Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Birthday

I had a wonderful sixteenth birthday yesterday. My dad had some doctors appointments in the morning/early afternoon, and mom has to drive him, so it was just me and my sisters from about 7am to 3pm. We had a job to do, though. Quite a big job, too. We had to clean the house. :O  I know. We vacuumed, swept, mopped, wiped counter tops, cleaned the bathrooms, dusted, washed dishes and did laundry. Haha, yes, we were busy bees until momma and dad got home. :) At 6pm that evening my Nana & Papa, Me-ma & Pa-pa came over for dinner. Mmm, mmm. So, here are some pictures I (or sometimes Narthea) took of my birthday. :)

Yesterday morning Caldirwen and I made breakfast.



They smelt so good....

The finished products.

After breakfast Narthea was finally awake (okay, it was only 9am) and we all got right to work. Narthea was still not feeling well (she has had strep throat for the last week or so), but she's on antibiotics, so they're helping her feel a smidge better (that and Advil). She was able to help out. I was perfectly fine with cleaning. I actually enjoyed myself. :) Which is weird, because I normally hate cleaning. o.O  That's the effect birthdays have on you, I guess. ;)

For lunch we had Chicken Salad.
{this is not the finished product}

I never got a picture of the finished product, but we put 8 boiled eggs and 3 celery stalks (chopped up) in our chicken salad, along with (of course) the canned chicken and a few spoon fulls of Mayo. Mmm!! My favorite quick-fix!

Later that afternoon, after my parents got home, I got to work on my birthday cake. I insisted on making it this year. This was my first time to make Red Devil's Food Cake (my absolute fav!), and making the icing is really difficult, so I opted to wait for Momma and dad to get home, and mom volunteered to help out. :)

Me making the cake.

By the way, the apron I'm wearing, I made it the other day!! :D

This is the cake batter.

While the cake was cooking Narthea set up the morning room table with my gifts and our dry erase board with "Happy 16th Birthday" written on it.
{do you see my converse-look-alikes? Eep!}

"Happy 16th Birthday!!" Aaaaah! I still can't believe it! :)
....okay, I can now, but it just feels so unreal! I've been anticipating this since.... I turned 15 last year! lol :D

These are the gifts from my parents.

Ah, ze cake is cooling and waiting for ze icing.

The reason the icing is so hard to make, is because you have to stand over it while it's on the burner, stirring it constantly, for about 40 minutes. I know. My hand was cramping so bad. See why I took Momma up on her offer to help? :)
After the icing is done on the stove, you stick it in the sink in cold water with ice in it, while blending it with an electric mixer.

Now ze cake is done waiting. :P

Boy, oh boy, I couldn't wait to eat this cake!!
{see how messy I was being? That was my evil plan so I could "clean" it all up. *wink*wink* rofl :D}

When my grandparents got to our house around six o' clock in the evening, everyone gathered around the island in the kitchen to pray and then we dug in! We ate steak (thanks Papa!), baked beans (thanks Nana!), corn on the cob (thanks Me-ma!), rolls (thanks Momma!) and potato salad (thanks Narthea!). Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Word from the wise [Eldarwen]: When putting candles on your cake, try to remember your age. :P
{and yes, I seriously did not switch the '6' and '1' on purpose. It was a total accident. We laughed and laughed!}

Lit candles!

Mmm. Red Devil's Food Cake with Blue Bell's Homemade Vanilla ice-cream? It just can't get any better than that....

....oh wait.... yes it can! Presents!

And that is where I leave you until my next post. :)
Oh yes, I love dragging these things out. ;P

21 Greetings from Elven Friends

Cassie said...

Yay! HAPPY #16 (or was it 61- Tee-hee) MY FRIEND!

Oh, you've left me hanging... I can't wait to see what was in thoes beautifully wrapped boxes.

I'm doing the whole pancakes and bacon breakfast this morning. Wish me luck!

Haha. Last year, when I turned 15 I insisted on making my own birthday cake too. So fun.

Anyway, I got your lovely comment and your lovely email. There is no rush sending me a letter (Did I ever send one in reply to you? My brain is totally fried- I can't wait for Mom and Dad to come home) I don't have the time this week to reply to it anyway.

Love ya!

And Happy Sweet 16!!!


Emily said...

Happy birthday! =)

Taylor said...

*gasp* How could you leave us hanging here!? You only told me about one of your presents!!!!!!!!!! RRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I suppose I can be patient.....=D

samarah said...

Oh the cake looks so good!! yum :) I'm so glad you had a great birthday!!


Eden said...

Thanks for sharing all your birthday photos! Isn't it fun being 16?!? Can't wait to see what was wrapped in that pretty gift wrapping paper! Blessings!

The Golden Eagle said...

It looks like you had an awesome birthday!

Rachel B said...

Man! That all looks so delicious! Happy Birthday!! :D

Elizabeth Rose said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun, Eldarwen! And that cake... YUMMY! The frosting looks de-lish!

Elizabeth Rose

Ashley said...

I can't believe I didn't say Happy Birthday on your last post!! >.<

Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(awesome Airwalks in the pic, btw! I love Airwalks :)

Katie - D said...

Glad you had a good birthday!
That cake looks so interesting, I have never seen one like that.


That looked like you had a fun day!

Angele said...

Hi! I'm a friend of Gwenea's, and I'm new to blogging, but I love your blog! Happy birthday!

God Bless,

[ and happy birthday AGAIN from Gwen-Gwen, who is sitting right next to her Angele! LOVE YOU!!!]

Araken said...

Happy Birthday!

Katherine Sophia said...

Happy Birthday, Eldarwen!
That cake looks amazing... Pretty much the only frosting I ever make is cream cheese or whipped cream. :) Maybe I should try Red Devil's Food Cake sometime...

Morgan said...

Happy 16th birthday, dear friend!! You've officially joined the ranks of 16 year olds!!!

Ohhh that cake just looks scrumptious!! YUM!

I can't wait to see the next bit of the post! :)

Nela said...

I tagged you! :)

Anna Gray said...

What a fun day! The food looks HEAVENLY and your gifts look awesome, girl! The cake looks delicious as well. =) I just thought of something too, you are one day older than my brother, LOL! He turned 16 today. =)

Happy, happy, 16th birthday again! ♥

Anonymous said...

Happy Bithday! Doing chores on your birthday! That is against the law...jk. At our house the birthday girl doesn't have to do any "Chores" Don't get me wrong. The birthday girl doesn't get to be a lazy slob on her birthday.

Lindsay said...

HAHAHA... I love the picture of your candles. Too funny! ;D Oh, and your apron is too cute! I <3 it!! Oh, boy... you just *had* to leave us hanging there, didn't you? hee hee :D I can't wait till your next birthday post! Don't wait too long, okay? :)

~ Love & Hugs,
Lindsay <3

Cornet Crazie said...

Happy birthday Eldarwen! I hope you have an *AMAZING* year of being 16. The candles are really funny- I'm sure that their were a LOT of laughs when you realized that the numbers were backwards!(And I looooove the plaid top you have on in the pics. It's so cute!)

♥Bleah♥Briann♥ said...

hehe look slike you had a great time... I LOOOVE the shoes. I just bought some really cute pink converse... I'll have to take a picture and post.
I LOOOVE converse, they're so cute.
For Christmas I'm asking for TOMTOM's

With Love and Blessings,