Wednesday, June 5, 2013


If you want to feel old, watch your baby turn six. 
I started blogging while she was still growing in my belly--a way to keep mothers and sisters updated on the progress of our little bun......and here she is, six.
She had us laughing from the beginning--just a few months old and she could pull some of the funniest faces I'd ever seen. 
She never fails to entertain--whether it be singing (although don't let her know you're listening.....or she pretends to be embarrassed), or her very own dance moves. Most of her days are spent pretending she's some kind of animal--I cannot even tell you how many times I have to yell 
That's a normal thing to yell at your daughter, right?
She loves every person and every creature she meets, and loves them hard. 
She is so sensitive and so tough at the same time.
Her knees are always bruised and her hair is always wild.
I feel so lucky to be her mama.
She planned her whole day. 
Sticky buns for breakfast (which were actually ready at lunch time.....)
The Zoo. 
Angel Food Cake
recipe from Alton Brown 

1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.

Homemade Whip Cream
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla

top with fresh berries and enjoy!

ps. I have made angel food cake several times before and it's always turned out great. This was the first time I've made it since we've lived here--at higher elevation and it fell. It tasted the same--it was just very small and very dense. Has anyone made angel food cake at a higher altitude? 
How did you make it work?
that's my girl.

happy day to my six year old!


Robyn said...

Beautiful beautiful, the words and photos.

likeschocolate said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl! Wishing her all her dreams come true!

Chikako Sims said...

it's so beautiful...time flies but always leaves us beautiful moments :)

happy bday to your little girl!

Hayley said...

happiest (and saddest) day!!! can't believe how big our kids are getting!

she is so cute and fun. wish i knew her better :)

Melissa said...

What a great post! The way you describe your girl sounds just like my girl! :) And that cake looks fun! I'll have to give it a shot sometime.

Ang said...

love this! i started following your blog when she was two i think...and i still keep coming back - you must be doing something right! ;)

(although now that I have my own littles, it's more of a pop in and catch up on a bunch at once rather than everyday like I used to - but still...!)

kylie said...

she's growing up! your lil ones are getting older, and oh so adorable as ever!

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Valentina Duracinsky said...

How lovely! that cake looks amazing!

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