather luscious cheesecake flavoured with Bendicks bitter mints, but they can be a tad hard to come by in Hobart. Fortunately before we got started on the hunt, he changed his mind and decided on a carrot cake.
Now, there is a myth in our family that we (by that I mean the littles and Tim, I am not such a sweet tooth), love carrot cake...the reality is rather that they LOVE the cream cheese icing. The cake is merely there as a base to layer it on and the thicker the better...honestly, I think if I spread it thickly enough on an old shoe box they would eat it with just as much relish.
Carrot cake being a tad prosaic for a celebratory meal, I decided to up the anti and make a Hummingbird cake instead.
I did add a grated carrot to the mixture, just in case anyone whinged...
All in all, the lad had a pretty good day, was spoiled by the girls with a lovely gift, but I do have to say that the only time I am aware of my own longevity is when I am forced to think about my children's ages...Having one's youngest child turn forty somehow seems just a little surreal...
I decided to embroider the image, and with Chris's assistance in Photoshop, finally managed to get the text to wrap around the image on a card stock mount.
I backed the calico with some wool batting and dug out a suitable wooden frame from our store box, cleaned the glass and hung it on the wall in my craft room...I am pretty pleased with the effect...(Leunigs wonky little sketches are an ideal match for my wonky naive embroidery style).