Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It has been a bit of a party around here for the last few days. You see I celebrated my birthday yesterday. Well, in all honesty, the celebration began over the weekend and ended yesterday with these . . . .For Christmas, Hubby gifted me with The Cake Bible. After perusing the pages, I knew just what I wanted to make for my birthday - All American Chocolate Cake (cupcakes) with butter cream frosting.
The Princess knew what I was planning and started the fun early by giving me these silicone cupcake cups, an icing spatula and an assortment of festive sprinkles.
The cups were great to work with, held their shape, released the cake, and washed up easily. They are definitely bound to get a lot of use. They were not the only silicone I received. No nothing implanted or injected in me. I also got a couple of Silpat baking mats - something that has been on my wish list for a long time.
They were immediately pressed into service in preparation for lunch. I made a couple of Parmesan cheese crisps to top our soup.
I may have been just a bit overzealous with the cheese. Live and learn.
Another item that has been on my 'wish list' for a long, long time is this little gem. I had to make a lot of promises about being responsible before my wish could come true. Looks as if Hubby knows how sincere I am about not using it to chase squirrels.As luck would have it, I had to separate many eggs yesterday. I now have a large number of egg whites in the fridge that can be whipped into a meringue that will just have to be finished off with a torch. Whoopee!
Another little gadget that came my way - a Mickey Mouse flash drive. It's just as cute as can be, easily identifiable and makes moving files from one place to another a whole lot more fun.Hubby and The Princess sure made my day special - I'm sure the feeling will last the whole year through.

39 comments:

Cathi said...

Happy Birthday to you! Mine is tomorrow.....the big 5-0. Like you, mine started on Sunday with all the kids coming over. Our family celebrates birthday week (something started by my grown boys!) Way I see it, you still have 5 days of celebrating to go!

Cathi said...

Happy Birthday!!! Looks like you had a fabulous birthday. I think birthdays should be stretched into birthday weeks!!

Stina said...

Grattis på födelsedagen!!!
Thought you needed a birthday wish in Swedish... try and pronounce it and you will have a good laugh..lol..
So Happy belated birthday Libby...
Hope you had the best day!! :o)
And those squirrels better behave...;o)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Libby!! You got some great gifts. I love the Mickey Mouse flashdrive. How adorable is that?? Those cupcakes look mighty yummy.

anne bebbington said...

Happy Birthday Libby - I've seen those silicone 'bun cases' (as we call them over here) in our local supermarket and wondered what they were like - might just have to try some too

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Happy Birthday! You received some nice gifts from your wish list , and your silicone cupcake holders look very cool. Bet they tasted wonderful.

Carol said...

Happy, Happy Birthday...sounds like you had a wonderful, wonderful Birthday.

Connie W said...

Wonderful gifts! I have to say the MM flash drive is my favorite, it's just irresistable.
Belate Happy Birthday wishes and many more to come.

Julia said...

Happy Birthday, Dear, Sweet, Libby!!!
You deserve all this and more!

Those little sneaky squirrels had better watch out now! :~) You know you could just happen to have it in your hand doing some meringue or something, see one of them out of the corner of you eye and WHAMO!! ROFLOL

tracey said...

from one january girl to another- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! have fun with your new toys!

is toasted squirrel tail on the menu for this summer? ;o) lol!

tracey

Screen Door said...

Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like YOU were the princess for a day!!!!! Great gifts-- I think they luv you...

The Quilt Buddy said...

Happy Birthday to you! Of course you do deserve to celebrate all week long! Enjoy!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Happy Birthday, Libby :o)

Betweens said...

Libby just to wish you the best of your year to come!! looks like it was a great start..hugs 50times over..LOL

loulee1 said...

Birthday wishes. Looks like you got just the right gifts.

Quilt Hollow said...

Happy Birthday wishes from me too!

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday - what better way to spend it than with your family!

Wendy said...

Happy happy Birthday to you, looks like you celebrated well. Love the gifts, I hope the squirrels will stay away. The cupcakes look yummo!

Darlene said...

Libby! Yesterday was your birthday - we were chatting away and you never let on. I'm here to wish you the best of wishes! Lots of wonderful goodies for you to enjoy.

Guðrún said...

Happy Birthday dear Libby.

Lindah said...

Happy Birthday, Libby! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Your cupcakes are beautiful. Good choice! Those cups look like neat gadgets. I had never seen those. And by the way, I think that gizmo looks like the perfect thing for chasing squirrels. hee-hee

Candace said...

Happy Birthday, Libby! So many of us in January (mine is later this month)! Great gifts - I love my silpats - never knew cookie baking could be so delightful with them and I also have the torch - have used it on burnt creams....yum! And Mickey - well he is just tooo cute!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Well did you clean up or what on your BDay... lots of Great BDays in January LOL :O)...

I will be over with a empty coffee cup for coffee and cupcakes!! :O)

Dixie said...

Happy birthday, dear Libby! Looks like you had a wonderful, fun filled day! Just curious - can you put the silicone in the dishwasher?

Judy said...

Ah cupcakes are just the right size for a treat without the guilt! I LOVE my silpat sheets for making these special cookies called lace wings. Any chance at trying creme brulee?

Happy Birthday!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Happy Birthday Susie Homemaker - oh I mean Libby!

kjquilts said...

Happy Birthday Libby!

Lindsey said...

Happy Birthday, Libby! How does it feel? I've got 5 more years and I say they only get better! What creative gifts. A flash drive for a blogger...right on!

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday! The Cake Bible sounds like a dangerous gift!!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Happy Birthday Libby - looks like you had a few days of fun to celebrate. Oh boy I love kitchen gadget type things and would love me one of those torches. Your cupcakes look dee-lish as well. Glad your day/weekend was special.

Birthday Hugs - Karen

Yvonne said...

Happy Birthday Libby!!!! Looks like the Princess and Hubby took very good care of you. :)

Kathie said...

I have been thinking about those silcone cupcake since I make a lot of corn muffins for DH to take to work everyday.
wondering if they really worked ?
Happy Birthday and glad you had a fun day.
Great presents .......
just love that mickey flash drive! Might have to get one of my DD's that for school.
Kathie

Karen said...

Happy, happy birthday a little late!
I have wondered about those silicone cupcake thingamajigs. I thought the cake would stick to the sides but evidently not.
That alamanac sure wasn't right about it being the coldest day of the year here. We had very comfortable weather. Keep track and see how right the almanac is about things.

Stephanie D. said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Libby!

Nothing says celebration more than a girl and her toys!

Jeanne said...

Happy Birthday a tad late. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Kathy Wagner said...

Happy Birthday and best wishes for many more!
PS Be careful with that torch!!LOL

Sweet P said...

Happy birthday to you! I have silicone muffin cups and absolutely love it! The rest of your gifts are fantastic. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Carole said...

Happy Birthday Libby! Looks like you've had a marvelous week! Lovely goodies you've received! Cheers!

Chocolate Cat said...

A very belated Happy Birthday. Glad you had a lovely day. What great gifts you got. I have some of those silicone cupcake moulds and we use them so much. I have also got one of the torchs - something that had been on my wishlist for a long time but have to admit now I have it I haven't used it yet!!