Happy Birthday to Me!

Creative ways of recycling your children's birthday candles.

Creative ways of recycling your children’s birthday candles.

I love to celebrate my birthday. I’m a child at heart when it comes to balloons, birthday cakes, and celebrations. I’m very lucky to have family and friends who indulge me. I started the festivities on the weekend before my actual birthday. So this year, once again, my wonderful husband cooked delicious homemade pizzas and baked me an awesome fudgy double-layer chocolate cake. And leave it to my 15 year-old resourceful daughter who found in the basement: balloons, “Happy Birthday” signs, and previously used number candles. Imagine my surprise seeing that chunky “53” sitting on top of my cake. At first I pretended to “act upset” at that monstrosity of a number and then that quickly turned to laughter. The reality is that the number no longer bothers me. A birthday is a cause for celebration! And then again my philosophical husband reminds me that “every day” should be a cause of celebration. I wonder then… does that mean I can eat chocolate cake everyday? So I now embark on a new year looking forward to making every day count. My dad likes to tease me and say, I have really started my 54th, but then again who is counting.

I came across some wonderful quotes during my birthday week. Below I share them with you along with the cake recipe.

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the Life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – Neale Donald Walsch

I am always the perfect age for where I am in my life. – Louise L. Hay

Recipe by Robyn for The Best Chocolate Cake ever.




12 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Happy Birthday my London running friend! You look fabulous, I think you could reverse those numbers to 35 and that represents more of how you look!!! I hope all is well with life in the US we are adjusting after a year here now too! Veronica Green

  2. Beautiful picture, beautiful friend, and beautiful CAKE!!!!!!

    Hey, I want to see those puppies sometime 😉

    Are you planning to stop by the KSANC Coffee on Wednesday?

    Larry is out all week. Call or stop by!


    Sent from my iPad

  3. Happy Birthday! You look 35, not 53! Maybe just a little bit older than I last saw you before graduation at Harvard. Love that happy smile. The cake looks yummy. Thank you for sharing your happy moments and the quotes.
    The Lonely American – A powerful, inspiring story about love, duty and reconciliation.
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