Can you believe that our Thomas is FOUR??
Note the gum in his mouth. In our family, four-year-olds get to chew gum. He's been chewing NON-STOP since the magic day.
Thomas' birthday dinner request was "strawberry cake with strawberries on top", along with Green Mac 'n Cheese. We realized at dinner that we'd inadvertently created a green dinner and a red dessert. The boys thought that was awesome.
Yes, there are five candles on this cake. When I was little we always had an extra candle "to grow on" and I thought it would be fun to re-instate the tradition. Now if I can just remember it next birthday...!
I used this recipe for the cake, substituting whole wheat pastry flour (sifted, minus 2T per cup) and evaporated cane juice for the sugar. Did you know that you can make powdered sugar in a vitamix? The cake was delicious. I think we could have quite happily eaten the whole thing that night. (We did display some self control - we only ate half of it.) :)
Two special gifts, from Grandmommy and Granddad: a fighter plane piloted by...Woody. He's having a blast with his new toys!
Happy Birthday, Thomas! We sure do love you!