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it's coooooming........

birthday bunting on the table

unsuspecting Harvey, there is something looming over your future

Harvey's first birthday is less than a month away. For someone with untreated OCD and a bunch of working mommy guilt, his party is becoming rather a big deal. Since the beginning of May I've been racking up many hours on the sewing machine (not to mention two practice cakes so far). That bunting you see there on the table is all ready to be sewn together and hung, just as soon as I stop my baby from licking the carbon monoxide detector.

Anyway, on Sunday I took a break from my H1 mania to make something for a very special little girl who's turning 3. Since I don't get to make girly stuff very often, I though I'd use up my purple and pink felt on a flowered headband.

a headband in pink and purple flowers

so boisterously spring only a 3-year-old could pull it off

I tried it on Harvey, with the intention of making some joke about how the child is secure in his masculinity. But he's apparently not. He is either offended by girliness or by having something strapped to his head.

Harvey modeling Lily's birthday headband

get it off get it off get it off!!!

Maybe he'd like it better if he knew it came with cake and presents. Just you wait little boy... just you wait.

UPDATE: In the end, Lily looked cuter in the headband than Harvey.

Lily wearing her headband

lookin cute!


What kind of cake are you making for his birthday?

Oh, just let her tell you about cakes...

Well, the first cake I tried was a no-sugar applesauce banana cake. It was so completely inedible that I felt guilty bringing it over a friends house (even though we also made cookies as a contingency.)

Then last night I tried a vanilla cake that's slightly healthier than the normal version:

1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites

except I didn't have pastry flour so I used all-purpose instead. This cake came out rather yummy, but the crust was a little too thick and spongy for my taste. I might try it with pastry flour and cook it for 5 minutes shorter and see if that works..... or try something completely different. I can't mess up his first cake! Right???!!!

Pastry flour is finer. I'm not sure of the difference between pastry flour and cake flour, but Joy Of Cooking says that 1 cup all purpose is equal to 7/8 cup cake flour.

I made a no sugar banana cake for Tristan's 1st and 2nd birthday. It was basically like a banana bread. Nobody liked it but me and my kids. But Tristan loved it and that's what mattered the most to me.

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