I had another great birthday this year. I don't really like the fact that I am getting older, but I do LOVE being center of attention, once a year :-)! As tradition holds, my mom made me my VERY favorite - all time - meal of Chicken and Dumplings, mashed potatoes and green beans. Oh. My. Word! And it didn't disappoint this year. I *may or may not have* gorged myself! Yummy! I watched her very intently this year, because although I am 32 years old, I have never made it with her and she does not have a recipe for it. Mom, come on now, write it down already, geeze! So I took some notes and some pictures (although the pics don't do it justice), in hopes that I could replicate it one day for my kids! There were "oohs", "awws" and "yummies" coming from the peanut gallery. I just went face down and grunted occasionally - HA! Just joking, well sorta!
And the cake!! My mom goes ALL OUT on my cake every year. Funfetti Cake Mix, Funfetti icing, and the sugar candy cake toppers. Just like the meal, she has made me my very favorite cake every year since who knows when. I absolutely LOVE it!
This year, she had a "helper" when putting on the candies. So the decorations are slightly asymmetrical! And possibly slightly accented with drool and slobber from licking a couple to see what they tasted like.
I love my mom! I've got the best one in the whole. wide. world!! Thank you for making my favorites again this year. And thank you for taking the day off work so that I could spend it with you - even though you did get a little muddy playing soccer with the boys - hee hee!