Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Happy Birthday

Carmen turned 10 today!

Carmen has become the short order cook for Chloe and Steven lately, which makes her new chef hat so fitting. Actually, she operates more of a diner, but the diner hats I found weren't as cute.
[Sometimes when she's playing diner Carmen makes a lunch menu, and then when Chloe is done eating Carmen writes up a bill on a pad of list paper and has Chloe sign it. After Chloe has printed her name and pushed the pad back across the counter, Carmen says in a worn-out sounding voice (for the full diner effect), "Have a good one."]
Today our little chef got the day off. Me, not so much.
In our house birthdays are all about the food. Here's what Carmen asked for today:

Breakfast: fried ham and potatoes

Lunch: Ravioli with rose sauce and parmesan cheese

Dinner: Sushi

After a round of 'Happy Birthday' in sign language or otherwise,

Carmen topped off the day with Blonde Brownies iced with melted milk chocolate.
Happy Birthday to my little foodie!
Blonde Brownies - Aunt Ruth
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (Natalie: we are loving the Mexican vanilla, it is completely spoiling us)
1 c flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients (I do cream the butter and sugar, but the official recipe comes with no instructions whatsoever).
Spread in a 9x9 pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over the dough (we don't usually melt chocolate over top for icing , that was just Carmen's special birthday request).
Bake 350 x 20 minutes.


Marie said...

Gotta love the recipes we inherited from mom. Much more like grocery lists than actual recipes.

Melting chocolate chips on top is a brilliant idea!

Happy Birthday, Carmen!

Kelly said...

Hope Carmen had a good one! The diner game was cracking me up -- how often do you guys eat at diners? :) It doesn't seem like they'd even have a reference for that. So funny!

Emerson had a new student move into her class at school, and she is so excited because she looks just like Carmen. They have become fast friends.

Jill said...

She looks so cute in that chef hat, what a way to capture her at age 10!

Tiffany said...

Happy 10th! What a cute hat to go along with the delicious birthday menu. I love her diner game. :)

(For some reason I think of her as older than this? Maybe it's how polished she looks on horseback?)

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to your Carmen! I love that she wanted sushi for dinner. Did you make it yourselves? I've never done that. Hearing the food details of your day has definitely made my belly rumble. Yum!

April said...

I made a comment, but it has disappeared into cyberspace...

Your kids seem so much older than mine...sophisticated or something...I had no idea she is Olivia's age. The diner game is downright charming.

Janine said...

I was just thinking - melted chocolate? How does she do that? And then I saw the recipe. Thanks!

Happy belated birthday to Carmen.

Amanda L. said...

Wow! What a special day. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Love those family recipes that are tried and proven to work. Yummy!

michelle said...

I'm loving all of her food choices for the day. Her diner game made me laugh out loud! Love the worn out voice -- good touch.

Hilary said...

Looks and sounds like a delightful birthday.