Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Yesterday was Ben's birthday! Tonight the family gathered at Gran Ranchero for a birthday party! I spent the afternoon making a massive cake. This is about three quarters of the way done:

At one point, I took a break from making the cake to see if Felix, who was chilling in the backyard, might want to come inside. I opened the door to the breezeway to find him just sitting like this, patiently waiting for me to peek out and see if he felt like coming in. He is SO SWEET. This is how he always asks to be let in. He just sits there patiently, waiting for you to notice that he's ready.

The final layer! This is a chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, coated with chocolate-peanut butter ganache. The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen. I gave up trying to do the beautiful ganache drops and just smeared it all over. We planned to gather back at our house after dinner to have cake!

At Gran Ranchero! Dad and Ben!

Dad, me, and Ben with Amina and Aya.

Ben, Rachid, and the kids!

Group photo!

Cheryl and Aya.

Mom and dad dancing!

Dad asked Rod to come and play live music during the party. It was really special!

Mmm, quesadilla!

Back to our house for cake! Ben was REALLY EXCITED about his cake.

Make a wish!

Look at that massive cake! It was delicious.

Mmm! Happy birthday, Ben!

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