Several days ago my dad had approached me about my mom’s birthday. He wanted to see if we could do a family dinner. I thought it would be a great idea. He then asked if I could make the dinner and a birthday cake for her! With dad at work and mom at home it would make it impossible to have dinner be a surprise unless I made it. I agreed, as long as we could do it at my place.
I planned the meal around her favorite Olive Garden special. She always orders the Pasta Fagioli with salad and bread sticks so that’s what I made. Dad picked up some bread sticks on his way home from work and a bottle of their famous salad dressing. While I was cooking and setting the table the kids were writing menus and signs for the front door. I had made her cake the night before so that I wouldn’t be swamped with trying to make that at the same time. My mom LOVES German chocolate cake! The only problem is that she’s the only one that likes that kind of cake! I remember making her a German chocolate bunt cake for her 50th birthday and thinking that it looked like a big mound of something not very delicious 😉 . This year I made my version of German chocolate with homemade Coconut-Pecan Cajeta frosting. It was delicious!!! I’m lucky we got any of that stuff on the cake.
After dinner and we cleaned off the table we pulled out the cake and sang happy birthday. Nana wouldn’t let anyone touch the cake for about 10 minutes while she dug into it. The kids kept trying to get a piece or a bite and she, jokingly, kept shooing them away. It wasn’t until the kids started to get really upset and some even cry that she finally relented and allowed them to have a piece. I think she ate about half the cake all by herself 🙂 . That’s when you know you did something right!
When we were all sufficiently stuffed, we all made our way over to the couches and enjoyed Star Wars Episode IV. I was really impressed because my mom is NOT into the whole sci-fi thing but she watched the movie with the kids and I think she really enjoyed herself. It was such a wonderful evening. The food was wonderful, the cake was a hit with everyone, and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. I love that my house was able to accommodate everyone and that it create a wonderful inviting spirit where everyone can enjoy themselves. It was a very fulfilling moment to look at everyone in the family room and see them truly relaxed. The kids were lounging on the floor or the ottoman, Nana and Papa sat on the couch with some of the kids going back and forth from the floor to snuggling, Michael fell asleep on the couch for a bit, Jared and I got to sit together and watch all of this… it was just perfect! I’m so grateful that my husband has been able to create this wonderful life for us where I can stay at home with the children and that we are able to have the gospel in our lives and have that reflect in our home!