Today is Mister Man’s half birthday. Yes, we celebrate half birthdays around here. It’s a fun tradition, and the wee ones get a kick out of it.
Apparently a tradition has been set. Mister Man’s dinner request yet again this year was French Toast. Keep in mind that I don’t eat French Toast. I don’t like French Toast. I’ve never liked it. Ever.
Silly me, I introduced it one night when I was running low on dinner ideas and had a loaf of bread that had sat around one day too long for me to truly enjoy it. I mixed a few things together, and apparently I’m a French Toast master – odd since it’s a food I don’t like, but apparently the nutmeg and orange zest (among other things) I add works.
Nonetheless, making French Toast is a super easy option. It’s a throw dinner together in ten minutes option. Gotta love that. The only bummer is that I then have to make dinner for myself separate. Ironic that I won’t make a different dinner for the wee ones when they don’t like something, isn’t it?
Mister Man then made me really get out my creative hat for his cupcakes though. He requested strawberry cupcakes with cherry frosting.
And I’m the kind of mommy who says that they can have whatever flavor they want, and I mean it. I have done a strawberry cake before, but I really hate using mixes and other processed things with all sorts of chemicals in them. This time around, I found a way to make it strawberry and yummy and actually pretty darn good. It’s good enough that it’s making it to Tasty Tuesday this week.
The cherry frosting was more difficult. My husband suggested I go look at Betty Crocker, but I really prefer the homemade stuff for the wee ones, especially for their birthdays. I guessed and played around and … I ended up with cherry soup. Which then cooled into a wonderful almost glaze-like topping. It was perfect for the cupcakes, and Mister Man was thrilled.
Granted, I wouldn’t put those two flavor combinations together myself, but strawberry cake with a cream cheese frosting perhaps? Or my baked fudge frosting? That I could do. And the cherry icing? Ohhh that would be scrumptious on my normal white or yellow cake.
That’s why I went back a half hour ago to have a second cupcake, right? Shhh!
Today is really about Mister Man. He’s fully six and a half now, and I’m happy to report that I don’t have problems with him getting older this time. He’s already talking about his seventh birthday and what he’s going to do for that.
In the meantime, enjoy being six and a half, Mister Man!
Even though I didn’t make the cupcakes dairy free, Little Miss was not to be left out. I made her a cake awhile ago and put it in the freezer, so all I have to do is cut off a hunk anytime we have a celebration, and she’s happy.