Do you ever really want to be somewhere and you just can’t? It’s one of those days for me.
My niece is celebrating her 14th birthday. My heart really wants to be able to throw my arms around her, give her a big hug, celebrate her special day with her, and yes, make her a birthday cake.
When she was little, I used to take her to the library and we’d check out a huge pile of books and read them together. We’d finger paint, color, draw, and when I made pancakes for breakfast I’d pull a chair up to the stove so she could drop the chocolate chips into the batter just before I flipped them over.
It’s hard to believe that nearly 8 years have passed since I moved. There’s not a day that’s gone by that I don’t miss her. Now when I’m home if I’m lucky she’ll let me take her shopping – if she doesn’t have plans with friends.
I’m so proud of the young woman she’s become. Allie is smart, hard-working, a truly gifted writer, tenderhearted, and responsible. I miss the days she when she thought reading books with me was fun, but I can’t wait to see what life has in store for her. She’s been blessed with so many gifts. Whatever unfolds for her will be beyond her wildest dreams.
Though I can’t share this cake with her I made it for her anyway. It’s not a typical birthday cake. I wanted to make her something simple yet sophisticated, decadent, and bursting with flavor. I know if she was here (or if I was there) she’d love every last bite.
Happy Birthday, Allie! I love you.
This post is linked to Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday. Stop by her place for more good food!