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chocolate truffle tart for ella

August 14, 2009

Isaac and Ella’s birthdays are three years apart, minus a day.  Ella was two weeks early and Isaac was four days overdue.  I cannot explain this phenomenon, but Isaac says Ella arrived the day before his birthday just to ruin his third birthday party.  Which was meant to be held at the Children’s Museum in Winnipeg, because that’s where we were living at the time.

Nonetheless, we have two celebrations in a row each year.  I’ve never combined the two birthdays, and just slug it out one day after another.  This year we will be in Ireland for their real birthdays – so we are doing fake birthdays instead.  There is some grumbling about this, but the grumblers will just have to lump it.

The lovely Ella Frances is now officially a teenager.  She reads (twilight, twilight, twilight), plays competitive soccer and is a talented evolving baker.  She also has a huge heart.  And she is super smart to boot.

For dinner, her special request was:  Barefoot Contessa’s Parmesan Chicken, honey ginger carrots and gnocchi.  With Chocolate Truffle Tart for dessert, by way of Orangette by way of Gourmet magazine.

ella's mom did not have a #1 candle

ella's mom did not have a #1 candle

And, the icing on the cake was the look on Ella’s face as she cradled her gift.  Which she has to share with her mother, but she can take with her when she moves out of the house.


ella and her new kitchenaid gift

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom &/or Dad permalink
    August 16, 2009 10:19 pm

    Happy 13th Birthday on Wednesday, Sweetheart!

    Lots of Love from Grandma & Grandpa xxoo

  2. August 17, 2009 7:35 am

    How nice!

    Love your makeshift ‘1’, by the way. 🙂


  3. Tara H2 permalink
    August 17, 2009 4:01 pm

    Happy birthday to both and have a great trip! I just saw Once a couple of nights ago so my Ireland envy is definitely intensified by that — what a great movie. Hope to see you all when you get back.

  4. September 3, 2009 1:59 pm

    I am super jealous of Ella’s birthday gift!! It is gorgeous. lucky girl. And lucky mom!


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